Delhi, Mumbai See Huge Spike in Daily Cases; Punjab Bans Entry of Unvaccinated in Public Places from Jan 15

The Centre asked the five poll-bound states to ramp up vaccination drive for the entire eligible population through district-wise weekly plan with a daily review.

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Last Updated: December 28, 2021, 22:44 IST

Omicron cases in India

Delhi on Tuesday reported 496 Covid-19 cases, its highest single-day rise since June 4. With daily Covid cases nearing almost 500 in the national capital, the positivity rate is inching towards 1%. Meanwhile, Punjab has ordered banning entry of unvaccinated individuals in public places from January 15.

An expert panel of the country’s central drug authority has recommended granting emergency use authorisation to Serum Institute Read More

Dec 28, 2021 22:43 IST

Amid Omicron Fear, Goa CM Says No Night Curfew for Now as it May Affect Tourism

The Goa government on Tuesday decided not to impose night curfew in the coastal state for now so that the tourism business amid the Christmas-New Year festival season is not affected. Chief minister Pramod Sawant told reporters in Panaji that his government was monitoring the COVID-19 positivity rate and stringent decisions would be taken during the meeting of the task force scheduled to be held on January 3 in case this rate rises.

Dec 28, 2021 22:07 IST

Assam reports 120 new Covid-19 cases

Assam reports 120 new Covid-19 cases, 68 recoveries, and 2 deaths in the last 24 hours Total cases: 6,20,357 Total recoveries stand at 6,12,059 

Dec 28, 2021 21:48 IST

Delhi Records 496 Covid-19 Cases, Highest Since June 4; Positivity Rate at 0.89%

The national capital has reported 496 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day, the highest since June 4, with the positivity rate rising to 0.89 percent along with one fatality due to the infection, according to data shared by the health department here on Tuesday. On June 4, Delhi recorded 523 fresh COVID-19 cases and 50 fatalities, while the positivity rate stood at 0.68 percent, official figures stated. Delhi on Monday recorded 331 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day rise since June 9, and one died while the positivity rate mounted to 0.68 percent, according to the data.

Dec 28, 2021 21:44 IST

'We cannot let the city that never sleeps, slow down again' Says BMC

Dec 28, 2021 21:29 IST

7 More Omicron Cases in Kerala Takes Tally to 64

With seven more people testing positive for Omicron in Kerala, the total number of infections by the new variant of Covid-19 in the state has reached 64, the Health Department said on Tuesday. Of the seven cases, four were detected in Pathanamthitta, two in Alappuzha and one in Thiruvananthapuram, the department said in a release.

Dec 28, 2021 21:02 IST

Finland bars unvaccinated travellers to fight Omicron

Finland announced on Tuesday it would block entry for foreign travelers who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, as it steps up its fight against the highly mutated Omicron variant. Only foreign travelers with a negative Covid-19 test who can prove full vaccination or past infection will now be allowed to enter, the interior ministry announced after a government meeting.

Dec 28, 2021 20:53 IST

Night curfew imposed at Jawaharlal Nehru University from Dec 27

Night curfew imposed at Jawaharlal Nehru University from Dec 27 between 11 pm to 5 am, until further orders however there are no restrictions on the movement of emergency services, like medical emergency & supply of goods.

Dec 28, 2021 20:35 IST

Punjab bans entry of not fully vaccinated people from Jan 15 in public places

Dec 28, 2021 20:22 IST

Maharashtra reported 2,172 new cases, 1,098 recoveries, and 22 deaths today

Dec 28, 2021 20:02 IST

8 Vaccines, 4 Treatments in India's Covid-19 Arsenal: Here's A List

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has granted restricted emergency use authorisation to two new vaccines and a drug for Covid-19, taking to 12 the number of preventives and treatments approved in India.  READ MORE 

Dec 28, 2021 19:38 IST

Delhi Night Curfew: 411 FIRs, 754 Challans Issued for Violating Covid Norms

More than 400 FIRs were registered and 754 challans were issued for violations of covid appropriate behaviour during the first night curfew imposed across the national capital amid rising cases of coronavirus infections, the Delhi Police said. According to a data shared by the Delhi Police, as part of the action taken during night curfew from 11 pm on Monday to 5 am on Tuesday, 411 FIRs under section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 754 challans were issued to those violating covid guidelines.

