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Coronavirus: India Reports 3,17,532 New Covid Cases, 491 Deaths And 9,287 Omicron Cases In Last 24 Hrs

India’s daily Covid graph saw a worrying upward curve today as the country added 3.17 lakh Covid cases – a new high in the third wave – taking the tally to 3.82 crore. At the global level, India is the second worst-hit country after the US.

The overall count of highly infectious Omicron variant reached 9,287 with 29 states reporting the new strain. Maharashtra has reported 1,738 cases, the most in the country, followed by West Bengal, where 1,672 people have been infected with Omicron.

The active cases have risen to 19,24,051 – the highest in 234 days – and now comprise 5.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.69 per cent. An increase of 93,051 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry data updated this morning.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.41 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.06 per cent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive has exceeded 159.67 crore, the ministry said.

Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states by the Covid pandemic, recorded 43,697 new coronavirus infections, 10 per cent more than the previous day, including 214 Omicron infections, and also saw 49 fatalities. The fresh Omicron cases took the tally of those infected with this strain to 1,860.

Delhi reported 13,785 new Covid cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the health bulletin of the Delhi government, the active number of COVID patients in the city reached 75,282. Out of these, 58,501 patients are in home isolation and 2,624 are admitted to hospitals.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said that the peak of third Covid-19 wave seems to have gone past in the national capital after it registered a record single-day rise of 28,000 cases. However, he warned that the city is still not out of danger zone while stressing on the need to monitor the trend before easing of restrictions.

As many as 491 people have died of Covid during the past 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry. Thirteen states have reported more than 10 deaths. The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

Authorities have said Omicron was causing fewer hospitalisations and deaths than the Delta variant, which killed hundreds of thousands last year.

About 70% of the eligible population has received two primary vaccine does and a booster campaign for health workers and at-risk population is underway. But reports from some states suggest that those unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated make up more than 90% of intensive care patients.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday lashed out at the Andhra Pradesh and Bihar governments, and grilled others – including Kerala – over the failure of, or delay in, payment of compensation to the families of those who died of Covid. “It is very unfortunate that despite earlier direction to pay compensation… time and again directions are issued,” the court said.

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,480,481 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to news agency AFP.

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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