The Union health ministry on Tuesday expressed concern over the gross violation of Covid-19 norms and said that people are treating third wave warning like a “weather update”.
Addressing a press briefing, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, health ministry said approximately 73.4 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases reported in July were from Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
He further informed that central teams have been sent to 11 states/UTs including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Assam amid rising cases.
“When people talk about the third wave, they are taking it as a weather update and not understanding its seriousness and responsibilities associated with it,” he said.
“A further surge in cases is being noted in some states, like, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh. Similarly, there are some states, where cases have come down but are still being witnessed in the form of plateau,” he added.
NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said the world is witnessing third wave and we have to make efforts to ensure that India doesn’t go through the same.
“The world is witnessing third wave. We’ve to join hands to ensure that third wave doesn’t hit India. PM today clearly said that we should focus on keeping third wave at bay, instead of discussing when it would come in India,” he said.