Amid the 3rd wave concerns of COVID-19, the doctor’s body IMA urged Centre where it said how the “government is complacent” and that tourism can wait although be considered to be needed. In its statement the IMA also asked the states to take proactive measures to curb crowds. The statement comes on a day when the Rath Yatra was kicked off from Puri, Odisha.


In its statement, the IMA claimed that the third wave of the pandemic is not only inevitable but also imminent. The statement further went on to say that with strict COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and universal vaccination, India can fight with the pandemic with more confidence.

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“Third wave is inevitable and imminent”: IMA

“With the global evidence available and the history of any pandemics the third wave is inevitable and imminent. But the past experience of last one and half years of war with the virus and based on the emerging evidences, it is obvious with making the universal vaccination reach maximum possible population and strictly adopting to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours we can face the third wave with confidence and mitigate its impact,”

-the statement read.

Government and Public are both Complacent

The statement then further slams the government and the masses and labelled both ‘complacent’ and said how both are engaged in gatherings rather than following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

“However, it is painful to note in this crucial time every one need to work for the mitigation of third wave, in many parts of the country both government and public are complacent and engaged in mass gatherings without following COVID protocols,”

-the statement read.

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“Pilgrimage Travel, Religious Fervour, can Wait”

Moreover, the statement – without mentioning – made a reference to the ongoing ‘revenge travel’ at hill stations and the Rath Yatra that initiated today. The doctor’s body said how people are scooting free and these occasions are becoming ‘potential super spreaders.

“Tourist bonanza, pilgrimage travel, religious fervour all are needed, but can wait for a few months. opening up these rituals and enabling people without vaccination to go scoot free in these mass gatherings are potential super spreaders for COVID third wave,”

-the statement said.

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“Ensure COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviors for Minimum 3 Months”

The IMA then urged the Centre to ensure that strict COVID-19 behaviour is followed for the next three months and make sure that more people get vaccinate so that the third wave can be dealt with confidence.

“The consequences of treating a patient with Covid in hospital and its impacts on the economy will be much better than the economic loss we suffer with avoiding such mass gathering. It is the duty and our responsibility of every one at this moment to strictly enforce the covid appropriate behaviours for minimum three more months and ensure everyone nearer to our house are getting vaccinated.”

the statement read.

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“India with the proactive leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Ji and dedicated altruistic services of Modern Medical fraternity has literally just walked out of the disastrous second wave of the COVID pandemic,”

the statement further said and added-

“IMA appeal to all state governments to translate the vision of Honourable Prime Minister and control the mass gatherings in their state.”

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