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Covid Update: India Reports 8,603 New Coronavirus Cases, Down 6% From Yesterday

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According to the latest Health Ministry data, the number of active cases in India has risen to 99,974.

Covid Update: On Saturday, India saw an increase of 8,603 COVID instances, bringing the overall number of COVID-19 cases to 3,46,24,360. India also saw 415 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 4,70,530. According to the most recent data from the Ministry of Health, the number of active cases has risen to 99,974. For the first time, India has reported ‘Omicron’ cases, with two cases discovered in Karnataka. The new viral strain has sparked global concern, with numerous governments proposing limitations to halt the spread of the ‘Variant of Concern,’ as the World Health Organization has designated it (WHO).

A legislative committee has advised that the efficiency of Covid vaccines be assessed, and the government perform a further study to examine the necessity for booster doses to control the new strain, amid mounting concerns about the Omicron type of SARS-CoV-2. Two new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Saturday, one more than the previous day, bringing the total number of cases in the union territory to 7,688, according to a health department official. Both incidents were discovered during contact tracing, according to him.

Following the confirmation of India’s first Omicron Covid cases, fears have been raised that international visitors, particularly those from ‘at risk’ countries, will avoid necessary Covid tests and quarantine processes, spreading the virus further. Following the confirmation of India’s first Omicron Covid cases, fears have been raised that international visitors, particularly those from ‘at risk’ countries, will avoid necessary Covid tests and quarantine processes, spreading the virus further.

COVID-19 recoveries outpaced new cases in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday, as four more people recovered from the condition while one new infection brought the coronavirus tally to 55,286, according to a senior health department official. So far, 54,973 persons have recovered from COVID-19, according to the official.

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