According to a member of the Maharashtra Covid task force, the massive increase in Covid cases in Europe and the United States could be a ‘Delmicron’ wave, which is a combination of Delta and Omicron variants.
“In Europe and the United States, Delmicron, the twin spikes of Delta and Omicron, has resulted in a mini tsunami of cases,” said Shashank Joshi, a member of the state government’s Covid task force. He added that it needs to be seen how Omicron will act in India, where Delta variant is widely “exposed.” “At the moment, Delta derivatives, which are descendants of Delta, are the most popular versions in India.
In other regions of the world, Omicron is rapidly replacing Delta, but “there is no way to forecast how Delta derivatives and Omicron will act,” he said.
In addition, India has hybrid immunity. “Sero studies in Mumbai and Delhi revealed that Covid had been exposed to over 90% of the examined population,” Joshi said.