New Delhi: COVID-19 cases across the country, India reported 2,82,970 new infections (44,889 more than the previous day), 441 deaths, and 1,88,157 recoveries on Wednesday, 19 January. The daily positivity rate has also increased to 15.13 per cent. The Omicron has reached 8,961 — an increase of 0.79 per cent since yesterday, the Ministry said.
Meanwhile, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organisation said Tuesday, the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic — deaths, hospitalisations and lockdowns — could be over this year if huge inequities in vaccinations and medicines are addressed quickly.
Amid the ongoing Covid wave, the government has decided to “significantly” curtail the number of people who will physically attend the Republic day this year. And, like last time, this year, too, there will be no foreign dignitary as the chief guest.
Until last week, the Defence Ministry was preparing to accommodate around 24000 people. That number is likely to be trimmed down to 5,000 to 8,000 guests this year, senior officials said on Tuesday. As part of the curbs, children under the age of 15 years will not be allowed to attend the parade.