So far 2,183 new Covid cases have been recorded today, an 89.8 per cent jump from yesterday’s case count of 1,150 cases. Omicron is more likely than other corona virus variants to cause upper airway infection (UAI) among children, putting them at risk of heart attack and other severe complications, according to a study.
A total of 214 deaths have been recorded over the past 24 hours. The daily positivity rate, an indicator of the spread of the infection in the population, has increased from 0.31 per cent yesterday to 0.83 per cent today.
Among the Indian cities witnessing a surge in cases is Delhi and NCR, which reported 517 Covid cases. The total number of Covid-infected patients in Delhi, according to yesterday’s bulletin, is 1,518 which is the highest since March 3 this year.
Several students in Delhi and adjoining cities of Ghaziabad and Noida have tested positive over the past couple of weeks, sparking panic leading to closure of schools.
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia has said that closing schools would be last option. The Delhi Directorate of Education also issued an advisory for students on Friday, following reports of rising Covid cases.
In Manipur, two new COVID-19 positive cases was recorded, pushing the state’s tally to 1,37,198 while the death toll remained at 2,120 with zero new fatality. The positivity rate is 0.8 per cent.