India confirms first Omicron-related death as COVID-19 cases jump By Reuters

India confirms first Omicron-related death as COVID-19 cases jump By Reuters
4/4 India confirms first Omicron-related death as COVID-19 cases jump © Reuters. A healthcare worker collects a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test swab sample from a woman amidst the spread of the disease, at a railway station in New Delhi, India, January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi 2/4

By Krishna N. Das

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -A diabetic man who died in the western state of Rajasthan was India’s first fatality from the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the health ministry said on Wednesday, adding that overall infections had doubled to 58,097 over the past four days.

The health ministry reported that total Omicron infections had risen to at least 2,135, just over a month since the first case was detected in the country.

Government officials privately say daily cases in the country’s third wave of infections could surpass the record of more than 414,000 hit last May. They…

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