Covid Live Updates: In the 24 hours leading up to 9 a.m. on Friday, India reported 2,64,202 new Covid-19 cases, a 6.7 percent increase over the previous day. Active cases have already reached 12,72,073, with 1,09,345 recoveries, and the daily positive rate has grown to 14.78 percent. There are currently 5,753 confirmed occurrences of the Omicron variant.
The following are the most important Covid-related developments as of today: According to a new UN research, Covid-related mortality may rise in the near future, just as they did during the devastating second wave of the coronavirus epidemic. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh announced new Covid instructions on Friday, prohibiting big gatherings and closing schools and hostels until the end of the month. In other news, the Calcutta High Court has asked the West Bengal Election Commission to consider delaying the next civil body elections for 4-6 weeks due to an increase in Covid cases. The European Commission has been given 48 hours to clarify its position.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the central and state governments to keep combating the Covid-19 outbreak in the same proactive, proactive, and collaborative manner that they have done so far. PM Modi asked for a focus on local containment and emphasised the need to protect the economy and livelihood of common people while framing Covid policies during a virtual meeting with chief ministers to discuss the situation, which is being fueled by the highly-transmissible Omicron variety. Modi also noted that initial scepticism regarding the Omicron variation was gradually dissipating as evidenced by the fact that it infected the general population multiple times quicker than earlier variants.
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