The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus voiced alarm over an increase of Covid-19 instances around the world.
Dr. Ghebreyesus, chief of WHO is concerned about the Omicron and Delta coronavirus strains combining to cause a “tsunami” of infections. The number of Covid-19 cases reported worldwide climbed by 11% last week (December 20-26) compared to the previous week, according to WHO data.
Surge in COVID-19 cases across India
India is also seeing an increase in Covid-19 instances on a daily basis. According to data from the Union Health Ministry, the country has received 9,195 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 77,002.
A member of the Maharashtra Covid Task Force told India Today that the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has begun in Mumbai, given the increase in daily infections.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra was among the states that reported the most Omicron cases. The state’s total of Omicron cases has risen to 252 with the addition of 85 new cases. Mumbai, the major city, has 33 new Omicron cases.
Cases throughout the country
According to the most recent official statistics available on Wednesday night, India’s Omicron tally was close to 950, with new instances of the new type confirmed in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.
Gujarat reported 19 new instances of Omicron variant on Wednesday, while Rajasthan reported 22 new cases.
According to official data from the Centre and the states, Maharashtra remained the worst-affected state, with an Omicron tally of 252, followed by Delhi (238), Gujarat (97), Rajasthan (69), Kerala (65), and Telangana (62).
On Wednesday, Punjab reported its first Omicron case, while Karnataka reported five further Omicron instances. Five more Omicron cases have been verified in West Bengal, bringing the total number of people infected with the novel type to 11.
In light of new Omicron cases, the Manipur government has imposed a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Large gatherings in interior venues, such as music performances, Thabal Chongba, and festive feasts, have been prohibited.