It’s time to start preparing for 3rd wave of COVID, SC tells GoI amid surge in infections

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Government of India to revamp its formula for the distribution of oxygen across the country. The court suggested that the GoI adopt a pan-India approach so that they can prepare for the third wave of coronavirus.

The top court while hearing the case on supply of oxygen to Delhi asked the GoI to look at the oxygen audit and reassess the basis for allocation as the third stage of the pandemic might be different from the first two. “But, if we prepare today, we will be able to handle stage 3…. A buffer stock needs to be created,” Justice DY Chandrachud told GoI.

The government’s top scientific adviser on Wednesday said a third wave of the coronavirus is “inevitable”, warning that vaccines will need to be “updated” to deal with the new strains that have overwhelmed hospitals and left thousands dead.

Breaking all records, India on Thursday reported 4,12,262 fresh COVID cases. With this, the cumulative caseload has surged to 21,077,410, according to MoHFW. 3,982 deaths were also reported today, the highest yet. The country now has 3.57 million active cases. In the past one month alone, India has added nearly 8,570,000 infections to its tally.

Maharashtra reported 57,640 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases and 920 deaths, followed by Karnataka (50,112), Kerala (41,953), Uttar Pradesh (31,165) Delhi (20,000) in the past 24 hours.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (4,880,542), Kerala (1,743,932), Karnataka (1,741,046), Uttar Pradesh (1,399,348), and Tamil Nadu (1,272,602).


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