In the light of the rise in Omicron cases, the newest version of SARS-CoV-2, the Union health ministry issued a new warning against the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday. According to health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, during the ministry’s weekly press briefing on Friday, the world recorded over 9 lakh Covid-19 cases on December 23, indicating a new wave of the epidemic.
Here’s all the details on what the health ministry said:
1. The pandemic is in its fourth wave around the world. Over 9 lakh Covid cases were reported worldwide on December 23.
2. The number of new cases in Asia is declining in comparison to Europe, North America, and Africa, but we must remain vigilant, according to Rajesh Bhushan.
3. Every day, around 7,000 Covid cases are reported in India. India’s daily case count has been below 10,000 for the past four weeks. So far, India has had two pandemic outbreaks: one in September 2020 and the other in May 2021.
5. At the moment, India’s cases are decreasing: the global case positivity rate is over 6%, while India’s case positivity rate is 5.3 percent, with regional variations.
6. The case positivity rate in Kerala and Mizoram is a source of concern.
7. Approximately 20 districts across the country are reporting weekly positivity rates of 5 to 10%.
8. Over 1 lakh Omicron cases have been reported in 108 countries, with 26 deaths. In India, 358 Omicron cases have been reported in 17 states and union territories. There have been 114 documented recoveries.
9. In India, 121 of the 183 cases examined had foreign travel history, while 44 had no foreign travel history but had come into contact with people who had. The identity of 18 is unknown. 87 of the 183 cases were fully vaccinated, with three of them receiving three doses. According to the Center, seven people were unvaccinated and two were only partially vaccinated. 10. Delta remains the dominant strain in India, including the recently discovered clusters, according to ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava.