New Delhi. The central government has warned the people of the country about the increasing cases of corona virus and the spread of the new variant Omicron. The Center has said that many people consider Omicron to be the common cold, but they should not think so. The government also told that the rate of spread of corona in the country has increased from one percent to 11 percent in two weeks. That is, the infection rate has increased 11 times in 14 days. The number of corona infected patients found in 24 hours has reached two lakh and the number of active cases has crossed the one million mark.
The Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday that during the third wave of corona, cases of infection have increased rapidly in the country. Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal said that on December 30, the infection rate in the country was 1.1 percent, which increased to 11.05 percent on January 12. He also said that this trend of increasing new cases rapidly is not only in India but all over the world. Aggarwal also said that the Omicron variant of Corona has caused 115 deaths in the world and one person died from this variant in India.
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The good news is that the Omicron variant is rapidly replacing the more dangerous Delta variant, he said. This is good because the hospitalization rate of Omicron infected people has been very low compared to Delta. Agarwal said that in the third wave, eight states are troubled, where the rate of infection is very high. These states are Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Gujarat. Among them, Bengal has the highest infection rate of 32.18 percent. This is followed by 26 per cent in Delhi and 23 per cent in Maharashtra. Electoral state Uttar Pradesh has an infection rate of 5.71 per cent. The weekly infection rate is more than five percent in about three hundred districts of the country.
Aggarwal said that after a meeting with the Prime Minister on the situation in Corona, the rules for discharging hospitalized patients have been changed. Now, in mild cases, after seven days of being infected, and in normal cases after three days, discharge can be done and before that the test is not required. In cases of common infection, if the symptoms are decreasing and the patient’s oxygen level is 93 percent for three days, then he can be discharged. NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul, who was present in the press conference, warned that some people are negligent considering Omicron as common cold or fever. This could be dangerous. He said – it is the responsibility of all of us to slow it down, for which wearing a mask and getting the vaccine is the only solution.