Although Omicron is not posing a burden on the healthcare system yet, vigil has to be maintained, the Indian Council of Medical Research said.

Omicron cases in India rise to 32, govt says symptoms mostly mildImage for representation/PTI
news COVID-19 Friday, December 10, 2021 - 20:21

The total number of Omicron cases detected by authorities in India rose to 32 on December 10, Friday. While the Union government said earlier in the day that 25 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in the country so far, seven more cases have reportedly been detected in Maharashtra since then. Speaking about the 25 cases detected before that, the Health Ministry said that mostly mild symptoms have been noted in all the cases. Clinically, Omicron is not posing a burden on the healthcare system yet but the vigil has to be maintained, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). 

At a joint press briefing, the government on Friday, December 10, said 25 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in India — 10 in Maharashtra, nine in Rajasthan, three in Gujarat, two in Karnataka, and one in Delhi. Since then, the Omicron cases in Maharashtra went up to 17. 

"Mainly mild symptoms have been seen in the cases of Omicron variant detected so far," Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said. He said 2,936 cases of the new variant have been found in 59 countries so far. As many as 78,064 probable cases are presently under testing and genomic sequencing, Agarwal said, adding meetings are being held regularly to keep a watch on the global scenario and examine the situation in India.

An ICMR official said that scientific evidence for diagnosis and treatment are being reviewed regularly and the treatment remains unchanged at the moment. According to the government, the WHO has highlighted that compliance to public health and social measures is declining globally with the increase in vaccination rates.

Another official said the government has not received any recommendation from the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) on the pediatric vaccination against COVID-19 yet.

The government said 86.2% of the country's adult population received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 53.5% have been administered both doses. It said the weekly positivity rate in 19 districts was around 5-10%, and it was over 10% in eight districts of three states.

India's coronavirus tally climbed to 3,46,74,744 with the addition of 8,503 infections in a day, while the number of active cases rose to 94,943, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday, December 10. The official death toll mounted to 4,74,735 with the addition of 624 new fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 43 days now.

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