#Omicron: IMA warns of massive COVID third wave

New Delhi:

The scare of Omicron variant of COVID-19 has gripped the entire world, amid this, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has issued a warning about a massive third wave in India. The doctor’s  body has also urged the government to announce “additional” doses of COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare, frontline workers and immunocompromised individuals.

“At a time when India is limping back to normalcy, this is a great setback. If we do not take adequate measures, we may have a massive third wave,” IMA said. Notably, the country has so far 23 Omicron positive cases.  

IMA also said that there is no need to impose a travel ban in order to restrict the Omicron variant cases in India. However, it asked all the citizens to observe COVID-19 appropriate behavior while travelling.

The Association urged the government to fasten up the proposal of vaccinating those between 12 10 18 years. 

IMA also claimed that the scientific evidence available, it is evident that the Omicron variant will have high penetrability and will affect more people. 

The doctor’s body urged people to avoid large social gatherings and adhere to COVID-appropriate behaviour, including wearing face masks and washing of hands.

The doctor’s body praised the efforts of governments to inoculate over 50 per cent of the adult population vaccinated at least with one dose, saying that the vaccines against the deadly contagious virus prevent severe forms of infection. The IMA appealed to the people to get themselves vaccinated against coronavirus.

The IMA urged the people to follow social distancing norms and wear masks in public places. It also appealed to the citizens to put on hold massive social gatherings.

“So, if we can altruistically be focused on vaccination, India can definitely overcome the impact of Omicron. IMA earnestly appeals to everyone concerned to take the vaccination as priority agenda and focus attention to reach all the unreached and also ensuring the second dose is given to all the needy.”

The doctor’ body did not support the imposition of a travel ban. However, it appealed to everyone to avoid unnecessary travel.


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