Omicron Updates: At 2,038, UP Sees Huge Surge in New Covid Cases; Noida Reports 511 Fresh Infections

Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Gujarat are emerging as states of concern due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

By: News Desk

Last Updated: January 06, 2022, 00:05 IST


The Centre on Wednesday said the upsurge of COVID-19 cases is happening in cities and the Omicron variant is the predominant circulating strain. It also noted that the precautionary dose of Covid vaccine for healthcare and frontline workers as well as those above 60 years with comorbidities will be same as the first two doses of the vaccine. Read More

Jan 05, 2022 23:19 IST

Gujarat Records 50 New Omicron Cases, Tally Crosses 200

Gujarat reported 50 new cases of the Omicron variant on Wednesday, taking the tally of such cases in the state to 204, the health department said. On the other hand, 16 patients of this coronavirus variant were discharged from hospitals, which took the total of Omicron infection recoveries to 112.

Jan 05, 2022 23:02 IST

Night Curfew Imposed in Himachal Pradesh Amid Rising Covid Cases

The Himachal Pradesh government decided to impose a night curfew in the state from 10 pm to 5 am to check the spread of COVID-19, an official spokesperson said. It was also decided to close indoor sports complexes and cinema halls in the state and allow only 50 per cent attendance at gatherings in marriage and banquet halls, he said. It has been decided to impose night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am across the state besides closing indoor sports complexes, cinema halls, multiplexes, stadiums, swimming pools, gyms and langars.

Jan 05, 2022 22:49 IST

Over 200 Resident Doctors in Mumbai Hospitals Test Positive for Covid

At least 220 resident doctors at government hospitals in Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus in the last three days, a senior office-bearer of their association said. Ganesh Solunke, president of the JJ Hospital chapter of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), said 73 resident doctors at this state-run hospital in central Mumbai have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 72 hours. Besides, 60 resident doctors at the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, 80 at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital and another seven at RN Cooper Hospital have also contracted the viral infection, he added. These three hospitals are run by BMC.

Jan 05, 2022 22:18 IST

Delhi Govt Asks Its Hospitals to Increase Covid Beds

Amid a surge in cases of coronavirus and its Omicron variant, the Delhi government has asked its nine hospitals to increase their cumulative Covid bed capacity to 4,350 from the existing 3,316. The Health and Family Welfare Department of the Delhi government issued the order. The hospitals it addressed to are India Gandhi Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Burari Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, Ambedkar Nagar Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital.

Jan 05, 2022 21:57 IST

Night Curfew in Jammu and Kashmir from 9pm to 6am

Night Curfew in Jammu and Kashmir from 9pm to 6am

Jan 05, 2022 21:52 IST

Uttarakhand Announces Night Curfew from 10pm to 6am

The Uttarakhand government has revised night curfew timings from 10pm to 6am amid growing Covid-19 cases.

Jan 05, 2022 21:46 IST

Over 1 Crore Teens Vaccinated Against Covid-19 in India: Govt

More than 1 crore (1,24,02,515) Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered to children in the 15-18 age group since the inoculation drive began for them on January 3, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. With this, the cumulative doses administered in the country has increased to over 148.58 crore (1,48,58,19,491), it said. More than 82 lakh (82,26,211) vaccine doses had been administered till 7 pm on Wednesday. This includes 37,44,635 doses administered to beneficiaries in the 15-18 age group, the ministry said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night.

Jan 05, 2022 21:17 IST

Omicron Found in Delhi's 65% Samples Tested Between Jan 1 and 3

Sixty-five per cent of Covid samples in Delhi, whose genome sequencing reports came out between January 1 and 3, were found to have the Omicron variant as against 28 per cent from December 1 to 31, official data showed. Of the 72 samples, whose reports arrived in the first three days of this year, 47 were found to be infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus, while Delta and its sublineages were found in 20 samples. Only seven per cent had other variants. Delhi on Wednesday reported 10,665 new coronavirus cases, almost double the number of infections logged the day before, with the positivity rate shooting up to 11.88 per cent, according to health department data.

