LIVE: India Reported 6,650 New Cases On Friday, 358 Omicron Cases So Far

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INDIA NEWS:

COVID-19 cases in India: The active cases in the country stand at 77,032. (File)

New Delhi:

India reported 7,189 fresh coronavirus infections and 387 new fatalities, said the health ministry today, pushing the national tally to 3,47,79,815 and the total death count to 4,79,520. The active cases stand at 77,032 while the country’s total cases of Omicron, the newest coronavirus variant, has increased to 415. The Centre stated that the Omicron variant was at least three times more transmissible than Delta. It asked states and Union Territories “activate” war room, to analyze small trends and surges, and to take prompt containment actions. State governments have imposed new restrictions to deal with the increasing Omicron case count. This is at a time where Christmas and New Year celebrations could exponentially increase the number of cases.

INDIA NEWS: Here are the LIVE Updates on Coronavirus cases in India:

7,189 fresh COVID-19 cases in India today, 8% higher than yesterday
India reported 7,189 fresh coronavirus infections and 387 new fatalities, said the health ministry today, pushing the national tally to 3,47,79,815.

The total death count rose to 4,79,520, while the active cases presently stand at 77,032.

The country’s total cases of Omicron, the newest coronavirus variant that has sparked widespread global concern, have increased to 415.

“Global trends show that number of #Omicron cases is going to reach 1000 in 2-3 weeks and one million, maybe, in 2 months. There is no way to prevent a major epidemic in India within a month. We need to prevent this”: Dr TS Anish, Member, COVID Expert Committee, Kerala (ANI) pic.twitter.com/usDzQ2NLyD

– NDTV (@ndtv) December 25, 2021

Coronavirus News: Christmas Weekend Sees Thousands Of Flights Scrapped Over Omicron Worries

Commercial airlines around the world canceled more than 4,000 flights over the Christmas weekend, as a mounting wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant created greater uncertainty and misery for holiday travelers.

Airline carriers globally scrapped at least 2,314 flights on Friday, which fell on Christmas Eve and is typically a heavy day for air travel, according to a running tally on the flight-tracking website FlightAware.com. The website showed that another 1,404 Christmas Day flights were called off worldwide, along with 340 more that had been scheduled for Sunday.

Commercial air traffic within the US and into or out of the country accounted for roughly a fourth of all the canceled flights over the weekend, FlightAware data showed.

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