Omicron tally crosses 150; India reports 6,563 new Covid-19 cases

The five patients are from Dharwad, Bhadravathi, Udupi and Mangaluru, Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar said.

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NEW-DELHI: On Monday, India’s Omicron total crossed 150 with Karnataka confirming five more cases on December 19. The five patients are from Dharwad, Bhadravathi, Udupi and Mangaluru, Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar said.

According to central and state officials, Omicron cases have been detected in: Maharashtra (54), Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17) and Karnataka (19), Telangana (20), Gujarat (11), Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (4).

Meanwhile, India on Monday recorded 6,563 new Covid-19 cases and 132 deaths in the last 24 hours. With 8,077 recoveries, the active cases in the country stood at 82,267, according to the Health Ministry’s bulletin.

In other news, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi, said on Sunday, vaccines could be tweaked to offer protection against new emerging variants of SARS-CoV2 virus. Speaking at the 22nd Dr V S Prayag Memorial Oration-2021 he added, the next two or three weeks will tell us how the Omicron variant will play out on factors such as transmissibility, escaping immunity and severity.

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