‘UK’s current 80,000 tally would have been 1.4 million at India’s population level’-NITI Ayog

Dr. VK Paul who is the member-health of NITI Aayog stated towards the “new phase” of the pandemic in Europe that has recorded a steep rise in cases

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‘UK’s current 80,000 tally would have been 1.4 million at India’s population level’-NITI Ayog

The Union health ministry has issued another spike that is possible in the number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases as 11 states have now reported patients infected with omicron — the recent Variant of Concern for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. VK Paul who is the member-health of NITI Aayog stated towards the “new phase” of the pandemic in Europe that has recorded a steep rise in cases. “If we do a population-level analysis, the 80,000 cases in the United Kingdom currently reported would equal 14 lakh (1.4 million) in India,” he warned on December 17, 2021.

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Dr. Balram Bhargava who is the Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General stressed the urgent need to avoid non-essential travel.

Maharashtra has the highest COVID-19 tally among the Indian states, even having the greatest number of omicron-related cases at 32. It is then followed by Delhi (22 cases), Rajasthan (17), Karnataka and Telangana (8 each), Gujarat and Kerala (5 each), and Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Chandigarh (1 each)

Not yet gloomy

In the last 20 days even though the numbers of new cases reported have been below 10,000; the rate of positivity has been 0.65% for the past week.

Kerala continued to account for the biggest share of new cases at 40.31%.

India has provided 1.36 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines till now, though most people are still not vaccinated completely. Even there has been no decision on the administration of booster doses yet.

Paul stated: “We will offer this option when there is appropriate evidence and need. Let us first inoculate all adults with both doses.”

The ministry even noted that there was no particular data that the vaccines gave less protection against omicron.

The variant has been reported from all 91 nations and the WHO has estimated the spread of the virus to be faster than delta in South Africa, Agrawal stated. “It’s likely omicron will outpace delta variant where community transmission occurs, the WHO added,” he mentioned.

Whether omicron can lead to being as terrible as delta or more is not yet clear.

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