Third wave of COVID-19: new variant AY.4.2 detected in these states, Center takes action


Growing fears around the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are again instilling a sense of panic among people as the new variant AY.4.2 of the virus can be seen wreaking havoc around the world. Now, several cases of the new variant are emerging in India.

AY.4.2, which is a subline of the Delta variant of COVID-19, has been detected in the UK, China and Russia, and has now made its way to India. States such as Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have reported cases of the new variant in recent days.

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As new cases of AY.4.2 emerge and festival season quickly approaches, many fear the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will soon hit the country. With this in mind, the Center is also taking action to contain fear.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya assured Tuesday that a government panel is currently examining the new variant of COVID-19, with the aim of containing its spread. He said: “A team is investigating the new COVID19 AY.4.2 variant. The ICMR and NCDC teams study and analyze the different variants.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also decided to classify the Delta variant AY.4.2 subline as a “variant under study”. It is likely that this type of COVID-19 virus will be referred to as the “Nu” variant by the World Health Agency.

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Although the spread of the new variant has sparked fear among citizens, experts said there was so far no evidence to suggest that the AY.4.2 is deadlier than the Delta variant, which is that appeared during the second deadly wave of the pandemic in India.

The possibility of a third wave in India has apparently increased as some states have noticed a spike in the region’s daily COVID-19 tally after the Durga Puja and Navratri period. The Center has issued several guidelines for Diwali, in order to limit the possibility of the third wave.

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