India on Wednesday recorded the first death linked to the Omicron in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, sources in the Union health ministry said. A man, 73, died on December 31, after testing negative twice on December 21 and 25. He died due to post-Covid pneumonia.

He had tested positive on December 15, and his genome sequencing report came back on December 25. India saw a single-day rise of 58,097 new cases and 534 deaths, shows the 8-am data.

NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul said, “The R naught value, that indicates the spread of the infection, is 2.69. This is higher than the 1.69 we saw when the second wave was at its peak. The acceleration of cases is steeper than ever.”

The Union health ministry on Wednesday said Covid-19 patients under home isolation will stand discharged after at least seven days from testing positive and no fever for three successive days, in revised guidelines for home isolation of mild or asymptomatic cases. Earlier, the duration of home isolation ended after 10 days of onset of symptoms.