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LIVE: Third wave likely to hit India at the end of August, will be comparatively mild, says ICMR expert

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The third wave is likely to hit India at the end of August but will not be as severe as the second wave, Head of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Samiran Panda told NDTV.

"There would be a nationwide third wave but that does not mean that it would be as high or as intense as the second wave," Dr Panda was quoted as saying by NDTV.

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The World Health Organization’s emergency committee warned Thursday that new concerning variants of Covid-19 were expected to spread around the world, making it even harder to halt the pandemic.

“The pandemic is nowhere near finished,” the committee said in a statement, highlighting “the strong likelihood for the emergence and global spread of new and possibly more dangerous variants of concern that may be even more challenging to control”.

In a span of one week, eight people who had the coronavirus infection were wrongly tested negative at the Jayanagar General Hospital (GH) in Bengaluru, and two of them lost their lives, a Times of India report said.

The government-run hospital authorities claimed that the scale of false negatives in such a short span was unprecedented. The report quoted Dr Sudha Heroor, nodal officer for Covid-19 at the Jayanagar GH, as saying, “All eight cases had typical symptoms of Covid-19 and required admission. We conducted a CT scan in all these cases which showed the infection. However, we lost two patients.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Uttar Pradesh government for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis and said the way it had controlled the second wave of the infection was 'unprecedented'. The prime minister, who arrived at his parliamentary constituency in the morning, also appreciated the Yogi Adiyanath-led government for working with a development-oriented approach rather than one based on corruption and nepotism.

India recorded 41,806 new coronavirus cases, taking the infection tally to 3,09,87,880, while the active cases increased to 4,32,041, according to the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,11,989 with 581 fresh fatalities.

The 581 new fatalities include 170 deaths from Maharashtra and 128 from Kerala.

A total of 4,11,989 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,26,390 from Maharashtra, 35,989 from Karnataka, 33,557 from Tamil Nadu, 25,021 from Delhi, 17,958 from West Bengal and 16,207 from Punjab.

The West Bengal CID on Wednesday evening conducted a search at the office of arrested fake IAS officer Debanjan Deb who was arrested last month for organising dubious Covid-19 vaccination camps in Kolkata, a senior officer said.

The CID sleuths searched Deb's office at Kasba area, from where he used to run his operations, for over an hour.

Deb, the prime accused in the case, and his four arrested associates were taken to the office during the search.

The 28-year-old man was arrested on June 23 for masquerading as the joint commissioner of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and operating a dubious vaccination camp in Kasba, where actor and Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty also took a jab.

Chakraborty, who was invited to attend the camp, had said she became suspicious about the vaccination process as she did not receive the customary SMS that is sent to people after they are administered a dose, and informed the police.

Eight of Deb's associates have been arrested so far and cases against them range from cheating to an attempt to murder.

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