Kerala's Daily Covid-19 Numbers Fall Below 3,000; Reports 96 More Deaths

Of the 96 deaths, 11 were recorded over the last few days and 85 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court.

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Last Updated: December 19, 2021, 23:35 IST

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Fresh coronavirus cases in Kerala dropped below 3,000 on Sunday with the state reporting 2,995 new infections which took the total caseload to 52.05 lakh. Kerala also reported 96 deaths which raised the toll to 44,503, a state government release said.

Of the 96 deaths, 11 were recorded over the last few days and 85 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of Read More

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Dec 19, 2021 18:54 IST

Kerala's Daily Covid-19 Cases Fall Below 3,000

Fresh coronavirus cases in Kerala dropped below 3,000 on Sunday with the state reporting 2,995 new infections which took the total caseload to 52.05 lakh. Kerala also reported 96 deaths which raised the toll to 44,503.

Dec 19, 2021 18:38 IST

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Dec 19, 2021 18:28 IST

Covid Cases in Delhi Breach 100-mark For First Time in 5 Months

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Dec 19, 2021 14:07 IST

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No fresh COVID-19 case in Arunachal for second consecutive day

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Dec 19, 2021 09:48 IST

Omicron coronavirus cases surge in UK, scientists see bigger wave

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Dec 19, 2021 09:37 IST

India Sees 7,081 Covid Cases

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Dec 19, 2021 09:10 IST

Samples Tested Till Now

A total of 66,41,09,365 samples tested up to December 18, of which 12,11,977 samples were tested on December 18: Ministry of Health.

the Supreme Court, it said. With 4,160 more people recovering from the virus since Saturday, the total recoveries reached 51,41,779 and the active cases dropped to 30,639.

As many as 49,065 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Among the 14 districts, Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest with 613 fresh cases, followed by Ernakulam 522 and Kozhikode 263. Of the new cases, 21 were health workers, 7 from outside the State and 2,827 infected through contact with the source of it not being clear in 140.

There are currently 1,40,333 people under surveillance in various districts, of whom 1,36,127 are in home or institutional quarantine and 4,206 in hospitals, the release said.

Maharashtra reported six new cases of Omicron variant of Coronavirus on Sunday, taking the total number of variant cases to 54. Of the total new cases, four cases were detected in Mumbai alone and one each were detected in Pimpri Chinchwad and Pune Rural.

Delhi reported 107 new coronavirus cases and one death in the last 24 hours, taking the positivity rate to 0.17 per cent. This is the first time the national capital reported over 100 cases since June 29.

A 45-year-old NRI and a teenage boy, who recently arrived in Gujarat from the United Kingdom, have been found infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, officials said on Sunday. With this, the total number of such cases in the state has gone up to nine. The NRI (non-resident Indian) tested positive for the coronavirus infection in the RT-PCR test carried out at the Ahmedabad international airport soon after his arrival from the UK on December 15, a health department official said.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands will go into a strict lockdown over the Christmas and New Year period to try to contain the highly- contagious Omicron coronavirus variant, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Saturday. All non-essential shops and services, including restaurants, hairdressers, museums and gyms will be closed from Sunday until Jan. 14. All schools will be shut until at least Jan. 9.

“The Netherlands is again shutting down. That is unavoidable because of the fifth wave that is coming at us with the Omicron variant,” Rutte told a televised news conference.

Other measures include a recommendation that households receive no more than two visitors and that gatherings outside are also limited to a maximum of two people.

A failure to act now would likely lead to “an unmanageable situation in hospitals”, which have already scaled back regular care to make space for COVID-19 patients, Rutte said.

Infections in the Netherlands have dropped from record levels in recent weeks after the introduction of a nighttime lockdown late last month. The Omicron variant arrived as the country was already battling a wave in coronavirus infections.

Cases of the variant have surged since it was first found in the Netherlands three weeks ago, while hospitals are struggling with the large numbers of COVID-19 patients in their wards, near the highest levels this year.

Omicron is expected to become the most dominant variant of the virus in the Netherlands between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, leading Dutch infectious disease expert Jaap van Dissel said.

While more than 85% of the Dutch adult population is vaccinated, fewer than 9% of adults have had a booster shot, one of the lowest rates in Europe.

On Saturday the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) reported a total of over 2.9 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 20,420 reported deaths. There were 14,616 new infections reported in 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the WHO said Saturday the Omicron coronavirus variant has been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission.

Omicron is spreading rapidly in countries with high levels of population immunity, but it is unclear if this is due to the virus’ ability to evade immunity, its inherent increased transmissibility or a combination of both, the WHO said in an update.

The agency designated Omicron a variant of concern on Nov. 26, soon after it was first detected, and much is still not known about it, including the severity of the illness it causes.

“There are still limited data on the clinical severity of Omicron,” the WHO said. “More data are needed to understand the severity profile and how severity is impacted by vaccination and pre-existing immunity.”

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