India added 1,94,720 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,60,70,510 which includes 4,868 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.
The active cases have increased to 9,55,319, the highest in 211 days, while the death count has climbed to 4,84,655 with 442 fresh fatalities.
Of the total 4,868 cases of the Omicron variant, 1,805 people have recovered or migrated so far.
The active cases comprise 2.65 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 96.01 per cent, the ministry said.
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The Centre on Wednesday said lateral flow tests, which includes rapid-antigen and home-antigen tests, can detect Covid from the third day after exposure to the virus to day eight while the RT-PCR test can diagnose the infection for up to 20 days.
At a press conference, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava said on the first day one will test negative whatever tests they undertake.
“It takes time for the virus to grow in your system and that is known as the latent period. From day three it will be detectable in the Lateral Flow Tests and up to day eight which is the infectious period.
“That is why, the discharge policy and home isolation policy are focusing on the seven-day period,” Mr Bhargava explained.
Rows upon rows of metal boxes to house suspected COVID-19 patients, lines of buses taking people to quarantine camps were seen in a set of nightmarish social media videos from China.
The scenes, which seemed straight out of a dystopian movie, are among the several strict preventive measures the country is taking to check the spread of COVID-19.
China has imposed several draconian rules on its citizens under its “zero Covid” policy, placing millions under quarantine even as Beijing prepares to host next month’s Winter Olympics.
People, including pregnant women, children and elderly, are being forced to stay in these crammed boxes furnished with a wooden bed and a toilet – for as long as two weeks – even if a single person tests positive in their locality, reported Daily mail.
Omicron is not common cold and it is a misconception that is spreading, the government’s top Covid adviser VK Paul said today, a day after the country’s top epidemiologist called Omicron infections as mild as a cold and said everybody would likely catch it.
“Omicron is not common cold. We are seeing this misconception spreading; it’s our responsibility to slow it down. Let’s mask up and get vaccinated, whoever is due,” said Dr Paul, who heads the Covid Task Force.
“It’s a fact that vaccines are helpful to an extent. Vaccination is a critical pillar of our Covid response,” he added while briefing reporters.
Delhi today logged 27,561 fresh Covid cases, which is a 29 per cent rise over the cases in the last 24 hours and the most number of cases in a day since April. The positivity rate has touched 26 per cent, which is the highest in seven months.
On April 20 last year, the city reported 28,395 cases.
The city also reported 40 Covid deaths, which is the most since June 10, when it reported 44 deaths.