- Covid task force chief advised caution on unnecessary travel, crowds, and New Year festivities.
NEW DELHI- India may see as many as 14 lakh Omicron ( COVID-19 ) cases daily if there’s an outbreak as big as the one that the UK (over 80,000 daily cases) is currently seeing, VK Paul, government’s Covid task force chief said on Friday.
France is reporting 65,000 cases. If an outbreak of a similar scale takes place in India, then given our population it will mean 13 lakh cases every day,” Paul added.
Omicron is spreading at a very fast pace in India and at present India now has 101 Omicron cases across 11 states and Union Territories.
In the UK, which has reported the highest ever daily rise of 88,042 cases, 2.4% of the cases are Omicron infections.
Europe is passing through a serious phase despite 80 percent partial vaccinations and despite the fact that they also went through a Delta wave, Dr Paul said.
Covid task force chief advised caution on unnecessary travel, crowds, and New Year festivities.
“It is time to avoid non-essential travel, time to avoid mass gatherings, and time to observe low-intensity festivities and low-intensity New Year celebrations,” he said.
According to the officials, experts have warned that going by the trend, Omicron looks set to outpace Delta.
“WHO has said that Omicron is spreading faster than the Delta variant in South Africa where Delta circulation was low. It’s likely Omicron will outpace Delta variant where community transmission occurs, WHO added,” said Health Ministry Joint Secretary Luv Agarwal.
20CommentsMaharashtra, the state with the highest overall Covid cases, has so far recorded the most number of Omicron cases at 32. Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh are the other states where the highly contagious new variant has been reported.