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Covid cases may increase during winter: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Sunday hinted that India may see an increase in the Covid-19 transmission rate during winter. The Minister's comments came in the backdrop of several reports which indicated that coronavirus cases will surge in the colder weather since respiratory illnesses tend to thrive during cooler weather conditions. Addressing his weekly social media interaction programme Sunday Samvaad,

Vardhan stated that SARS-CoV-2—which causes Covid-19 infection— is a respiratory virus and the transmission of respiratory viruses is known to increase in the colder weather. Follow Coronavirus Live Updates here "Respiratory viruses are known to thrive better in cold weather and low humidity conditions. There is another fact which needs to be kept in mind.

News source ~ Indian Express