The Omicron version has so far spread to 120 countries. Britain reported nearly 130,000 Covid cases on Tuesday amid a surge in Omicron infections. In India, 238 cases have been reported in Delhi and 167 in Maharashtra, close to 800.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold a meeting with the Council of Ministers to discuss the spread of Omicron in the country. As cases rise, the government has approved the Corbevax and Covovax vaccines in addition to the anti-viral drug molnupiravir for restricted use on adults in emergency situations.
In this infographic, we look at how fast omicrons spread compared to other types, the efficacy of vaccines, and other aspects that point to the importance of taking preventive measures.