Delhi witnessed a massive surge in daily Covid-19 with 2,716 new cases on the first day of the new year, the highest since May 21 and a 51 percent jump from a day earlier, while the positivity rate rose to 3.64 percent. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that the hospital occupancy is still low and further restrictions will be reviewed soon. Read More
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Haryana on Saturday recorded 552 fresh coronavirus cases that pushed its infection tally to 7,74,340, according to a health department bulletin. Of the fresh infections, 298 were reported from Gurugram alone. The district, which falls under the National Capital Region, has been witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases for over a week now. Faridabad reported 107 fresh cases, Ambala 32 and Panchkula 26, the bulletin stated. No fresh case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus or death due to the infection was reported in Haryana.
Covid-19 cases in Telangana continued to rise with 317 fresh infections being reported on Saturday pushing the state wide tally to 6,82,215, while the death toll went up to 4,029 with two more fatalities. The state also reported 12 new cases of Omicron variant, taking the state’s tally to 79. As many as 27 people recovered from the new strain, leaving the number of active cases at 52, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 pm on Saturday.
Telangana Govt prohibits rallies, public meetings and mass gatherings of all types; to strictly enforce fine of Rs 1,000 for not wearing of mask in public spaces.
The imposition of lockdown in the state was not being discussed at present, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. Maharashtra on Friday reported 8,067 new coronavirus cases, 50 percent more than the day before. Disaster management minister Vijay Wadettiwar had said the day before that the “stage of fresh lockdown” was nearing, but the decision will be taken by the chief minister. “Decision of lockdown is not under discussion currently. The government will take decision about restrictions by taking into consideration the case positivity rate, hospital bed occupancy and oxygen consumption,” Tope told reporters.
#Omicron: Haryana Govt closes cinema halls, sports complexes, swimming pools, and entertainment parks in Gurugram, Faridabad & three other districts; govt & private offices to function with 50% staff attendance
Restrictions to remain in effect till January 12 pic.twitter.com/ILREGZgFn1
— ANI (@ANI) January 1, 2022
The rise in COVID-19 cases led to the Pune district administration canceling two bullock cart races that were planned on Saturday, an official said. The races were to be held in Nanoli in Maval tehsil and Chinchodi in Ambegaon tehsil and the order canceling them for the time being due to rising COVID-19 cases was issued by Collector Rajesh Deshmukh, he said.
Vaccination for children aged 15-18 in Maharashtra to be inaugurated by State Minister Aditya Thackeray at Bandra Kurla Covid-19 Centre in Mumbai on January 3, BMC said.
Mumbai on Saturday reported 6,347 new COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload in the city to 7,91,457, a civic official said. Saturday’s count is the highest since the 5,888 cases witnessed on April 24 this year during the second wave, the official said. The death toll increased by one to reach 16,377. With 451 people discharged from hospitals during the day, the recovery count rose to 7,50,158. The active case tally stood at 22,334, a sharp rise from 16,441 the day earlier. However, only 2,760 of 30,565 hospital beds in the city are occupied, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data.
Two more people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in West Bengal, taking the total number of cases in the state to 16, a senior health official said. One of the new patients came from Odisha while a local person tested positive for Omicron at the India-Bangladesh international border in Petrapole in North 24 Parganas district, he said. “The person who came from Odisha, and the one who tested positive at Petrapole are undergoing treatment in Kolkata. The total number of cases has increased to 16,” the official said. Meanwhile, five other travellers who recently arrived in West Bengal from other countries tested positive for the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
At least 124 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Madhya Pradesh, raising the tally of infections to 7,94,089 on Saturday, an official from the state health department said. The count of recoveries rose to 7,83,059, after 34 people were discharged from hospitals, while the toll stood at 10,533, as no fresh casualties were reported during the day, the official said. The central state is now left with 497 active cases, he said. With the addition of 61,440 samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state went up to 2,37,53,449, the official added.
Kerala recorded 2,435 fresh coronavirus cases and 22 COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday, taking the caseload to 52,40,487 and the death toll to 48,035. The health department said that along with today’s deaths, 219 deaths were also designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court. “Currently, there are 18,904 active COVID-19 cases in the state of which only 10.7 per cent are admitted to hospitals,” the health department said in a release. Meanwhile, 2,704 recuperated from the disease today, taking the total cured to 51,81,981.
West Bengal records 4,512 fresh Covid-19 cases, 1,913 recoveries and 9 deaths today.
