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Experts warn of third wave of pandemic in India if health protocols ignored.

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza

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As the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 started a health decline in India, health experts have been giving out numerous warnings on how likely it is for there to be another wave of the outbreak, quoting the disregard for health protocol in the midst of eased restrictions and a lethargic vaccine rollout.

On Wednesday morning India reported 50,848 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the case tally to cross the 30 million mark and reach 30,028,709 while the death toll reached 390,660.

The recovery rate in the country has increased to 96.5 percent

Local governments across India ordered relaxations because of the declining number of daily cases but multiple amounts of experts and watch dogs have been giving warnings which have been pointing towards the possibility of a third outbreak.

The catastrophic second wave of the pandemic caught India unexpectedly and it saw the country’s hospitals overwhelmed especially in major cities and towns. The rush of patients coming in caused doctors to struggle due to the shortage of oxygen supplies and essential medicines.

The Indian authorities are the ones responsible for this according to experts for ignoring warnings and going ahead with conducting elections in several states, besides allowing a mega Hindu religious congregation called Kumbh Mela.

 

The eased restrictions in the capital Delhi caused thousands to crowd metro stations and shopping centers, prompting health experts to warn of the possible comeback of COVID-19 infections.

Last week, the Delhi high court informed that the violation of COVID-19 protocols will only hasten the third wave of the pandemic. The authorities were asked to take strict measures against violators and sensitize shopkeepers about the COVID-19 protocol.

The high court said if flouting of COVID19 continues “we will be in great trouble”.

With businesses resuming their activities in the capital, doctors have also given advice by saying that Delhi could face a “worse than second wave situation” if people are careless with a low guard and do not obey the safety norms.

Director of India’s premier health institute – All India institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Randeep Guleria said last week that the third wave of COVID-19 could hit the country in the next six to eight weeks.

V K Paul, member (health) of the Indian government’s top policy think tank, National institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog (commission), said vaccination against the COVID-19 gives at least 94 percent protection from infection and reduce the chances of hospitalization by 75-80 percent.

The nationwide vaccination against COVID-19 started in India on January 16th and so far, only about 5 million people or some 5 percent out of the country’s total adult population of 940 million, have received the two doses of the vaccine, according to the health ministry

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Government Extends the State of Public Health Emergency in Maldives until 1st of September.

Ahmed Thahir

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The Government of Maldives has announced the extension of the ongoing state of public health emergency commenced on 12th May 2020. A press release signed by the Health Minister Ahmed Naseem was publicized on Monday. Health Minister stated that the Director General of Public Health Protection Agency (HPA) have instructed to take special measures to control the ongoing COVID-19 situation as per the Public Health Protection Act.

Cases have declined immensely and the situation in the capital city has improved. However, 13 islands are currently under monitoring status due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the respective islands.

Currently more than 268,000 people have been fully vaccinated. The government has targeted to vaccinate 90% of the eligible population by the end of August. This would be equal to 50% of the entire population of Maldives.

COVID-19 cases have been observed to be rising in the neighboring nations of Sri Lanka and India. After the ease of lockdown there has been an up rise of tourists travelling to the islands of Maldives.

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Government of Maldives secures enough vaccine for the whole adult population.

Ahmed Thahir

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Government of Maldives has announced the current stock of COVID-19 Vaccine doses is sufficient for the eligible population of the country and that would expedite the process of vaccinating all eligible citizens of the nation.  Adequate vaccine stock has also been sent to all inhabited islands of the nation.

Speaking to the media last week, Spokesperson of Health Protection Agency (HPA) stated they have started receiving the ordered stock of vaccine doses.

In addition to this, Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid has announced the nation is set to receive 400,000 doses of Sinopharm Vaccine from China as a donation. Chinese government has previously gifted a batch of 200,000 doses of Sinopharm to Maldives.

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Sh. Feevah and M. Kolhufushi placed under monitoring.

Fathmath Thaufeeq

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Health Protection Agency (HPA) has placed Sh. Feevah and M.Kolhuhfushi under monitoring after collected samples tested positive for COVID-19.

Aminath Reema, Councilor of Sh. Feevah reported to medias that Sh. Feevah has been placed under monitoring after three random samples collected from the island tested positive for COVID-19.

HPA placed M.Kolhufushi under monitoring after samples collected from individuals who exhibited COVID-19 symptoms were tested positive for COVID-19. 16 individuals have been tested positive and 6 houses are currently placed under quarantine according to M. Kolhufushi Councilor, Sabana Abdul Sattar.

HPA is currently working to collect samples from the direct contacts of those who tested positive from both islands.

According to the data updated and published by the HPA, currently 12 islands under monitoring. Island placed under monitoring are; GN Fuvamulah, AA Thoddoo, R. Dhuvaafaru, GA kooddoo, Sh. Foakaidhoo, GDh. Nadellaa, K. Kaashidhoo, AA. Rasdhoo, HDh. Kulhudhuffushi, HA. Dhidhdhoo, M. Kolhufushi  and Sh. Feevah.

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