Covid 19 Third Wave May Reach Peak In October-November: Experts Committee

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Covid 19 Third Wave May Reach Peak In October-November: Experts Committee

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The 16-member expert committee headed by cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty recommended a slew of measures to combat the possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is expected to largely affect children.

In its interim report submitted to the state government on Saturday, the panel outlined that as many as lakh children in Karnataka are likely to be infected by the peak of the third wave, keeping in mind “conservative estimates”.

Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar acknowledged the receipt of the report and said the state will be fully prepared for the third wave “within 45 days of receiving the final report from the committee”.

The 91-page interim report, a copy of which was accessed by DH, said Bengaluru, with an estimated lakh population in the 0-18 years category, will witness infections among 45,958 children during the peak of the third wave. . It also estimated that per cent of the total population in the state will be infected at the same time.

The Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) said the state may witness the possible surge of third wave either in October or November.

The experts estimated a peak requirement of 3,677 hospital beds in Bengaluru for children, out of which 1,838 beds will be ICU and HDU (high dependency unit). Additionally, it estimated that 7,353 beds will be required in Covid Care Centres for children during the third wave's peak.

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