The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths has declined in the past three weeks as the spread of the pandemic has stabilized in most states, Niti Aayog member VK Paul said on Sunday, but, – he added, this possibility of a second wave of infections in winter.
Mr Paul, who is also the head of an expert group coordinating efforts to tackle the pandemic in the country, in an interview with PTI said that once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, there will have enough resources to deliver it and do it. accessible to citizens.
“In India, new cases of coronavirus and the number of deaths have declined in the past three weeks and the pandemic has stabilized in most states
“However, there are five states (Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal) and 3-4 Union Territories (UT), where there is still an upward trend,” Mr. Paul said. .
He leads the National Group of Experts on the Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines (NEGVAC).
India is in a somewhat better position now, he said, but the country still has a long way to go as 90% of the population is still susceptible to coronavirus infections.
As to whether India could see a second wave of coronavirus infections in winter, Mr Paul said that with the onset of winter, countries in Europe were seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases .
“We cannot rule out (a second wave of coronavirus this winter in India). Things can happen and we are still learning of the existence of the virus,” Paul noted.