Active cases: 13,300 Total recoveries: 16,09,924 Death toll: 19,773
Gujarat reported 23 new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the tally of such infections in the state to 136, the health department said. The day before the state had reported 16 such cases. Ahmedabad city alone accounted for 11 new Omicron cases, Surat four, Vadodara, Anand and Kutch two cases each, and Kheda and Rajkot one case each.Only 12 of these patients had recent international travel history. As many as 65 Omicron patients have recovered in the state so far, including 11 who were discharged from hospitals on Saturday.
Witnessing a spike for the fourth consecutive day, Karnataka on Saturday reported over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 30,08,370 and the death toll to 38,340. The total number of active cases is now at 9,386. The state today registered 1,033 fresh infections, compared to 832 on Friday, 707 on Thursday and 566 on Wednesday. There were 354 discharges today, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,60,615. Of the new cases, 810 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 218 discharges and 2 deaths. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.86 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 0.48 per cent.
Uttarakhand reported four new cases of Omicron in last 24 hours taking the number of people infected with the latest variant of Covid-19 in the state so far to eight, officials said here on Saturday. The four people earlier infected with Omicron have recovered. One Omicron case was reported from the state on December 11 and three more on December 27. Of the four new cases, three cases are from Dehradun and one from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Director General Health Tripti Bahuguna said.
Delhi reports 2,716 fresh COVID cases today, 51% higher than yesterday’s tally; positivity rate climbs to 3.64%.
Rajasthan recorded 52 fresh Omicron cases on Saturday, which took the tally of cases of the new variant of the coronavirus to 121 in the state, an official said. Of the new Omicron cases, 38 were reported from Jaipur, three each form Pratapgarh, Sirohi and Bikaner, two from Jodhpur and one each from Ajmer, Sikar and Bhilwara, according to a health department spokesperson. Nine of these infected persons have returned from abroad, four persons came in contact with foreign travellers while 12 persons have returned from travel to other states, the spokesperson said, adding that two have been traced through contact history. Omicron patients are being isolated at a special ward at the RUHS Hospital.
West Bengal is likely to go into partial lockdown from January 3 with a spurt in the total number of fresh coronavirus cases in Kolkata. The coronavirus cases in the capital city alone have tripled over the past three days with the number of new infections at 1,954 on Friday. Reported new Covid cases stand at 3,451 in the state. On December 29, Kolkata had reported 540 new cases, while the state had 1,089 fresh infections. According to data from the ministry of health and family welfare, Kolkata’s weekly positivity rate increased to 12.5 per cent, while the state’s increased to 5.47 per cent. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and West Bengal health department have announced a “system alert” involving all stakeholders to contain the spread of the virus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier in the day, said India will fight the Covid-19 pandemic with full caution and vigilance, and protect its national interests. He also lauded India’s achievement in providing over 145 crore doses of the Covid vaccine. The Prime Minister said coronavirus posed several challenges, but “Corona cannot stop India’s pace”.
He stressed that India will fight the Covid-19 pandemic with “full caution and vigilance” and will also protect its national interests. Modi said that during the pandemic, additional food grains for free was provided to over 80 crore beneficiaries, which cost about Rs 2.6 lakh crore to the central exchequer.
As many as 10 ministers and over 20 MLAs have tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar revealed on Saturday, as the state continues to see a sharp rise in virus cases since December 27.
Launching the registration process for vaccination of children within the 15-18 age bracket on Co-WIN app, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, “if the children are safe, then the future of the country is safe!”
In his tweet, Mandaviya wrote, “If the children are safe, then the future of the country is safe! On the occasion of New Year, registration is being started on CoWIN portal for immunization of children #COVID19 in the age group of 15 to 18 years from today. I request the family members to register the eligible children for vaccination.”
Israel recorded the first case of “florona” disease, a double infection of Covid-19 and influenza, said Arab News on Friday. The infection was found in a woman who entered the Rabin Medical Center this week to give birth, an Israeli newspaper reported.
The Omicron coronavirus variant dampened New Year festivities around much of the world, as cities from Paris to Kuala Lumpur cancelled civic celebrations, but London threw a lastminute party on television and Cape Town suddenly lifted a longstanding curfew.
Elsewhere around the globe, events were scaled back or cancelled outright, as with the traditional fireworks over the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. In the Netherlands, where outside groupings of more than four people are banned, police dispersed several thousand people who had defiantly gathered at Amsterdam’s central Dam Square, ANP news agency reported.
(with inputs from agencies)