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2 Omicron Cases in Karnataka; CM Bommai Says Will Issue New Rules; Centre Stresses on Vaccination

Karnataka CM Bommai also said they're ready to combat the Omicron challenge and will consult experts in this regard.

News18.com | December 02, 2021, 22:52 IST
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Two cases of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, were detected in Karnataka, making them the first infections from the new strain in India. The Health Ministry said the patients are two men aged 66 years and 46 years. In the first reaction after the cases were detected in his state, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said at News18 India Chaupal event that there will be changes in the protocol. Read More

Dec 02, 2021 20:51 IST

861 international passengers have been tested with RT-PCR

Until today morning, 861 international passengers have been tested with RT-PCR and 3 of them have been found positive. Samples of all three have been sent for genomic sequencing

Dec 02, 2021 20:44 IST

Agra Steps Up Anti-Covid Measures After 2 Omicron Cases Found in Karnataka

Stepping up its anti-Covid vigil amid the Omicron scare, the city administration has also upgraded its anti-Covid mechanism to subject travellers to RT-PCR tests at bus and railway stations and monuments, an Agra Health Department official said on Thursday.

Dec 02, 2021 20:21 IST

Terming Omicron ‘Variant of Concern’ Was Right Step, Govt Must Give Out Transparent Info, Says Top Epidemiologist

Public health analyst and epidemiologist Chandrakant Lahariya on Thursday said that the initial designation of new Covid-19 variant Omicron as a “variant of concern” was the right step but after designation, scientific processes should have been followed. There were risks of transmissibility and severity of infection, he said.

Dec 02, 2021 19:53 IST

India's Silver Lining Against Omicron, 'Har Ghar Dastak' Report Card Shows High Vaccine Coverage

After India confirmed two omicron cases of the coronavirus in Karnataka on Thursday, there is some good news waiting in the wings. Government data shows that the Narendra Modi-led central government’s door-to-door vaccination drive, ‘Har Ghar Dastak’, has been able to boost Covid-19 vaccinations. So, amid global panic over omicron, high vaccination coverage can boost India’s morale as it gears up to prepare for the new variant.

Dec 02, 2021 18:54 IST

As Karnataka Reports 2 Omicron Cases, Mandaviya Meets Airport, Health Officials to Discuss Covid-19 Screening

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday held a meeting with airport and port health officers as well as other authorities over screening and surveillance at all points of entries amid concerns over the new coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’, official sources said.

Dec 02, 2021 18:35 IST

India’s First Two Omicron Cases: One a South African National, Other a Health Worker from Bengaluru

India on Thursday reported its first two cases of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron in Karnataka, sparking concerns. Top government sources told CNN-News18 that the cases are not related to each other. Sources also said that while one was fully vaccinated, the other one was partially jabbed.

Dec 02, 2021 18:25 IST

No Plan to Change Gap Between 2 Doses Because of Omicron Cases in Karnataka: Health Ministry

As India reported its first two cases of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron in Karnataka on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry made it clear that the development will not lead to any change in the gap between two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dec 02, 2021 18:07 IST

Omicron in K’taka: New Norms, Expert Help, Hawk’s Eye on Fliers From ‘At Risk Nations’: CM Bommai | Top Quotes

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Thursday said the state will issue new Covid-19 guidelines and have been testing international travellers coming from ‘at-risk’ countries after two cases of the new Omicron variant were detected in the state.

Dec 02, 2021 17:44 IST

Flying to Delhi from Abroad? Here's All You Need to Know About New Covid Norms Triggered by Omicron

The omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has triggered travel bans and restrictions once again even as the new variant has already been detected in 15 countries. Notified by the WHO as a ‘highly transmissible variant of concern’ on November 27, there are already reports that omicron emerged even before its discovery in the African continent. Nevertheless, in India, too, there is strict vigil and scrutiny at airports to detect cases of the new variant.

Dec 02, 2021 17:30 IST

Omicron Cases in K’taka: CM Bommai Says Big Challenge; Will Issue Fresh Guidelines, Ready to Combat

His statement comes after 2 cases of Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka. Speaking at the News18 India Chaupal event, the CM said that all those landing in Karnataka from 13 ‘at-risk countries last week were tested for Covid-19. Upon finding some strains different from the ones detected earlier, their samples were sent for genome sequencing. The results of the test came in today where two of the strains were found to be that of Omicron.

Dec 02, 2021 17:22 IST

India Reports it First 2 Omicron Cases in Karnataka, Contact Tracing Being Conducted: Health Ministry

Two cases of Omicron have been found in Karnataka through INSACOG, the Union Health Ministry confirmed on Thursday, adding that people must not delay in getting themselves fully vaccinated. These are the first cases of the fast-spreading variant to be reported in India.

Dec 02, 2021 16:37 IST

Delhi Govt to Propose Making 1st Dose of Covid Vaccine Must for Entry to Public Places

The Delhi government is likely to propose to the DDMA to make the first dose of anti-Covid vaccine mandatory by December 15 for entry to public places and also incentivise people with cash prizes, discounts and lottery to encourage them in getting inoculated, officials said on Thursday. It may also be proposed that by March 31 next year getting fully vaccinated be made a must for entry to public places like malls and metro stations, they said.

Dec 02, 2021 16:09 IST

Samples of woman arrived in Hyd from UK sent for genome sequencing

A 35-year-old woman who arrived in Hyderabad from the UK has tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said on Thursday. The woman has been isolated at Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and her samples have been sent for whole genome sequencing to ascertain if she was infected by Omicron, the new variant of Covid-19. Director of Public Health, Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao told reporters that the health condition of the woman is good and she does not have any symptoms.

