“The cause for the surge … is multifactorial. But two main causes are that people stopped following Covid-appropriate behaviour during January-February when the vaccination started and cases went down. Also, at this time, the virus mutated and spread more rapidly,” Dr Guleria was quoted as saying by ANI.
The AIIMS chief expressed concern over the spiritual and political actions going down in India amid a surge in infections, saying that they have to be executed in a restricted method.
“This is a time when a lot of religious activities happen in our country and polls are also underway. We must understand that lives are also important. We can do this in a restricted manner so that religious sentiments are not hurt and Covid-appropriate behaviour can be followed,” he stated.
His remarks come within the backdrop of the continued Kumbh mela in Uttarakhand, which has attracted folks from totally different elements of the nation in massive numbers.
Several seers have examined constructive for coronavirus on the occasion.
Talking in regards to the immunisation drive, Dr Guleria stated that India ought to progressively raise or decrease the age bar for beneficiaries to widen the vaccination ambit.
“We ought to progressively raise or decrease the age bar in order that increasingly more folks come into the pool of people that will be vaccinated. That will occur within the coming few weeks.
“We may have increasingly more vaccines that can come into the frequent pool which is able to enable us to open up the vaccination to a bigger inhabitants,” he stated.
India has been witnessing a steep rise in coronavirus infections over the previous few weeks, with contemporary infections persistently crossing the 2-lakh mark.
On Saturday, India reported its highest single-day rise of two,34,692 instances and 1,341 fatalities.
(With inputs from companies)