In the midst of a third wave of the pandemic in India aggravated by the presence of the Omicron variant, the country registered more than 264 thousand coronavirus infections in 24 hours.
Confinement decreed in New Delhi after spike in infections
According to the Indian health authorities, in the last day 264,202 cases of coronavirus were reported, raising the number of infected since the beginning of the pandemic to about 36.4 million.
The Asian country has detected 5,753 cases of the Omicron variant since the beginning of December, a number that according to experts could be much higher.
The Indian Ministry of Health indicated that the country surpassed the barrier of 250,000 daily cases for the first time in more than seven months.
In some cities like New Delhi, infection numbers have surpassed the records reached during the second wave. The Indian capital registered 28,867 cases of Covid-19 yesterday, compared to the maximum of about 25,000 that it reached last May.
However, health authorities have indicated that the rise in cases driven by Ómicron requires fewer hospitalizations than the delta variant, predominant during the second wave in the country.
Despite the increase in infections, the country’s authorities granted a permit for the celebration this Friday of the Makar Sankranti, a religious bath in the Ganges River that Hindu devotees consider auspicious in a festival that marks the end of winter and the arrival longer days.
India became the global epicenter of the pandemic in April and May 2021, during the second wave that brought this nation to a peak of more than 400,000 infections and more than 4,500 deaths a day.