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Live News from Covid-19 in India: India is experiencing an exponential increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, believed to be due to the Omicron variant, the Center said on Wednesday, while stressing that the country Null R-value that indicates the spread of infection is 2.69, higher than the 1.69 recorded during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said the peak in the number of Covid cases is seen in cities and “the Omicron variant is the predominant circulating strain”.

India has reported more than 6.3 times the number of Covid-19 cases in the past eight days, the government informed, while adding that a sharp increase was seen in the positivity of cases, from 0.79% on December 29, 2021 to 5.03% on January 5. 2022. Stating that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Gujarat have become states of concern due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the Ministry of Union Health added that 28 districts nationwide were reporting more than 10% weekly positivity, while 43 districts reported weekly positivity between 5 and 10%.

Meanwhile, the government has ruled out mixing Covid-19 vaccines for a precautionary dose. Addressing a health briefing, Dr VK Paul said the precautionary dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be the same as given previously.

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