Deaths a ‘lagging indicator’ of Covid, will stabilise soon: Gagandeep Kang

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India’s leading virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang has said that since the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has stabilized now, the number of deaths because of the virus will also stabilize soon and whether it fails to take action then it can only point to an issue with reporting systems.


Kang, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on medical oxygen in an interview to ANI said, “Death is a lagging indicator, it comes two to three weeks after case numbers climb. Now that the numbers have stabilized, we will have to expect deaths to also stabilize and start to taper off. Whether they don’t, there is a matter with some aspect of our reporting systems.”



The virologist explained that having a look at the fatality rate isn’t a preferred way to measure the current spread of the pandemic as people dying are in most cases infected a minimum of two to three weeks earlier, because of this deaths don’t mirror current spread of the disease.


According to official data issued on Tuesday, India recorded 1,96,427 fresh infections and 3,741 deaths in the final 24 hours.


Regarding the scarcity of vaccines across the country, Dr Gagandeep Kang, who is advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister on Covid issues pointed out that vaccinations has slowed down because of slow or limited provide of vaccines, which will go up once companies ramp up their production.


Because of the shortfall of Covid-19 vaccines, several states like Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka have suspended their innocualtion drive agains the novel coronavirus for beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years.


“Another choice would be to import vaccines whether we could. But globally there’s a scarcity of vaccines. The only options to be had are the Russians and the Chinese vaccines. We need to come to a decision, which one we are willing to shop for and get those in,” Kang said.


Currently, two Covid-19 vaccines are being manufactured in India – Covishield by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech.


India started its Covid vaccination drive on January 16 for the healthcare and frontline workers. Phase 3 of the vaccination drive used to be started on May 1 for the beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years.

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