Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Kerala Reports 2,748 New Covid-19 Cases, 233 Deaths

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Six more cases of the Omicron in Delhi took the tally to 28; 31 of the 54 patients infected in Maharashtra so far have been discharged from hospitals.

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Last Updated: December 21, 2021, 23:02 IST

Over a dozen students tested Covid positive in Navi Mumbai on Dec 18. (File photo/Reuters)

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Kerala continued to log less than 3,000 fresh Covid-19 cases, with the state reporting 2,748 new infections on Tuesday, taking the caseload to 52,10,738. The state also reported 233 deaths, raising the toll to 45,155, a state government release said. Of the 233 deaths, 33 were recorded over the last few days and 200 were designated as Covid-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he would take more steps to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant if Read More

Dec 21, 2021 20:19 IST

Maharashtra Reports 11 New Omicron Cases

Maharashtra today reported 11 new Omicron variant cases. Of these, eight are from Mumbai and one each from Pimpri Chinchwad, Osmanabad, and Navi Mumbai.

Dec 21, 2021 20:10 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Reports 3 Omicron Cases

Jammu and Kashmir has reported three Omicron variant cases.

Dec 21, 2021 19:12 IST

No Evidence to Suggest That Existing Vaccines Don't Work on Omicron: Govt

There is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work on the Omicron variant of coronavirus, though some of the mutations reported on spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. “There are limited available data, and no peer-reviewed evidence, on vaccine efficacy or effectiveness to date for Omicron,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a written reply.

Dec 21, 2021 18:46 IST

BMC Health Panel Chief Lashes Out at B-town Celebs for Throwing Parties Amid Covid

As Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, the preparedness to keep a strict vigil on public parties in Maharashtra’s capital city Mumbai has been beefed up in view of the threat of Omicron, a new variant of Covid-19. Speaking on the same, the chairperson of the BMC health committee Rajul Patel on Tuesday lashed out at Bollywood celebrities for organising parties amid the coronavirus pandemic which “influences” other people too. Read More

Dec 21, 2021 18:36 IST

Kerala Reports Over 2,000 New Covid-19 Cases

Kerala today reported 2,748 new Covid-19 cases, 33 deaths and 3,202 recoveries, as per state health bulletin. The active coronavirus cases are at 28,035. The death tally has jumped to 45,155. The state government said 200 deaths were added to the death tally as per the new guidelines of the Central government.

Dec 21, 2021 16:57 IST

Israel Lawmakers Approve US Travel Ban to Curb Omicron

Israel lawmakers have approved the US travel ban to curb Omicron spread, reports AFP.

Dec 21, 2021 16:38 IST

Delhi Reports 102 New Covid Cases

Delhi has reported 102 new Covid cases, one death in the last 24 hours. The active caseload stands at 557, according to health bulletin.

Dec 21, 2021 16:15 IST

Complete Covid Vaccination Crosses 75% Mark in Kerala

The complete Covid-19 vaccination has crossed the 75 per cent mark in Kerala as over two crore people have received both the first and second doses of the jab, the state government said here on Tuesday. A total of 2,60,09,703 crore people- 97.38 per cent of the total population to be vaccinated, have taken the first dose of the jab while 2,00,32,229 people-75 per cent- received the second shot, state Health Minister Veena George said. Read More

Dec 21, 2021 14:50 IST

Odisha Releases Rs 350 Crore for Livelihood Assistance During Covid-19 Pandemic

The Odisha government has released Rs 350 crore for disbursement as Livelihood Assistance among the poor people during the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation, official sources said. All the families covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) will be given Rs 1,000 each as livelihood assistance in all 30 districts.

Dec 21, 2021 14:44 IST

Complete Vaccination Crosses 75 Per Cent Mark in Kerala

The complete COVID vaccination has crossed the 75 per cent mark in Kerala as over two crore people have received both the first and second doses of the jab, the state government said here on Tuesday. A total of 2,60,09,703 crore people- 97.38 per cent of the total population to be vaccinated, have taken the first dose of the jab while 2,00,32,229 people-75 per cent- received the second shot, state Health Minister Veena George said here.

