NEW DELHI – After weeks of a deadly coronavirus outbreak most likely fueled by a highly transmissible variant of Omicron, Indian health officials say the number of cases appears to be falling, even as daily numbers remain high in some parts of the country.
Dr VK Paul, head of India’s Covid task force, said in a press conference on Thursday: “We are seeing the pandemic situation have improved. “There are states and counties that need concern, but overall, there’s been a decline in the spread of infections, which is becoming more subdued,” he said.
Just a few weeks earlier, the country had reported more than 340,000 cases of the disease every day. On Thursday, that number had dropped to 172,433 cases, the Health Department said. And the rate of positive test results in the country has dropped by 50%, according to government figures.
“This shows that the spread of infectious diseases has decreased significantly,” said Lav Agarwal, a joint secretary of the Ministry of Health.
Given recent trends, officials are recommending that some states consider reopening schools and recommending those waiting at home to undergo elective surgeries.
Even amid the good news, on Friday, India’s official Covid death toll surpassed 500,000. Experts have said that the actual fee is most likely much higher than what is officially reported partly because deaths are often under-reported.
One reason for the recently reported deaths is that health officials in the southern state of Kerala were forewarned of the virus. its success in virus tracing and managementrecently reported a backlog of 18,000 deaths in the country’s overall tally.
In another nod to government optimism, officials in Delhi, India capital, announced on Friday that they will relax some of the Covid restrictions there. Starting February 7th schools,LIVE Colleges, gyms and spas can reopen with some restrictions. Offices can reopen at full capacity and the city-wide night curfew has been shortened by an hour, the Delhi government said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/world/asia/india-omicron-decline.html Officials said