New Delhi: Omicron variant of coronavirus is fast spreading across the country with cases surging to 1431 in the last 24 hours.
The country also witnessed a 35 percent jump in new Covid cases with 22,775 infections reported today.
Omicron variant has spread to 23 states in India. Maharashtra is the worst-affected state with 454 cases. It is followed by Delhi with 351 infections Tamil Nadu 118, Gujarat 115, and Kerala 109 cases.
India’s Covid tally rose to 3,48,61,579 as the country reported 22,775 cases today, a 35 percent jump from yesterday’s 16,764 infections. There were 406 Covid-related deaths during the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data showed.
Active cases account for 0.30% of the total caseload, as per the Health Ministry. The daily positivity rate is currently at 2.05 percent.
Maharashtra, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu have imposed fresh restrictions at public places. While beaches, open grounds, sea faces, promenades, parks, and other public places will be off-limits to people in Mumbai between 5 pm and 5 am till January 15, Tamil Nadu has extended the current lockdown restrictions till January 10.
The Centre asked the stated that anyone with fever, headache, sore throat, breathlessness, body ache, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, and diarrhea should be considered as a suspect case of Covid.
India has announced “precaution doses” for health and frontline workers and those above 60 from January 10. Vaccinations for children between 15 and 18 years will begin from January 3.
Since it was first detected in South Africa last month, the Omicron variant has spread across the globe at lightning speed and is now present in over 100 countries. Early data indicates that it could be better at dodging some vaccine protections, spurring the rush to provide boosters.