With 620 fresh Omicron infections detected in the last 24 hours, the national tally of this highly transmissible Covid variant has climbed to 5,488. Of These, 2162 people have recovered from the new strain so far, said the Union health ministry on Thursday morning.

The Omicron infection has spread into 28 states and union territories, as per the health ministry.

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However, Maharashtra continues to be the top worst hit at 1,367 Omicron infection. Of them, 734 patients have been discharged as per the health ministry data. With 147 Omicron cases detected in the last 24 hours, Rajasthan continues to be the second most affected state with 792 cases. The state is followed by Delhi with 549 cases of this variant.

With 136 new Omicron cases, Kerala has replaced Karnataka at 486 cases. Karnataka and West Bengal continue with 479 and 294 Omicron cases each so far.

Among other states, Uttar Pradesh continues with 275 cases of this variant so far. The Omicron cases have risen to 260 in Telangana while Gujarat and Tamil Nadu continue with 236 and 185 cases so far.

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