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Covid-19 third wave taking turn for worse, disturbing trend in pattern: Eminent physicist

 Eminent physicist and former pro-vice chancellor at the University of Hyderabad Sr Vipin Srivastava on Monday has cautioned a disturbing trend in the third wave of Covid-19. He said the fact that the daily death load has shifted more towards the positive valuable is a cause for concern.

“The cause for concern is appearance of ‘wild’ fluctuations in daily death load since July 4. This is found to occur whenever there is a crossover in the scenario, i.e. when the number of daily deaths changes from an increasing trend to a decreasing one, or vice versa. However, an intriguing aspect of the ongoing big fluctuations in the DDL is that they are much wilder than the earlier ones and that they are not showing signs of settling down even after a month,” he told The Times of India.

The physicist also ruled out that there is herd immunity in the country so far despite seropositivity in about two-thirds of the population. “The cause for concern is appearance of ‘wild’ fluctuations in DDL since July 4. This is found to occur whenever there is a crossover in the scenario, i.e. when the number of daily deaths changes from an increasing trend to a decreasing one, or vice versa. However, an intriguing aspect of the ongoing big fluctuations in the DDL is that they are much wilder than the earlier ones and that they are not showing signs of settling down even after a month,” he said.

In view of the threat posed by the possible third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Centre has ramped up the production of vaccines and essential medicines used to treat infected persons. The monthly vaccine production capacity of Covishield is planned to be increased from 11 crore doses to more than 12 crore doses per month and of Covaxin from 2.5 crore doses to around 5.8 crore doses.

 

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