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India sees 58,097 new COVID cases, highest in 199 days; 20,000 more than yesterday

By Priyanka Verma 
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India sees 58,097 new COVID cases, highest in 199 days; 20,000 more than yesterday

New Delhi: India reported 58,097 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 55 per cent higher than yesterday’s 37,379 cases.The number of deaths climbed to 4,82,551 with 534 more fatalities, the data showed.

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A total of 2,135 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far,the most in Maharashtra with 653 cases, followed by Delhi with 464 cases. out of which 828 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry’s data updated on Wednesday.

India has been continuously speeding up vaccination drive across the country. Those in the age group 15-18 are being inoculated now. Over 147 crore vaccine doses have been administered in India, making a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

The recovery rate is currently at 98.01 per cent. At least 15,389 people have recovered in the last 24 hours. The total number of people who have recovered is 3,43,21,803, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.38 per cent.

Active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.61 per cent. The active caseload stands at 2,14,004.

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The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.18 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.60 per cent, according to the health ministry.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 147.72 crore.

Some 534 people have died of Covid during the period for which data for the latest Health Ministry figures was collected. This includes 432 deaths in Kerala in the last few months, added based on pending appeals after the last Supreme Court guidelines.

Several states have announced restrictions like night curfew as Covid cases continue to rise.

Soaring Omicron cases around the world could increase the risk of a newer, more dangerous variant emerging, the World Health Organisation, or WHO, said yesterday.

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While the variant is spreading like wildfire around the world, it appears to be far less severe than initially feared and has raised hopes that the pandemic could be overcome and life return to more normality, the WHO has said.

But WHO senior emergencies officer Catherine Smallwood sounded an ominous note of caution, telling news agency AFP that the soaring infection rates could have the opposite effect.

“The more Omicron spreads, the more it transmits and the more it replicates, the more likely it is to throw out a new variant. Now, Omicron is lethal, it can cause death… maybe a little bit less than Delta, but who’s to say what the next variant might throw out,” Ms Smallwood said.

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