New Delhi: Two days after saying that a third wave of COVID-19 is inevitable in India, the Centre changed its tone significantly and played down the threat.
“If we take strong measures, the third wave may not happen in all the places or indeed anywhere at all. It depends much on how effectively the guidance is implemented at the local level, in the states, in districts and in the cities everywhere,” Dr K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to the Union government, said on Friday.
He himself had predicted that Phase 3 of COVID-19 pandemic is inevitable in our country, “given the high levels at which this virus is circulating.”
The damage control possibly took place because someone in higher authority may have pointed out that the scientific adviser should not have made such a dire prediction at a time when the country was absolutely ravaged by the second wave.
It could easily create panic and lead to shockwaves among the public which is already struggling to cope with the alarming rise in coronavirus infections.