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India: High alert as COVID-19 cases spike

India: High alert as COVID-19 cases spike

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.

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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.