Covid Skyrockets In Gujarat: 5,677 Cases In 24 Hours

| Updated: January 8, 2022 8:14 pm

Gujarat recorded 5,677 fresh Covid cases and 32 Omicron infections in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s active caseload to 22,901 and the number of Omicron infections since the variant entered the state to 236. No deaths were recorded on Saturday, keeping the number of fatalities start of pandemic to 10,128, according to the official figures. Experts claim that the number of deaths is likely to be three to four times higher than what is being projected by the state government. 

While no deaths were recorded today, as many as 25 patients are on ventilator support. 

The state had 5,396 cases and one death yesterday. With today’s addition of over 5,677 cases, the two-day caseload now amounts for 48 percent of the active cases in Gujarat. 

Ahmedabad remained the biggest contributor with 2,529 cases – a rise of 5% from yesterday. Other major contributors include Surat (1,578), Vadodara (271), Rajkot (166), Valsad (116), Anand (87), Kheda (104), and Gandhinagar (51). Ahmedabad rural recorded 46 cases. 

On Omicron front, too, Ahmedabad was the major contributor with 13 cases, followed by Anand and Vadodara with five cases each. Mehsana recorded three cases, whereas Bharach had 2 infections. Rajkot, Banaskantha, Amreli and Kutch logged one cases each. 

The total number of Omicron cases in Gujarat since the variant entered the state stands at 236, as against 169 discharges. The active Omicron tally in the state is 67.  

Meanwhile, India reported 1,41,986 fresh COVID-19 cases, over 21 per cent higher than the previous day’s cases. The country’s daily positivity rate stands at 9.28 per cent while the active cases are 4,72,169. 

Omicron is causing record numbers of cases around the world, and though it causes less severe Covid-19, experts warn this wave still threatens to overwhelm health systems. Six weeks after it was first sequenced in southern Africa Omicron cases are smashing infection records with average new daily cases at nearly two million this week, according to an AFP tally.

The World Health Organization has said that the spread of Omicron was down to a combination of factors including the make-up of the Covid-19 variant and increased social mixing.

The world recorded more than two million daily coronavirus cases on average between January 1 and 7 with figures doubling in 10 days, according to an AFP tally showed on Saturday.

An average of 2,106,118 new daily infections were reported over the seven-day period, shortly after the one million case threshold was passed in the week of December 23-29, 2021, the tally revealed.

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