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India today has detected more than 250,000 new infections, but health officials say there are signs of a coveted plateau in some parts of the country.

Most cases are concentrated in 10 states, where more than 90% of patients have mild symptoms and are being treated at home, Federal Health Officer Lao Agarwal told a news conference.

The infection rate has started declining in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in the north, Maharashtra on the west coast and West Bengal and Odisha in the east, he said. However, cases continue to rise in the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and in the northwestern states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

“Early signs of a plateau have been reported in some geographical areas,” Agarwal said.

The Associated Press reports that he said the number of people receiving oxygen support or hospitalization during the current uprising was lower than provided by the Delta variant last year.

The fall in cases has prompted some local authorities to ease controls. In New Delhi, restaurants, bars and theaters can now operate at half capacity. Health experts have warned that infections are likely to increase as controls are relaxed.

“This is the balance we should always play,” said Dr. Jacob John, who studies viruses at the Christian Medical College in the southern city of Vellore.

More than half of India’s population is fully vaccinated. A further 20% are waiting for a second win. India began encouraging some vulnerable groups in January, but health officials said there was no debate over whether the entire population needs boosters.

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