The health ministry on Thursday said India reported over 10,000 cases after over a month and there’s a need to be extra vigilant. The government also said that the world reported 58 Omicron deaths. As many as 961 Omicron cases have been reported in India so far, and of these, 320 patients have recovered.
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More than 100 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday in Bihar where the daily rise in tally had, for months, been in double or even single digits. According to the health department, altogether 132 people have tested positive pushing the active caseload to 333, a nearly tenfold rise since a month ago when it stood around 35. No casualties have been reported in the last 24 hours in the state where altogether 12,096 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus. The total number of people afflicted since the pandemic struck in March last year is 7,26,738.
Kolkata’s tally of new COVID-19 infections more than doubled in 24 hours as the metropolis reported 1,090 cases on Thursday, as per the state Health Department. The city reported 540 new cases on Wednesday, it said. West Bengal registered more than 2,000 cases after nearly six months as the state reported 2,128 new infections. It was nearly double the cases reported on Wednesday when 1,089 infections were detected, and more than four times that reported on last Thursday — 516. The state’s positivity rate jumped to 5.47 per cent, from 2.84 per cent on Wednesday. West Bengal has so far reported 16,35,034 COVID-19 cases.
Delhi on Thursday recorded 1,313 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day rise since May 26, while the positivity rate mounted to 1.73 per cent, according to health department data. No fresh deaths were reported in the city. On May 26, the national capital had reported 1,491 cases with a positivity rate of 1.93 per cent and 130 deaths. On Wednesday, 923 cases were recorded in the city with a positivity rate of 1.29 per cent. The positivity rate breached the one per cent-mark after a gap of seven months.
Haryana reported 23 more cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Thursday, its highest daily spike so far, pushing the tally of such cases to 37 in the state, according to a health department bulletin. Of these 37 cases, 12 are active while the rest have been discharged, it stated. In view of a rise in Omicron cases, the Haryana government has imposed a night curfew and restriction on gatherings from Saturday. It said people eligible for vaccination but not fully vaccinated will be banned from shopping malls, cinema halls, restaurants and grain markets, among other crowded places from January 1.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 144.45 crore on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said. More than 59 lakh doses were administered in the day till 7 pm, it said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2.
The new wave of the coronavirus pandemic could be worse than the earlier two waves, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said while appealing people to follow the norms. The new wave could be more terrible, therefore Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself was issuing alerts to the states, Pednekar told reporters here. Earlier variants of the coronavirus infected mostly adults, but the latest variant is also infecting children, she said. “Hence it is necessary to be careful, she added. Appealing people to follow COVID-19-appropriate behavior, Pednekar said she herself would be avoiding weddings and other gatherings till the Omicron crisis recedes.
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 198 new cases of the Omicron variant, including 190 in Mumbai alone, the state health department said in a release. The tally of cases of this latest coronavirus variant in the state went up to 450. A 52-year-old man with a travel history to Nigeria who died of a heart attack on December 28 tested positive for Omicron, but the death had nothing to do with the infection, the release said.The patient had been admitted to the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s Yashwantrao Chavan Hospital. He also had diabetes for the last 13 years, it said.
Delhi on Thursday reported 1,313 fresh Covid-19 cases and 423 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is at 1.73%. The active cases are at 3,081 while the total recoveries are at 14,18,227.
Karnataka has recorded 707 new Covid-19 cases, out of which 565 infections have been reported from Bengaluru Urban. The state’s tally has nearly doubled in two days. The state had recorded 356 cases on Wednesday.
The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 7,93,888 on Thursday with the addition of 72 cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,533 as no fatality was reported, an official said. With 19 patients recuperating and getting discharged from hospitals during the day, the recovery count in the state stood at 7,82,995.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra is concerning. He said that he discussed with the State Task Force on the additional restrictions that needed to be enforced. “Feel Some additional restrictions in the state are needed. CM Uddhav Thackeray will take a call on further restrictions in the next two days,” he said.
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Seven European nations, including the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, have barred Turkish passengers from entering their countries as the Omicron variant spreads, according to travel guidance by Turkey’s Civil Aviation Authority (SHGM). Daily coronavirus cases in Turkey have reached their highest level since April this week, surging to nearly 37,000, but the number is still significantly below figures reported in parts of Europe.
Mumbai has reported 3,671 fresh Covid-19 cases and 371 recoveries today, taking active cases to 11,360. Out of the total cases in the city, Dharavi has recorded 20 cases, the highest since May 18.
