Omicron Coronavirus Live Updates: Omicron Driving Covid-19 Surge In Cities, Says Govt
Mumbai Reports More Than 15,000 Cases In A Day
Mumbai reported 15,166 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day, after reporting over 10,800 fresh cases yesterday.
This compares with three deaths due to the Covid-19 disease during the past 24 hours.
The active cases in the city now stand at 61,923, according to the daily update by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
India Witnessed More Than 6.3 Times Increase In Cases In Last 8 Days
A sharp increase seen in case positivity from 0.79% on Dec. 29, 2021 to 5.03% on January 5, Ministry of Health said in a briefing.
Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Gujarat are the states of concern, where there has been a rise in cases.
28 districts in the country reported more than 10% weekly positivity, the ministry said.
Kerala Reports 4,801 New Cases
Kerala reported 4,801 new cases and 29 deaths in a day.
With this active cases now stand at 22,910 and death tally at 48,895, ANI reported citing Kerala goverment statement. Daily recoveries in the state at 1,813.
Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 4,246 fresh Covid-19 infections and two deaths in the last 24 hours.
Delhi Reports Over 10,500 Fresh Cases
Delhi added 10,665 new Covid-19 cases and reported eight deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the government's update as of Jan. 5.
The positivity rate in Delhi rose to 11.88%, active cases stand at 23,307.
Omicron Driving Covid-19 Surge In Cities: Government
The Covid-19 infections are rising in cities as the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly, the government officials said.
"Upsurge of Covid-19 infections is happening in cities and Omicron is the predominant circulating strain. Mass gatherings to be avoided to lower the speed of this spread," Balram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research said.
The government further said that precautionary dose of Covid-19 vaccine for healthcare, frontline workers, 60+ with comorbidities will be same as the vaccine as administered earlier.
"Those who've received Covaxin will receive Covaxin, those who've received primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield," said Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog.