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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 58,000 New Covid Cases In India, 2,135 Total Omicron Cases

Covid Cases In India: The Omicron variant appears to be far less severe than initially feared. (File)

New Delhi:

India reported 58,097 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 55 per cent higher than the previous day’s 37,379 cases. In order to deal with the surge, the government is speeding up vaccination drives across the country. Those in the age group 15-18 are now being inoculated.

The number of deaths climbed to 4,82,551 with 534 more fatalities, the data showed.

A total of 2,135 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far, out of which 828 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry’s data updated on Wednesday.

Several states have announced restrictions like night curfew as Covid cases continue to rise.

Soaring Omicron cases around the world could increase the risk of a newer, more dangerous variant emerging, the World Health Organisation, or WHO, said yesterday.

While the variant is spreading like wildfire around the world, it appears to be far less severe than initially feared and has raised hopes that the pandemic could be overcome and life return to more normality, the WHO has said.

But WHO senior emergencies officer Catherine Smallwood sounded an ominous note of caution, telling news agency AFP that the soaring infection rates could have the opposite effect.

Here are the LIVE Updates on Coronavirus cases in India:

Update| Mizoram reports 502 new cases and 1 death; Active caseload stands at 2,572

Coronavirus Updates: 60 employees of BEST test positive for COVID-19 In Mumbai

As many as 60 employees of Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) including bus drivers have tested positive for COVID-19, BEST PRO informed on Wednesday.

“60 employees of BEST including bus drivers test positive for COVID-19,” BEST PRO said.

Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 15,166 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of active cases to 61,923 in the city, informed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday.

With this, the city’s COVID-19 case tally jumped