India must prepare for possibility of third Covid-19 wave, warns health expert -

India must prepare for possibility of third Covid-19 wave, warns health expert

India should start preparing to fight a possible ‘third wave’ which may be caused by the emerging Omicron variant, a a top health expert has warned, keeping in mind its high transmissibility, but possibly low fatality.

The health expert explained that in this phase, India should be preparing itself for the possibility that a third wave may come, while hoping that research finds the variant to not be very fatal. The doctor added that hybrid immunity in India is very high which has ‘better protection’ against Omicron.

“It is very difficult to predict because, and even at this point of time when more than 30 countries have reported one or more cases, we are still waiting for some more information,” said Executive Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bibinagar, Dr Vikas Bhatia, speaking to ANI.

So far no death has been reported from any part of the world due to the new variant Omicron.

Dr Bhatia said that if oxygen levels decline due to Omicorn variant, then that would be a concern. But he believes that due to the ongoing nationwide vaccination programme, it should not be a problem.

Meanwhile, 21 cases of Omicron have been reported across the country, nine of which have been reported in Rajasthan, eight in Maharashtra, two in Karnataka and one each in Delhi and Gujarat.

With 8,306 people testing positive for coronavirus infection today, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,46,41,561, while the active cases declined to 98,416, the lowest in 552 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,73,537 with 211 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25.

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