India reports first omicron death
The Covid 19 Omicron variant in India is spiking in the cities. The death of a 74 year old man in Udaipur last week was reported to be caused by the Omicron variant on wednesday. Nation reports 2,630 cases of omicron cumulatively from all the states and Union Territories according to the official sources. The state of Maharashtra tops the list with 797 patients tested positive followed by Delhi, Rajasthan and Kerala. India stands 12th in the global list of omicron cases after countries United Kingdom, Denmark, and the US reporting the highest number of cases in the world.
First Omicron death
The first Omicron variant linked death in the country was confirmed yesterday.The 74 year old man who passed away in a hospital in Udaipur on December 24th was reported to be linked to Omicron as per the statements of Joint secratary of Union Health Ministry, Lav Aggarwal. The man who was suffering from post covid pneumonia, co-morbidities and diabetic disorders was hospitalised on december 15th. He was tested covid - 19 negative twice and was fully vaccinated. ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said that the omicron variant is "predominant circulating strain in the cities and all the mass gatherings must be avoided".
The novel corona virus cases in India is heading to a steep increase in the first week of January. Nearly a lakh cases is being reported a day as 90,928 cases were positive last 24 hours alone. The death toll counted to 325. Several states are moving towards implementing restrictions as a precaution for this increase in the cases. As Delhi and Maharashtra governments ruled out necessities for a lockdown, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced that the state is implementing night time curfews from today. The curfew extends from 10pm to 5am in the morning while essential services will not be affected. The colleges in the state is being closed down till 20th of the month and there would be no physical classes for upto 9th grade in the schools. January 9th sunday would be a complete lockdown in the state observing increasing covid-19 and omicron cases.
Kerala is to be highly vigilant during the following week as 230 omicron positive cases reported in the state. There would be strict restrictions on mass gatherings like marriage functions, funerals and other political and cultural activities.
While the new highly spreading variant 'IHU' was reported in mediterranean regions of France there is no issues for concern in the country so far. The variant is yet to be officially recognized as a covid 19 variant by the World Health Organization. So far 46 variants of the Novel corona virus 2019 have been reported world wide.
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