January23 , 2022

Government Warns 5 States, J&K Of Rising Covid Cases Amid Omicron Fears


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New Delhi:

The authorities on Saturday wrote to 5 states – Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram, and the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir – to precise concern over a fast enhance in every day new Covid instances and mortality charges, and underline the hazard posed by the Omicron variant.

Letters signed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged involved state and UT officers to reinforce surveillance of overseas arrivals (notably from ‘in danger’ nations), monitor rising hotspots, and be sure that all samples from Covid sufferers are despatched for genome sequencing.

Among these flagged, J&K’s Kathua district reported a staggering 727 per cent enhance in new instances between November 26 and December 2, as in comparison with per week earlier. In the identical interval in Karnataka’s Tumkur district, instances spiked by 152 per cent.

Similarly huge surges in weekly caseloads have been seen in Mizoram’s Saiha (237 per cent) and Odisha’s Dhenkanal (667 per cent) districts, the federal government famous.

The authorities additionally expressed concern over jumps in Covid-related mortality figures from Kerala.

12 deaths in Thrissur district between November 19 and November 25 jumped to 128 the following week, and 70 deaths in Malappuram district in the identical interval turned 109 within the subsequent.

Overall every day Covid numbers in India have been on a gradual decline for the reason that peak of the second wave in May, when over 4 lakh new instances have been reported in a day. This morning fewer than 9,000 have been reported from the earlier 24 hours, and the nationwide energetic caseload stays under 1 lakh.

Declining Covid case charges have been accompanied by a rise in vaccination charges.

All of this, nevertheless, is doubtlessly beneath menace by the emergence of the Omicron variant, which medical consultants and virologists consider is considerably extra infectious than the Delta pressure.

Omicron can also be believed to have larger vaccine-resistance, though the World Health Organization has burdened that present vaccines nonetheless present a level of safety from the virus. The authorities yesterday urged folks to make sure they’re double vaccinated as quickly as attainable.

Meanwhile, India at the moment confirmed its third case of the Omicron variant, with information company PTI reporting {that a} man from Zimbabwe had examined optimistic for the brand new pressure.

On Thursday the primary two instances have been reported from Karnataka – a 66-year-old man from South Africa, who landed in Bengaluru final week after which “fled” to Dubai, and a 46-year-old metropolis physician.