Third Covid-19 wave imminent; pilgirms, tourists potential super spreaders: IMA warns States

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday expressed concern over people engaging in mass gatherings without following Covid-19 guidelines, quoting these events are potential super spreaders for a third wave of the pandemic.

The IMA appealed to state governments to put a bar on mass gatherings. With the global evidence and the history of any pandemic suggest that “the third wave is inevitable and imminent,” the IMA said.

The IMA said tourist bonanza, pilgrimage travel, religious fervour, all are needed, but can wait for a few more months.

“However, it is painful to note that in this crucial time, when everyone needs to work for the mitigation of the third wave, in many parts of the country, both governments and the public are complacent and engaged in mass gatherings without following Covid protocols,” IMA quoted.

The IMA’s warnings came ahead of reports of large tourist gatherings at several hill stations like Manali, Nainital and Mussoorie without following protocols across the country. Also, there are talks of allowing the annual “Kanwar Yatra” in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The IMA also requested people to strictly enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour for minimum three more months and ensure that everyone should be vaccinated. “The consequences of treating a patient with Covid in a hospital and its impacts on the economy will be much better than the economic loss we suffer by avoiding such mass gatherings.” the statement said.

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