The Goa government on Thursday received the first consignment of Covaxin doses to inoculate over 74,000 children in the age group of 15 to 18 years against COVID-19. Talking to PTI, state immunisation officer Dr Rajendra Borkar said the first lot of 74,200 Covaxin doses arrived in the state during the day. The vaccines will be administered to children between 15 and 18 years of age from January 3, the official said. In order to cover maximum number of children, the state education department has been roped in to ensure that children are administered the vaccine on campuses of educational institutions, he said.
West Bengal reports 2,128 fresh COVID cases, 1,067 recoveries, and 12 deaths today
Active cases: 8,776 Total recoveries: 16,06,501 Death toll: 19,757
Kerala on Thursday logged 2,423 new COVID-19 infections and 164 deaths, which took the caseload to 52,32,672 and the fatalities to 47,441 till date. Of the 164 deaths, 15 were recorded over the last few days and 149 designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court. With 2,879 more people recovering from the virus since Wednesday, the total recoveries reached 51,76,535 and the active cases dropped to 19,835, an official press release said. As many as 58,459 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
Bharat Biotech says its Covaxin has proven to be safe, well-tolerated and immunogenic in children volunteers aged between 2-18 years in phase II and III study.
Dr VK Paul was asked on the election rallies currently going on in poll-bound states where politicians could be seen flouting Covid appropriate behaviour and not wearing masks, to which he replied that the framework of responsibilities to supress transmission applies to everyone. “I have explained to you the framework of responsibilities of the people, expectations from all of us for ensuring suppression of chain of transmission as well as protection. That applies to all of us,” Dr VK Paul said.
#WATCH | On violation of COVID rules in political rallies amid rising infections, Niti Aayog Member (Health) Dr. VK Paul says, "It is in the domain of the Election Commission and it is not the right forum to take up this issue." pic.twitter.com/GnfW50Srup
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Gujarat government has anounced extending Covid-19 restrictions from Dec 31 to Jan 7, State Health Minister Rushikesh Patel said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a virtual meeting of the state’s Covid-19 task force on Thursday, a day after Health minister Rajesh Tope expressed concern over the spiralling number of daily cases and termed it as “alarming”.
Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded a spurt in new COVID-19 cases at 3,900, including 85 of Omicron, with the daily count rising by 1,728 from a day before. With the addition of 3,900 cases, which were detected after 1,23,248 coronavirus tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, the statewide infection count shot up to 66,65,386, the health department said.
State capital Mumbai also recorded a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases by clocking 2,510 infections, the highest daily addition since May 8, the civic body said. The state recorded 20 fresh deaths, taking the number of fatalities to 1,41,496, the health department said in a bulletin. It said 1,306 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recovered cases to 65,06,137.The coronavirus recovery rate in the state is 97.61 per cent, it said.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned that a “tsunami” of Omicron and Delta Covid-19 cases will pile pressure on health systems already being stretched to their limits.
The WHO said the Delta and Omicron variants of concern were “twin threats” that were driving new case numbers to record highs, leading to spikes in hospitalisations and deaths.
The WHO said new global cases had risen by 11 percent last week, while the United States and France both registered record daily case numbers on Wednesday.
“I am highly concerned that Omicron, being more transmissible, circulating at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference.
Meanwhile, in India, Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat on Wednesday recorded a big spike in fresh COVID-19 cases–their highest since the May-June period–while Punjab reported the first case of the Omicron variant to take the country-wide tally of the new strain past 900.
According to data from the Centre and the states, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 10,000 after a little over a month. On November 26, the total reported was 10,549.
With Punjab reporting its first Omicron case after a 36-year-old man, who came from Spain earlier this month tested positive for the new variant, the number of states and union territories where this highly contagious strain has been detected rose to 22. Updated official data available in the night showed that the Omicron tally was close to 950 with Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana reporting a majority of the fresh cases of this variant. In Maharashtra, 85 more people were infected by the new strain to take the total to 252, the state Health department said.
According to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am, India recorded 781 cases of the Omicron variant across 21 states and union territories so far out of which 241 people have recovered or migrated. Maharashtra was followed by Delhi(238), Gujarat (97), Rajasthan(69), Kerala(65) and Telangana(62) among those with over 50 Omicron cases, according to official data from the Centre and the states.