It is likely that India will see almost 1 lakh cases every single day with the onset of the third wave of the viral infection in August, “sometime towards the end”, a senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said. “In the current situation, if the virus doesn’t mutate to lead to more transmissibility, the situation will be similar to the first wave,” Professor Samiran Panda told India Today TV. He however added that if the virus mutates further, then the situation could be worse. Professor Panda is head of the division of epidemiology and communicable diseases at the ICMR. On being asked about the plausibility of such an assessment, he said mathematical modelling done by the ICMR and the Imperial College London has indicated that low vaccination rates and easing restrictions will lead to a possible surge in Covid-19 cases. However, this may not be as severe as the second wave.