Expert Explains: Do declining numbers suggest the Covid-19 pandemic is nearing its end in India?

Although the number of coronavirus cases in India is decreasing, the risk of new mutations is high. New research shows it is vital to look for these mutations in the Indian population with genome sequencing.

What is happening in India right now is very counter-intuitive. At the same time, we have to keep in mind what has happened in countries like Brazil, the UK, or New Zealand. Many such countries had experienced a prolonged stay in the past, extending for several months, when very few cases were discovered. So much so, that a country like Spain opened up almost completely last year, before being forced to shut down again. What we have seen in these countries is the emergence of new variants, new mutants of the virus.

These mutants are very likely to enter India or emerge within India. I might go to the extent of saying it might be inevitable, even though I hope it does not happen. We need to emphasize more than ever before that this is not the time to let our guard down. This is also a very good window period to immunize as many people as possible.



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