Goa Records 592 New Covid-19 Cases; Positivity Rate at 14%

Omicron LIVE News Updates: Punjab imposed a night curfew and shut down schools and colleges till January 15. Delhi government has brought in weekend curfew.

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Last Updated: January 04, 2022, 23:37 IST

People shop at a crowded market ahead of Christmas, during the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in New Delhi. (Reuters)

Omicron LIVE News Updates: Goa reported 592 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday with a positivity rate remaining high at 13.89 per cent, while two more patients succumbed to the infection in the state, an official said. With these additions, Goa’s Covid-19 tally rose to 1,82,793, while the death toll increased to 3,525, he said, citing health department data. The state government has imposed curbs on indoor activities, Read More

Jan 04, 2022 20:58 IST

SEC Recommends Bharat Biotech to Conduct Intranasal Vaccine's Phase 3 Trials: Sources

Government sources told CNN-News18 that after deliberating for almost five hours, the SEC has recommended Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase 3 trials for its intranasal vaccine. The drug regulators’ committee has also recommended trials to evaluate efficacy of its booster shot. Bharat Biotech will submit a revised proposal tomorrow as per recommendations.

Jan 04, 2022 20:28 IST

Bengal Reports 9,073 New Covid Cases

West Bengal today reported 9,073 new Covid-19 cases, 3,768 recoveries and 16 deaths. According to state health bulletin, active cases are 25,475 in the state currently.

Jan 04, 2022 20:19 IST

Night Curfew in Bihar from 10 PM to 5 AM; Gyms, Cinema Halls Closed

Amid rise in Covid-19 cases, the Bihar government has imposed night curfew from 10 pm to 5am. Gyms, parks, malls, religious places, cinema halls and swimming pools will also be closed till further orders. Schools till Class 8 to be closed till January 21.

Jan 04, 2022 19:47 IST

Railways Ministry Bars Entry of Unvaccinated Employees to Rail Bhawan

The Ministry of Railways has barred the entry of those employees who have not undertaken Covid-19 vaccination yet in Rail Bhawan.

Jan 04, 2022 19:26 IST

Delhi Govt Asks All Hospitals, Nursing Homes to Reserve Beds for Covid-19 Patients

All private hospitals and nursing homes in Delhi having 50 beds or more to reserve at least 40 per cent of their total bed capacity (i.e. 40 per cent of ward bed capacity and 40 per cent of ICU bed capacity) for Covid-19 patients.

Jan 04, 2022 19:17 IST

Mumbai Reports 10,860 New Covid-19 Cases

Mumbai has reported 10,860 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths. Of these, 89 per cent are asymptomatic.

Jan 04, 2022 18:58 IST

Bengal Govt Relaxes Arrival Restrictions on Mumbai, Delhi Flights

The West Bengal government has relaxed the arrival restrictions even before it could come into effective January 5. Non-stop flights from Delhi and Mumbai will now be allowed three times weekly, additionally on Wednesday.

Jan 04, 2022 18:50 IST

Medical Team, Ambulances, RT-PCR Test Kits Ready as Covid-19 Hotspot Cordelia Cruise Reaches Mumbai

Cordelia Cruise, which has turned into a Covid-19 hotspot after as many as 66 of the over 2,000 people on board tested positive for the infection, on Tuesday evening arrived in Mumbai following which screening of passengers and crew members is being done by a medical team of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The cruise, where the NCB busted a high-profile rave party in October last year, was carrying hordes of New Year revellers. Read More

Jan 04, 2022 18:35 IST

Randeep Singh Surjewala Tests Covid-19 Positive

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has tested positive for Covid-19. He is symptomatic and has isolated himself. He requested those who came in his contact in the last 24 hours to take appropriate precautions and get themselves tested.

Jan 04, 2022 18:32 IST

Chhattisgarh Govt Imposes Ban on Rallies, Other Gatherings

The Chhattisgarh government has imposed ban imposed on processions, rallies, public gatherings, social, cultural and sports events in every district. Random testing for Covid-19 at railway stations and borders of the state will be done. Daily reporting of hospital beds, stock of medicines, and availability of oxygen will also be done, according to the CMO. It added that in districts with a positivity rate of 4 per cent or more all schools, Anganwadi centers, libraries, swimming pools, malls, cinemas, marriage palaces, hotels, restaurants, auditoriums should be closed. Night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am should be implemented.

