NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat said that India coped with the second wave of COVID-19 very well and hence the number of new cases of infection has come down significantly. Along with this, he also emphasized that preparations should also be completed to deal with the third wave, which is expected to affect the younger population more.
Saraswat said that epidemiologists in India have given very clear indications that a third wave of COVID-19 is inevitable and is likely to start from September-October. So the country should vaccinate more and more people. Saraswat said that I think we have done well to a large extent. We coped well with the second wave of COVID-19 and it is as a result of that that new cases of infection are coming down significantly. He said that with the help of our scientific and technological activities, creating oxygen banks, setting up industries to supply oxygen in large numbers, we have been able to deal with the pandemic. Railways, airports, military force are being used to carry liquid oxygen. Earlier, more than four lakh cases were being reported daily in the country, but in the last few days, the number of new cases of infection has come down to around 1.3 lakh. Saraswat said that India’s management was good even during the first wave of the COVID-19 global pandemic and it also gave the country the confidence to control the second wave of the global pandemic. He said that our handling of the second wave of Kovid-19 was excellent, which we call emergency management.