Delhi recorded 10 new cases of the Omicron virus on Friday. This is the second consecutive day that Delhi has recorded a large surge in the Omicron infection and has increased its stake in the Omicron tally. The addition of these 10 cases of the new strain of CoronaVirus took the total number of cases in India to almost 100.
In India, 11 states and union territories have reported the infection of this highly mutated variant of the CoronaVirus. Maharashtra so far has reported the maximum number of omicron cases. 32 cases have been reported in Maharashtra so far. This list is followed by Rajasthan with 17 cases, 08 cases in Karnataka, 05 in Kerala, 08 cases in Telangana, 05 cases in Gujarat, and 1 in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh each. 20 cases have been reported in the Union Territories of Delhi and 1 in Chandigarh.
While talking to ANI, Satendra Jain, Health Minister of India said that 10 new cases of the new strain of the virus have been reported which makes 20 cases of omicron in total in the national capital. He also said that 10 patients out of 20 have been recovered and discharged.
India’s first omicron case was reported on December 02nd from Bengaluru. A 66-year-old and a 46-year-old were found to be infected with the variant.
India reported 7,447 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, with 391 deaths in the last 24 hours. This is the sharpest spike seen in the rise of the Corona cases in 4 months. The central government has asked the state to set up surveillance and genome sequencing and take appropriate steps keeping the situation in mind.
As the new variant is said to be spreading at an unparalleled rate, the World Health Organization said that the variant has probably been spread to most of the nations.
According to a study by the University of Hong Kong, this new variant of Coronavirus replicates around 70 times higher than the delta and the other original Covid-19 strains. The infection severity of the strain might be much lower than per the study.
The United Kingdom has the most cases of the new omicron strain. With 11,708 the United Kingdom tops the list of countries affected severely by the new strain. Denmark is the second one on the list with 9,009 cases, then Norway with 1792 cases, and then South Africa with 1,134 cases. These are the four countries that have the most cases of Omicron Strain.
Joe Biden, United Nations’ President, warned of a “winter of severe illness and death” to the people who haven’t been vaccinated of the new strain and the rate at which the strain is spreading its talons all over the world.
Soumya Swaminathan, a World Health Organization scientist, affirmed during an interview how the spread of the new strain could have been stopped. “It was in the world’s hands to prevent this if we had used the tools that we have equitably around the world.
We had enough vaccines to vaccinate people around the world.” IMF chief Gita Gopinath talked about vaccine equity during an interview. She said, “Vaccine inequity is tragic. We are at the end of 2021 with high-income countries having vaccinated 70 per cent of their population and lower-income countries less than four per cent.”
India and the entire world have gone through a lot in the past two years of the Coronavirus outbreaks. We as a world have lost in terms of life, money, resources, and time.
One important question to contemplate now is if we as a country of 08 billion people with all the information of the strain and have seen the misery in the past be able to fight through this new strain in terms of resources, support, and government’s credibility.