After the samples of a man who died last week in Rajasthan’s Udaipur revealed the presence of the Omicron version of Covid-19, India on Wednesday reported the first death attributed to the variant.
Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health, confirmed the news, saying, “Technically, it is an Omicron-related fatality” (on the Rajasthan case). He was a senior citizen. The individual is said to have comorbidities, such as diabetes.”
According to media, the 73-year-old man died at an Udaipur hospital on December 31 after being detected sick with Omicron in genome sequencing and having tested negative for the virus twice.
According to Udaipur Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) Dr Dinesh Kharadi, he died of post-Covid pneumonia with comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypothyroidism.
On December 15, the man tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to the hospital with symptoms such as fever, cough, and rhinitis.
The individual was infected with the Omicron variety, according to the genome sequencing results received on December 25.
With a single-day rise of 58,097 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, India’s active caseload surpassed 2 lakh. India is already experiencing the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Dr N K Arora, the leader of the Covid working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus — of which India now has 2,135 cases, according to the Union Ministry of Health — is to blame for the spike in cases.
In the last eight days, India has seen a more than 6.3-fold spike in Covid-19 instances, according to the government, with a dramatic increase in case positivity from 0.79 percent on December 29 to 5.03 percent on January 5.
According to the Union health ministry, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Gujarat have emerged as states of concern due to an increase in Covid-19 cases. In addition, 28 districts in the country have reported weekly positivity of more than 10%, while 43 districts have reported weekly positivity of 5-10%.