During the press conference, ICMR head Balram Bhargava said, "Omicron was now the predominant circulating strain in cities and all mass gatherings should be avoided."

As per the ministry, 2,135 cases of Omicron have been reported in India with Maharashtra registering the maximum cases followed by Delhi.

The ministry has also said that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Gujarat are States of concern where there has been a rise in Covid-19 cases.

"28 districts in the country are reporting more than 10 per cent weekly positivity," Ministry has said.

Notably, India on Wednesday reported 58,097 fresh Covid cases and 534 deaths while on Tuesday, the country had recorded 37,379 new Covid cases and 124 deaths.

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