Third Covid-19 wave is here; 75% cases in metros Omicron

A large chunk of Omicron cases in India have been reported from big cities, the head of the country’s vaccine task force told a television (TV) channel on Monday, adding the third wave is upon us.

Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata have a combined 75 percent share of infections of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of coronavirus that was first detected in South Africa in November, said N K Arora, chairman, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. He has also been closely involved with the roll-out of vaccines from the very onset.

“Look at whatever variants have been genome sequenced. We got our first virus right in the first week of December. Last week, 12 per cent of the variants identified were Omicron and the week prior, it had increased to 28 per cent. It is rapidly increasing as…read more

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