Kerala: Omicron found in 94 pc of positive samples: Veena George

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Health Minister Veena George stated on Thursday that the majority of positive COVID-19 samples sent for genome sequencing were positive for the Omicron variant of the virus, while the Delta variant samples were low.

"Continuous sequencing of Covid positive samples is being done," George told reporters here. "Omicron is found in about 94% of samples, and delta is found in 6%."  "It is now evident that the third wave in Kerala is the Omicron wave," George remarked. In addition, the Health Minister stated that less than 4% of COVID-19 patients in the state required hospitalisation, with less than 1% of those requiring oxygen beds.

"Only 3.6 percent of positive cases in Kerala are hospitalised, with 0.7 percent requiring oxygen beds and 0.6 percent requiring ICU," she said.

There are 22,02,472 active cases in India as of January 27th. The rate of case positive is 17.75 percent (in last one week). There are more than 50,000 active cases in 11 states. More than 3 lakh active cases have been reported in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala, according to the Union Ministry of Health.

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