Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 2 Foreign Returnees Test Covid Positive in MP; Samples Sent for Genome Sequencing

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The expert panel on immunisation did not make any final recommendation on Covid-19 booster dose and vaccines for children in a meeting held on Monday.

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Last Updated: December 07, 2021, 20:30 IST

The complaint has also been registered against the hotel for allowing the infected foreigner to leave the premises despite his quarantine orders. (File photo/AFP)

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla has decided to reduce the production of Covishield by at least 50 per cent starting next week as the pharmaceutical firm has no further orders from the Centre for the Covid-19 vaccine. “We are in touch with various African leaders. We have reviewed orders of 400-500 million doses through Covax. They need to remove up their logistics before they can absorb further supplies. The US made huge donations of vaccine doses,” he said. Read More

Dec 07, 2021 20:30 IST

Britain Reports 101 More Cases of Omicron Variant

Britain has found a further 101 confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the UK Health Security Agency said on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 437.

Dec 07, 2021 19:03 IST

India Has Supplied Over 723 Lakh Doses of Covid Vaccine to 94 Countries, Two UN Entities: Govt

India has supplied over 723 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine to 94 countries and two UN entities since the start of the Vaccine Maitri Programme in January this year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. India supplied Covid-19-related medical and other assistance to over 150 countries since the beginning of the pandemic, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. Read More

Dec 07, 2021 18:32 IST

Canadian Drugmaker Says Its Covid-19 Vaccine is Effective

A Canadian drugmaker said its plant-based Covid-19 vaccine showed strong protection against the virus and will soon seek authorization at home and elsewhere. Medicago announced Tuesday that its two-dose vaccine was 71 per cent effective at preventing Covid-19 infection in a large, late-stage study that included several variants including the delta variant. The companys results did not include the emerging omicron variant, which wasnt circulating during the study period. The Quebec City company said it will seek Canadian approval imminently and has also begun the process to file with regulators in the US, UK and other countries. The company said it’s also preparing to send its data to the World Health Organization.

Dec 07, 2021 17:56 IST

Scientific Evidence on Longevity of Covid Antibodies Still Evolving: Govt

Studies to understand the duration of persistence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies have been undertaken in India and abroad by multiple independent investigators and vaccine manufacturers and scientific evidence on it is still evolving, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. In a written reply to a question in the Upper House of Parliament, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said that in addition to antibodies, other immune mechanisms like cellular or T cell-based immune response and memory B cells are created because of vaccination and are responsible for protection against infection.

Dec 07, 2021 17:31 IST

Delhi Reports 51 New Covid-19 Cases, Zero Deaths

Delhi has reported 51 new Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, according to health bulletin issued. It also stated that no deaths have been registered in the national capital in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate in the national capital is 0.10 per cent.

Dec 07, 2021 17:13 IST

Omicron: Covid-19 Test Rules in Place in UK for Arrivals from India, Other Countries

Any travellers arriving in the UK from overseas, including India, have to take a Covid-19 pre-departure test no sooner than 48 hours before their journey, under new rules in force from Tuesday aimed at slowing the spread of the Omicron variant. Any contacts of a suspected Omicron case are already required to self-isolate for 10 days, including those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Additionally, British and Irish citizens returning from the UK’s red list travel ban countries Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe are required to hotel quarantine in a government-approved facility as the UK recorded 336 cases of the variant first detected in South Africa. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed community transmission of the highly transmissible Covid variant in a House of Commons statement on Monday. He also noted that no one who has tested positive with Omicron has been hospitalised, so far.

Dec 07, 2021 16:48 IST

No Further Orders from Govt: Adar Poonawalla

Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Tuesday said that the company has decided to cut production of Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, by as much as 50 per cent as there aren’t any further orders from the Centre. “Reducing production by at least 50 per cent starting next week as we have no further orders from the government,” said Poonawalla in an exclusive conversation at CNBC-TV18. Read More

Dec 07, 2021 16:32 IST

'We'll Not Take Too Much Risks': Adar Poonawalla

Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla said, “We will stockpile 20-30 million doses. We will not take too much risks. As soon as we get license, we can produce at a very high rates. Currently, global supply of vaccine is more than what can be absorbed.”

Dec 07, 2021 16:21 IST

Adar Poonawalla Says 'We're in Touch With African Leaders'

“We are in touch with various African leaders. We have reviewed orders of 400-500 million doses through Covax. They need to remove up their logistics before they can absorb further supplies. The US made huge donations of vaccine doses,” said Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla.

Dec 07, 2021 16:15 IST

Adar Poonawalla to Cut Covishield Production by At Least 50%

Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla has decided to reduce the production of Covishield by at least 50 per cent starting next week as the pharmaceutical firm has no further orders from Centre for the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dec 07, 2021 16:07 IST

UP, Maha, Bihar Among Top 5 States With Over 10 Crore Unused Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bihar and Rajasthan are the top five states holding around 11 crore balance doses of Covid-19 vaccines, government data shows. According to data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Rajya Sabha, inventory of almost 23 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses is available with states across India. Read More

Dec 07, 2021 15:38 IST

Ladakh Reports 9 New Covid-19 Cases

Ladakh has reported nine fresh cases of Covid-19, taking the infection tally to 21,723, officials said on Tuesday. All the nine fresh cases were reported in Leh, they said. The active cases in the union territory has gone down to 270 — 249 in Leh and 21 in Kargil district — with 34 people recovering from the infection. Ladakh has registered 215 deaths due to the coronavirus — 157 in Leh district and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic. Thirty-four patients recovered from the infection and were discharged from hospital from Leh. The total number of recovered patients rose to 21,238, they said. A total of 845 samples in Ladakh were found negative, they said.

