Coronavirus Updates: Parliamentary Panel Summons Health Ministry Officials to Discuss Omicron Variant on Dec 9

Delhi reported its first case of the Omicron variant in a traveler from Tanzania, and 16 patients suspected of having the variant are under surveillance at the LNJP hospital.

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Last Updated: December 05, 2021, 23:47 IST

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Senegal on Dec 5 reported its first Omicron case. (Image for representation: REUTERS/Nir Elias)

Maharashtra on Sunday reported seven more Omicron variant cases, taking the tally to eight in the state. Of the total, six cases are from Pimpri Chinchwad, one from Pune and one from Kalyan Domivali. Three of those who detected in Pimpri Chinchwad had returned from Nigeria recently, while the one in Pune had returned from Finland.

Earlier in the day, Delhi reported its first case of the Omicron variant in a traveler from Tanzania, and 16 patients suspected of having the variant are under surveillance at the LNJP hospital.

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Dec 05, 2021 23:44 IST

Parliamentary Panel Summons Health Ministry Officials to Discuss Omicron on Dec 9

The parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare has summoned Secretaries of Department of Health and Family Welfare and Department of Health Research on Omicron variant on December 9.

Parliamentary Panel Summons Health Ministry Officials to Discuss Omicron on Dec 9

Dec 05, 2021 23:25 IST

Chhattisgarh Sees 25 New Covid-19 Cases, No Fatality

Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,06,967 on Sunday with the addition of 25 cases, a health official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 13,593 with no fresh COVID-19 fatality reported during the day. The number of recoveries in Chhattisgarh rose to 9,93,044 after five people were discharged from hospitals while 16 others completed their home isolation on Sunday, leaving the state with 330 active cases.

Dec 05, 2021 23:16 IST

Punjab Sees 38 Fresh Cases of Covid-19

Punjab on Sunday reported 38 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the state’s infection tally to 6,03,488, according to a medical bulletin. No covid-related death was reported in the state in the past 24 hours. The death toll stood at 16,608. Among fresh cases, Ludhiana and Mohali reported nine cases each, followed by five in Pathankot. The number of active cases rose to 361 from 347 on Saturday. Twenty-three more people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,86,519, as per the bulletin.

Dec 05, 2021 23:14 IST

Delhi Sees 63 New Covid Cases, No Death

Delhi reported 63 COVID-19 cases and zero death due to the infection while the positivity rate saw a marginal increase to 0.11 per cent from 0.08 per cent the previous day, according to data shared by the Health Department here on Sunday. The number of cumulative cases of the disease rose to 14,41,358. Over 14.15 lakh patients have recovered so far. The death toll from the pandemic stands at 25,098 in Delhi.

Dec 05, 2021 21:26 IST

Bengaluru Makes 2 Doses of Covid Vaccine Mandatory to Enter Malls, Theaters

“Two doses of Covid-19 vaccination is mandatory to avail entry into malls, shopping complexes, theatres and cinema halls in Bengaluru. BBMP officials will conduct regular checks without any prior information. Strict action will be taken under Disaster Management Act 2005 if violated,” CHO of BBMP said.

Dec 05, 2021 21:24 IST

Covid Working Group Likely to Meet Tomorrow to Discuss Pediatric Vaccination

The Covid-19 working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) is likely to meet tomorrow to discuss additional dose of Covid-19 and pediatric vaccination, sources said.

Dec 05, 2021 21:17 IST

17 More Omicron Cases Detected in India

India reported 17 more cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Sunday – nine persons in Rajasthan capital Jaipur, seven in Maharashtra’s Pune district and a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania – taking the tally to 21 in the country. Most of those who tested positive either recently arrived from African countries or were in contact with such people. With this, four states and the national capital have now reported cases of the potentially more contagious variant which has sparked a fresh alert across the world.

Dec 05, 2021 20:51 IST

Mumbai Sees 213 New COVID-19 Cases, One Fatality

Mumbai on Sunday reported 213 fresh coronavirus positive cases and one fatality, taking the tally to 7,63,835 and the toll to 16,349, the city civic body said. A total of 210 people were discharged during the day, which raised the cumulative number of recoveries in Mumbai to 7,43,115, the civic body said in a statement. With 38,923 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in the financial capital went up to 1,26,15,225, it said. Mumbai’s case recovery rate is 97 per cent. The case doubling rate is 3,055 days.

