The highly virulent “Delta plus” variant of the novel coronavirus could stoke the third wave in Maharashtra, according to a presentation made at a meeting attended by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday. “The number of active patients could reach up to eight lakh, while 10% out of them could be children,” said the presentation made by the state health department, as per an official release. The meeting was held in Mumbai to take stock of preparations to tackle a possible third wave of COVID-19 even as Maharashtra, the state worst hit by the pandemic, emerges out of a devastating second wave of the infection.