"No Evidence Delta+ Will Cause Possible 3rd Wave": Top Genome Sequencer
Amid worries of a possible third Covid wave, along with the emergence of a Delta Plus variant in parts of the country, one of India's top doctors and genome sequencer has brushed aside concerns of this new mutant fuelling an upsurge in infections. Dr Anurag Agarwal, Director of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), also advised caution against lowering 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 told 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 said.
The IGIB, which he heads, is an institution under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Even in areas where the numbers are high, he said, they are not "very high". "Things look stable," Dr Agarwal assured.