Covid-19 likely to peak in India in June-July: AIIMS director
Thursday, 7 May 2020 As per the modeling data and the way India's Covid-19 cases are increasing, it is likely that peak can come in June and July, said AIIMS-Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Thursday. "But there are many variables. With time we will know how much they are effective and the effect of extending the lockdown," he said. Total cases stood at 52,952 and 1,783 deaths.
The director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has warned that Covid-19 pandemic in the country may not have peaked yet. “According to modeling data and the way our cases are increasing, it is likely that peak can come in June and July. But there are many variables and with time...
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Randeep Guleria on June 27 reacted on surging COVID-19 cases in the country. He said that the rise in COVID cases in country are not that high if compared to countries affected from the invisible enemy and India has low mortality rate. He said, "Rise in cases in India is still not as high as compared to other countries. In US, there've been almost 40,000 cases per day in last 2 days, our numbers aren't that high. Cases per million population continue to be low and we still have low mortality rate."
The Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIIMS), Dr Randeep Guleria said on June 12 that India is still very low in terms of number of cases of coronavirus, if one looks at number of cases per million population. "Although India has gone up to the 4th rank as far as COVID-19 cases are concerned, we have to accept that it is because of the population we have. If we look at number of cases per million population, we still are very low in terms of number of cases," said Dr Randeep Guleria.
The Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, (AIIMS), Dr Randeep Guleria reacted over Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's statement that 5.5 lakh cases are expected in the national capita by July 31. "Number of cases in Delhi may not be as high as predicted but still whatever be the number, we have to increase our capacity so that we can manage increasing load that healthcare system is going to get," he said.
Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria said that there are higher chances of toxicity if Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) used as part of treatment for severe COVID-19 patients because of multiple drugs being used. Being asked about his opinion on WHO 'temporarily' suspending clinical trials of HCQ for COVID-19, Dr Guleria said, "There are 2 different aspects, using Hydroxychloroquine as part of treatment for severe COVID-19 patients has higher chance that you may have toxicity because of multiple drugs being used. And there are certain drugs which along with hydroxychloroquine can increase the chance of cardiac toxicity. On the other hand, when we are giving it as prophylaxis or in mild illness and giving it alone the chances of side effects are much less. We, as physicians have been using hydroxychloroquine for almost 30-40 years. Patients have been using it daily, not for week but for months and years with no side effects. So, when it is used judiciously, appropriately and not in combination with other drugs where the side effects can become much more, there is good suggestive data that suggests it is useful."
Dead bodies of two patients belonging to two different communities were swapped at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on July 06. Daughter of the deceased said, "We received a call from AIIMS, and the staff member told us that by mistake they have given someone else's body to us. My mother's body was still in the hospital. The body which we received belonged to a Muslim family." The body of the Muslim woman was cremated following Hindu customs.
Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on July 15 thanked people of Delhi, central government for helping in slowing down coronavirus cases. He said, "As per estimates, 2.25 lakh cases were predicted by 15 July in Delhi but after united efforts, the cases today are half of the prediction. Today, we have 1.15 lakh cases. I would like to thank people of Delhi for helping in slowing down coronavirus cases in the national capital. If the Delhi Government had decided to battle COVID-19 alone, we would have failed. That is why we went to everyone including central government, NGOs and religious organisations. I thank all parties including BJP and Congress."
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on July 14 reacted on the removal of Sachin Pilot from the deputy chief minister post. He said that the high command was compelled to take the decision because since a long time BJP was conspiring and resorting to horse-trading. "We knew it was a big conspiracy, now some of our friends went astray because of it and went to Delhi", he added. He further said that there is nothing in Sachin Pilot's hands. "It is the BJP which is running the show. BJP has arranged that resort and they are managing everything. The same team which worked in Madhya Pradesh is at work here".