NEW DELHI: India's next Covid-19 wave, India's 3rd, would arrive by October, says a group of medical experts surveyed by news agency Reuters, however, this wave would be handled better than the second wave.
According to reports, as many as 40 healthcare specialists, doctors, scientists, virologists, epidemiologists, and professors from around the world were questioned by Reuters for this snap survey, which was conducted from June 3-17.
Meanwhile, among those who predicted there would be a third wave, more than 85%, or 21 out of 24 respondents said it would hit by October, including three who projected it to arrive by August and 12 who gave a September timeline while others predicted the arrival of the third wave between November and February 2022.
However, 24 out of 34 or more than 70% of experts were of the opinion that any possible third wave would be controlled better than the second one.
On the other hand, a state-appointed task force has expressed concerns that the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic could hit Maharashtra as early as the next two to four weeks if the crowding seen in the last three days continues.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was informed that a highly virulent strain called 'Delta plus' could start the next wave in Maharashtra.
Officials also warned that the third wave could see 8 lakh active cases, out of which 10 percent could be children. Total cases could double compared to the second wave. The state had seen 19 lakh patients in the first wave and nearly 40 lakh in the second.