Dec 07, 2021 15:07 IST

Bengaluru Doc Who Recovered from Omicron is Covid Positive Again

The city-based doctor, one of the two earliest cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 to be detected in the country, has tested positive for the virus again, while the other, a South African national who flew out of here without informing the authorities, has been booked by the police. The South African, of Gujarati origin, who was quarantined here, later flew to Dubai. “It is true that the doctor who was infected with Omicron variant has once again tested positive for covid-19,” a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike official told PTI.

Dec 07, 2021 14:21 IST

Maha Minister Aaditya Thackeray Urges Centre to Reduce Gap Between Vaccine Doses

Dec 07, 2021 13:17 IST

Goa CM Appeals to All Citizens to Get Fully Vaccinated by Dec 19

Appealing people not to panic over the Omicron scare, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said his government plans to get all eligible citizens fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 19, the coastal state’s liberation day. Notably, five people, including two Russian nationals, who arrived in Goa on board a merchant navy ship, were isolated after they tested positive for COVID-19 and their samples have been sent for genome sequencing to detect the presence of the Omicron variant, an official earlier said.

Dec 07, 2021 13:13 IST

Young People Recover Quickly from Rare Side Effect of Covid Vaccine: Study

Most young people under the age of 21 who develop suspected COVID-19 vaccine-related inflammation of heart muscle, known as myocarditis, have mild symptoms that improve quickly, according to a study. Myocarditis is a rare but serious condition that causes inflammation of the heart muscle. It can weaken the heart and affect the heart’s electrical system, which keeps the heart pumping regularly. It is most often the result of an infection or inflammation caused by a virus, the researchers said. The highest rates of myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination have been reported among adolescent and young adult males, said Jane W Newburger, associate chair at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Commonwealth Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, US.

Dec 07, 2021 12:42 IST

Pondy Logs 12 New Coronavirus Cases

Puducherry posted 12 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday raising the total caseload to 1,29,105. The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 2,729 samples and they were spread over Puducherry 11 and Yanam one. Karaikal and Yanam regions did not report any fresh case of infection today. One more person succumbed to infection in Yanam raising the overall toll to 1876.

Dec 07, 2021 12:21 IST

'Omicron' Among 2021's Most Mispronounced Words

Cheugy is apparently a lot to chew on. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce have something in common broadcasters butcher their names. And virtually everyone is having trouble with Omicron. All four made it onto this years list of most mispronounced words as compiled by the U.S. Captioning Company, which captions and subtitles real-time events on TV and in courtrooms.

Dec 07, 2021 12:03 IST

Kerala: All 8 Samples Sent for Genome Sequencing Return Negative for Omicron

All the eight samples sent for genome sequencing from Kerala has tested negative for Omicron. Two more results of genome sequencing are expected. A total of 10 samples were sent for testing the presence of the new variant.

Dec 07, 2021 12:01 IST

5 of 12 Covid Positive Samples in Delhi Test Negative for Omicron; More Results Awaited

Five out of 12 Covid positive samples, taken after the Omicron was detected in a 37-year-old man in Delhi, returned negative for the new variant. Genome sequencing results of more samples are awaited.

Meanwhile, the expert panel on immunisation did not make any final recommendation on Covid-19 booster dose and vaccines for children in a meeting held on Monday. Days after favouring a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine for people above 40 years as low levels of neutralising antibodies from existing vaccines may not be sufficient to neutralise the new variant, the country’s top genome sequencing laboratories on Saturday said their recommendation was not for the national immunisation programme as many more scientific experiments are required to assess its impact.

In a bulletin issued on Saturday, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) said the mention of the booster dose in its previous bulletin was merely a discussion about the potential role of additional dose of Covid-19 vaccines in high-risk populations. Some experts however say that healthcare workers, who were among the first to be vaccinated, the immunocompromised and the elderly may have decreasing immunity against Covid-19 and can be at higher risk of contracting the virus, particularly in the wake of new variants, according to a Times of India report.

In Rajasthan, nine people, including four members of a family, were found infected with the Omicron. The patients are admitted to the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) Hospital, a dedicated Covid facility of the state government in Jaipur. All the nine patients are asymptomatic, said Dr Narottam Sharma, CMHO. “We are taking the matter seriously and are doing contact tracing and taking effective measures,” Sharma said.

Official sources told PTI that the sample of three more patients who have tested positive for coronavirus have been sent for genome sequencing at the genome sequencing facility developed at the state-run SMS medical college here. One of them is a woman who tested positive for the infection at the Jaipur airport on Monday.

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