Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Omicron: India could see a massive third wave, says IMA

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that India may witness a massive third wave of Covid-19 if adequate measures are not taken to tackle the new Coronavirus variant Omicron, which has so far infected 23 people across the country.

Dr. J. A. Jayalal, National President of the IMA, addressing a press conference, said, “At a time when India is limbing back to normalcy, this is a great setback. If we do not take adequate measures, we may have a massive third wave.” 

IMA has also batted for booster doses for all health care workers to augment their immunity on the eve of the third wave. IMA also stated that it does not support a travel ban but appealed to the public to avoid unnecessary travel. Following this, the doctors’ body also demanded that the government expedite the proposal of vaccinating individuals aged 12 to 18 years.

The Indian government has implemented strict measures for international travelers, especially those arriving from countries identified as ‘at risk’ by the Centre. These travelers have to mandatorily carry a negative RT-PCR test result (not older than 72 hours) and upload the travel details of the last 14 days on the government’s Suvidha portal.

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