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How dangerous is Omicron? government answers, also says, the fourth wave came in the world | The world is facing the fourth wave of Corona, the government said – maintain vigilance

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The government said on Friday that the world is facing the fourth wave of the corona virus.

Highlights

  • The government underlined that infection from Omicron does not necessarily lead to serious disease.
  • Balram Bhargava said in a joint press conference that delta remains the main form in India so far.
  • About a third of all cases detected in India were mild symptomatic and the rest had no symptoms.

New Delhi: The government on Friday said that the world is facing the fourth wave of the corona virus and in such a situation we need to maintain our vigil, especially during the year-end festivities. At the same time, the government underlined that infection from Omicron does not necessarily lead to serious disease. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava said in a joint press conference that so far the main form in India remains the delta. He also stressed on appropriate COVID related behavior and early vaccination.

‘Omicron variants do not cause serious disease’

Bhargava said that the Omicron variant of the corona virus does not cause severe disease and of all the cases detected in India, about a third were mild and the rest had no symptoms. He said, ‘I want to emphasize that the treatment for individuals infected with Omicron remains the same. It does not detract from the treatment of the delta, alpha or beta form. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan cautioned that the world is facing the fourth surge of Kovid-19 cases and the overall confirmed rate of infection is 6.1 percent.

‘Daily number of cases below 10,000 for 4 weeks’
Regarding the trend of COVID in different continents, Bhushan said that Europe, North America and Africa were witnessing a week-on-week increase in infections from November 26 but Asia is still showing a decline in cases. He said that in India, the number of daily cases has been below 10,000 for the last 4 weeks. Although this number is small, but we should be cautious. Bhushan said that even though the total number of cases in the country is declining, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Karnataka and Mizoram still reported a high number of infections. The infection rate of Kovid-19 in Kerala and Mizoram is much higher than the national average, which is a cause for concern.

‘Weekly infection rate between 5 to 10 percent in 20 districts’
In 20 districts of the country, the weekly infection rate of Kovid-19 is between 5 and 10 percent, while in 2 districts this rate is more than 10 percent. The government said that so far 358 cases of infection of Omicron form have been reported in India. Out of them, 183 cases were analyzed and it was found that out of these, 121 people had traveled abroad. Of the 183 cases Omicron analyzed, 87 patients had received the full dose of the vaccine, 3 had also received a booster dose. In the cases analyzed, 70 percent of the patients did not have any symptoms and 61 percent of the patients were male.

‘Omicron spreading faster than Delta’
The government, citing World Health Organization facts, said that Omicron is spreading through communities faster than Delta and its cases are doubling in 1.5 to 3 days. The government has asked people to take special precautions during Christmas and New Year festivities. It said that about 61 percent of adults in India have been given both doses of the Kovid vaccine, while 89 percent have been given the first dose. Regarding the preparedness of the country regarding Kovid, the Health Secretary said that 18,10,083 beds, 4,94,314 oxygen beds, 1,39,300 ICU beds and other types of beds have been prepared. (Language)

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