India Records 200 Omicron Cases, 80 Percent Asymptomatic

India Records 200 Omicron Cases, 80 Percent Asymptomatic

India has recorded 200 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in 12 states. According to a report by the Indian Ministry of Health, the majority of cases were found in the western state of Maharashtra and the nation's capital New Delhi.

The number of Omicron cases in India nearly doubled in a week. However, so far there have been no reports of deaths caused by the new variant.

According to data, in less than 40 percent of cases, patients have fully recovered or been allowed to go home. India accelerates vaccination rate amid fears of a potential spike in cases.

Ummatimes - At least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been given to 87 percent of the 944 million adults. India reported 5,326 new cases in a day, its lowest figure for more than a year and a half.

Total cases in India reached 34.75 million cases, becoming the second highest in the world after the United States. On Monday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told parliament that 80 percent of Omicron cases were asymptomatic.

"We continue to monitor the (Omicron) variant and in the next few days will monitor its impact," he said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged citizens to wear masks and asked the federal government to allow a COVID-19 booster vaccine. According to Kejriwal, around 70 per cent of Delhi's 15 million adult population have received the full COVID-19 vaccine.