Omicron cases scale up to 200 across India

Written By: / Tuesday, 21 December 2021 17:42

IT Correspondent
Mumbai, Dec 21:

The number of cases of new Covid variat–”Omicron” (SARS-CoV-2) reached up to 200 across India with Maharashtra and Delhi topping the list, followed by Talangana and Karnataka as per data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.
The latest update was: Maharashtra-54, Delhi-54, Telemgana-20, Karnataka-19, Rajasthan-18, Kerala-15, Gujarat-14, Uttar Pradesh-2, Andhra Pradesh-01,Chandigarh-01, Tamil Nadu-01, West Bengal-01.
The ministry’s data recorded that India had clocked 5,326 cases of Covid infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily case count in 581 days. The total number of Covid cases reported in the country now stand at 3.48 crore. Besides there are now 79,097 active cases in the country, the lowest in 574 days. With 453 deaths over the past 24 hours, the total death count in the pandemic has climbed to 4.78 lakhs.
Eighty one per cent of Omicron patients in Maharashtra were fully vaccinated. These are cases of break through infections, meaning they got infection despite fully vaccinated. A few have taken a third shot of Pfizer vaccine. The variant can escape immune response and most vaccine may be unable to stop transmission. Out of 54, the 44 patients have taken two shots. The 10 unvaccinated include two adults and 8 minors.
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 the meanwhile, the Omicron strain is leading to an alarming spike in cases also across the world. In US, the new variant accounts for 73 per cent of all sequenced Covid cases, surging from around 3% last week, according to the latest federal estimates.
The delta variant, which had been the dominant form of the virus in the US last week, has now receded to roughly 27 per cent of sequenced cases. The World Health Organization has said the Omicron variant is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid.

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