India’s Covid-19 Suddenly Rises, Reports More Than 20,000 Daily Cases

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NEW DELHI, WORLD LINES – Covid-19 India reported another 22,775 new cases on Saturday 1 January 2022, according to Indian Ministry of Health data.

CNN on Sunday, January 2, 2022, reported that the situation was adding to concerns for authorities across the country that the number of cases would increase.

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Data shows that densely populated metropolises, such as the national capital New Delhi, financial hub Mumbai and Kolkata in the east, saw the steepest gains.

In the eastern state of West Bengal, infections rose to 3,450 in a day. At least 1,950 cases were reported in the capital Kolkata.

Sixteen cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in West Bengal. The city of Kolkata declared 17 micro-containment zones in the housing cluster, where more than 5 infections have been reported.

People living in the zone are not allowed to leave the area, in an effort to try to contain the spread of the disease.

Ajoy Chakrobarty, the state’s director of health services, said he had held meetings with private hospitals to ensure health facilities were ready to deal with the increasing number of cases.

India witnessed a devastating second wave of Covid-19 last year when the daily average number of new cases hit around 400,000.

The caseload has dropped significantly since then. For months the national tally remained below 10,000 cases per day.

Now, the country’s officials and medical experts fear the Omicron variant might trigger India’s third wave of Covid-19.

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