Mumbai: The Centre on Wednesday said that a total of 115 deaths have been confirmed due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 globally, which includes one confirmed Omicron-related death in India.
Addressing the Health ministry briefing here today, Agarwal said, “Total 115 confirmed deaths globally due to Omicron and 1 death in India.”
“Omicron has a substantial growth advantage over Delta as per WHO…Data from South Africa, the UK, Canada, Denmark suggests a reduced risk of hospitalization for Omicron compared to Delta,” Agarwal said.
Referring to the massive increase in coronavirus cases across India, he said, “The sharp rise in COVID cases with active cases in India today stands at 9,55,319. Emerging States of Concern (Reporting Increase in Covid Cases) Maharashtra, West Bengal Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Gujarat.”
“Emerging states of concerns reporting high positive rates- Maharashtra with a rate positivity rate of 22.39 per cent, West Bengal 32.18 per cent, Delhi 23.1 per cent and Uttar Pradesh 4.47 per cent,” he added.
Meanwhile, India recorded 1,94,720 fresh COVID-19 infections and 442 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.
With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 3,60,70,510, which includes 9,55,319 active cases. The daily positivity rate of this virus in the country is 11.05 per cent. Out of the total cases, 2.65 per cent are active cases.