India reports first Omicron death...

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India reports first Omicron death

 International Desk

 Published: 04:42 PM, 5 January 2022   Updated: 06:07 PM, 5 January 2022

India reports first Omicron death

India reports first Omicron death

India on Wednesday reported its first COVID-19 death linked to the fast-spreading Omicron variant in the western state of Rajasthan, a federal health ministry official said.

The man, Laxminarayan Nagar, was 73 years old.

Omicron cases in the country have now risen to 2,135, the official told a small group of reporters in New Delhi.

The man had tested positive for Covid on December 15 and has been in hospital since then. The person is reported to have comorbidities, like diabetes, hypertension, among others.

India has 2,135 cases of the Omicron variant - the most in Maharashtra with 653 cases, followed by Delhi with 464 cases. 

The cases are heading northwards, with India reporting 58,097 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 55 per cent higher than yesterday's 37,379 cases. This is twice the number seen only four days ago.

The weekly positivity rate is 2.60 per cent; daily positivity rate is 4.18 per cent. Positivity rate is the percentage of all Covid tests that are actually positive.

Those in the 15-18 age group are being inoculated now. Over 147 crore vaccine doses have been administered in India, making a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

Several states have put in curbs like night curfew as Covid cases continue to surge.

Soaring Omicron cases around the world could increase the risk of a newer, more dangerous variant emerging, the World Health Organisation, or WHO, said yesterday.