Jan 05, 2022 21:12 IST

MP Logs 594 New Covid Cases, 1 Death

The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh shot up to 7,95,363 on Wednesday with detection of 594 new cases, while the death toll increased by one to reach 10,535, an official said. The recovery count stood at 7,83,284 after 78 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, leaving the state with an active tally of 1,544, he said. On Tuesday, the state had recorded 308 Covid-19 cases and one death.With 59,525 swab samples examined during the day, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,40,02,195, the official added.

Jan 05, 2022 21:11 IST

Delhi Govt Orders Increase Covid Beds in Nine Hospitals

In view of the rising Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government orders to increase Covid beds in its nine hospitals to 4,350 from the existing 3,316.

Delhi Govt Orders Increase Covid Beds in Nine Hospitals

Jan 05, 2022 20:43 IST

Schools Shut, Night Curfew Imposed in Raipur as Covid-19 Cases Surge

In light of the spike in COVID-19 cases, night-time restrictions have been imposed in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur district from 9 pm to 6 am to prevent the viral spread, an official said on Wednesday. Schools, Anganwadi centres, libraries and swimming pools have also been shut in the district, the official said. As per the order issued by Raipur collector Saurabh Kumar, wholesalers and vegetable markets will be allowed to load and unload goods, while petrol pumps, medical stores, medicine delivery and ambulance operation will be exempted from the night-time restrictions. Restaurants, hotels, bakeries, food courts and other eateries will be allowed to function till 11 pm and food home delivery can also be done till the same time, it was stated.

Jan 05, 2022 20:32 IST

With 14,022 Fresh Cases, Bengal Logs Massive Covid-19 Surge

West Bengal’s COVID-19 tally Wednesday climbed to 16,78,323 with 14,022 fresh cases, 4,949 more than the previous day, the health department said. The positivity rate rose to 23.17 per cent from Tuesday’s 18.96 per cent, it said. The metropolis accounted for 6,170 new infections. With 17 fresh fatalities, the death toll mounted to 19,827, a bulletin issued by the health department said. West Bengal now has 33,042 active cases, while 6,438 patients were discharged since Tuesday, it said.

Jan 05, 2022 20:30 IST

Mumbai Logs Highest-ever 15,166 New Covid-19 Cases

Mumbai reported 15,166 new COVID-19 cases, its highest-ever daily count and up 4,306 from a day ago, while three more patients succumbed to the infection, the city civic body said. With these additions, the city’s overall coronavirus count jumped to 8,33,628, while the death toll increased to 16,384, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said in a bulletin. At 15,166, Mumbai has recorded the all-time high COVID-19 cases in a day since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020. On Tuesday, the city had logged 10,860 cases and the latest count reflects a jump of 4,306 cases, or 39.65 per cent, in a span of just 24 hours.

Jan 05, 2022 20:19 IST

Kerala Reports 49 Fresh Cases of Omicron

Kerala on Wednesday logged 49 fresh cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19, taking the total number of infections to 230, the health department said. Of the 49 patients, seven came from high-risk countries while 32 reached the state from low-risk countries. Ten persons contracted the new variant through their contacts, according to a department release. Most number of Omicron-infected people came from UAE, Qatar and the UK. Other countries include Ukraine, Canada, Ghana, Spain and the US. “Till now, a total of 141 people have reached the State from low-risk countries while 59 have reached from high-risk countries. Thirty people have contracted the disease through their contacts,” the release said.

Jan 05, 2022 20:09 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Records 418 Fresh Covid Cases

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 418 fresh Covid cases in the past 24 hours, taking the infection tally to 3,42,419, while no new death due to the virus was reported in the Union Territory, officials said on Wednesday. Out of the fresh cases, 311 were from the Jammu division and 107 from the Kashmir division, they said. The number of daily positive cases has doubled in the last 24 hours as 199 cases were detected on Tuesday. Reasi district recorded a maximum of 156 cases followed by 109 cases in Jammu district.

