Omicron Updates: Nitin Gadkari Tests Positive for Covid-19; Under Home Quarantine

Omicron LIVE Updates: Over 10.5 lakh healthcare and frontline workers, and 60-plus citizens with comorbidities received their third Covid jab on the first day, as per Health Ministry data.

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Last Updated: January 11, 2022, 23:24 IST

People wait in queues to get themselves tested for Covid-19, at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur in Bihar on January 10. (PTI Photo)

Omicron LIVE Updates: The Health Ministry data showed that around five to 10 percent of the active Covid-19 cases have needed hospitalisation in the current wave so far, even as health secretary Rajesh Bhushan cautioned states about a surge in need for hospital beds and human resources. Amid the rising COVID-19 cases, the Haryana government Monday banned large congregations such as rallies and protests, and extended existing Read More

Jan 11, 2022 23:16 IST

9 More Deaths in Punjab, 4,593 Cases

Nine more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Punjab on Tuesday, while 4,593 fresh cases pushed the infection count to 6,29,899, a medical bulletin said. The number of active cases climbed to 23,235 from 19,379 on Monday. The positivity rate was 18.64 per cent.

Two fatalities each were reported in Gurdaspur and Patiala and one each in Bathinda, Ludhiana, Moga, Mohali and Pathankot, pushing the toll to 16,692, as per the bulletin. Of the fresh cases, Patiala reported 909 infections, followed by 703 in Mohali, 678 in Ludhiana, 455 in Amritsar and 330 in Jalandhar.

A total 338 patients are on oxygen support, while 13 critical patients are on ventilator support, as per the bulletin. A total of 687 more people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have recovered to 5,89,972, it said.

Jan 11, 2022 23:05 IST

K'taka Govt Orders Extension of Covid-19 Measures

The Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to extend the stringent measures imposed to contain the surging COVID cases in the state till January 31 morning. In his order, the state Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said the containment measures will remain in force up to 5 AM on January 31 for strict implementation by Chief Commissioner BBMP, Police Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, and other Heads of Departments and Authorities. These orders were based on the decisions taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Jan 11, 2022 22:56 IST

Nitin Gadkari Tests Positive for Covid-19

In a Twitter post on Tuesday night, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that he has tested positive for Covid-19. “I have tested positive for Covid 19 today with mild symptoms. Following all the necessary protocols, I have isolated myself and I am under home quarantine. I request all those who have come in contact with me to isolate themselves and get tested,” he said

Jan 11, 2022 21:50 IST

All Children Aged 15-18 Vaccinated in Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep administration on Tuesday said that it has vaccinated all the eligible children in the age group of 15 to 18 years, becoming the first among UTs and States to have achieved this target. The goal of vaccinating 3,492 children was achieved within a week of the drive’s launch.

Jan 11, 2022 21:49 IST

Bengal's Gangasagar Mela Could be A Super-spreader, Health Experts Warn

Amid an unabated rise in Covid cases across India, health experts have once again expressed their apprehensions regarding the holding of Gangasar Mela in Bengal. The health experts have warned that allowing the Gangasagar Mela, a religious gathering in Sagar islands, at a time when the country is in the throes of a third Covid-19 wave could turn out to be a “super-spreader” incident. Issuing a caution, the experts said that the Mela, akin to the Kumbh Mela held at Haridwar and Prayag among other places, which is slated to attract several lakhs of people could transform into a “hot source of transmission of the coronavirus”. READ MORE

Jan 11, 2022 21:33 IST

UP Reports 11,089 Fresh Covid-19 Cases, 5 Deaths

Uttar Pradesh reported 11,089 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the tally of active cases in the state to 44,466 while five more deaths pushed the overall death toll to 22,937, an official statement said. One death each was reported from Meerut, Moradabad, Kanpur, Gonda and Azamgarh, it said. In the past 24 hours, 543 COVID-19 patients recovered from the infection, increasing the total number of the recoveries to 16,89,526, the statement said. A total of 2.05 lakh samples were tested for presence of COVID-19 in the last one day.

