India moving towards herd immunity; no need to worry says health experts

India is moving towards herd immunity as Covid-19 case reports are declining and there is no need to panic over the new virus strain found in the United Kingdom because reports suggest that it not as virulent, doctors said at a webinar on Thursday.

‘HEAL-Thy Samvaad’ webinar  was organised by the Heal Foundation to study the dynamics of the new strain of Covid-19 detected first in the UK.

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As per reports from union health ministry, about 25 people in India have been diagnosed with the UK variant strain of Covid-19. All 25 persons are in physical isolation in health facilities.

Dr (Prof) Sanjay Rai, Professor of Community Medicine at AIIMS, told there is no need to panic about the new strain of Covid.

“Perhaps, we are moving towards herd immunity because in India the cases are coming down. One of the classical examples is Dharavi slum of Maharashtra. As far as the number of cases is concerned, it depends upon testing,” he said.

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