As concerns regarding a third COVID-19 wave abound, experts have clarified that although the third wave may have approached us, the impact won't be as bad as the second one that was witnessed last year.
"We seem to be at beginning of the third wave. Although cases are rising, the mortality rate is still very low. The third wave won't be as severe as the second wave, said Dr S Chandra, Consultant Physician, Internal and Travel Medicine at Helvetia Medical Center
#WATCH | We seem to be at beginning of the third wave. Although cases are rising, the mortality rate is still very low. The third wave won't be as severe as the second wave: Dr. S Chandra, Consultant Physician, Internal & Travel Medicine, Helvetia Medical Center, Delhi pic.twitter.com/I0zfzKGy5G— ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2022
Meanwhile, India reported 37,379 fresh COVID cases, 11,007 recoveries, and 124 deaths in the last 24 hours.
A total of 1,892 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far, out of which 766 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry's data updated on Tuesday.
Maharashtra has recorded the maximum number of 568 cases, followed by Delhi (382), Kerala (185), Rajasthan (174), Gujarat (152), and Tamil Nadu (121).
India's Covid tally rose to 3,49,60,261 with 37,379 new cases, while the active cases increased to 1,71,830, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The death toll climbed to 4,82,017 with 124 more fatalities, the data showed.
The active cases comprise 0.49 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.13 per cent, the health ministry said.
An increase of 26,248 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 3.24 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.05 per cent, according to the health ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,43,06,414, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.38 per cent.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 146.70 crore.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
The 124 new fatalities include 71 from Kerala and 13 from West Bengal.
A total of 4,82,017 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,41,553 from Maharashtra, 48,184 from Kerala, 38,351 from Karnataka, 36,796 from Tamil Nadu, 25,110 from Delhi, 22,916 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,794 from West Bengal.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding the state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
(With agency inputs)
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