Dec 02, 2021 15:46 IST

Covid: 11.7% Rise in 2nd Dose Coverage Till Nov 30 During Har Ghar Dastak Vaccination Drive

The Centre’s ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign for door-to-door Covid vaccination has led to a 5.9 per cent rise in the first dose coverage and an 11.7 per cent hike in the second dose coverage till November 30, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Thursday. Reviewing the progress made under the campaign with the health secretaries and NHM Mission Directors of states and Union Territories via video conference, he appreciated their performance during the drive.

Dec 02, 2021 15:43 IST

Covid-19 reports of 3 travelers who landed at Mumbai Airport is expected to arrive today

The samples of the 4 travellers from at-risk countries who landed at Mumbai airport have been sent for SG test. Their reports are expected by today evening. One of them has tested negative.

Dec 02, 2021 15:25 IST

4 More International Travellers Test Covid-19 Positive at Delhi Airport: Officials

Four more travellers from at-risk countries tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Thursday, officials said. Three out of the 243 people on the Air France flight that landed at the airport around 12 midnight tested positive for Covid, an official said.

Dec 02, 2021 14:43 IST

Over 15.79 Lakh Inoculated Against Covid-19 in MP During Mega Vaccination Drive

Over 15.79 lakh people were vaccinated against COVID-19 during a mega campaign organised by the Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday, an official said on Thursday. A total of 15,79,432 people took the jab at 12,160 vaccination centres set up across the state till 8 pm on Wednesday, the official said. The state government has set a target of vaccinating the entire eligible population above the age of 18 with both the doses of the vaccine by December end, he said. As per the data provided by the state health department, at least 8,80,61,615 doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries in the state so far.

Dec 02, 2021 13:53 IST

Moderna Covid Vaccine Highly Effective 5 Months After Second Dose: Study

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine offers effectiveness of 87 per cent in preventing infection, over 95 per cent against severe disease, and 98 per cent against death, according to a study. The research, published in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas journal, evaluated the five-month effectiveness of the Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine as part of an observational study. Funded by Moderna, the study included 352,878 recipients of two doses of the vaccine matched to 352,878 unvaccinated individuals by age, sex, race, and ethnicity. “This research provides reassuring evidence of the high effectiveness of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in preventing infection, hospitalisation, and death from COVID-19,” said Katia Bruxvoort, an adjunct investigator with Kaiser Permanente, an integrated health care organisation in Southern California, US.

Dec 02, 2021 13:46 IST

Lengthy Procedure, Uncertainty & Fear of Infection: Travel Plans of Many Up in The Air as Omicron Halts 'New Normal'

As the Omicron variant threatens to trigger a new Covid-19 wave, the Centre has asked states to keep a strict vigil on international passengers coming to the country. This has, however, disrupted the travel plans of several visitors, adding to the woes of a new variant. In a new set of travel guidelines issued by the BMC on December 1, those entering Mumbai from ‘at risk countries’ as identified by the Centre, will have to take an RT-PCR test, follow seven days of compulsory institutional quarantine and repeat the RT-PCR test on the second, fourth and seventh. Domestic travellers coming to Mumbai require a negative RT-PCR report irrespective of their vaccination status. RT-PCR test and seven-day quarantine rule also apply to international travellers from other countries now. READ MORE

Dec 02, 2021 13:37 IST

4 Passengers Test Covid-19 Positive in Mumbai

Four passengers coming from South Africa to Mumbai have tested COVID positive, samples sent for genome sequencing. RT-PCR tests are mandatory for travellers from ‘at risk’ countries, in view of the new variant Omicron, said Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

Bommai said all those landing in Karnataka from 13 ‘at-risk’ countries last week were tested for Covid-19. Upon finding some strains different from the ones detected earlier, their samples were sent for genome sequencing. The results of the test came in today where two of the strains were found to be that of Omicron.

Asked about the possible threat the newest variant can pose for the citizens, the CM assured that the authorities have consulted with experts who are of the opinion that the Omicron variant does not lead to any serious ailment or the need to be hospitalized but it spreads fast and needs to be contained.

Meanwhile, the Serum Insitute of India (SII) has sought approval for its Covid-19 vaccine- Covishield as a booster dose. This comes after the heavily mutated Omicron variant is rapidly becoming dominant in South Africa, in less than four weeks after being identified there. In the past 24 hours, India has recorded 9,765 Covid-19 cases, a slight increase from Wednesday.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres slammed travel bans targeting specific countries and regions imposed over the new Covid-19 variant as “unfair” and “ineffective.” The United States reported the first case of Omicron in California on Wednesday, in a fully vaccinated traveler who had recently returned from South Africa and was recovering from mild symptoms. With the increase in the number of infections, pressure is mounting on the government to review the limitations on public gatherings for unvaccinated people. Amid third wave fears, the World Health Organisation is expecting more Omicron data ‘within days’, its technical lead on COVID-19, Maria said.

Meanwhile, following the detection of the first case of Omicron in the US, White House, in a statement, has urged Americans to get Covid jabs and boosters as soon as possible. Top health official Anthony Fauci said authorities “knew it was just a matter of time” before the strain was found in the country, reminding Americans that vaccination, boosters and masking in indoor public settings remained the best way to stay protected.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka, the government is seeking booster shots for the frontline health workers as the third wave fears loom large. Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said that he would speak to Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Delhi on Thursday about giving booster shots to healthcare workers and frontline workers in the state.

The Centre on Wednesday decided to postpone the resumption of scheduled international flights from December 15 citing “evolving global scenario” in the wake of the Omicron threat. The government will announce a new date later. Announced by Aviation regulator DGCA, the new order, however, won’t affect the current flights that are operating as it is only for the complete resumption that has now been postponed.

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