Jan 04, 2022 18:13 IST

Sumona Chakravarti Tests Covid Positive, Currently in Home Quarantine

Actress Sumona Chakravarti, popularly known for her stint in The Kapil Sharma Show, took to social media to inform her fans of this development and asked people who have come in contact with her to get themselves tested. She is currently in home quarantine. Her post read, “I have tested positive for COVID with moderate symptoms. Quarantined at home. Would request anyone who has come in contact with me in the last week to please get yourself tested. Thank you.” Read More

Jan 04, 2022 17:56 IST

Night Curfew in Punjab from 10pm-5am, Schools & Colleges Shut

The Punjab government on Tuesday ordered closure of schools and colleges and imposition of night curfew to restrict public movement following a sharp rise in Covid cases in the state over the past few days. The fresh curbs were announced after Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi chaired a review meeting to take stock of the Covid situation in the state. OP Soni, Punjab Health Minister, said the third wave of coronavirus has arrived and face masks should be mandatory for everyone. Read More

Jan 04, 2022 17:14 IST

Uttar Pradesh Reports 18 New Omicron Cases

Uttar Pradesh has reported 992 new Covid-19 cases. Of these, 18 cases are of Omicron variant. With this, the state’s tally for new variant cases has jumped to 26.

Jan 04, 2022 16:56 IST

Delhi Govt Issues Action Plan for Smooth Running, Real-time Monitoring of Oxygen Supply

Amid the worrisome rise in Covid-19 cases, Arvind Kejriwal-led government has issued an action plan for smooth running and real-time monitoring of oxygen supply in Delhi. Telemetry devices are being installed on oxygen tanks of 53 government and private hospitals in the national capital. Live monitoring will be done through government Covid-19 War Room.

Jan 04, 2022 16:44 IST

Punjab Covid Guidelines: Cinema Halls to Operate With 50% Capacity

Bars, cinemas halls, malls, restaurants, spas, AC buses will operate with 50 per cent capacity subject to staff being fully vaccinated. Swimming pools and gyms to remain closed. Only fully vaccinated staff to attend government and private offices, said Amritsar Deputy Commissioner while speaking on Covid-19 restrictions.

Jan 04, 2022 16:36 IST

New Covid-19 Variant B.1.640.2 or IHU Has 46 Mutations, More Than Omicron | 10 Points

Known as ‘IHU’, the B.1.640.2 variant has been reported by researchers at institute IHU Mediterranee Infection in at least 12 cases, and has been linked to travel to African country Cameroon. Read more to know about this new strain:

Jan 04, 2022 16:18 IST

'Will Have to Impose Lockdown in Mumbai If...': Mayor

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar has warned of a lockdown in Mumbai if the daily Covid-19 cases cross the 20,000-mark, asking residents to follow protocol amid a spike in numbers, especially of the Omicron variant. Mumbai on Monday reported 8,082 Covid-19 cases, the highest daily count after April 18, 2021, taking the caseload beyond the 8-lakh mark, while two more patients succumbed to the infection, the city civic body said. Read More

Jan 04, 2022 16:11 IST

Delhi Reports 5,481 New Covid Cases

Delhi has reported 5,481 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours. According to Delhi Health Bulletin, active cases are 14,889. Positivity rate has jumped to to 8.37 per cent.

Jan 04, 2022 16:02 IST

Raghav Chadha Tests Covid-19 Negative

AAP leader Raghav Chadha has tested negative for Covid-19. He had got his test done after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive for the infection.

Jan 04, 2022 15:53 IST

Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia Attacks Amit Shah, Anil Baijal Over Covid Crisis

“We are of the view that if any government employee dies due to Covid-19 or any other mishap, his/her family member should be provided with a job. But this right has been snatched from us. Tell Amit Shah, LG Anil Baijal to give us our right,” said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Assembly.

while educational institutions continued to remain shut in view of the soaring cases.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Tuesday decided to impose a weekend curfew in the national capital in view of the surge in Covid cases driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, sources said. They said government employees, barring those engaged in essential services, will be asked to work from home. Private offices will remain open with 50 per cent capacity. After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive for coronavirus, it seems politicians are the new “super spreaders”, with BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey also getting infected.

As the virus surges across the country, Punjab imposed a night curfew and shut down schools and colleges till January 15. According to the new order, all educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, shall remain shut for offline classes and virtual classes will continue. Medical and nursing colleges, however, have been permitted to function normally. A night curfew will be in force from 10 pm to 5 am daily. Bars, cinemas halls, multiplexes, malls, restaurants, spas, museums and zoos may operate at 50% capacity provided all staff members are fully vaccinated, the new order states.

Amid a rapid surge in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, including the Omicron variant, the civic body on Monday decided to shut schools of all mediums for classes 1 to 9 and also 11 till January 31, while over 6,100 children were inoculated on first day of vaccination for the 15-18 age group in the metropolis.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said students of classes 10 and 12 are excluded from this decision which means they can attend schools in-person. At present, there was no proposal to put any restrictions on suburban train travel in Mumbai, a senior civic official said on Monday as the city records a surge in new coronavirus cases.

(with inputs from agencies)

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