India: High alert as COVID-19 cases spike
India’s health officials raised warning flags on Wednesday as the country reported a massive 55 percent daily spike in Covid-19 infections with 58,097 new cases, double what it reported just four days ago.
Health officials said the surge was largely caused by the Omicron variant which was rising exponentially in the bigger cities. The positivity rate of COVID-19-that is the percentage of tests that turn out positive-had increased by six times in just a week and this was a cause of concern.
The steep surge could lead to such a large number of cases that even if a small percentage of them required hospitalization it could overwhelm the health infrastructure.