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Coronavirus: India Reports 6,984 New Covid Cases, 247 Deaths And 61 Omicron Cases In Last 24 Hrs

India’s Covid-19 caseload increased to 34,710,628 crore as 6,984 people tested positive for the infection, while the death toll climbed to 4,76,135 with 247 more fatalities.

India saw a marginal rise in its single-day rise in Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. Yesterday, the country had reported 5,784 fresh cases, the lowest in 571 days.

Meanwhile, the active cases in India have surged to 87,562, accounting for 0.25% of the total caseload and the lowest since March 2020. A decline of 1,431 cases was recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The Covid-19 recoveries jumped to 3,41,46,931 after 8,168 people got recovered in a day.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.59%. It has been less than 2% for the last 72 days.

The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.67%. It has been below 1% for the last 31 days, according to the health ministry.

The Covid-19 vaccination coverage in India has crossed 134.53 crore, of which 81.91 crore people have taken the first dose while 52.61 crore are fully vaccinated. According to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, over 55% of the country’s adult population has received both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

The Health Ministry officials informed that 55.52% of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated, while 87% of people receive the first dose of the vaccine.

Yesterday Delhi reported 4 more cases and Maharashtra 8 new cases of Omicron variant. So far, India’s tally of the Omicron infection has increased to 61.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of Omicron cases at 28, followed by Rajasthan at 17. Omicron cases have also been reported in Karnataka (3), Gujarat (4), Kerala (1) and Andhra Pradesh (1) and Union Territories of Delhi (6) and Chandigarh (1).

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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