South India's Virus Variant More Harmful, Dangerous

 - Sakshi Post

In the last 24 hours, India reported 3,82,315 fresh coronavirus cases pushing the country's overall caseload to 2,06,65,148. The total active cases have been increased to 34,87,229.

A total of 3,780 people have died due to infection in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide toll to 2,26,188. The maximum casualties have been reported in Maharashtra (891), followed by Uttar Pradesh with 351 daily deaths.

The top five states which have registered the maximum number of coronavirus cases are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The number of coronavirus cases are increasing in the country and the government's mathematical modelling expert on Covid-19 case, Prof M Vidyasagar has predicted, "By May 7, India could see the peak of the second wave of coronavirus cases. Different states would attain their peak at different times, and see a decline in their cases, as is currently being seen in the case of Maharashtra."

He also added that the second wave of coronavirus started first in Maharashtra and the states that are located far away from Maharashtra will see a slow peak and the decline will be slower.

He stated, "States that are closer to Maharashtra will attain their peaks soon and their graph will start declining sooner."

While India is still dealing with the second wave of coronavirus there have been concerns about the possibility of a third wave hitting the country.

Another study is that the lineages with N440K are not the dominant ones in the second wave of coronavirus in India. While N440K was indeed a mutation of concern in South India during and after the first wave.

According to the current data, the new variant is particularly replaced by new VoCs such as B.1.617 and B.1.1.7. Experts say that the new prevalent variant, N440K is at least 15 times more harmful and it may be even stronger than the Indian variants of B1.617 and B1.618.

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