Dec 05, 2021 20:50 IST

4 Members of Family, 5 Others Test Positive for Omicron in Jaipur

Four members of a family and five others have tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus, an official said here on Sunday. Health Secretary Vaibhav Galriya said the genome sequencing of their swab samples confirmed it. He said the family members had recently returned from South Africa. Their samples were sent for genome sequencing to Jaipur’s state-run Sawai Man Singh Hospital.

Dec 05, 2021 20:25 IST

9 Cases of Omicron Variant Detected in Jaipur, India's Tally Rises to 21

Total 9 cases of Omicron variant reported in Rajasthan’s Jaipur so far, says State Health Department.

Dec 05, 2021 20:05 IST

9 Cases of Omicron Variant Detected in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Nine people have been found positive with Omicron variant in Jaipur, Rajasthan. State health secretary Vaibhav Galriya confirmed the cases of new variant and added that the new cases were detected after genome sequencing.

Dec 05, 2021 19:32 IST

456 Covid-19 Cases, Six Deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Sunday reported 456 fresh COVID-19 cases and six deaths taking the caseload and cumulative fatalities to 29,98,099 and 38,230 respectively, the state health department said. In its COVID-19 bulletin, the department said 330 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,52,708. Active cases stood at 7,132. Bengaluru Urban remained the major contributor of COVID-19 cases with 256 fresh infections and two deaths. Chikkamagaluru district reported 66 cases, which was due to a sudden spurt in COVID-19 cases with a cluster coming up in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.

Dec 05, 2021 19:00 IST

Travellers from Nigeria, Finland Among Those Tested Positive for Omicron in Maha

Of the seven new cases of Omicron variant reported from Maharashtra, six cases of the new variant have been reported from Pimpri Chinchwad while one case has been reported from Pune. Three travellers from Pimpri Chinchwad were returnees from Nigeria. One passenger reported positive in Pune had returned from Finland.

Dec 05, 2021 18:53 IST

Delhi Reports 63 Covid Cases, Positivity Rate Up Marginally to 0.11%

Delhi reported 63 coronavirus cases and zero deaths on Sunday, as the positivity rate rose marginally to 0.11 per cent, according to data shared by the city’s health department. With the fresh cases, the overall infection tally in the city rose to 14,41,358 while the death toll was 25,098.

Dec 05, 2021 18:46 IST

Seven More Cases of Omicron Variant Detected in Maha, Tally in State Rises to 8

Seven more cases of Omicron variant have been detected in Maharashtra. Six new cases have been reported from Pimpri Chinchwad, while one new case has been detected in Pune. So far, eight eight cases of the new Coronavirus variant have been reported in the state. Maharashtra on Saturday had confirmed the first case of Omicron in a 33-year-old passenger who arrived in Mumbai on November 24 from Cape Town, South Africa, through Dubai and Delhi.

Dec 05, 2021 18:24 IST

Kerala Sees 4,450 New Covid-19 Cases, 161 Deaths

Kerala on Sunday recorded 4,450 fresh COVID-19 cases and 161 deaths, raising the caseload to 51,54,092 and the toll to 41,600 respectively, the State government said. Of the 161 deaths, 23 were reported over the last few days and 138 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, an official press release said.

Dec 05, 2021 18:07 IST

Telangana Ups Surveillance Mechanism Amid Omicron Threat

Amid rising concerns over ‘Omicron’, the new variant of COVID-19, surveillance mechanism has been intensified at the international airport here, a senior health official said on Sunday. Though, no cases of Omicron variant have been reported in Telangana so far, the official said, “It would not be surprising if the new variant gets reported in Hyderabad or Telangana.” The Telangana government has also geared up for the possible third wave and has also intensified vaccination programme, he said.

Dec 05, 2021 17:54 IST

Two Test Coronavirus Positive at Nashik Literary Meet, Contact Tracing On

Two women publishers from Pune attending the 94th Marathi literary meet here in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus, civic officials said on Sunday. What raised concerns among officials is that thousands of people had attended the three-day Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan from December 3 to 5. Officials said the two women will be quarantined either in Nashik or will be allowed to travel to their places and authorities concerned will be asked to keep them under observation.

