Covid 19 third wave: Peak likely in 'THIS' month; know about its effect on children, active cases and other details
The third wave of Covid-19 is likely to peak in the month of October, as per a report by the National Institute of Disaster Management. Here is all you need to know:
Covid-19 third wave peak likely in October
The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), under the Ministry of Home Affairs, has warned of a third Covid-19 wave peak in October in its recent report to the Prime Minister's Office. The NIDM's report quoted the Reuters' opinion survey of 40 experts that forecast that the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to hit India between July 15 and October 13, 2021. (Image source: PTI)
Whether Delta-Plus Variant will be the driver of the third wave?
As per a report by ANI, on whether the Delta-Plus Variant will be the driver of the third wave, NIDM said the Delta-Plus variant formed due to the mutation in the B.1.617.2 (Delta variant) that drove the fatal second surge in India. This new variant of concern is a sub-lineage of the Delta variant that has acquired a spike protein mutation 'K417N', which is also found in the Beta variant (first detected in South Africa). (Image source: Reuters)
What will be the effect of the third wave on children?
Emphasising the effect of the potential Covid third wave on children, the report said the Indian Academy of Paediatrics found that there is no biological evidence that the current and the new Delta Plus variant will affect children more than adults. The report further said that Lancet Covid-19 Commission India Task Force concluded that there is no current evidence that an anticipated the third wave will target children specifically. (Image source: PTI)
Covid-19 cases in India
India on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, reported 25,467 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 3,24,74,773, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India's active cases currently stand at 3,19,551. The active caseload is the lowest in 156 days. It accounts for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.98 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020. (Image source: ANI)
Covid-19 tests conducted in India
A total of 50.93 crore Covid-19 tests have been conducted across India. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the total number of samples tested till date is 50,93,91,792, including 16,47,526 samples tested on Monday. A total of 63,85,298 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, taking the total vaccination 58,89,97,805 in the country. (Image source: Reuters)