© Reuters. The treatment for the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) continues in Ahmedabad. A patient with a breathing problem is being wheeled to a COVID-19 Hospital. REUTERS/Amit Dave
(Corrects Dr. Subhash Salunke’s designation, paragraph 7)
By Neha Arora
NEW DELHI (Reuters). India’s COVID-19 infected may be on the rise, according to top experts. They noted that Omicron variant is already present in India, and that Omicron hospitals have been treating more people despite a drop in COVID-19 incidences in cities.
India has reported 306,064 cases of new infection in 24 hours. This is a decrease of 8% from the daily average for the past four days. There were 439 deaths, which was the lowest figure in five days.
The weekly positivity rate has risen to 17.03% over the week ending Jan. 24, compared to 0.63% on Dec. 27, a highly-transmissible Omicron variation.
According to an Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium report, Omicron has now become dominant in several metros in India. This was stated in a Sunday report.
The advisory group stated that most Omicron variant cases have been mild. However, hospitalisations were on the rise and intensive care was becoming more common.
After hitting peak levels, major cities like Delhi and Mumbai, the financial hub of Maharashtra have seen huge falls in case numbers in recent weeks.
As the variant spreads to semi-urban, rural areas, Dr. Subhash Salunke said that this could be changing. Salunke previously advised Maharashtra’s government that multiple peak levels are possible in the coming eight to ten weeks.
Salunke said that “the number of cases in cities such as Mumbai and Pune is the tip of an iceberg” adding that there was also a deadly Delta variant of the virus.
India has the second highest number of global infections at 39.54 Million, just behind the United States. It has witnessed 489 848 deaths from the virus.
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