Third-wave might not impact kids, don’t be afraid: AIIMS chief

New Delhi: As India continues to battle the second wave of the COVID pandemic, medical experts have predicted an upcoming third wave which will impact children the most. Many states and Union territories (UTs) have begun to ramp up their health infrastructure to brace for another wave of infections.

However, the GoI said on Monday that there is no clear indication of whether children will be severely affected in the third wave of the pandemic.

Addressing a press conference on the coronavirus situation in India on Monday, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria said, “It has been said that children will be infected the most in the third wave, but the Paediatrics Association has said that this is not based on facts. It might not impact children so people should not fear,” according to news agency ANI.

India, meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, recorded below 2 lakh COVID cases for the first time since April 14 as 1.96 lakh fresh cases pushed the total cases to 2.69 crore. The deadly virus also claimed 3,511 lives during the same time.

On Monday, Maharashtra witnessed 22,122 fresh coronavirus cases and 592 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to over 56.02 lakh and the death count to 89,212.

After Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have the highest number of infections.

Karnataka, the second state worst-affected by coronavirus in the second wave, saw 25,311 new cases. Capital Bengaluru logged 5,701 infections, slightly lesser than the previous day’s figures.

Tamil Nadu saw a slight dip in daily Covid cases and deaths with 34,867 fresh cases and 404 deaths. 4,985 of the new infections are from capital Chennai.

Kerala on Monday recorded 17,821 new coronavirus cases amid a decline in testing. 196 Covid-linked deaths were reported today, the state’s highest single-day count.

Delhi recorded 1,550 fresh coronavirus cases, the lowest single-day tally since March 27, and 207 deaths on Monday.


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