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India Records 2.51 Lakh New Covid Cases, Positivity Drops From 19.5% To 15.8%

As European countries move towards easing restrictions related to Covid-19, the emergence of a new variant of Omicron, has sparked concerns. Subvariant BA.2, dubbed as “Stealth Omicron” has been detected in the UK, with infections multiplying in some parts of Europe and India.

New Delhi: India reported 2,51,209 new COVID cases, 627 related-deaths and 3,47,443 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate saw a drop from 19.5% to 15.8%. The total number of active cases in the country now stand at 21,05,611.

The weekly positivity rate is at 17.47% while the recovery rate in the nation stands at 93.60%. A total of 72.37 crore tests have been conducted so far, with 15,82,307 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

Take a look at the update from the Ministry of Health’s official Twitter account:

Meanwhile, as European countries move towards easing restrictions related to Covid-19, the emergence of a new variant of Omicron, has sparked concerns. Subvariant BA.2, dubbed as “Stealth Omicron” has been detected in the UK, with infections multiplying in some parts of Europe and India.

At least 400 people have been infected with it during the first 10 days of January in the UK. It has already been detected in more than 40 other countries worldwide, reports DW. 

Irish Mirror reports that the new subvariant now makes up around half of all confirmed Omicron cases in Denmark. Health officials in Denmark suggest that the new subvariant may even outpace the original Omicron strain BA.1 in terms of transmission. However, the rate of hospitalisation in the case of the new strain in comparison with the original strain BA.1 has largely been the same, according to the health officials in Denmark. 

A total of 40 countries have reported 8,040 sequences of Omicron sublineage to GISAID, a primary source that provides open-access to genomic data of influenza viruses. According to a Hindustan Times report dated 23 January, India has reported 530 samples of the Omicron sub-variant.

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