New Delhi: The Centre sounded a grim warning saying India could see up to 14 lakh people getting infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 per day if a UK-like situation arises in India.
“If we look at the scale of spread in the UK and if there is a similar outbreak in India, then given our population, there will be 14 lakh cases every day. France is reporting 65,000 cases. If an outbreak of a similar scale takes place in India, then given our population it will mean 13 lakh cases every day,” said MITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul said at a press conference here on Saturday.
“We have to make an effort so that such a situation does not emerge here. Conversely, we have to be prepared to effectively face such a situation,” Paul said.
There are 101 Omicron cases across 11 states and Union Territories in India.
The United Kingdom and France saw a huge surge in Covid-19 cases.
According to Paul, Europe is passing through a serious phase despite 80 per cent partial vaccinations and the fact that they also went through a Delta wave.
“WHO has said that Omicron is spreading faster than the Delta variant in South Africa where Delta circulation was low. It’s likely Omicron will outpace Delta variant where community transmission occurs, WHO added,” said Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, Luv Agarwal.