India reported 10,273 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours with a daily positivity rate of 1 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
According to the Ministry, As many as 243 people succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours taking the death toll from COVID-19 in the country to 5,13,724.
With this, the active caseload in the country stands at 1,11,472, accounting for 0.26 per cent of the total number of cases. The weekly positivity rate stands at 1.26 per cent.
As many as 20,439 patients recovered during this period taking the total number of recoveries from the disease since the onset of the pandemic in the country to 4,22,90,921. The recovery rate in the country is 98.54 per cent.
As many as 76,67,57,518 samples have been tested in the country so far since the beginning of the pandemic, including 10,22,204 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
According to the Health Ministry, as many as 24,05,049 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number of vaccinations to 1,77,44,08,129 under the nationwide vaccination drive so far.
More about Omicron
The Omicron variant has been called a variant of concern by WHO based on studies that shows it has several mutations. Still a lot of research is underway to evaluate its transmissibility, severity and reinfection risk. The Omicron variant has been detected in several regions of the world. WHO reports that the likelihood of the Omicron variant spreading further globally is high. It is not currently known if the Omicron variant is more or less severe than other strains of COVID-19, including Delta. Studies are ongoing and this information will be updated as it becomes available. It is not yet clear whether Omicron can spread more easily from person to person compared to other variants, such as Delta. However, being vaccinated and taking precautions such as avoiding crowded spaces, keeping your distance from others and wearing a mask are critical in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we know these actions have been effective against other variants. Researchers are looking into any potential impact the Omicron variant has on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Although information is still limited, WHO believes it is a reasonable assumption that the currently available vaccines offer some protection against severe disease and death. It is also important to be vaccinated to protect against the other widely circulating variants, such as the Delta one. When it’s your turn, make sure to get vaccinated. If your vaccination involves two doses, it’s important to receive both in order to have the maximum protection. According to WHO, early evidence suggests that people who have previously had COVID-19 could be reinfected more easily with Omicron, in comparison to other variants of concern. Information is still limited though and we will share updates as it becomes available. Source: UNICEF
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