Covid-19 India LIVE Updates: India crosses milestone of 145 crore Covid vaccinations as Omicron cases rise

A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a recipient at a state hospital due to fears of spreading ‘Omicron variant’ in Bengaluru (PTI File Photo)

Indicating that India reported over 10,000 daily Covid cases after 33 days, the Union Ministry of Health said on Thursday that there is a need for increased vigilance among the country’s population.

In a briefing to the media, the Union Secretary for Health of the Union, Luv Aggarwal, also said on average India reported more than 8,000 cases a day last week. The overall positivity rate for cases is 0.92%, he said, adding that the weekly positivity rate is over 10 percent in eight districts, while it is 5-10% in 14 districts. India’s R naught value, which indicates the spread of Covid-19, is 1.22, so cases are rising, not falling, the ministry said.

People with no travel history have been infected with the Omicron Covid variant, which means it is gradually spreading in the community, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday. Jain also said that 46 of the 115 samples sequenced in the national capital had so far tested positive for the new tribe.

India reported 13,154 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. The active cases were 82,402 cases, while the death toll has risen to 4,80,860. According to a bulletin released Thursday morning, Omicron case numbers have risen to 961, with 263 cases in Delhi and 252 in Maharashtra. Of the 961 cases, 320 Omicron cases have been recovered or discharged.

Meanwhile, the Indian SARS-COV-2 Genomics Consortia INSACOG said that there is now clear experimental and clinical data supporting a very high immunomodulatory potential for Omicron, but initial estimates show that the severity of the disease is lower than what was seen in previous outbreaks, the said said in his latest bulletin citing global data.


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