Covid Is Not Over: New Omicron Variant XBB.1.16 Is On The Upsurge


It seems that we just cannot say a long goodbye to Covid-19, no matter how much we wish. Well, after several variants, the deadly Covid-19 is back once again with a new and powerful variant. Yes, we are talking about the Omicron XBB.1.16 variant which is becoming aggressively common and active. 

As per the Union Health Ministry data, in the last 24 hours, we have had more than 6000 new cases of Covid cases. So, it increases the total tally to 26k active cases rising daily now, at the rate of 3.32%.

If you want to know more about this new variant, then you are at the right place. Here we will tell you all the stuff that you want to know about the new Omicron Variant of Covid-19. So, now’s the time to dig into this article and find out about the latest Covid-19 info. 

Rising Cases of Covid-19 in 2023

With the advent of summer, it seems that the Covid-19 cases is also increasing steadily. As per WHO’s technical lead of Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, XBB.1.16 has replaced the other variants in circulatio. Therefore, one must stay vigilant and become wary of this new, upgraded version of Omicron. 

However, there’s one positive thing that we would love to tell you. So, the sources tell us that the recovery rate at this point in time is 98.75%. Therefore, at present, the total number of recoveries stands at 4,41,82,538. 

In order to control the daily rising cases of Covid, Govt is also taking new initiatives and becoming active. Moreover, the govt is also becoming even more focused to expedite more vaccination programs. 

According to the Health Ministry’s site, around 220.66 crores of vaccine doses have been administered so far. In fact, all the management and administration of the new vaccine doses are detection of Covid-19 centers are conducted at a brisk pace. 

Rising Cases of Covid-19 in 2023

A New Variant: Omicron XBB.1.16

So, as we already mentioned earlier in this article, Omicron XBB.1.16 has replaced all the other active variants in the country. Hence, the number of cases is on the rise, once again. Since a few days, Covid-19 cases have seen an upward trend. Although it hasn’t led to an increase in hospitalization, we have to stay alert. 

In fact, the Union Health Minster Mansukh Mandaviya also said that there’s no need for concern about the new variant at this moment.  It hasn’t shown any significant threat as of yet. However, as we mentioned earlier, one must stay alert about it. 

Omicron XBB.1.16

Symptoms of The Variant Omicron XBB.1.16

The symptoms of the XBB.1.16 includes similar ones to those of other Omicron variants. For example, the symptoms include high-grade fever for over 2 days or so, sore throat, cough, headache, body pain, cold, abdominal discomfort, etc. However, there’s no loss of smell or taste seen in the patients of the new XBB.1.16 variant so far. Most of the cases are managed in home isolation only. In other words, we haven’t seen any hospital cases yet. 

Taking Precautionary Measures Against Thew New COVID-19 Variant

Of course, it’s important to take some precautionary measures against the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron XBB.1.16. As per the govt, one should once again follow the previous precautionary measures, such as physical distancing, using hand sanitizers, indoor and outdoor mask use, etc. Moreover, one should also check the oxygen saturation, and monitor the temperature every now and then. 

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