India's Omicron tally crosses 10,000-mark
India's cumulative cases of Omicron went past the 10,000 mark (10,050) today, reinforcing public health experts' view that the fast-spreading Covid-19 variant has become the dominant strain replacing Delta which had devastated the country last year.
The number of Omicron cases went up by 3.69 percent over yesterday's figure, health ministry data said, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
India added 3,37,704 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,89,03,731, which includes the 10,050 cases of Omicron, according to the ministry data.
The total active cases have increased to 21,13,365 -- the highest in 237 days -- while the death toll has climbed to 4,88,884 with 488 fresh fatalities, the data stated.
The active cases comprise 5.43 percent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.31 percent, the ministry said.
Genome sequencing data from the sequencing testing consortium of labs have found Omicron in the overwhelming majority of the areas across India with the metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Delhi, accounting for more than 90 percent of the cases there.
Anurag Agarwal, director of a government-owned lab, said Omicron is likely to spread further in the coming weeks particularly to smaller cities.