Omicron variant: The third wave may come in February, one to two lakh cases may come daily!
Amid the knock of a new variant of the coronavirus in the country, the National Supermodel Committee has expressed apprehensions that due to the Omicron variant, a third wave may hit the country early next year. At present, about 7500 cases of coronavirus are being reported daily in the country. The deadly Delta virus is now being replaced by Omicron.
Committee chairman Vidyasagar said that the third wave of the Omicron virus will come in India but it will be less deadly than the second wave. He said a third wave is expected in early February next year. Although it will be lighter than the second wave, it will definitely come. Professor Vidyasagar at IIT Hyderabad said there is little chance that the country will see more daily cases than the second wave. The government’s campaign to vaccinate all adults has been going on since March when the Delta variant was knocked out. The delta virus attacked people only when the vaccine was just beginning.
Vaccination will make it easier to deal with difficulties
He said that according to the serosurvey, a small part had not been exposed to the delta virus. Now we have 75 to 80 per cent seroprevalence. About 85 percent of adults have received the first vaccine and 55 percent of adults have received both doses. Pro. Therefore, in the third wave, there will not be a large number of daily cases like in the second wave, Vidyasagar said. We also have more experience to deal with it now so we won’t have much trouble.
The number of cases of infection will depend on the immunity
Giving more details in this regard, Prof. Vidyasagar said the number of infections would depend on two factors, the first being how much Omicron would be able to penetrate the natural immunity that was acquired in the fight against Delta. Second, to what extent Omicron will be able to affect immunity even after vaccination. Both these facts have not come to the fore yet. So all kinds of speculations are being made right now. He said that even in the worst-case scenario India would not have more than 2 lakh daily cases. Malinda Agarwal, another member of the panel, told ANI that India may have between one and two lakh daily cases, which is less than the second wave. Britain has more vaccinations but lower seroprevalence. While India has a high seroprevalence leading to greater immunity, vaccination has also taken place in large numbers.