The Union Health Ministry on Saturday decided to deploy multi-disciplinary central teams to 10 identified states that are either reporting an increasing number of Omicron and COVID19 cases or slow vaccination pace. “Multi-disciplinary central deployed in Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Punjab,” the ministry said. Read More
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The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 7,93,655 on Saturday after 42 cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,532, an official said. The recovery count stood at 7,82,891 after 18 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, leaving the state with an active caseload of 232, he said. With 60,650 samples being examined on Saturday, the number of tests in MP went up to 2,33,36,930, the official added. A government release said 10,12,42,329 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 1,89,384 on Saturday.
Maharashtra on Saturday reported 1,485 new coronavirus cases and 12 fatalities which took the caseload to 67,56,240 and death toll to 1,41,416, officials said. The tally of active patients in the state rose to 9,102. As many as 796 coronavirus patients recovered during the day, taking the tally of recoveries to 65,02,039. The state recorded two new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus which took the tally of such cases to 110. As many as 57 of these patients have been discharged. With 1,17,793 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state rose to 6,83,53,269.
In view of the spike in coronavirus cases and the growing threat of the Omicron variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned New Year celebration programmes and gatherings in any closed or open areas in the city. Mumbai municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal issued an order to this effect late Friday evening. “There shall be no gathering or celebration of New Year in any closed or open areas under the BMC jurisdiction,” the order said. The order came into effect from the midnight of December 25 and shall remain in force till the next directive.
Over 2,500 personnel will be on the ground in Nagpur city to enforce prohibitory orders announced by the Maharashtra government in the state between 9pm and 6am with the aim of curbing the spread of COVID-19, especially amid the Omicron scare, a senior official said. Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar said the bandobast (ground deployment) has been finalised as per local requirement and DCPs have been directed to set in place pickets on the roads to keep and eye on markets and other public areas, as well as monitor the city’s eight entry points.
Mumbai reported 757 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, marking rise in cases for the fifth day in a row, the civic body said. The country’s financial capital, however, recorded zero pandemic-related fatalities during the day. The city had reported 204 new cases on Monday, 327 on Tuesday, 490 on Wednesday, 602 on Thursday and 683 cases on Friday. The caseload increased to 7,70,190 while death toll stayed unchanged at 16,368. As many as 280 patients recovered, raising the tally of recoveries to 7,47,538. There are 3,703 active coronavirus cases in Mumbai now.
Two new cases of Omicron variant have been reported from Aurangabad in Maharashtra today. So far, a total of 110 patients have been infected with Omicron variant have been reported in the state.
Mumbai reports 757 new cases, 280 recoveries and no deaths, in the last 24 hours. Active cases at 3,703.
Acting on Telangana High Court order, the Telangana government has imposed restrictions including ban on public meetings or rallies till January 2.
At least 17 girls of Classes VIII and X of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Bhupdevpur in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Saturday. Raigarh Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr. S. N. Keshari said the 17 girls have been shifted from the hostel to a guesthouse and the entire school has been declared as a ‘containment zone’.
Fresh lockdown will be imposed in Maharashtra only if the demand for medical oxygen touches 800 metric tons per day, public health minister Rajesh Tope said on Saturday. The day before, the state government banned assembly of more than five persons in public places between 9 pm to 6 am and restricted the number of people allowed at public functions in view of a spurt in coronavirus cases.
Andhra Pradesh on Saturday reported 104 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative infections to 20,76,410, while the toll rose to 14,489 with one more fatality. Active cases stood at 1,249, a health department bulletin said providing details of the last 24 hours ending 9 AM today. As many as 133 people recovered from the disease leaving the total number of recoveries at 20,60,672, the bulletin said. The lone death was reported in Nellore District.
“33 students of a medical college in Kolar in Karnataka have tested Covid-19 positive. All the students have been isolated in a hospital,” District Surveillance Officer Dr Charani said.
