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Omicron spread in India, focus on full vaccination

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Variant cases of the Omicron coronavirus rose to 21 in India over the weekend and people must step up their vaccinations, officials said on Monday.

The western state of Rajasthan reported the highest number of Omicron cases with 9 cases, followed by 8 cases in Maharashtra, 2 cases in Karnataka and 1 case in Gujarat and the capital New Delhi.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Twitter: “Delhi people must be fully vaccinated, wear masks and maintain social distancing.

He said the city’s first Omicron patient is being treated at a state hospital. About 94% of adults have received a rental dose, he added.

The whole country has fully immunized 51% of the 944 million adults and the rate of vaccination is at least one dose for 85%. However, tens of millions of people have already missed their second dose despite ample supplies of the vaccine, government data shows.

India reported its first two Omicron cases in the southern state of Karnataka on Thursday, with one person with no recent travel history.

Most of the other cases have been in people recently arriving from abroad, but doctors say the mutated virus has also spread among locals.

Surgeon Arvinder Singh Soin, who is treating COVID-19 patients, said on Twitter: “Omicron is here, community transmission is underway. “Mask. Get FULL Vaccinated”.

India reported 8,895 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 34.64 million. The death toll increased by 211 people to 473,537.

Since the number of infections and deaths hit record highs in April and May due to the Delta variant, new cases have hovered around 10,000 in the past few weeks.

(Reporting by Krishna N. Das, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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