India reported 5,784 new coronavirus cases and 252 more related fatalities on Tuesday, pushing the country’s overall tally to 3,47,03,644 and death count to 4,75,888, according to the Union health ministry.
The number of active coronavirus cases in the country has declined to 88,993, accounting for 0.26 per cent of the total caseload and the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.37 per cent, the highest since March 2020, said the ministry.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has warned that the new Omicron variant of coronavirus was spreading at an unprecedented rate and urged countries to act as drug maker Pfizer said its coronavirus pill was effective against the variant.
Four more cases of Omicron were reported in Delhi on Tuesday, said state health minister Satyendar Jain, adding that all of them had foreign travel history. Besides, eight Omicron cases were reported from Maharashtra, including seven from Mumbai. Currently, there are 57 Omicron cases in India.
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The US, the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, crossed 800,000 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University showed, according to news agency AFP. The figure is greater than the entire population of several states, including North Dakota and Alaska. Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who lead the House of Representatives and Senate respectively, as well as House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of Congress held a moment of silence on the steps of the Capitol building Tuesday evening.