Omicron Variant LIVE Updates: Omicron Variant LIVE Updates: Ravindra Gupta, Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases (CITIID), led a recent study on the Omicron variant and was among the first globally to describe the modified fusion mechanism of cells at play which might make Omicron more visible to the body’s immune defences
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Omicron Variant LATEST Updates: This is the second time that the 70-year-old has been infected with the virus. Recently his son Vaibhav Gehlot has also been tested positive for COVID-19.
The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the past 24 hours were 98,434, as per the latest bulletin. With this, the positivity rate increased to 15.34 percent in Delhi.
Speaking to reporters, the Delhi health minister said that so far no death due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been confirmed in the National Capital. He asserted Delhi is in a comfortable position in terms of hospital bed occupancy.
Satyendar Jain said the number of cases in Delhi is high as a large number of people are being tested for COVID-19 in the city.
CM Mamata Banerjee said that the next 15 days are important and the state will increase restrictions soon.
Underlining the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and the preponderance of asymptomatic cases, the Centre has urged nine states and union territories to ramp up COVID-19 testing to ensure that infected people do not spread the virus to others.
India on Thursday saw the biggest single-day jump of 495 Omicron cases, taking the total number of infections of the new variant of coronavirus to 2,630, according to Union health ministry data.
Of the total cases, Maharashtra has the maximum at 797, followed by Delhi at 465, Rajasthan 236, Kerala 234, Karnataka 226, Gujarat 204 and Tamil Nadu 121.
Meanwhile, India has logged 90,928 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, and the daily positivity rate is at 4.18 percent the Union Health Ministry informed on Thursday. The active caseload of COVID cases in the country now stands at 2,85,401. As per the Ministry, 2,135 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in India, of which 828 have recovered.
As many as 4,82,551 recoveries and 534 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours were also reported by the Ministry. While the cumulative recoveries from the virus stand at 3,43,21,803, the total COVID deaths were reported to be 4,82,551. Further, the Ministry informed that over 147.72 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered across the nation so far.
Maharashtra reported 26,538 fresh COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the state health bulletin on Wednesday. Of the new cases, Mumbai reported the highest number of infections at 15,166. Delhi on Wednesday reported 10,665 new coronavirus cases, almost double the number of infections logged the day before, with the positivity rate shooting up to 11.88 percent, according to health department data.