So far, 101 positive cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected across 11 states and union territories so far, the government said on Friday and advised people to keep new year celebrations at low intensity.
On Friday Government advised people to keep new year celebrations at low intensity and avoid non-essential travelling as India has recorded as many as 101 Omicron positive cases across 11 states and union territories so far.
With the Omicron variant spreading very fast across Europe and other parts of the world, people must avoid mass gatherings.
There is a need to stay vigilant in view of the new variant and rising cases in other countries even though the daily Covid-19 cases are below 10,000 for the past 20 days,.
Giving details of Omicron cases in India, it said Maharashtra has reported 32 cases of the variant, Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17), Karnataka (8), Telangana (8), Gujarat (5), Kerala (5), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (1), the government said.
It is likely that Omicron spread will outpace Delta variant where community transmission occurs, the government said citing the WHO.
On the Covid-19 situation in the country, it said 19 districts are reporting weekly positivity between 5 and 10 %and five districts over 10 per cent.
Districts with over 5 %Covid case positivity rate need to ensure restrictive measures until it is below 5 %for at least two weeks, the government said.
Sufficient systematic and strategic sampling is being undertaken for genome sequencing for detection of Omicron cases in India.
On Covid-19 vaccination, the government said that India has so far administered 82.8 crore first doses and 53.72 crore second doses.
More than 136 crore doses have been administered in the country which is 2.8 times the total doses administered in the US, it said.