NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday reported 58,097 new Covid cases, 55% higher than yesterday while the active cases rose to 2,14,004, according to the Union health ministry data.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the virus climbed to 4,82,551 with 534 fresh fatalities.
Amid a surge in cases across the country, the Centre issued revised guidelines for home isolation of mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients.
Here are the latest Covid-19 related developments across the country:
India’s Omicron tally at 2,135
A total of 2,135 cases of Omicron variant of Covid have been detected across 24 states and UTs so far, out of which 828 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday.
Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 653 cases followed by Delhi at 464, Kerala 185, Rajasthan 174, Gujarat 154 and Tamil Nadu 121 cases.
Centre issues revised guidelines for home isolation Covid patients
- They must isolate themselves from other household members, stay in the identified room and away from other people in home.
- They should stay in a well-ventilated room with cross ventilation and windows should be kept open to allow fresh air to come in.
- Patients should at all times use triple-layer medical mask.
- They will stand discharged and end isolation after at least 7 days have passed from testing positive and no fever for 3 successive days. There is no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is over.
Read full guidelines here.
‘Third wave has hit Delhi’
The third wave of Covid-19 pandemic has hit Delhi and the city is expected to record 10,000 new cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 10 per cent, Delhi’s health minister Satyendar Jain said.
The minister also said only 300-400 samples are being sent for genome sequencing now as sequencing of all samples is not possible.
“Delhi is expected to record around 10,000 new cases with a positivity rate of around 10 per cent… The third wave has started in the city,” Jain said.
He said the Delhi government had been sending samples of all Covid-19 patients for genome sequencing to determine if the Omicron variant had spread in the country.
“It was just an academic exercise… Now we know that Omicron has spread in the country, only 300-400 samples are being sent for genome sequencing,” Jain said.
UP Congress postpones rallies
Uttar Pradesh Congress postponed its ‘Ladki Hun Lad Sakti Hun’ marathon amid rise in Covid cases. 7 to 8 marathons were planned in Noida, Varanasi, and various other districts of the states in the coming days.
Meanwhile, UP Congress Committee wrote to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra to cancel big rallies in view of the anticipated 3rd Covid wave.
It suggested the Election Commission to stop PM, CM Yogi Adityanath from using government machinery/money for inaugurations & making political statements at these events.
Two Deputy CMs, three Bihar ministers test positive
Five ministers of the Bihar government, including two deputy chief ministers, have been tested positive for Covid-19.
Deputy chief ministers Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad have been tested positive for Covid-19.
Excise minister Sunil Kumar, Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, and Education Minister Ashok Choudhary have also been reported to be infected with the virus.
‘Soaring Omicron cases could lead to more dangerous variants’
Soaring Omicron cases around the globe could increase the risk of a newer, more dangerous variant emerging, the World Health Organization in Europe warned on Tuesday. While the variant is spreading like wildfire around the world, it appears to be far less severe than initially feared and has raised hopes that the pandemic could be overcome and life return to more normality.
(With agency inputs)