“First of all, you must keep in mind that it may be useful to talk about location, timing and intensity of infections instead of waves and their number, although the latter is in common usage. If we take strong measures, a third wave may not happen in all the places or indeed anywhere at all. It depends much on how effectively the guidance is implemented at the local level, in the states, in districts, in the cities and everywhere.”, said the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Professor K. Vijay Raghavan, in a press briefing on May 7.
This comes after K Vijay Raghavan in another press briefing three days back had said, “Phase 3 is inevitable given the high levels of circulating virus. But it is not clear on what timescale this Phase 3 will occur. Hopefully, incrementally, but we should prepare for new waves.”
Hence, the Principal Scientific Advisor seems to have carefully calibrated his position on a potential third wave of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. As per reports, the former statement was seen by the centre as something that created unnecessary panic in the public, that too at a time when the nation has been struggling to combat and contain the devastating second wave. India has been recording over 4 lakh cases daily and around 4000 deaths everyday.
On May 5, Vijay Raghavan had said that the virus had become more efficient in transmission and that the biological approach of the virus had also changed. “Earlier, (when) the virus infected people, they were largely asymptomatic, and it had a certain profile of progression. Now, because of fewer (uninfected) people available, it has adopted a hit and run lifestyle.”, he had said. He had added that as the virus adapts more, its severity of infection could increase or decrease but the rate of transmission would probably slow down.