New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The number of covid-19 cases in India is rising once again and people are worried about the possibility of the 4th Covid-19 wave in the nation. However, ICMR on Sunday said that the current spike in coronavirus cases in the country cannot be termed the fourth wave of the pandemic.

India for the past few days is witnessing a surge in the number of active infections of coronavirus with over 3000 cases on a daily basis. The national capital and states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are adding in big numbers to the daily caseload of India. However, there is no possibility of a 4th covid wave, the Additional Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Samiran Panda said.

ICMR ADG while speaking to news agency IANS said that the surge has been observed at district levels, hence it cannot be said that the country is moving towards a fourth wave.

"Some surges have been observed at district levels. This is called a blip... Blips are confined to certain geographical regions of the country," he said. While arguing why this is not the indication of a fourth wave, Panda gave four reasons in favour of the statement.

Four Reasons why there is no indication of the 4th Covid Wave in India:

As per ICMR ADG, the surge has been found at some local levels which is due to the testing ratio.

"Secondly, what we see is just a blip and we cannot say that entire states are under the grip of Covid."

Thirdly, there is no increase in hospital admission across the country, he noted.

And most importantly, according to Panda, no new variant has been found yet which indicates that there is no fourth wave right now. While talking about the positivity rate, he said that sometimes the rate goes up because of low testing.

Meanwhile, India in the last 24 hours reported 3,324 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the case tally to 4,30,79,188, while the number of active cases increased to 19,092, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Sunday. The active cases accounted for 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.74 per cent, the ministry said. Delhi with 1520 covid-19 cases, Maharashtra with 155 and Karnataka with 126 fresh cases added to India's active tally.

Posted By: Ashita Singh