Government Warns 5 States, J&K Of Rising Covid Cases Amid Omicron Fears

The government on Saturday wrote to five states – Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram, and the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir – to express concern over a rapid increase in daily new Covid cases and mortality rates, and underline the danger posed by the Omicron variant.

Government Warns 5 States, J&K Of Rising Covid Cases Amid Omicron Fears

The government on Saturday wrote to five states – Odisha, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram, and the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir – to express concern over a rapid increase in daily new Covid cases and mortality rates, and underline the danger posed by the Omicron variant.

Letters signed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged concerned state and UT officials to enhance surveillance of foreign arrivals (particularly from ‘at risk’ countries), monitor emerging hotspots, and ensure that all samples from Covid patients are sent for genome sequencing.

Among those flagged, J&K’s Kathua district reported a staggering 727 per cent increase in new cases between November 26 and December 2, as compared to a week earlier.

In the same period in Karnataka’s Tumkur district cases spiked by 152 per cent, and three Tamil Nadu districts also reported a worrying increase in new cases.

Similarly massive surges in weekly caseloads were seen in four Mizoram districts, including Saiha (237 per cent), and six Odisha districts, including Dhenkanal (667 per cent), the government noted.

The government also expressed concern over jumps in Covid-related mortality figures from Kerala.

12 deaths in Thrissur district between November 19 and November 25 jumped to 128 the next week, and 70 deaths in Malappuram district in the same period became 109 in the next.

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