The number of cases of fast-spreading strain Omicron has risen to 213 in India, with Delhi and Maharashtra reporting the most number of infections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting to review the situation tomorrow,
Apart from Delhi (57 cases) and Maharashtra (54 cases), the fast-spreading Omicron strain has seen a rise in Telangana (24), Karnataka (19), Rajasthan (18), Kerala (15), and Gujarat (14).
Three cases have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir and two each in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal has reported one case each.
Amid signs of rising in Omicron infections, the Centre, in an advisory, has asked the states to activate “war rooms” and bring back curbs, including night curfews to contain it. It also listed a series of prevention and containment measures that included extensive testing and regulation of gatherings.
The letter from the health ministry called for “greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision making and strict and prompt containment action”, as it coordinated the states/union territories to be “prompt and focused and take containment measures and restrictions even before these thresholds are reached”.
Other than Omicron, the Delta variation is “still present” in various parts of the country, the letter read.
India’s Covid count reached 3,47,58,481 today later the nation detailed 6,317 new diseases, which is a leap of 18% from the previous 5,326 cases. The dynamic cases have declined to 78,190, the least in 575 days.
With 318 passings in the course of recent hours, the complete demise include in the pandemic has move to 4.78 lakhs.
The Omicron strain of Covid, known to be highly transmissible, has set off alarm bells and stoked grim memories of the devastating second wave of the pandemic that had brought the country’s health infrastructure on its knees.
In US, the new variation accounts for 73% of all sequenced Covid cases, surging from around 3 percent last week, according to the latest federal estimates.
The World Health Organization has said the Omicron variation is spreading quicker than the Delta variation and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid.