COVID-19 News Today India: 2nd wave to END in India soon? Check what this expert predicts
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is looking large in the country and possibly there is only one question among the people- when will this end.
COVID-19 News Today India: The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is looking large in the country and possibly there is only one question among the people- when will this end. Eminent virologist Shahid Jameel is of the opinion that India's COVID-19 second wave seems to have flattened but the climb down will be more prolonged. Incidentally, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) yesterday informed that there has been a net decline of 30,016 COVID-19 cases have been recorded from the total active cases in the last 24 hours. This decline has been for the first time in 61 days.
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While addressing an online event organised by The Indian Express, Shahid Jameel who is also the director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University said that though the second wave of COVID-19 in the country seems to have flattened, the climb down will be a prolonged and long-drawn process that will possibly run till July.
The virologist further explained that it is a little too early to say if the COVID wave has peaked. The curve may have flattened but the other side of the peak is not going to be an easy climb down. This means that even if the curve starts to decline, the country will have to deal with a large number of COVID-19 infections every day.
On Tuesday, the health ministry had informed that the country's total active caseload had dipped to 37,15,221 and comprised of 16.16 per cent of the country's total positive cases. Yesterday, 3,29,942 new COVID-19 cases were also registered in the last 24 hours.
In his address, Jameel also pointed out the fact that though the new variants of the virus may partly be responsible for the explosion in the number of cases, there is no indication the mutant versions are more lethal. He further noted that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country is not going to come down as swiftly as it did after the first wave. “In the first wave, we did see a steady decline. But remember this time we are starting from a higher number. Instead of 96,000-97,000 cases, we are starting from over 400,000. So, it will take that much longer," he explained.
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