India sees steady rise in Covid-19 cases, 3,275 fresh Covid-19 cases reported in last 24 hours

  • India on Thursday reported 19,719 active cases and 55 deaths, as per the updated Union Health Ministry data

Registering a steady rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, India on Thursday reported 3,275 fresh Covid-19 cases, as per the Union Health Ministry data. A total of 3,010 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours, the data revealed.

Additionally, the country reported 55 deaths in the last 24 hours. While the active cases in the country stood at 19,719 on Thursday, as per the Health Ministry data.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus has been deemed intrinsically as severe as previous variants, unlike assumptions made in previous studies that it was more transmissible but less severe, a large study has found.

“We found that the risks of hospitalization and mortality were nearly identical between periods,” said four scientists who conducted the study based on records of 130,000 Covid-19 patients, referring to times in the past two years when different variants were dominant across the world.

The study, which is undergoing peer review at Nature Portfolio and was posted on Research Square on May 2, was adjusted for confounders including demographics, vaccination status, and the Charlson comorbidity index that predicts the risk of death within a year of hospitalization for patients with specific comorbid conditions.

The studies that assumed that the Omicron variant was less severe were conducted in various places including South Africa, Scotland, England, and Canada, said the scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital, Minerva University and Harvard Medical School.

They said their study could have several limitations, including the possibility that it underestimated the number of vaccinated patients in more recent Covid waves, and the total number of infections, because it excluded patients who performed at-home rapid tests. (With inputs from agencies)

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