Dec 28, 2021 19:06 IST

Kerala reports 2,472 new cases of Covid, 38 deaths

Dec 28, 2021 18:57 IST

Drug Majors, Sun Pharma, Cipla and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Get DCGI Nod to Market Molnupiravir for Covid-19 Treatment

Sun Pharma on Tuesday said its subsidiary has received emergency use authorisation (EUA) from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to manufacture and market a generic version of MSD and Ridgeback’s antiviral drug molnupiravir under the brand name Molxvir in India. Earlier this year, the Mumbai-based drug major had signed a non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreement with MSD to manufacture and supply a generic version of molnupiravir in over 100 low and middle-income countries (LMICs) including India.

Dec 28, 2021 18:51 IST

50% Seating Capacity, No standing Passenger Allowed: DMRC Issues Travelling Guidance For Passengers Under Yellow Alert

Travel will be allowed only upto 50% seating capacity inside the Metro trains and no standing passenger shall be allowed during the travel the DMRC noted .

Dec 28, 2021 17:43 IST

Yellow Alert in Delhi: Which Colour Code Next If Capital Fails to Curb Covid Spread?

Amid a continuous surge in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government on Tuesday imposed a yellow alert, a colour-coded graded response action plan, to contain the spread of the infection in the national capital. While making the announcement, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was unfortunate that people were visiting markets and malls without masks, and appealed to them to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. READ MORE 

Dec 28, 2021 17:15 IST

Covid Night Curfew in Delhi: First Day Sees a Mix of Compliance, Ignorance and Negligence

With the spread of Covid cases in the national capital picking up pace again, the Delhi government imposed night curfew restrictions between 11pm and 5am from December 27 (as part of a ‘yellow alert’ sounded in the city on Tuesday, the timings were revised to 10pm-5am, with no weekend curfew). The curbs came even as Delhi witnessed its biggest single-day spike in infections in six months on Monday, with 331 new cases. READ MORE 

Dec 28, 2021 16:54 IST

Personnel deployed in poll-bound states to be eligible for precaution dose: Govt

Amid a spurt in covid cases across India, the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Tuesday said that personnel to be deployed in election duty in poll-bound states will be included in the category of frontline workers (FLWs) and will be eligible for the precaution dose of vaccine against the coronavirus disease.

Dec 28, 2021 16:12 IST

First Covid-19 Shot Recipient in US Outside of Clinical Trial Now a Vaccine Activist

Lindsay got her shot in a widely televised moment on December 14 of last year as the U.S. was kicking off its vaccination effort. After getting emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration just days earlier, the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines had been arriving at hospitals for high-risk health care workers.

Dec 28, 2021 16:06 IST

Ladakh Records 14 Cases, One Death in Last 24 Hours

The COVID-19 death toll in Ladakh has climbed to 219 following a fatality in Leh, while 14 fresh cases pushed the overall infection tally to 22,105 in the union territory, officials said on Tuesday. All the 14 fresh cases were reported in LehThe number of active cases has declined to 193 in the union territory, 141 cases in Leh district and 52 in Kargil district. While 161 people died because of the coronavirus in Leh, 58 died in Kargil.

Dec 28, 2021 16:00 IST

Maharashtra Records Maximum Number of Cases, India's Total Tally at 653

India has logged 653 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus across 21 states and UTs so far out of which 186 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 167 cases followed by Delhi at 165, Kerala 57, Telangana 55, Gujarat 49 and Rajasthan 46. READ MORE

of India’s COVID-19 vaccine Covovax and Biological E’s vaccine Corbevax with certain conditions, official sources said on Monday. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on Monday also recommended granting permission to manufacture and market anti-Covid pill Molnupiravir for restricted emergency use for treatment of adult patients with SpO2 93 per cent and who have high risk of progression of the disease, including hospitalisation or death, subject to certain conditions.

All the recommendations have been sent to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for final approval. The SEC on COVID-19 of the CDSCO, which reviewed the emergency use authorisation (EUA) applications of Serum Institute of India (SII) for the second time on Monday, after detailed deliberation has recommended granting EUA to Covovax.

The Centre on Monday reviewed public health response measures for containment and management of Covid-19 and vaccination status with five election-bound states. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan held the high-level meeting with senior officials of Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the ministry of health and family welfare said in a statement.

During the meeting, Bhushan advised officials to ramp up the vaccination drive against coronavirus for the entire eligible population through district-wise weekly plan with a daily review. Those yet to receive their first dose should be given the same at the earliest, while those awaiting their second dose of the vaccine would have to complete the course, the states were told.

Hinting at reimposition of strict Covid restrictions if the situation warrants, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said many people with coronavirus symptoms are coming from outside. Banerjee, who was addressing a meeting at state secretariat Nabanna, asked officials to be on guard to prevent any spike in cases.

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