‘We underestimated the coronavirus when it was first reported in China’: IMA Gorakhpur chief

As global Covid cases surged like never before, India’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday sounded the alarm over the fact that the next 40 days will be crucial for the elimination of the new variant of Covid-19. .

The Sub-variant Omicron BF.7 is said to be driving the rise in China, but is also expected to cause waves in India. The head of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Gorakhpur, Dr Shivshankar Shahi on Thursday urged the people of the country to be vigilant as the next 40 days are critical for the spread of the new Covid variant.

While talking to the news agency ANIDr. Shahi said, “We underestimated the virus when it was reported in China in the first wave. We have to be vigilant because the next 40 days are critical.”

He urged the people to follow all the Covid-19 protocol religiously.

Saying that prevention is better than cure, he said: “We didn’t know much about this virus at first, but now we know about the ways it spreads. We need to act. appropriate action.”

Dr. Shahi emphasized the use of masks and the importance of social distancing. He emphasized taking special precautions during the approaching New Year celebrations.

“One person can infect many people. Care should be taken when going to restaurants and densely populated areas,” added Dr. Shahi.

A recent mutation was observed in Covid cases worldwide, including in countries like China and the United States.

The BF.7 variant is believed to be the main factor behind the spike.

Meanwhile, the government on December 29 mandated negative RT-PCR reporting for those flying from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand from January 1, 2023 .

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya added that passengers from China, 5 other places will have to upload a negative report about Covid-19 on the airline suvidha portal before traveling.

Union Health Ministry sources on Wednesday also announced that the next 40 days will be critical as India could see an increase in Covid cases by mid-January.

In light of the rise of Covid in several countries, hospitals across India have been conducting mock drills for Covid. The purpose of the mock exercise was to assess Covid readiness in terms of resources, protocols, and personnel.

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