India’s Omicron tally rises to 781

A healthcare worker on duty to take samples for COVID. [FPK File Photo]

New Delhi: The total count of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant Omicron has reached 781 in India.

The variant of concern that was first detected in South Africa in November has now spread to 21 states in the country, and Delhi has the highest count with 238 infections, followed by Maharashtra with 167 cases.

Meanwhile, India reported 9,195 COVID cases in the last 24 hours, 44 per cent higher than yesterday’s 6,358 cases.

Over 143 crore vaccine doses have been administered in India, making a significant milestone in the fight against COVID. The recovery rate is currently at 98.40 per cent, the highest since March 2020.

At least 7,347 people have recovered in the last 24 hours. The total number of people who have recovered is 3,42,51,292.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation said that the risk posed by the Omicron variant is still “very high” after COVID case numbers shot up by 11 per cent globally last week.

Omicron is behind rapid virus spikes in several countries, including those where it has already overtaken the previously dominant Delta variant, the WHO said in its weekly epidemiological update.


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