Omicron-triggered 3rd COVID wave may peak from end January in India: Report

Healthcare workers in hospital premises designated for COVID testing [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: In India, the Omicron-triggered third wave of COVID may peak in January-end and February, with daily cases touching 10 lakh, reports said on Friday.

As per a report by News18, the study, based on Omicron transmissibility rates, was conducted by Professor Siva Athreya, Professor Rajesh Sundaresan, and a team from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Bengaluru.

It says that the peak of the third coronavirus wave in India could be in January last week having its impact in February first week for the country. It, however, adds that different states will have different peaks.

The peak of the third wave for different states will vary from mid-January to mid-February. The COVID curve for India could start flattening by March-beginning, it added.

For Delhi, the model says, the peak could be by mid-January or the third week and for Tamil Nadu it will be in the last week of January or the first week of February, depending on the percentage of people susceptible to the virus, said the report.

Earlier, the Health Ministry of India said that the country reported 1,17,100 COVID cases, over 28 percent higher than the previous day’s infections.

In order to deal with the surge, the government of India is speeding up vaccination drives across the country. Those in the age group 15-18 are now being inoculated.

The number of deaths climbed to 4,83,178 with 302 more fatalities, the data showed.

A total of 3,007 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far, out of which 1,199 have recovered or migrated, according to the health ministry’s data updated on Wednesday.

Several states have announced restrictions like night curfew as COVID cases continue to rise.


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