Dec 05, 2021 17:14 IST

29 Nursing Students Test Positive; New Rules in Place Amid Omicron Scare

Amid growing concerns over the new coronavirus variant Omicron, at least 29 students of a private nursing school in Karnataka’s Shivamogga have tested positive for Covid-19, officials said on Sunday. Most of the students are asymptomatic, Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner KB Sivakumar told ANI. “We are doing random sampling at many places and found out that few students, who came from different states at a private nursing school, contracted COVID. We have sealed the hostel premises. Around 29 students have turned positive from the institution,” he said. The Deputy Commissioner has instructed people from the area to be tested as a precautionary measure to check the infection spread.

Dec 05, 2021 17:05 IST

Odisha Registers 189 New Cases, 2 More Fatalities

Odisha on Sunday reported 189 new COVID-19 cases, four less than the previous day, with the tally rising to 10,50,249, a health department bulletin said. Two more fatalities from Khurda and Cuttack raised the coronavirus death toll to 8,422, it said. Fifty-three other COVID patients have so far died due to comorbidities, the bulletin said. Twenty-five children were among new patients, and 11 of 30 districts of the state did not report any fresh case.

Dec 05, 2021 07:17 IST

WHO Says No Deaths from Omicron Yet

in India from Tuesday midnight. Under the new norms, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers arriving from the “at-risk” countries and they will be allowed to leave the airport only after the results come. Also, two per cent of the passengers arriving in flights from other countries will be subject to the test randomly.

Meanwhile, New York announced three more cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the number of state cases linked to the new variant to eight. The omicron variant is here, and as anticipated we are seeing the beginning of community spread,” state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a news release.

The number of states finding the variant is growing as well, with authorities in New Jersey, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Maryland reporting their first confirmed cases Friday, and Missouri reporting its first presumed case. The variant also has been detected in Nebraska, Minnesota, California, Hawaii, Colorado and Utah.

In New York, seven of the cases have been found in New York City, once a global epicentre of the pandemic, and the other in Suffolk County. The arrival of omicron comes as hospitals statewide continue to strain under a surge in coronavirus cases, most traced to the delta variant, along with staffing shortages.

The number of people testing positive statewide each day for the virus has doubled in the last 30 days. Governor Kathy Hochul in recent days has authorized the Health Department to limit nonessential, non-urgent procedures at hospitals close to running out of beds and deployed National Guard teams to relieve healthcare workers at facilities dealing with staffing issues and surging caseloads.

Fifteen members of the National Guard arrived at Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester on Saturday, WROC reported. Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin said Wednesday the state would send 13 National Guard teams to the western New York county, where County Executive Adam Bello has declared a state of emergency. New York’s omicron cases so far appear to be unrelated, Hochul said. One of the known cases involved a man from Minnesota who was among 50,000 people who attended a three-day anime festival in New York City in November. Authorities have urged anyone who attended the conference to get tested for COVID-19 and wear a mask in public.

Much remains unknown about omicron, including whether it is more contagious, as some health authorities suspect, whether it can thwart vaccines and whether it makes people as sick as the original strain. A woman who recently travelled from South Africa became both New Jersey and Georgia’s first confirmed case after seeking care for moderate symptoms at an emergency room. The fully vaccinated Georgia resident was in her home state for two days between arriving from South Africa and travelling onward to New Jersey, health officials in both states said.

Maryland’s first three cases of the omicron variant were found in the Baltimore metropolitan region and include two people from the same household, authorities said. One of the two is a vaccinated person who recently travelled to South Africa. The third case, detected in a vaccinated person with no recent travel history, is unrelated. In Pennsylvania, a man in his 30s from Philadelphia became that state’s first case. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health did not immediately say whether the man was vaccinated against COVID-19 or if he had been travelling. Missouri’s presumed first case involves someone who recently travelled within the US, according to state health officials, who did not provide additional details about the St Louis resident. The St Louis Health Department said it was awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Case counts in California, Nebraska and Colorado grew Friday. Five cases in Northern California were linked to a wedding in Wisconsin late last month, public health officials said. One of the individuals had recently returned from travelling internationally, according to the Alameda County Department of Public Health. Health officials confirmed six new cases of the variant in southeastern Nebraska. State health officials said the state’s first case likely stemmed from one of the six who recently travelled to Nigeria and returned on Nov. 23. Colorado detected the state’s second case of the omicron variant just a day after the state’s first confirmed case, officials said Friday.

“We knew the omicron variant was coming and we expect to see more cases. But let me be clear: We are not defenseless,” Hochul said. We have the tools to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus: Get your vaccine, get your booster, and wear your mask.”

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