India is just taking a breather from the mayhem created by the COVID second wave. But not before people could relax, it seems the third wave is arriving faster than expected. The indications are on from Maharashtra which is the worst affected state in the country in the previous two waves.
Maharashtra has recorded over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases is up by 1,500 cases from the previous day. The sudden jump in the cases comes at a time where there are concerns about a new variant called Delta Plus.
The experts say that the Delta Plus shows “increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells and potentially reduced monoclonal antibody response” which makes it more dangerous. If a third wave becomes inevitable, we may see more hospitalizations than the second wave which will be more trouble.
Meanwhile, there are concerns over whether current vaccines will be effective against the Delta Plus variant. There are some experts saying that the variant may also show resistance to the existing treatment protocol.