Omicron is at Least 3 Times More Transmissible Than Delta, India’s National Centre for Disease Control Says

India’s Union Health Ministry noted that 200 instances of the Omicron type of Covid-19 have been identified in India so far. 77 patients have recovered or relocated as a result of this.

Maharashtra and Delhi each had 54 Omicron variant instances, while Telangana had 20, Karnataka had 19, Rajasthan had 18, Kerala had 15, and Gujarat had 14.

According to ministry data, India registered 5,326 new instances of Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, the fewest in 581 days, bringing the overall number of cases to 3,47,52,164. The total number of active cases has dropped to 79,097, the lowest level in 574 days.

According to figures updated at 8 a.m., the death toll has risen to 4,78,007, with 453 new fatalities. For the previous 54 days, the daily increase in new coronavirus infections has been less than 15,000 per day.

The Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday that there is no indication that existing vaccinations do not work on the Omicron variation of coronavirus, while some of the mutations found on the spike gene may reduce the efficiency of existing vaccines.

“There are limited available data, and no peer-reviewed evidence, on vaccine efficacy or effectiveness to date for Omicron,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a written reply.

He was responding to a question on whether the vaccinations that are given in the country are effective to develop immunity for this variant.

“However, vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved. Hence, vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease and, vaccination with the available vaccines remains crucial,” he added.

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