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India In Danger Zone Due To Reduced Facemask Usage: Govt

BP World Bureau | Dec 11 2021 09:25:01 AM
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NEW DELHI: Indian government warned that the country is in a danger zone because the number of people using face masks while going is reducing. 

Several European countries are reporting a new surge in COVID-19 cases and Omicron emerging as a highly transmissible variant.

In India, 25 cases of Omicron have been detected so far and out of that, nine cases have been symptomatic and 14 asymptomatic. 

14 persons detected with Omicron were fully vaccinated, indicating breakthrough infections caused by the new variant, Covishield (8), Pfizer (5) and, Sinovac (1).

World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that Omicron is a variant of concern because of its ability to infect vaccinated or COVID-19 recovered people. 

Read: WHO Classifies 'Omicron' As COVID-19 Variant Of Concern 

"This comes from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation which does these estimates for several countries. Just before the second surge, mask usage was at a low level," said Dr V K Paul, head of India’s Covid-19 task force.