Amid the constant spike in Omicron cases across the country, the government has decided to rush multi-disciplinary central teams to ten states including Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Punjab.
In an official statement, the Union Health Ministry said, “…A decision has been taken to deploy multi-disciplinary Central teams to 10 identified States some of which are either reporting an increasing number of Omicron and COVID19 cases or slow vaccination pace…”
So far, a total of 415 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been in India, out of which 115 have recovered or migrated.
Maharashtra has recorded a maximum of 108 Omicron cases, followed by Delhi at 79, Gujarat 43, Telangana 38, Kerala 37, Tamil Nadu 34 and Karnataka 31.
Asserting that the Omicron variant is at least three times ore transmissible than Delta variant, the Centre asked states and union territories to restart war rooms, keep analysing even small trends and surges and keep taking strict and prompt containment action at district and local levels.
The Centre advised implementing strategic interventions for containment like imposition of night curfew, strict regulation of large gatherings, curbing numbers in marriages and funerals besides increasing testing and surveillance.
The advisory comes in view of early signs of rise in cases of coronavirus as well as increased detection of the variant of concern Omicron in different parts of the country. With the number of Omicron cases rising and the festival season starting today, several states have imposed night curfew and other curbs.
India’s Active Caseload presently at 77,032 is lowest in 579 days. Active cases constitute 0.22% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is lowest since March 2020.
➡️ India’s Active Caseload currently at 77,032 is lowest in 579 days.
➡️ Constitutes 0.22% of Total Cases which is lowest since March 2020. pic.twitter.com/a1VQlCk6fM
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) December 25, 2021
The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours saw a total of 11,12,195 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 67.10 Cr (67,10,51,627) cumulative tests.
While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, Weekly Positivity Rate at 0.60% remains less than 1% for the last 41 days now. The Daily Positivity rate reported to be 0.65%. The daily Positivity rate has remained below 2% for last 82 days and below 3% for 117 consecutive days now.
With the administration of 66,09,113 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 141 Cr (1,41,01,26,404) as per provisional reports till 7 am today. This has been achieved through 1,49,64,300 sessions.