As COVID-19's Omicron variant is spreading gradually worldwide, an IIT-Kanpur scientist suggested that India is likely to see a third wave of coronavirus and may report 1-1.5 lakh a day.
Manindra Agarwal, involved in the mathematical projection of trajectory of COVID-19, however, said that the intensity of the third wave of coronavirus is likely to be lower than the deadly second wave.
For the unversed, India had registered over 4 lakh COVID cases in a day when the deadly second wave was at its peak in May.
“With the new variant, our current forecast is that the country could see the third wave by February but it will be milder than the second wave. So far we have seen that the severity of Omicron is not like the one seen in the Delta variant,” Agarwal said.
He further added that South Africa, where the virus was first detected, has so far not reported a single case of hospitalisation.
Giving suggestions to take precautions ahead of the wave, the expert said that a mild lockdown like night curfew and restrictions on crowding can reduce beta substantially.