Covid will become endemic by March 11, according to Samiran Panda, head of the Epidemiological Department at the Indian Council of Medical Research. â€œIf Omicron takes the place of Delta, the species will become endemic,â€ he warned.
The Omicron wave will span three months, according to our calculations, commencing on December 11.
â€œFrom March 11 onwards, there will be some relief. Weâ€™ll have to wait another two weeks to see if Covid instances in Delhi and Mumbai have peaked and the worst is over,â€ he stated, adding, â€œWe canâ€™t develop a pattern like that in a few days.â€
â€œEven with the drop in instances and positivity [in Delhi and Mumbai], we canâ€™t claim that just now,â€ he added.
Panda went on to say the Omicron and Delta forms of coronavirus are around 80:20 in Delhi and Mumbai. Different states are at different phases of the pandemic, and the ICMR has adjusted its testing technique as a result of the virusâ€™ epidemiological differences and the pandemicâ€™s shifting trajectory.
â€œWe never requested that states eliminate testing. We requested more targeted and purposeful testing. The pandemicâ€™s nature has also evolved, and as a result, testing and management measures will shift as well. Making instructions on home testing and other topics available in local languages will send the proper message, according to Samiran Panda.
â€œGenomic sequencing is a dynamic phenomenon,â€ he stated of genomic sequencing. However, using genetic sequencing on a deceased person to determine if he had Omicron is a simplistic argument. Many patients die as a result of underlying illnesses. Yes, weâ€™re looking into hospital infections to see how serious they are.â€
â€œMolnupiravir can be administered to unvaccinated patients, but there is no guideline to provide it to pregnant women, nursing women, and children,â€ he added, dismissing speculation of a divergence between the ICMR and the DCGI over Molnupiravirâ€™s omission from the governmentâ€™s Covid guidelines. As a result, it isnâ€™t included in the protocol.â€