The Fact News Service

Set up Covid control rooms: Centre to states

New Delhi, January 7

The Covid pandemic continued to expand with the daily new cases passing one lakh by Thursday night, the highest in seven months.

The country had recorded 91,702 Covid cases on June 10, 2021. The today’s tally is set to make the ongoing third wave steeper than the second which hit India in May last.

At 10 am today, daily new cases recorded by the Health Ministry were 90,928 as against 58,097 cases yesterday — a rise of 56.5 per cent in a day. The numbers of new cases crossed one lakh by tonight.

Active cases increased to 2,85,401 — nearing the three lakh mark — with the burden on the health system rising gradually.

Even the single day Omicron tally recorded today was the highest so far at 495, with total cases of the variant surging to 2,630.

Maharashtra has the highest Omicron burden at 797, Delhi 465, Rajasthan 236, Kerala 234, Karnataka 226, Gujarat 204 and Tamil Nadu 121.

The cumulative caseload reached 3,51,09, with deaths reaching 4,82,876 after 325 fatalities today. As cases rose, the Health Ministry wrote to states to set up control rooms at the district and sub-district level to ensure easy access to ambulance services and to book hospital beds. The control rooms will be responsible to make outbound calls to the patients under home isolation and regularly monitor their status, the ministry said.