Top government sources said Thursday that there is. an indication that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is replacing Delta in India.
Maharashtra’s Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a virtual meeting of the state’s Covid-19 task force on Thursday, a day after Health Minister Rajesh Tope expressed concern over the growing number of daily cases, calling it “alarming”.
Maharashtra on Wednesday registered a sprint in new COVID-19 cases of 3,900, including 85 by Omicron, where the daily figure increased by 1,728 from the day before. With the addition of 3,900 cases detected after 1,23,248 coronavirus tests were performed within the last 24 hours, the nationwide infection rate rose to 66,65,386, the health ministry said.
The state capital, Mumbai, also recorded a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases by measuring 2,510 infections, the highest daily addition since May 8, the civic body said. The state recorded 20 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 1,41,496, the health ministry said in a bulletin. It said 1,306 patients were discharged within the last 24 hours, bringing the number of recovered cases to 65,06,137. The corona recovery rate in the state is 97.61 percent, it says.
The World Health Organization warned on Wednesday that a “tsunami” of Omicron and Delta Covid-19 cases would put pressure on health systems already being stretched to their limits.
The WHO said the Delta and Omicron variants of concern were “twin threats” that drove new case numbers to record highs, leading to increases in hospitalizations and deaths.
The WHO said new global cases had risen 11 percent last week, while the United States and France both recorded record daily case numbers on Wednesday.
“I am very concerned that Omicron, which is more transferable, is circulating at the same time as Delta, leading to a tsunami of cases,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference.
Meanwhile, Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat in India, Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat on Wednesday recorded a large increase in new COVID-19 cases – their highest since the May-June period – while Punjab reported the first case of the Omicron variant taking the nationwide number of the new tribe over 900.
According to data from the center and the states, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 10,000 after just over a month. On November 26, the total reported was 10,549.
When Punjab reported its first Omicron case, after a 36-year-old man who came from Spain earlier this month tested positive for the new variant, the number of states and Union territories where this highly contagious strain has been discovered rose to 22. Updated Official data available at night showed that the Omicron figure was close to 950, with Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana reporting a majority of the new cases of this variant. In Maharashtra, 85 more people were infected by the new tribe to bring the total number to 252, the state health ministry said.
According to data from the Union Health Ministry, which was updated at. 8.00, India registered 781 cases of the Omicron variant across 21 states and union territories so far, of which 241 people have recovered or migrated. Maharashtra was followed by Delhi (238), Gujarat (97), Rajasthan (69), Kerala (65) and Telangana (62) among those with over 50 Omicron cases, according to official data from the center and the states.