Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The surge in cases nationwide is believed to be driven by Omicron.
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 Thursday's cases (1,313). The surge in cases nationwide is believed to be driven by Omicron.
Today's surge in the city is the biggest daily jump in seven months. 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". The positivity rate stands at 2.44 per cent.
India reported 309 fresh Omicron infections, taking the total number of such cases in the country to 1,270, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.