Jan 05, 2022 20:05 IST

Elderly Person with Comorbidities: Health Ministry on First Omicron Death

On the first Omicron death, Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said that the patient had comorbidities. “Technically it is Omicron related death. He was an elderly person. The person is reported to have comorbidities, like diabetes among others,” he said. India on Wednesday reported its first Omicron death in Udaipur.

Jan 05, 2022 19:56 IST

With 14,022 New Cases, Bengal Sees Huge Covid Surge

West Bengal reports 14,022 new cases, 17 deaths and 6,438 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The active cases are at 33,042.

Jan 05, 2022 19:17 IST

Mumbai Reports 15,166 New Covid Cases, 3 Deaths; 87% Asymptomatic

Mumbai reports 15,166 fresh infections of Covid-19 and 3 deaths. The active cases are 61,923 while the positivity rate is 25%.

Mumbai Reports 15,166 New Covid Cases, 3 Deaths; 87% Asymptomatic

Jan 05, 2022 19:14 IST

Delhi Logs 10,665 Cases, Positivity Rate at 11.88%

Delhi on Wednesday logged 10,665 Covid cases, the highest since May 12, and eight deaths with the positivity rate shooting up to 11.88 per cent, officials said. On Tuesday, the city had recorded 5,481 fresh cases, almost half of Wednesday’s count, and a case positivity rate of 8.37 per cent. The Delhi government announced a weekend curfew on Tuesday to curb the sharp spike in the number of cases.

Jan 05, 2022 18:25 IST

Kerala Reports 4,801 New Cases, 29 Deaths

Kerala reports 4,801 new cases, 29 deaths, 1813 recoveries today; Active cases at 22,910. Death tally at 48,895. 229 deaths were added to the death tally as per the new guidelines of the Central government, says Kerala govt in an official statement.

The government, however, said there is no need to panic and one must be alert, disciplined and prepared, adding that the country will face this phase of the pandemic as well. Upsurge of infections is happening in cities. Omicron is the predominant circulating strain and mass gatherings need to be avoided to reduce the speed of the spread of infection.

There has been a surge in Covid cases globally whereas 25.2 lakh cases were recorded globally on January 4, the highest ever since the onset of the pandemic, officials said. India reported over 6.3 times rise in Covid cases in the last eight days. There has been a sharp rise in case positivity from 0.79 per cent on December 29 to 5.03 per cent on January 5, they said.

In the national capital, as cases continue to rise unabated, over 100 health workers at the All India Insitute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) tested positive for Covid-19, over the last week. In the last 24 hours, India recorded a massive jump of 56% in fresh cases- 58,097. This is the highest during a period of surge since the pandemic began. The fresh infections are over 20,000 higher than the tally of 37,123 recorded on Monday.

India’s Omicron tally went past the 2000-mark on Tuesday with 153 more cases taking the total number of patients to 2,043. The variant is now spread across 24 states and UT’s in the country with fresh cases being recorded in Meghalaya. Amid the steady rise in infections, the Uttar Pradesh schools will remain closed till January 15, state govt announced.

The state government has also imposed curbs on cinema halls, malls, swimming pools, while the night curfew from 11pm to 5am will continue. Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported the highest Omicron cases, with 75 fresh Omicron cases, the total tally climbed to 653. Mumbai reported 40 new Omicron cases for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, taking the city’s total count to 408. Of the total Omicron cases in the state, 259 have been discharged following a negative RT-PCR test. The BMC commissioner IS Chahal in a TV interview said that according to experts, Omicron was responsible for 80 per cent of the Covid cases in Mumbai, reducing the Delta variant to the remaining 20%.

Currently, Omicron is said to be the dominant variant across the globe. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention posted its newest estimates Tuesday, stating that the omicron variant accounted for 95% of new coronavirus infections last week. The CDC uses genomic surveillance data to make projections about which versions of the COVID-19 viruses are causing the most of the new infections. CDC said more than 99.5% of coronaviruses were delta as recently as the end of November.

Along with US, Omicron could become a dominant coronavirus strain in Singapore in the next two months, completely replacing the Delta variant, a senior infectious diseases expert has warned. Meanwhile, France reported the biggest one-day record at 2,71,686 cases and Australia logged 47,799 fresh cases.

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