India reports 16,764 fresh coronavirus cases

The fast-spreading Omicron variant has spread to 23 states in India and now 1,270 people have been infected with the new COVID-19 strain. The new variant has been labeled as “highly transmissible” by experts.

Maharashtra – which has reported the most number of coronavirus cases – has 450 cases of the new variant. 125 people have recovered in the state so far, according to the Health Ministry.

The western state is followed by Delhi, which has 320 cases (of which 57 have recovered). While Gujarat has 97 cases and 42 people have recovered so far, neighbouring Rajasthan has 69 cases of the new strain and 47 recoveries.

India also reported a 27 per cent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases as it reported 16,764 fresh infections today, taking the overall count to 3,48,38,804 cases. Active cases account for 0.26% of the total cases. About 5,368 new coronavirus infections were reported from Maharashtra, which reported 37 per cent higher cases than the day before.