Is India staring at a third wave of COVID-19?

AY.4.2, a subvariant of the Delta variant of coronavirus, has been detected in dozens of countries. It was first reported in the United Kingdom in July this year. The World Health Organization said it is at least 15% more transmissible than the original Delta strain.

So should India be worried, as the festive season approaches and people let their guards down?

The festive season is here. As a result, markets across the country are crowded, people are ditching face masks, and ignoring social distancing norms.

Experts say this raises the possibility of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

India’s COVID-19 situation has improved following a devastating outbreak earlier this year.

In the past 24 hours, the country has recorded 10,423 cases – the lowest daily figure in 250 days. The weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.16%.

India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 106 crore doses and more than 50% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

While this is heartening, Indians would be well-advised to be on guard so as to prevent a repeat of the second wave horror.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a meeting on November 3 to discuss scaling up vaccination coverage in 11 states whose numbers are below the national average. The Chief Ministers of the 11 states and other officials will also be present.

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