India reports 7,350 new COVID-19 cases, 202 deaths in 24 hours

India’s top technical advisory body on Covid-19 vaccination has suggested that the third or the booster dose.


India recorded 7,350 Covid-19 cases and 202 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data. The cases are lower than the number recorded on Sunday, and India has recorded 38 cases of the Omicron variant.

The new cases and deaths have pushed India’s covid-19 total cases to 3, 46, 97,860 and death total to 4, 75,636. Active cases have declined to 91,456.

Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh reported their first Omicron case on Sunday, while Maharashtra and Karnataka each recorded one more case of the COVID-19 variant, taking the tally in the country to 38. With this, Omicron has been detected in Maharashtra (18), Rajasthan (9), Karnataka (3), Karnataka (3), Kerala (1) and Andhra Pradesh (1) and Union Territories of Delhi (2) and Chandigarh (1).

India’s top technical advisory body on Covid-19 vaccination has suggested that the third or the booster dose, when administered, should be of a vaccine based on a platform different from that of the first two doses.

Senior government sources told The Indian Express that the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), the apex body that provides vaccination guidance after a technical review of the scientific evidence on immunization policy and programmes — is still assessing the requirement for boosters.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said the Omicron coronavirus variant is more transmissible than the Delta strain and reduces vaccine efficacy but causes less severe symptoms according to early data.

To check the spread of the Omicron variant, Britain announced that bookings for booster doses of the COVID vaccine for those aged above 30 will open from Monday. In South Africa, where the variant was first reported, President Cyril Ramaphose was tested positive for COVID-19; even as the country recorded a new high of 37,875 new infections, dramatically up from the previous day’s 17,154 new cases.


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