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Don’t treat Omicron as common cold: Centre


NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12: As many as 300 districts in India are reporting weekly COVID case positivity of more than 5%, the Union Government said on Wednesday as it urged people not to treat infection due to Omicron variant as common cold and get vaccinated.
Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) VK Paul said, “Omicron is not the common cold, cannot take it lightly. We need to be vigilant, get vaccinated and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour.”
“Vaccination is an important pillar in our COVID response programme”, he added.
Joint Secretary in Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Gujarat are emerging as States of Concern due to the rise in COVID cases there.
He said a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections has been noted in India with the case positivity climbing to 11.05% on Wednesday from 1.1% on December 30.
Concurrently, COVID cases have been rising globally with January 10 recording the highest ever single-day rise of 31.59 lakh cases worldwide, he said.
The official said that currently, 300 districts in India are reporting weekly case positivity of more than 5%.
Stressing on the importance of getting inoculated, he quoted the World Health Organization to say that vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization appears to be substantially higher than against symptomatic COVID-19 disease. (PTI)