Dec 21, 2021 14:20 IST

Lok Sabha MP Kunwar Danish Ali Tests Covid Positive

Dec 21, 2021 12:37 IST

Likely Order of Covid Symptoms Depends on Coronavirus Variant: Study

The most likely order of symptoms that patients with COVID-19 experience is different for different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to a study. The researchers from the University of Southern California in the US wanted to know whether the order of COVID-19 symptoms varied in patients from different geographical regions or with various patient characteristics.

Dec 21, 2021 11:28 IST

200 Omicron Cases Detected in India So Far, Says Govt

The Union Health Ministry said today that 200 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in India so far.

Dec 21, 2021 10:56 IST

77 New Covid-19 Cases in Thane, No Death

Thane has reported 77 new cases of coronavirus, pushing the infection tally in the Maharashtra district to 5,71,304, an official said on Tuesday. These new cases were recorded on Monday, he said.

Dec 21, 2021 10:55 IST

No Fresh Covid-19 Case in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

No fresh COVID-19 case was registered in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Tuesday. The COVID-19 tally in the union territory remained at 7,702, he said. The archipelago now has only three active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district. The other two districts – North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar – are coronavirus free, the official said. So far a total of 7,570 people have recovered from COVID-19.

Dec 21, 2021 10:45 IST

Australia Reports 4,565 New Covid cases, Biggest 1-day Increase On Record

Australia reports 4,565 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase on record.

Dec 21, 2021 10:43 IST

Madhya Pradesh Govt Faced Flak Over Underreporting of Covid-19 Deaths

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government in Madhya Pradesh faced opposition fire over alleged underreporting of coronavirus cases, even as it registered a sound performance in Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls held in the state during the year. Blaming the state government for underreporting Covid-related deaths, former chief minister Kamal Nath claimed that over one lakh people died from the infection in March and April across the state.

Dec 21, 2021 10:34 IST

EXPLAINED: What We Know So Far About Why Omicron Is Spreading This Fast

About a month after it was first reported in the southern end of Africa, Omicron has spread to more than 90 countries amid speculation that it will eventually outpace Delta as the dominant variant across the globe. The UK has seen cases surge to their highest daily tally since the beginning of the pandemic, while a six-month high in new infections in Delhi has sparked suspicion that the newest WHO-designated Variant of Concern (VoC) may have played a role. READ MORE

Dec 21, 2021 10:28 IST

One Death, 27 Fresh Virus Cases in Punjab

One more person died from coronavirus in Punjab on Monday as the state reported 27 fresh cases, taking its infection tally to 6,03,986, according to a medical bulletin. So far, 16,630 people have died from the infection in the state.

Dec 21, 2021 10:15 IST

Kerala Reports 14,802 Backlog Cases Over Last 60 Days

Kerala has reported 14,802 backlog cases over the last 60 days. This is 33% of the total COVID-19 deaths reported by the state. Kerala on an average has been adding 247 backlog deaths daily to its tally

needed, after the Netherlands began a fourth lockdown and as other European nations consider Christmas restrictions. Speaking after a lengthy Cabinet meeting, Johnson told reporters that the government won’t hesitate to introduce tougher lockdown measures ahead of Christmas amid an ongoing surge in coronavirus cases. But he declared that some things need to be clearer around the Omicron variant before further action is taken. The country recorded another record high of daily coronavirus infections at 91,743.

In the United State, Omicron is now most common coronavirus variant accounting for 73% of new infections last week, CDC says. In much of the country, it’s even higher. Omicron is responsible for an estimated 90% or more of new infections in the New York area, the Southeast, the industrial Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. The national rate suggests that more than 650,000 omicron infections occurred in the U.S. last week.

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from the COVID-19 disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan added it would be “unwise” to conclude from early evidence that Omicron was a milder variant that previous ones.

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