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Experts believe worst is over but Delta variant still highly infectious

Experts believe worst is over but Delta variant still highly infectious

New Delhi: Since the COVID's second wave hit the country in April, the upsurge of infected cases was unprecedented as the country had breached new highs day by day as compared to previous emergence last year until the cases reached 4.14 lakh on May 6.

Along with the cases, the deaths from the complications induced by the deadly pandemic were also not pleasing, for it brought to light the pathetic medical emergency condition of the country.

After two months of COVID created devastation, the country could take a sigh of relief thanks to the declining cases and the deaths from virus attack to a state where experts are of the opinion that the present COVID situation can be dealt with using available medical infrastructure.

Now the COVID situation in the country is reportedly under control, but the biggest relief comes from the falling daily deaths that had constantly been over 3000 per day for nearly two months. Given the present situation, medical experts believe that the country is now out of the worst but the second wave continues to be a matter of concern.

Even though the second wave spreads across the country, reports from states of falling new COVID cases is giving a positive cue in the national infection rate.

Meanwhile, the government study has acknowledged the Delta variant, the mutated variant found in India, is the active variant that caused the second surge in the country. The study further said that the Delta variant or the B.1.617.2 strain is 50 per cent more infectious than the Alpha variant first detected in Kent, UK.

Experts estimate the COVID cases are likely to be around 20,000 per day by end of this month. The fast pace of decline is said to have been predicted earlier given the daily infection rates pattern and measures the Central and state governments have taken.

Lockdowns across the country have to a greater extent helped to bring down the infection numbers. However, there are cases where the COVID infections have been left out of reporting, leaving the system to estimate that the actual number of COVID cases may be 25 times than the confirmed cases.

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