The Delta strain still haunts India

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The Delta strain still haunts India 4
The Delta strain still haunts India 4

This week, researchers said that for the first time since May, the basic infection rate (R0) in some Indian states has increased again to 1, meaning an average of 10 cases will be transmitted.

The number of new daily infections in India has recently reached more than 40,000, with the epidemic epicenter being Kerala, a southern state that was globally praised for its good handling of the pandemic during the first wave last year.

The neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have required people arriving from Kerala to present negative nCoV test results at interstate checkpoints.

According to Washington Post commentators Niha Masih and Gerry Shih, this development shows the challenges that Indian scientists and officials face in their efforts to contain the Delta mutation, which first appeared in the country.

People line up to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in a residential area in Mumbai, India, on August 2.

Compared to the peak of more than 414,000 cases a day two months ago, the number of nCoV infections in India has decreased sharply.

Regardless of the reason, the reality is that the Delta variant still haunts India.

In other parts of the world, the Delta strain is also a problem.

`Delta is different from previous virus strains. I know this is disappointing news. I feel the same way,` CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on August 2.

Concerns about the Delta variant increase when looking at India’s vaccination campaign.

Meanwhile, a study in the UK shows that if only one dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine is given, the level of effectiveness against the Delta strain is much lower than other strains.

Senthil Karuppiah, who is in charge of Covid-19 response at Rajaji Hospital in Madurai city, Tamil Nadu state, said his hospital used to inject thousands of doses of Covid-19 vaccine during the peak period earlier this year, but the

`This is an emergency situation. We can vaccinate the entire southern states within two months if we have a vaccine,` Karuppiah said.

India’s Deputy Health Minister Bharati Pawar recently said the `estimated production capacity` for the two domestic Covid-19 vaccines is 147.5 million doses per month, much lower than the quantity needed to reach

Washington Post commentators believe that the battle with the Delta strain in India will bring lessons to other countries that are also struggling with this persistent virus strain.

Rajendra Bhosale, an official in Maharashtra state, said nearly 9,000 nCoV infections recorded in May were children, equivalent to 10% of the total number of cases, but the majority were asymptomatic.

This seems to be the trigger for discussions in India about whether to reopen primary schools that have been closed for more than 15 months.

However, Giridhar Babu, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Organization of India in Bangalore city, warned that they `will have to live with this virus whether they like it or not`.

Meanwhile, Ashish Jha, dean of the US Brown University School of Public Health, said that it is difficult to predict when and how the next wave of the pandemic will hit India.

`Much of India remains vulnerable. That’s what bothers me every night when I think about the weeks and months ahead,` Jha said.

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