On New Year’s eve, Delhi saw a big spike in coronavirus cases with 1,796 fresh infections – a massive jump of 36 per cent compared to yesterday’s cases (1,313).
The surge in cases nationwide is believed to be driven by Omicron variant, said to be much more contagious.
The new variant is gradually spreading in the community, and it has been found in 54 per cent of the latest samples analysed in Delhi, the state’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday.
The worrying details come as the Arvind Kejriwal government tries to ensure strict curbs across the national capital, including a ban on New Year’s gatherings and events. Also, schools and cinemas have been shut again among other curbs under the “yellow alert”.
Earlier this week, the Delhi Health Minister linked the recent surge in cases to international flights.