Gujarat saw a marginal dip in cases reported Sunday. As on June 12 morning, according to the PIB brief, 140 new cases were reported from the previous day. This was 14 less than the confirmed new 154 cases in the state detected on Friday.
The highest number of cases (79) was reported from the city of Ahmedabad. Then follows Vadodra at 21 and Surat at 11. This takes Gujarat’s active count up to 778 as on June 12. No new death was recorded keeping the number static at 10,945.
Meanwhile, India recorded 8,582 new covid cases, Saturday, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,32,22,017.
On the other hand, Maharashtra and Kerala have reported the highest number of new cases. With all schools following the Indian ICSE and CBSE curricula set to re-open tomorrow after summer break, parents are apprehensive about what lies in store.
While medics and government agencies are aligned in a wait-and-watch approach till an official “fourth wave,” is declared it may be significant to recall that an empirical study conducted earlier by IIT Kanpur had predicted June as India’s phase of the fourth Omicron-drive wave.
Alongside, a more contagious subvariant of the Covid-19 Omicron strain has been detected in Russia, the country’s senior official at the national consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said. According to the TASS news agency, the BA.4 sub-lineage of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant has been found in Russia.
At present, the BA.2 variant and its sub-variants are dominant in Russia, accounting for about 95% of all new cases. The scientist, citing studies, said BA.4 and BA.5, are a little bit more transmissible than the early forms of Omicron.
His statement added that good herd immunity, acquired through vaccination and previous waves of the novel coronavirus, prevents the spread of new omicron sub-variants in Russia at the moment. “However, a number of researches published lately show that the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lineages of omicron are slightly more transmissive than earlier versions of the omicron,” the post observed.