High alert in India as Covid-19 cases spike

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India’s health officials raised warning flags on Wednesday as the country reported a massive 55-per-cent daily spike in Covid-19 infections with 58,097 new cases, double what it reported just four days ago. Health officials said the surge was largely caused by the Omicron variant which was rising exponentially in the bigger cities. The country also reported its first official death from the variant, an elderly man with severe diabetes in Rajasthan. Tracking the new variant will be aided by a recently approved testing kit that helps to identify the Omicron variant in a polymerase chain reaction…

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