Omicron not last variant: WHO

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Omicron not last variant: WHO

Sunday, 23 January 2022 | PNS | New Delhi

From one case on December 2 last year, the Omicron tally in the country has crossed the 10,000-mark! India recorded a total of 3,37,704 Covid-19 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 488 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. India’s daily Covid cases have remained over 3 lakh for the 3rd day in a row.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that “to suggest that Omicron will be the last variant is unwise…this virus is circulating at a very intense level around the Earth globe and it’s still evolving… Absolutely critical we continue to track, monitor & assess variants”.

“We’re hearing a lot of people suggest that #Omicron is the last variant & that it’s over after this and that is not the case... This virus is circulating at a very intense level around the world,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, infectious disease epidemiologist; Covid-19 Technical Lead of the WHO.

“We must keep working to reduce Covid-19 transmission,” she added.

According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, the country saw a total of 2,42,676 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.50 per cent, and total recoveries data reached to 3,63,01 482.

The total active cases of Covid-19 in India have risen to 21,13,365, the Ministry data showed today. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,88,884. In India, the first death due to the Covid pandemic was reported in March 2020.

Additionally, the tally of Omicron cases reached 10,050 on Saturday with an increase of 3.69 per cent since yesterday. The daily positivity rate is at 17.22 per cent today.

Meanwhile, Mumbai on Friday reported 5,008 fresh positive Covid 19 cases, according to data released by the city’s health department. The total number of Covid Deaths in the city has been recorded at 12 whereas the total number of patients hospitalised were 420.

The recovery rate in the financial capital is 97 per cent.

With this, the city’s Covid-19 tally rose to 10,28,715, while the death toll jumped to 16,512, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin said. This was the third day in a row when daily Covid-19 cases have dropped in the financial capital.

Delhi logged 10,756 fresh Covid cases and 38 more fatalities due to the infection on Friday, while the positivity rate declined to 18.04 percent. As many as 434 people have succumbed to the disease in January so far.

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,572,224 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Friday. The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 860,248, followed by Brazil with 622,205, India on 488,396 and Russia 324,752.

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