Vaccine Shielding India Against 3rd Wave: Govt
Hindustan Times|January 21, 2022
NEW DELHI: There are significantly fewer deaths and hospital admissions in the ongoing third wave of Covid-19 in the country compared to the second wave seen last year, top government officials said on Thursday, crediting the better outcomes to high uptake of vaccinations.
Rhythma Kaul

To illustrate the difference, the Union health secretary presented data showing how there were over 3,000 deaths on April 30, when new cases were over 380,000, while now, when 317,000 new cases were added, the number of fatalities was 380.

“At that time (last year), only 2% of the population was fully vaccinated, now this number is over 72% (of the eligible population),” said Rajesh Bhushan, secretary, Union health ministry at the government's briefing on Covid-19.

This shows vaccines work; and in fully vaccinated persons, the disease is limited to mild or moderate. Therefore, it is important that those who have not taken the shot yet should take it, and we must motivate people to take it, he added.

This is the first time the government has given a broad picture of how the Omicron variant induced Covid-19 wave has shaped up across the country.

The trend is evident both in overall nationwide figures as well as region-specific data from cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, where more than 80% of hospital beds remain vacant.

Meanwhile, the national case surge continued with nearly 350,000 (347,487) new cases of Covid-19 reported across the country on Thursday, the most in a day since May 12, 2021. Thursday's new cases pushed the number of active cases -those people that are currently infected with the virus -- past the two million mark for the first time in since May 2020, according to HT's Covid-19 dashboard.

In fact, 99% of those adults admitted in hospitals across Delhi have common fever symptoms, cough, and irritation in throat, muscular weakness and tiredness. Usually, symptoms resolve by the fifth day. Among paediatric patients (11-18 years), fever and upper respiratory tract infection is common, Bhushan added.

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