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Third wave of Coronavirus inevitable, says Govt's top scientific advisor

K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific advisor to the Centre, said that new variants will arise all over the world, as well as India, but variants that increase transmission will likely plateau.

Third wave of Coronavirus inevitable: Govt's top scientific advisor-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published May 5, 2021, 10:54 PM IST
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The Centre has warned that a third wave of the Coronavirus pandemic was inevitable, although a time-frame for it could not be predicted.

According to K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific advisor to the Centre, phase three is inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus.

Raghavan said that new variants will arise all over the world, as well as India, but variants that increase transmission will likely plateau.

"Scientists in India and abroad are working to anticipate these kinds of variants and act against them rapidly by issuing early warnings and developing modified tools," the principal scientific advisor to the Centre said during the media briefing on Wednesday.

Even though he said while vaccines are effective against variants, Prof Raghavan said that the scientific community would need to keep working on vaccines and make changes accordingly.

"Immunity attained can fade away and someone who has been infected once can get re-infected. Decreased immunity and careless behaviour had driven the second wave," he said.

On Wednesday, India reported a record 3,780 fresh Covid fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 2,26,188. As many as 3,82,315 new coronavirus infections were also recorded at the same time.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona.

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