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Doctors in India strike as Omicron variant sparks fears of the third wave of COVID-19

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-12-05 02:55

Commuters disembark from a suburban train at a railway station in Mumbai on Dec 1, 2021, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by= Reuters/Hemanshi Kamani)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] NEW DELHI: India reported 9,216 new COVID-19 infections on Friday (Dec 3) after announcing its first two Omicron cases the previous day, as groups of resident doctors stayed away from non-critical work to demand that new postgraduate students be enrolled to boost staffing, Reuters reported. The country, whose hospitals bore the brunt of a record second surge in infections and deaths in April and May due to the Delta variant, has seen new cases plateauing at around 10,000 in the past few weeks.
                                                    
 But the detection of the Omicron variant in the southern state of Karnataka, with one case having no recent travel history, has raised concerns about the third wave of infections. Some epidemiologists have said that Omicron could be less lethal in India than the last Delta wave because of widespread previous infections and vaccinations.
                                       
 "Healthcare institutions across the nation are running short of adequate workforce of resident doctors, with no admission in the current year yet," the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association of India, which represents dozens of government hospitals, said in a letter to the health minister. The government has had to delay student admissions due to ongoing legal disputes including over reserving seats for the poor.



 

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