New Delhi, January 6
India on Wednesday reported the first death related to Omicron Covid-19 variant of concern with a 73-year-old in Rajasthan’s Udaipur succumbing to the virus. The patient with several comorbidities, including severe diabetes, died last week and was confirmed Omicron positive after his demise. He was learnt to have received both vaccine doses.
The ICMR today reiterated that Covid vaccines were “disease modifying and not disease preventing vaccines”.
ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said, “You may still get infected after receiving the Covid vaccine, but you will also get a high degree of protection from severe disease and death.”
The Health Ministry confirmed India’s first Omicron death on a day when daily new cases topped 58,097, the highest in 199 days and active caseload passed the 2 lakh mark at 2,14,004, the highest in 81 days.
India added a whopping 1,38,163 active cases in nine days with the active caseload at 75,841 on December 27. The new cases have risen 6.3 times since December 29 when these were 9,195 as against 58,097 today.
With six states now reporting over 10,000 active cases as against two last week, Member, Health, NITI Aayog, VK Paul and ICMR chief said the pandemic was expanding.