Kerala Reports 2,802 New Covid-19 Cases, 78 Deaths

Covid-19 Omicron India News Live Updates: India on Sunday recorded 27,553 Covid-19 cases, while the country's Omicron tally stands at 1,525.

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Last Updated: January 02, 2022, 23:38 IST

A health worker conducts COVID-19 testing of a woman amid concern over a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India, in New Delhi, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2021. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan)

Covid-19 Omicron India News Live Updates: Kerala on Sunday recorded 2,802 new Covid-19 cases and 78 deaths, taking the caseload to 52,43,289 and the toll to 48,113. Of the 78 deaths, 12 were recorded over the last few days and 66 designated as Covid-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court.

With 2,606 more people recovering from the virus since Saturday, the total recoveries reached 51,84,587 and the active cases dropped to 19,021, an official press release said. As many as 50,180 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Read More

Jan 02, 2022 23:33 IST

Chhattisgarh Health Minister Infected with Coronavirus for the Second Time

Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, the second time he was getting infected, the earlier instance being in March last year. “On seeing the symptoms of corona infection, I got my COVID-19 test in Raipur this evening in which I was tested positive for the Coronavirus. Right now I am fine and I am taking treatment by staying in home isolation following the instructions of the doctors,” Singh Deo tweeted.

Jan 02, 2022 23:17 IST

Vaccination of Those Aged 15 to 18 Starts Monday in Rajasthan

Those falling between the age of 15 and 18 will be administered coronavirus vaccine in Rajasthan from Monday, an official said. The Health Department has made all preparations for it and vaccination centres have been set up in 3,456 government medical institutions across the state. Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena said coronavirus vaccine has proved to be the most effective solution for the pandemic. Principal Secretary (Health) Vaibhav Galriya said from January 3, vaccination of those aged 15 to 18 will start in the state. Galriya said from January 10, prevention dose will be given to health workers, frontline workers and people with serious diseases above 60 years of age.

Jan 02, 2022 22:46 IST

Restaurants, Marriage Palaces to Operate at 50% Capacity in Chandigarh

Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, the Chandigarh Administration on Sunday ordered that marriage palaces, restaurants and other eateries will operate at half of their capacity. The directions will come into force with immediate effect, according to an order issued here. Any breach of the order shall invite action under the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code. Restaurants, hotels, caf, coffee shops, eating places, marriage palaces and banquet halls etc. can remain open with 50 per cent capacity, subject to the condition of allowing only fully vaccinated adults or those whose second dose was not due as per health protocols, the order said.

Jan 02, 2022 22:14 IST

Bihar Reports 352 Fresh Covid Cases

COVID-19 continued to gallop across Bihar on Sunday as 352 fresh cases, 71 more than the previous day’s figure, were reported while Patna remained the worst affected district, with 17 doctors among the 142 who tested positive. According to the health department, active cases have shot past the four-digit mark and reached 1074. On Saturday and Friday, Bihar had registered 281 and 158 fresh cases respectively. However, no fatality due to the disease has been reported in the last four days and the death toll remained unchanged at 12,096.

Jan 02, 2022 21:44 IST

Bengal Restricts Flight from Delhi, Mumbai Amid Covid Surge

The West Bengal government said that it would restrict flights from New Delhi and Mumbai, the two cities witnessing the largest surge in Covid-19 infections in recent weeks, to just twice a week in a measure to combat the spread of the pandemic in the state. Travel agents believe this will cause a spike in air fares besides placing many fliers’ travel plans in jeopardy. West Bengal chief secretary HK Dwivedi said that starting January 5 flights from these two metros will be allowed only on Mondays and Fridays till a decision is taken after reviewing the pandemic situation. The top state bureaucrat also said that from Monday the government has decided to temporarily suspend direct flights from the UK where Omicron variant of the coronavirus is creating new records infecting thousands, as a part of its restriction programmes.

Jan 02, 2022 21:34 IST

87 Doctors in Patna Hospital Test Covid Positive

87 doctors of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital have been tested Covid positive after their RT-PCR report came today. Patna District Magistrate said that PG hostel of the hospital will be the first containment zone in the city.

Jan 02, 2022 21:12 IST

Bengal Shuts Schools, Colleges; Restricts Flights from Delhi, Mumbai

As Covid infections rose nearly 12-fold in just seven days, the West Bengal government brought back stricter curbs on Sunday shutting all educational institutions from Monday and restricting flights from the country’s capital Delhi and financial capital Mumbai besides asking all offices to operate with a half their workforce. At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi announced that only essential services will be permitted to operate between 10 pm and 5 am in the state till January 15 and flights from the Mumbai and New Delhi, which have both reported a large numbers of infections will ply only twice a week in view of the rising number of Covid cases.

Jan 02, 2022 21:05 IST

6.8 Lakh Children Between 15-18 Years Register for Vaccination

Nearly 6.8 lakh teenagers between the age of 15-18 years register for vaccination starting tomorrow.

Jan 02, 2022 21:02 IST

Restaurants to Open With 50% Capacity in Chandigarh; Only Those Fully Jabbed Allowed to Enter

Restaurants including hotels, coffee shops, eating places, marriage palaces and banquet halls in Chandigarh will now open with 50% capacity. Only those who have taken both doses of vaccine will be allowed entry, reads an official order of SDMA, UT Chandigarh.

