As India recorded around 40 Delta Plus variant cases, assumptions have become rife of the new COVID-19 strain causing a third coronavirus wave. However, India’s top genome sequencer has refuted this concerns.
Dr Anurag Agarwal, Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), in an interview with NDTV, said that there is no indication that Delta Plus variant, which has been named as ‘variant of concern’, will cause a third wave. He also stressed that there is no reason for people to panic right now.
He was quoted, “At this point, there is no evidence to suggest that Delta Plus…has anything to do with a possible third wave,”
Agarwal, allaying fears over the new coronavirus strain, has added that his institute has sequenced more than 3,500 samples from Maharashtra in the month of June, covering samples from April and May. It can be seen that these (Delta Plus variants) are very much there. But these would comprise less than one per cent.”
Agarwal also proclaimed that we must be concerned about the second wave not ending, before we worry about the third wave.
he Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on Tuesday, termed Delta Plus a ‘Variant of Concern’. The union ministry also issued an advisory and alerted three states – Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh after specific districts reported few cases.