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India’s Omicron Tally Rises To 213

New Delhi: The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 is spreading fast in India. The number swelled to 213 with Delhi and Maharashtra reporting more than half of those cases.

India witnessed a rise of 18 per cent in coronavirus infections on Wednesday, which took the country’s tally to 3.47 crore.

Besides Delhi (57 cases) and Maharashtra (54 cases), the Omicron variant has witnessed a rise in the southern states of Telangana (24), Karnataka (19) and Kerala. Rajasthan (18) and Gujarat (14) have also reported a surge in infections.

Jammu and Kashmir has reported three cases while two each have been found in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have so far reported one case each.

Meanwhile, India reported 6,317 new COVID cases, 318 casualties and 6,906 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The active caseload in the country currently stands at 78,190, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.

It may be recalled that the Centre said on Tuesday that Omicron is three times more infectious than Delta and advised the states to have “war rooms”. The government listed a series of prevention and containment measures that included extensive testing, night curfew and restrictions on gatherings.