The Covid-19 second wave has already caused enough damage across the country. Now, a committee of experts formed under the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has warned the Centre that the third wave of Covid could peak around October.
The government panel sought better medical preparation for children who might be at similar risk as adults. The report has noted that paediatric facilities are nowhere close to what it may require in case many children become infected.
“The situation is already dire, and might get worse due to lack of adherence to Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB), insufficient medical facilities and lagging vaccination,” the report added.
“The Indian Academy of Paediatrics found that there is no biological evidence that the current and the new Delta Plus variant will affect children more disproportionately than adults,” it said.
“But there is a cause for worry if not panic according to public health experts, since the children below 18 years remain unvaccinated in India,” the report added.