AIIMS chief explains why India sees spike in Covid cases. He also cites a warning

New Delhi: People who do not adhere to appropriate COVID behavior and the circulation of highly infectious strains of SARS-COV-2 could be the main reasons for the surge in coronavirus infections in India, AIIMS director said on Monday , Dr. Randeep Guleria.

He also warned that if the situation is not reversed, the skyrocketing infection rate will eventually put enormous strain on the country’s health system. He called for stricter enforcement of appropriate COVID behavior on the ground by the administration and authorities.

“Around February, when cases started to decline, people became lax in following appropriate COVID behavior because they believed the virus had become ineffective.

“People take the disease lightly now. If you go out you see that the markets, restaurants and malls are crowded and full of people and these are all very common occurrences,” said Guleria.

Previously, if a sick person was able to infect around 30% of their contacts, this time those who contract the disease infect more people, he said.

“Thus, the rate of spread of the infection is rapid, possibly due to the highly infectious and transmissible strains circulating,” he added.

Various strains of SARS-CoV-2, including variants from the UK, South Africa and Brazil are circulating in India and have been deemed highly transmissible by experts.

Guleria said that all of humanity is going through a difficult time and “Unless it is important, people should not venture out. In addition, we must ensure that there is no gathering and stricter enforcement of appropriate behavior in COVID must be ensured “.

“We are in danger of losing the gains we have made so far if we do not pay attention to it now,” and the situation is at risk of getting completely out of hand, he said.

“If the situation is not reversed, then the soaring infection rate will eventually put enormous strain on the health system as well,” he said.

The AIIMS chief also urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

While the vaccine won’t protect a person from getting the infection, it will prevent their progression to a severe form and thus reduce mortality, Guleria said.

But wearing a mask and following other protocols is just as important, he added.

India recorded the biggest single-day jump of 1,68,912 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the infection to 1.35 27,717, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health .

Ten states – Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan – recorded a sharp increase in daily cases, accounting for 83.02% of the infections reported in one day.

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