Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights: Even as the daily Covid-19 cases continue to surge rapidly, the Centre on Monday said only five to 10 per cent of the active Covid cases this time needed hospitalisation so far. However, the situation is dynamic and may change rapidly, it added. During the second wave, the percentage of active cases requiring hospital care was in the range of 20-23 per cent, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states and Union territories.
The country on Monday began administering the third ‘precautionary dose’ to priority groups — health care and frontline workers and those aged over 60 years with comorbidities. According to the Centre’s directions, the third dose will be of the same vaccine as the first two jabs and will be given to those who were vaccinated nine months ago.
In other news, Kerala has reduced the number of attendees at weddings and funerals to a maximum of 50 people, after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. It was also decided that reunions, ceremonies, and general social, political, cultural and community events should be conducted online, except in urgent situations, a government release said.
Meanwhile, India on Monday recorded 1,79,723 fresh Covid-19 cases, pushing the active caseload to 7,23,619. The daily positivity rate stood at 13.29 per cent, while 146 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.
The Omicron tally, meanwhile, stood at 4,033, with Maharashtra (1,216) continuing to top the count.