Omicron India: Sharp rise in Covid cases, Bharat Biotech says COVAXIN booster neutralizes both variants

Omicron India: Sharp rise in Covid cases, Bharat Biotech says COVAXIN booster neutralizes both variants
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Omicron India: There has been a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in India. The active infections crossed 9.5 lakh Wednesday, as per the health ministry.

The case positivity rate also rose from 1.1 per cent on December 30 to 11.05 per cent on January 12.

India recorded 1,94,720 fresh Covid cases and 442 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that over two crore children in the age group 15-18 years have been vaccinated against Covid so far.

But now the Covid cases are gradually coming down in Mumbai and Delhi may see the same trend soon, said Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain.

“Plateauing of hospital admissions is an indication that the wave may have peaked. We may see a decline in cases in two to three days,” he added.

Karnataka Wednesday reported 21,390 new Covid cases and 10 deaths. The Ministry of Health has also come up with fresh guidelines to combat coronavirus.

The positivity rate there now stands at 10.96 per cent. Moreover, Bharat Biotech informed that COVAXIN booster dose neutralizes both Omicron and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2.

According to the WHO, Omicron is quickly overtaking the Delta variant.

The variant is becoming dominant around the world. The UN health body also cautioned of increasing evidence that Omicron is able to evade immunity but has less disease severity as compared to other variants.

Despite less severity, it is highly transmissible and people are still being hospitalised.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) also extended the cashless treatment facility for Covid-19 treatment for all employees, and their family members, for three more months or till the number of cases comes down.

Overall, there has been no significant difference in the symptoms of the Delta and Omicron variants.

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