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India likely to see Covid-19 peak in February, will be milder than 2nd wave: experts

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Nagpur: India on Wednesday witnessed a 44 per cent jump in the daily Covid-19 cases, which signals an overall increase and a threat of an upcoming third wave in the country.

According to predictions by the experts, India will see a surge in Covid-19 cases which can also be termed as the third wave of Covid-19 but the impact of it will not be as severe as the previous two waves. The experts have also claimed that this specific wave is likely to be short-lived and the surge is predicted in the beginning of 2022.

As per a tracker developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, it is predicted that the new infections will begin to rise from the last week of December. IIT Kanpur has also predicted that the third wave of the pandemic in India will be mainly caused by the Omicron variant and will see a peak by February 3, 2022. The rise in the cases according to the study should have started by December 15.

The National Covid-19 Supermodel committee project has claimed that this wave is expected to increase once the Omicron variant starts replacing the Delta variant. In India, it is said that Omicron is taking over the delta variant to become the dominant variant. South African doctor Angelique Coetzee, who first identified the Omicron variant, said that India might see a surge in cases, however the infection will be milder than the other variants. “There will be a high-positivity rate but hopefully the cases will eb as mild as what we are seeing here in South Africa,” Coetzee said.

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Countries across the world are seeing the fourth of Covid-19 pandemic, largely driven by the Omicron variant. Pediatricians in India claim that the Omicron variant won’t affect the children but vaccination is necessary to prevent the infection. Dr Uday Bodhankar told The Free Media that until and unless there is vaccine hesitancy, India will keep witnessing new waves. “By taking the vaccine India can achieve herd immunity which can prevent other infections.”

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