The COVID-19 third wave is apparent in India with cases rising in some states such as Kerala with the very infectious Delta variant.
India reported 30,941 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. ICMR’ s Dr Samiran Panda stated that the states which did not face an intense second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are now with the rising trend of coronavirus cases, showing early signs of the third wave.
“Several states began imposing COVID-19 restrictions and increased vaccinations, learning from Delhi and Maharashtra. Due to this, the second wave in several states was not as intense, leaving scope for a third wave.
As the threat of a possible third wave of coronavirus looms large, a committee set up by the Union Home Ministry has said a third wave of the coronavirus may reach its peak around October, news agency ANI tweeted.
Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Samiran Panda, said on Monday that the states which did not face an intense second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are now with the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases, showing early signs of the third wave.
Earlier, a report prepared by SBI Research – COVID-19: The race to the finishing line – claimed that the covid third wave peak will arrive in the month of September 2021.
Kerala is on high alert as 3 villages report cases of the Delta Plus variant. . Experts have warned that the new variant is extremely contagious, displays strong binding to receptors of lung cells, and attacks monoclonal antibodies swiftly.
India is marked among ten countries where the Delta Plus variant has been found so far. There are over 40 cases of the new variant in the country, which has been tagged as a “variant of concern” by the Union health ministry.
Immunology experts are of the opinion that the current vaccines are effective at providing protection against the delta variant and that there will continue to be some breakthrough infections in people who are vaccinated, regardless of the strain. Therefore, it is imminent that everyone takes the vaccine.
The good news is that the death rates are down, and yesterday, a little over 200 deaths were reported, unlike the frightening second wave where thousands died in a single day. However, India should not slacken their seatbelts but work hard to ensure that the entire nation gets free vaccines to facilitate swift vaccine drives. It is unfortunate that at a time such as these, there are no vaccines and the people are flocking to centers to pay for vaccines as high as 1500 and more when vaccines have always been given free by the Congress government in the past.