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Hospitalisations of US children under five with Covid-19 soared in recent weeks to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group not yet eligible for the vaccine, reports AP.

Since mid-December, with the highly contagious Omicron variant spreading furiously around the country, the hospitalisation rate in these youngest kids has surged to more than four in 100,000 children, up from 2.5 per 100,000.

Brazil, which has been experiencing a new wave of cases since January last year, registered 22,328,252 cases as of Friday, while its Covid death toll rose to 619,654.

India's Covid-19 tally rose to 35,368,372 on Sunday, as 141,986 new cases were registered in 24 hours across the country, as per the health ministry's latest data.

Besides, 327 more deaths were recorded since Saturday morning, taking the death toll to 483,790.

In India, 3,071 cases of Omicron variant were reported till Sunday morning of which 1,203 have recovered or migrated.

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