Indian official:
A health worker stands next to beds installed inside the temporarily converted coronavirus care centre at the Commonwealth Games stadium in New Delhi on December 22. AFP

The Indian government on Friday said that people should not lower their guard as the world is witnessing the fourth surge in COVID-19 cases.

Iran PressAsia: “The world is witnessing the fourth surge and and the overall positivity is 6.1%. Therefore, we have to be on guard and we can’t afford to slacken,” said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

Quoting the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Health Secretary said that the Omicron variant has a significant growth advantage over Delta.

“The WHO on December 7 said that Omicron has a significant growth advantage over Delta, which means it has greater transmissibility. Omicron cases double within 1.5 to 3 days. So, we have to remain vigilant with COVID appropriate behaviour,” he said.

“Of 358 cases of the Omicron variant detected in India so far, 183 were analysed and 121 of them had foreign travel history,” said Bhushan.

“Of 183 Omicron cases analysed so far, 91% were fully vaccinated with three having booster shots, 70% were asymptomatic, 61% were males,” he added.

The global death toll is  5,403,000 with 278,631,000 confirmed COVID cases.


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