Jan 11, 2022 21:32 IST

Active Cases in Telangana Surge to Over 16K; 1,920 New Cases, 2 Deaths

Active cases surged to 16,496 with Telangana on Tuesday logging 1,920 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 6, 97,775, while the death toll rose to 4,045 with two more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of fresh cases with 1,015, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (209) district, the bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today.

Jan 11, 2022 21:31 IST

Goa Reports 2,476 Infections, Case Positivity Rate at 30%

Goa on Tuesday reported 2,476 new coronavirus infections, the highest one-day rise so far, with 30 per cent of samples testing positive. Four persons succumbed to the disease during the day, the health department said. On Monday, the coastal state had recorded 1,592 cases and one death.The caseload rose to 1,93,977 while death toll reached 3,537. The case positivity rate increased from 27.38 per cent on Monday to 30.36 per cent on Tuesday.A total of 27 patients were hospitalized in the state during the day.

Jan 11, 2022 21:16 IST

Maharashtra Logs 34 cases of Omicron variant

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 34,424 new COVID-19 cases and 22 fatalities, the state health department said. A total of 34 cases of Omicron variant were detected, it said. Mumbai reported 11,647 new COVID-19 cases, a drop of 2,001 from the previous day, and two fresh deaths linked to the infection, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. This was the fourth day in a row when the city has witnessed a dip in daily COVID-19 infections. According to a BMC bulletin, with new additions, the COVID-19 tally jumped to 9,39,867, while the death toll climbed to 16,413.The metropolis has reported 2,001 fewer cases as compared to Monday despite 2,855 more COVID-19 tests carried out in the last 24 hours.

Jan 11, 2022 19:54 IST

UP Reports 11,089 Fresh Covid-19 Cases, 5 Deaths

Uttar Pradesh reported 11,089 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, raising the tally of active cases in the state to 44,466 while five more deaths pushed the overall death toll to 22,937, an official statement said. One death each was reported from Meerut, Moradabad, Kanpur, Gonda and Azamgarh, it said. In the past 24 hours, 543 COVID-19 patients recovered from the infection, increasing the total number of the recoveries to 16,89,526, the statement said. A total of 2.05 lakh samples were tested for presence of COVID-19 in the last one day.

Jan 11, 2022 19:50 IST

15,379 New Covid Cases, 20 Deaths in Tamil Nadu in Last 24 Hours

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday reported 15,379 fresh infections of coronavirus and 20 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Jan 11, 2022 19:48 IST

Karnataka Govt to Increase Tests in Bengaluru to 1.3 Lakh Daily

In view of alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the city, the Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to increase tests in Bengaluru to 1.3 lakh daily. Speeding up booster doses to frontline workers and authorising the district authorities to decide on shutting down or running schools if infections increase among students were among the major decisions taken by the government.

Jan 11, 2022 19:37 IST

Mumbai Records 11,647 New Covid Cases in Last 24 Hours

Mumbai recorded 11,647 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the total active cases in the city to 1,00,523, the BMC said in a statement. A total of 14,980 patients were discharged in the last 25 hours, taking the overall recovery rate to 87 per cent, it said.

Jan 11, 2022 19:24 IST

West Bengal Logs 21,098 New Covid Cases

The West Bengal on Tuesday reported 21,098 fresh infections of coronavirus; 19 deaths and a positivity rate of 32.35 per cent.

Jan 11, 2022 19:17 IST

Millions More Locked Down as China Battles Omicron Spread

Five million residents of a central Chinese city were confined to their homes Tuesday while another megacity shuttered all non-essential businesses, as the country battles a spate of coronavirus outbreaks including from the Omicron variant. Beijing is on high alert as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics next month, sticking to a zero-Covid strategy of targeted lockdowns, border restrictions and lengthy quarantines.

Jan 11, 2022 19:00 IST

Tsunami of Cases in India Probably Because of Omicron; Night Curfew Helps: NTAGI Chief

The tsunami of Covid cases being witnessed in India is probably because of the Omicron variant, Dr NK Arora, chairperson of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), told CNN-News18 on Monday. This is coming at a time when scientists working on genome sequencing of positive samples have said that along with the original Omicron variant, its sibling BA.1 is dominant now. READ MORE

Jan 11, 2022 18:46 IST

How is Israel confronting Omicron wave?

