New COVID cases near 2 lakh mark; Omicron tally rises to 4,868 cases, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New COVID cases near 2 lakh mark; Omicron tally rises to 4,868 casesNew Delhi: India recorded a 15.8 percent rise in new COVID cases with 1,94,720 new cases and 442 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours. The Omicron tally for the country has risen to 4,868 cases as the variant has now found its way to 28 states and UTs in the country.

Maharashtra leads the Omicron tally with 1,281 total cases being detected in the state, followed by Rajasthan with 645 cases and Delhi with 546 cases. While most of the cases reported in the country have remained asymptomatic, it has been suggested that the rise in cases witnessed across the country has been fuelled by the new variant. 499 patients in Maharashtra, 402 in Rajasthan and 186 in Gujarat have now recovered from the variant taking the total number of Omicron recoveries to 1,805.

With several states reporting a rise in daily COVID cases, the active caseload mounted to 9,55,319, highest in 211 days. 60,405 recoveries in the last 24 hours takes the recovery rate to 96.01 per cent, which has witnessed a consistent drop since the onset of the third wave. The daily positivity rate stood at 11.05 percent while the weekly positivity rate has risen to 9.82 percent.

The cumulative vaccine coverage crossed 153.80 Crore in the country with the administration of over 85 lakh cases in the last 24 hours. Over 9 lakh precaution doses have now been administered under the programme started for vulnerable groups on Monday. Meanwhile, over 2.8 Crore children in the age group of 15-18 years have received their first dose of Covaxin.

Fresh curbs were inflicted in Delhi as the national capital reported 21,259 new cases and highest fatalities since June 16. Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are amongst the other states reporting a significant rise in cases. While Maharashtra reported 34,424 new cases, cases declined in the financial capital Mumbai hinting towards the flattening of the curve.

As global COVID cases crossed 10 million in a week, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said that it is too soon to treat COVID like flu as it goes on to infect half of Europe’s population. The hospitalization rate from the virus still remains high, calling for updated vaccines to prevent the disease from turning severe.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Wednsday asked all states/ UTs to ensure sufficient buffer stock of medical oxygen for at least 48 hours and strengthen the medical oxygen infrastructure of PSA oxygen plants, oxygen cylinders and concentrators. Further advised states/UTs to ensure optimal availability of medical oxygen at health facilities.