There are speculations that a “double mutant variant” of the Coronavirus first discovered in India in March, is the reason for the deadly second wave of the virus.
So far, samples which contain the mutant – or B.1.617 variant – have been found in several states with high case numbers.
According to an official with the National Centre for Disease Control, no full correlation has been fully established.
When two mutations come together in the same virus, it is referred to as a double mutant.
The Covid-19 crisis has become severe to the extent that India reported 3,980 deaths and a record 412,000 cases in the space of 24 hours on Wednesday.
Due to the severe nature of the Coronavirus, the government’s top scientific adviser has raised an alarm that a third wave is inevitable.
K VijayRaghavan, during a health ministry news briefing said, experts had not anticipated the “ferocity” of the surge in cases.
Speaking further, he affirmed: “Phase three is inevitable, given the high levels of circulating virus,”
“But it is not clear on what timescale this phase three will occur… We should prepare for new waves.”
There spread of the virus has brought a negative effect on the healthcare system of the country’s hospital beds and oxygen, while crematorium space is in short supply.