India reports 1st Omicron death in Rajasthan; Centre says `exponential rise` in COVID-19 cases

Officials in the Union Health Ministry said samples of a 73-year-old man in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, who died last week, showed the presence of the Omicron variant. The case of death in Rajasthan is ‘technically’ Omicron-related, Joint Secretary in Health Ministry Lav Agarwal told the press conference.