India has seen a sharp rise in the number of people infected with Covid over the past year, prompting fears that a third wave of coronavirus epidemics could spread due to the omicron.
According to figures released on Saturday morning, 22,775 infections have been confirmed across the country in the past 24 hours. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, 406 people died of covid during that period.
That is the highest one-day increase since October. Such growth is seen in high-density cities like the capital Delhi, the financial hub Mumbai and Kolkata.
Earlier on Friday morning, the government said 16,764 people had been infected and 220 had died in a 24-hour period.
According to the Indian Ministry of Health, there are now more than 100,000 active infections in the country.
Covid was confirmed in an average of four lakh people daily in April and May when the second tidal wave reached its peak in India.
Since then, the number of infected has dropped significantly. For months, less than 10,000 infected people were found daily.
But officials and experts are concerned that the highly contagious Omicron variant is about to create a third wave.
The number of people infected with Omicron in India has exceeded 1,400.
The state of Mumbai in Maharashtra has so far confirmed the highest number of 454 cases of Omicron infection. Omicron was also found in 351 people in Delhi, 118 in Tamil Nadu, 115 in Gujarat and 109 in Kerala.
Among the three states bordering Nepal – West Bengal (17), Uttar Pradesh (8) and Uttarakhand (4) – have also been infected by Omicron.
With the number of infected people increasing, the daily infection confirmation rate in India has now reached 2.05 percent. The weekly confirmation rate is 1.10 percent.
In Nepal, the government has so far confirmed that only three people have been infected with the Omicron variant.