COVID-19 third wave in India? Nation sees over 58,000 new instances, 534 deaths in 24 hours; Omicron tally crosses 2,000

New Delhi: The variety of every day COVID-19 instances continued to rise in India because the nation recorded 58,097 new infections within the final 24 hours, the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare knowledgeable on Wednesday (January 5, 2022) morning.

Whereas the every day positivity price has now elevated to 4.18%, the weekly positivity price has mounted to 2.60%. With this, the nation’s lively coronavirus caseload has jumped to 2,14,004.

India’s demise toll additionally rose by 534 within the final 24 hours and presently stands at 4,82,551.

India’s Omicron tally crosses 2,000

India’s Omicron tally has crossed 2,000 on Tuesday and the brand new COVID-19 variant has now been detected in 24 states and UTs. As per the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare, out of the whole 2,135 Omicron infections throughout the nation, 828 have been discharged, recovered or migrated.

Maharashtra with 653 Omicron instances, Delhi with 464, Kerala with 185 and Rajasthan with 174 instances have been the worst-hit states within the nation.

India witnessing third wave of COVID-19

It’s noteworthy that Dr N Okay Arora, the chairman of the COVID-19 working group of the Nationwide Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), has just lately stated that India is witnessing the third wave of COVID-19 and that the Omicron variant accounts for over 50% of recent instances.

“This large surge within the variety of instances during the last one week is indicative of a 3rd wave of the pandemic, which is being witnessed in a number of different international locations,” Dr N Okay Arora stated.

Spiralling Omicron instances may result in extra harmful variants

In the meantime, the World Well being Group (WHO) has warned that the spiralling Omicron instances world wide may enhance the chance of the emergence of newer and extra harmful variants.

“The extra Omicron spreads, the extra seemingly it’s to be transmitted and replicate. At present, Omicron is lethal and probably lethal … most likely rather less than Delta. What’s subsequent? Who will inform you to throw it away,” a senior WHO Emergency Officer stated.

(With company inputs)

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