Health experts have warned that a third wave of Covid-19 is ‘inevitable’ in India, as it increasingly appears that new variants are a contributing factor to the country’s vicious second wave.
India broke world records again on Thursday, registering 412,784 new cases and 3,980 deaths in 24 hours. Experts believe the real figure is much higher.
K VijayRaghavan, the senior science adviser to the Indian government, told a briefing on Wednesday that the high levels of the virus circulating in India meant “a phase 3 is inevitable” but stressed that he could not give a timeline for this. Stadium.
VijayRaghavan said the government had not expected the “ferocity” of the second wave that has enveloped India in recent weeks, with devastating consequences. According to the World Health Organization, last week India accounted for 46% of new coronavirus cases worldwide.
VijayRaghavan said there was a high likelihood of new variants emerging in India in the future, which could be more ‘immune evasive’ and transmissible, and that even after this second wave stabilized, strong surveillance disease and Covid security measures are expected to remain in place in India.