Rajasthan has reported 21 new cases of ‘Omicron’, taking the number of people infected with the new variant of COVID-19 to 43, an official said. Of these, 11 are from Jaipur, six from Ajmer and three from Udaipur. One of the patients is from Maharashtra. Results from National Institute of Virology Pune showed all of them positive for Omicron, a spokesperson of the health department said on Saturday.
Assam has announced night curfew from 11:30 pm to 6 am. However, the night curfew is exempted on the New Year Eve.
“100 percent eligible population of Ambala has been vaccinated with both doses of Covid-19. Also, 4 students of a school have tested Covid-19 positive. Students and teachers of the school have been tested; contact tracing has been done,” Ambala Deputy Commissioner Vikram Yadav said.
Britain reported another day of record COVID-19 cases on Friday, with new estimates showing swathes of London’s population are carrying the virus, underlining the relentless advance of the Omicron variant. Omicron’s rapid spread has driven a surge in cases over the last seven days, especially in the capital. Around 1 in 20 Londoners likely had COVID-19 on Dec. 16 and early estimates – which could yet be revised – suggest this may have risen to 1 in 10 on Sunday, models from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed on Friday.
Odisha logged 124 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, 17 less than the previous day, taking the tally to 10,53,769, the health department said in its bulletin. The toll mounted to 8,451 as a 46-year-old man from Bhubaneswar succumbed to the infection. Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have died due to comorbidities in the past, the bulletin said. Seventeen children were among the 124 new cases. Khurda district, where the state capital in located, registered 61 cases.
The Christian community in the national capital celebrated Christmas on Saturday with caution as fewer people reached churches amid concern over the Omicron variant of coronavirus. On Wednesday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had directed district magistrates to ensure that no Christmas and New Year gatherings take place in the national capital. However, after receiving various communications seeking clarity, it said on Thursday that religious places will remain open on Christmas and New Year’s Eve for celebrations and prayers subject to strict compliance of Covid-appropriate behaviour. Talking about the midnight mass across churches in the city, Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi, said not many people stepped out for Christmas this year.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said he would hold a meeting with experts on COVID19 on Sunday in Bengaluru in view of the rising COVID19 cases in the country. “Omicron is rising in the country. My fear is that the COVID19 cases are rising in Maharashtra, Kerala as well as in Tamil Nadu. This scares me. After reaching Bengaluru, I will discuss with all the important people and will decide the next course of action keeping in view the present situation,” Bommai said.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported three new COVID19 cases, one less than the previous day, with the tally rising to 7,711, a health department official said on Saturday. Two fresh COVID patients have travel history and one was detected during contact tracing, he said. The death toll remained at 129 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours. One more person was cured of the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 7,574, the official said. The Union Territory now has eight active cases, he said.
Gujarat reported 179 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day rise since June 20, which took the infection tally of the state to 8,29,182, a health department release said. The new cases included six Omicron variant infections.
As Omicron cases continue to rise unabated, New York City, Italy, and the UK recorded the biggest one-day increase on record on Friday- 27,053, 50,599, and 1,22,186 respectively. Chile will offer its citizens a fourth coronavirus vaccine dose from February, starting with high-risk categories, President Sebastian Pinera announces.
India’s Omicron tally climbed to 358, of which 70 per cent cases have been asymptomatic, the government said. Of the 358 cases, 183 were analysed and it was found that 87 of them were fully vaccinated with three having received booster doses, a Times of India report stated. The vaccination status of 73 is still unknown, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press conference.
as the rise of the Omicron variant heralded on Friday another pandemic-tinged Christmas for billions, France set a new daily coronavirus infections record on Friday, registering 94,124 cases over 24 hours, the highest figure since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It marked the second day in a row that infections climbed to record highs.
Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded another spike- 683 new coronavirus cases and one fatality on Friday. The city had reported 490 cases on Wednesday and 602 cases on Thursday. And Delhi recorded 180 fresh Covid infections, the highest in a day since June 16, while the positivity rate mounted to 0.29 per cent, according to the health department’s data.
The spike in daily cases comes on Christmas eve and days ahead of the New Year festivities as people thronged markets and held gatherings despite health experts cautioning them not to lower their guard.