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India battles to contain spread of Omicron variant – BBC News

India is battling to contain the spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid.

The country was hit hard during the second wave of coronavirus earlier this year and was criticised for not telling the world early enough about Delta, which spread rapidly and became the dominant variant across the globe.

More than half of India’s adult population is fully vaccinated. That however still leaves hundreds of millions at risk and doctors have warned that if an Omicron-fuelled third wave hits, medical facilities could still be overrun very quickly.

“We are just starting to see an uptick in the number of patients… these are double vaccinated people starting to get infection again,” says Dr Sumit Ray, from Holy Family Hospital in Delhi.

Warning: This report contains distressing images.

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