Jan 02, 2022 20:57 IST

Lionel Messi Tests Positive for Covid

Lionel Messi has tested positive for Covid-19 and entered self-isolation, his club Paris Saint-Germain announced on Sunday. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was one of four PSG players to test positive for the virus ahead of a French Cup match against Vannes. Messi tested positive while on holiday in his hometown of Rosario in Argentina.

Jan 02, 2022 20:55 IST

Haryana Orders Closing of Universities, Colleges Till Jan 12

Jan 02, 2022 20:38 IST

Kerala Reports 45 New Cases of Omicron

Kerala reported 45 new cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Sunday thereby taking the total number of infections in the State to 152, said the Health Department. State Health Minister Veena George said nine of the 45 patients came from high-risk countries while 32 reached the State from low-risk countries. Four persons contracted the new variant through their contacts.

Jan 02, 2022 20:03 IST

Mumbai Sees 8,063 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, No Death

Mumbai recorded a steep rise in the daily coronavirus cases with 8,063 infections on Sunday, 1,763 more than the figure added to the tally on Saturday, the civic body said. The city did not see any death during the day due to the infection and 89 per cent of the cases reported are asymptomatic, it added.

Jan 02, 2022 19:32 IST

Karnataka Registers 1,187 Covid-19 Cases, Six Deaths

Continuing the rising trend of COVID-19 cases for the second day, Karnataka recorded 1,187 fresh infections and six deaths taking the cumulative cases and fatalities in the state to 30,09,557 and 38346 respectively, the health department said on Sunday. The department said in its bulletin that 275 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,60,890 while the total active cases stood at 10,292. The spike in cases was driven by Bengaluru Urban, which contributed 923 infections and three deaths. Other districts too registered fresh cases, including 63 in Dakshina Kannada, 54 in Udupi, 20 in Mysuru, 12 each in Belagavi, Tumakuru and Kodagu and 10 in Mandya.

Jan 02, 2022 19:32 IST

One Death, 76 Fresh Virus Cases in Himachal Pradesh

One more person died from coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday as 76 fresh cases pushed the state’s infection count to 2,29,016, an official said. So far, the infection has claimed 3,861 lives in the state. A 75-year-old man in Kangra succumbed to the virus on Sunday, the official said. The number of active cases on Sunday rose to 526. Besides, 23 patients recovered from the infection, taking the state’s recovery count to 2,24,604, the health official added.

Jan 02, 2022 19:29 IST

Mumbai Reports 8,063 New Covid Cases; BMC Appeals Citizens to Strictly Follow Guidelines

Mumbai reports 8,036 new cases, 578 recoveries today. Active cases 29,819. Mumbai had reported 6,347 infections yesterday.

Mumbai Reports 8,063 New Covid Cases; BMC Appeals Citizens to Strictly Follow Guidelines

Jan 02, 2022 19:23 IST

Seven New Cases Take Sikkim's Covid-19 Tally to 32,517

Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally rose to 32,517 on Sunday as seven more people tested positive for the infection, a health department bulletin said . Of the new cases, East Sikkim logged five, while West Sikkim and North Sikkim reported one each. Sikkim now has 58 active COVID-19 cases, 342 patients have migrated to other states and 31,708 people have recovered from the infection. The death toll due to the virus stood at 409 in the Himalayan state, with no fatality reported in the last 24 hours.

Jan 02, 2022 19:02 IST

Karnataka Records 1,187 New Covid Cases

Karnataka has recorded 1,187 new Covid cases today. 923 of these cases have been reported from Bengaluru Urban. The state’s positivity rate has crossed 1% after several months and it currently stands at 1.08% today.

Jan 02, 2022 18:47 IST

85 Students in Nainital Test Coronavirus Positive; School Sealed

Eighty-five students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Gangarkot in Nainital, Uttarakhand have been tested positive for Covid-19. The school has been declared micro containment zone, officials said.

Jan 02, 2022 18:21 IST

Kerala Reports 2,802 New Cases, 12 Deaths

Kerala reports 2,802 new cases, 12 deaths, and 2,606 recoveries today; Active cases in the state are at 19,180. The death tally is at 48,113. 66 deaths were added to the death tally as per the new guidelines of the Central government, says Kerala govt in an official statement.

Among the 14 districts, Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest with 472 fresh cases, followed by Ernakulam 434 and Thrissur 342. Of the new cases, 29 were health workers, 48 from outside the State and 2,595 infected through contact, with the source of it not being clear in 130.

Meanwhile, Delhi registered 3,194 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day rise since May 20, and one died while the positivity rate rose to 4.59 per cent, according to data shared by the city’s health department today. Under Graded Response Action Plan, approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, if the positivity rate is over five per cent for two consecutive days a ‘Red’ alert can be sounded leading to ‘total curfew’ and halting of most economic activities.

In the past 24 hours, India recorded 27,553 Covid-19 cases, while the country’s Omicron tally stands at 1,525. The national capital on Saturday recorded a massive 50 per cent jump in fresh Covid-19 infections at 2,716, with around 3.64 percent of Covid-19 tests returning positive – a high positivity rate. So far, the city has one death.

France has become the sixth country in the world to report more than 10 million Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, according to official data published on Saturday. Health authorities in the country confirmed more than 200,000 daily Covid cases for a fourth straight day. Announcing fresh curbs amid a massive rise in cases, the government has asked, children aged six and above will have to wear a face mask on public transport from Monday. Masks had previously been compulsory from the age of 11, but Paris is tightening regulations given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

(with inputs from agencies)

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