Israel’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been closely-watched worldwide, notably for its rapid vaccine rollout and early decision to offer booster shots before there was broad scientific support for a third dose. The country is now confronting an unprecedented caseload, fuelled by the Omicron variant, with more than 37,000 new cases reported Tuesday, shattering previous records. But the government has so far avoided reimposing lockdowns and most other restrictions, insisting it can manage an infection surge with a peak that may still be weeks away.

Jan 11, 2022 18:19 IST

EXPLAINED: New Variant, Or Lab Error? What You Need To Know About 'Deltacron'

A group of 25 Covid-19 patients in the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus are said to have been infected by a strain of the novel coronavirus that combines features of its Delta and Omicron variants. Amid a massive surge in cases across the world, the report has understandably triggered worries about the course the already destructive pandemic may yet take. But some experts have sought to soothe nerves by pointing out that “deltacron” — as the variant is termed — may really be nothing more than a case of a lab error involving contaminated samples. Recombination of the kind that may lead to rise of such dual variants though is not unknown for viruses. Click here to find out more.

Jan 11, 2022 18:03 IST

Centre's Representatives Assured Curbs Will Be Imposed Across NCR: Kejriwal

The Centre’s representatives have assured the Delhi government that Covid-related curbs imposed in the capital will be replicated across the NCR, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, noting it is difficult to predict when the third wave of infections will peak. After reviewing the Covid situation at the Lok Nayak Hospital, he told reporters that his government had to impose restrictions out of compulsion and reiterated that a complete lockdown will not be implemented. “I understand… It is a delicate situation. If you implement restrictions, it affects the livelihood of people. And, if you don’t, the lives of people are at risk,” he said, adding the curbs will be lifted as soon as the cases come down. He also said Delhi is likely to record around 20,000 Covid cases on Tuesday.

Jan 11, 2022 17:48 IST

Unequal Vaccine Access Could Hamper Climate Dight: WEF

Unequal access to Covid-19 vaccines is widening the gap between rich countries and the developing world, threatening the cooperation needed to tackle common challenges such as climate change, the World Economic Forum warned on Tuesday.

restrictions including the closure of cinema halls and sports complexes to eight more districts, according to an official order. The order issued by the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (HSDMA) said the restrictions will be applicable till 5 am on January 19.

The Supreme Court Monday restored its earlier order to extend the limitation period till February 28 for filing cases before judicial and quasi-judicial fora in view of the alarming surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. A special bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices L Nageswara Rao and Surya Kant, which had agreed to extend the limitation period during the hearing, relaxed it in its order uploaded on apex court website late Monday night.

Bucking recent trends, Bengal on Monday reported 19,286 fresh Covid-19 cases, 5,001 fewer than the previous day, raising the tally to 17,74,332, the health department said. The populous eastern state had registered an all-time high single-day spike of 24,287 infections on Sunday. However, the lower figure may well have to do with the far fewer number of people being tested.

On Sunday, the state had conducted 71,664 samples which on Monday came down to 51,675, showing a rise in the positivity rate. Bengal’s positivity rate was 33.89 per cent on Sunday and it went up to be at 37.32 per cent in 24 hours .Medical experts warned that the drop by a fifth in a single day should not be read as a sign the the current wave of the pandemic had subsided. “The lesser number of daily cases reported here on Monday is not any sign of relief for us. You will notice that the number of cases has gone up despite lower number of sample testing. It shows that the positivity rate has gone up. So, the situation has actually deteriorated,” Dr Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor of Burdwan Medical College told PTI.

Authorities here issued 8,935 challans and imposed fines worth over Rs 1.76 crore for alleged violation of coronavirus-related norms during the weekend curfew in Delhi , according to official data. The Delhi Police lodged 751 FIRS under section 188 of the IPC and issued 3,156 challans. The southeast district recorded the highest violations for not wearing masks. According to data issued by Delhi government, fines worth Rs 74,25,900 were imposed on January 9 for the 3,732 challans issued.

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