Amid worries of a doable third Covid wave, together with the emergence of a Delta Plus variant in elements of the nation, one in every of India’s prime docs and genome sequencer has brushed apart issues of this new mutant fuelling an upsurge in infections. Dr Anurag Agarwal, Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), additionally suggested warning in opposition to reducing the guard on the second wave itself.
“At this point, there is no evidence to suggest that Delta Plus…has anything to do with a possible third wave,” Dr Agarwal instructed NDTV.
“My institute has sequenced more than 3,500 samples from Maharashtra in the month of June, covering samples from April and May. We can see that these (Delta Plus variants) are very much there. But these would constitute less than one per cent,” he stated.
The IGIB, which he heads, is an establishment beneath the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Even in areas the place the numbers are excessive, he stated, they aren’t “very high”. “Things look stable,” Dr Agarwal assured.
Over 40 cases of the brand new Delta Plus pressure, tagged as a “variant of concern”, have been detected until now throughout the nation. The authorities has despatched out a warning to Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh on this entrance, urging “immediate containment measures”.
Dr Agarwal, nevertheless, clarified that any Delta stays a variant of concern.
“So what I mean when I say that we must not be very concerned is that for any Delta that exists anywhere in India today, we must be concerned about the second wave not ending, before we worry about the third wave,” he stated.
“But I certainly do not see any reason right now for people to panic regarding Delta Plus being significantly worse than Delta or creating a major third wave…There is absolutely no evidence for that.”