Should India be overly worried about the new coronavirus variant?

Even if the new variant — VOC 201212/01 — that is thought to be more transmissible is already present in India, it might not be able to spread wildly as a sizeable percentage of people are already infected. Suspending flights from UK might be able to stop its introduction into India, but the N501Y mutation … Continue reading Should India be overly worried about the new coronavirus variant?

Is the first coronavirus wave coming to an end in India?

The number of daily fresh coronavirus cases has been steadily dropping from a peak of nearly 98,000 cases on September 16 to below 25,000 daily cases in the last few days with no spike seen nationally. The cases have been reducing despite the festival season, winter, large gatherings and not so good adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions. However, the cumulative test positivity rate nationally is 6.1% as on December 23, which suggests we aren’t near the end of the first wave immediately.