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Third Wave Of Covid-19 Has Reached Its Peak In Delhi, Mumbai And Kolkata Says IIT Professor

Since the last few weeks, India is witnessing a rapid spread in Omicron cases as well as coronavirus cases in general. Seeing this, some experts feel that at least in some of the major metro cities in the country, the third wave of Covid-19 has touched its peak.

Dr Manindra Agrawal, IIT Kanpur professor, has recently said that the third wave of Covid, which is caused by Omicron, has reached its peak in cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata as per IIT’s Sutra model’s prediction. He added that coronavirus will peak in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana this week.

Dr Agrawal who developed the model, earlier in an interview with ANI had predicted that the Covid-19 third wave will peak by January end. Dr Agrawal said that the virus is spreading much faster in India than projected earlier.

In a series of tweets, the IIT Professor said, “There appear two plausible reasons for this: 1) there are two groups in the population, one with less immunity against Omicron and the other with more. The mutant first spread in the first group causing a sharp rise. Now the first group is exhausted and so the spread is slower.”

He further said, “Second, there was a lot of concern when Omicron started spreading, but in the last week or so, people almost everywhere have concluded that it causes only mild infection and have decided to handle it with standard remedies instead of getting tested.” He added, “In Maharashtra, it is predicted to peak on 19th. May peak sooner since the trajectory is almost flat at present. Gujarat is predicted to peak on the 19th. Haryana is predicted to peak on 20th.”

He also said that southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will see the current wave peak next week.”In Karnataka, the Covid-19 wave is predicted to peak on 23rd. A new phase just started and Tamil Nadu has been predicted to peak on 25th Jan. Trajectory has started deviating. Andhra Pradesh is predicted to peak on the 30th. No deviation yet from the predicted trajectory. Probably because of the spread in at a very early stage,” he tweeted.

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