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Latest UpdatesNews'COVID Third Wave can hit India by August end,' says ICMR official

‘COVID Third Wave can hit India by August end,’ says ICMR official

COVID third wave warning has been issued by different health officials in different parts of the world. Now ICMR too has issued the warning saying that COVID third wave can hit India by August-end.

The third Covid-19 wave is likely to hit the country in August end and isn’t inevitable, said Dr Samiran Panda, Head of Epidemiology & Infectious Diseases,at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

It is likely that India can see almost around one lakh cases every single day with the onset of the third wave of the viral infection in August towards the end of the month, said a senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

He cautioned the states to be more careful and said that they need to look into their own Covid-19 data and check at which stage of ‘epidemic they are in.’

“States should look into their own Covid data and check at which stage of the epidemic they are in. We need to be more careful,” said Dr Samiran Panda.

He listed out four things that could lead to a potential third wave. 

1: Drop in the immunity acquired in the first and second wave of Covid-19.

2. There could be a variantthat can bypass the acquired immunity.

3. Third, the new variant may not be able to bypass immunity but can circulate fast in the population 

4. the premature easing of Covid-19 curbs by states can bring in third wave..

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