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At 1,857 Cases, Mumbai Sees Significant Dip in Daily Covid Tally; Delhi Reports 5,760 Infections

During the week of January 17-23, India reported 2,680 deaths from coronavirus, a 92 percent increase from the previous week's toll of 1,396. | January 24, 2022, 23:03 IST

Mumbai reported under-2,000 new coronavirus cases at 1,857, down by 693 from the previous day and the lowest daily count in nearly a month. A BMC bulletin said that with these new additions, the city’s Covid tally rose to 10,36,690, while the death toll jumped to 16,546. This was the sixth day in a row when the daily Covid-19 cases have witnessed a drop in the financial capital. . Read More

Jan 24, 2022 21:59 IST

Bihar Reports 1,821 New Covid Cases, 8 Deaths

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Bihar has dropped to under 2,000 with 1,821 of them reported on Monday, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The figure is 1182 less than that on Sunday, the bulletin said. The toll due the disease in the state during the day was eight and the number of recoveries 4829, it said. The total fatalities due to the pandemic is now 12193 and its caseload 8,13,342. The total figure of active cases of COVID-19 in Bihar stood at 14,832 on Monday, while 78,6317 people have recuperated from the disease so far, it said.

Jan 24, 2022 21:37 IST

Gujarat Sees 13,805 New Covid-19 Cases, 25 Deaths

Gujarat continued to report a decline in the number of daily COVID-19 cases with the state seeing 13,805 fresh infections on Monday but coronavirus-related fatalities rose to 25, the highest in the recent past, the health department said. The day before, Gujarat had reported 16,617 COVID-19 cases, the lowest in the five days before Sunday, and 19 fatalities. With the latest additions, Gujarat’s overall caseload rose to 10,76,360. The overall death toll has gone up to 10,274, it said.

Jan 24, 2022 21:18 IST

Mumbai's Covid-19 Cases Drop Below 2,000, 11 Death

Mumbai on Monday reported under-2,000 new coronavirus cases at 1,857, down by 693 from the previous day and the lowest daily count in nearly a month, while 11 more patients succumbed to the infection. A BMC bulletin said that with these new additions, the city’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,36,690, while the death toll jumped to 16,546. This was the sixth day in a row when the daily COVID-19 cases have witnessed a drop in the financial capital.On Sunday, 2,550 COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths were reported in the city.

Jan 24, 2022 21:13 IST

Congress Leader Digvijaya Singh Tests Covid-19 Positive

Jan 24, 2022 20:52 IST

Over 162 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Administered in India So Far: Govt

The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 162.77 crore on Monday, the Union Health Ministry said. More than 49 lakh (49,52,290) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm, taking the total number of doses to 1,62,77,06,092. More than 87 lakh (87,33,359) precaution doses have been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities. Also 4,25,44,326 adolescents in the 15-18 years age group have received the first dose.

Jan 24, 2022 20:47 IST

At 1,857 Cases, Mumbai Sees Significant Dip in Daily Covid Tally

Mumbai reports 1,857 new Covid-19 cases, 503 recoveries and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours. Currently, the active cases are at 21,142.

At 1,857 Cases, Mumbai Sees Significant Dip in Daily Covid Tally

Jan 24, 2022 20:30 IST

MP Sees 10,585 Covid Cases, 6 Deaths; Positivity Rate at 13%

The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 9,04,744 on Monday after the detection of 10,585 new cases, while the toll increased to 10,576 with six patients succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, an official said. The positivity rate reduced to 13.0 per cent on Monday from 13.4 per cent on Sunday, he pointed out. The recovery count stood at 8,24,275 after 7,822 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, leaving the state with 69,893 active cases, he said. Indore and Bhopal, the two worst coronavirus-hit cities of Madhya Pradesh, registered 2,665 and 2,128 cases, respectively, in the last 24 hours, he said.

Jan 24, 2022 20:18 IST

Kerala Govt Announces More Restrictions in Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala government has announced more restrictions in Thiruvananthapuram as the district is now under category C. It has banned cinema, threates, swimming pools and gyms. The government has closed physical classes for students except for students in Class 10, 12 and final year college students.

Jan 24, 2022 19:58 IST

Pune Reports 7,984 New Covid Cases, 14 Deaths

Pune Reports 7,984 New Covid Cases, 14 Deaths

Jan 24, 2022 19:49 IST

UK to Scrap Covid Tests for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers entering England will soon be exempt from any COVID test requirements, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Monday. Speaking to reporters during a visit to a hospital in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Johnson said the daily Omicron variant data is getting better and it was time for the country to be more open for travellers. Over the weekend, the UK recorded 74,799 cases and 75 COVID deaths.

Jan 24, 2022 19:22 IST

Delhi Logs 5,760 Covid Cases; Positivity Rate Declines to 11.79%

Delhi on Monday reported 5,760 new Covid cases and 30 deaths, while the positivity rate dropped to 11.79 percent. The health bulletin showed 48,844 Covid tests were conducted in the capital the previous day as compared to 69,022 on Saturday. The number of daily cases in Delhi has been declining after touching the record high of 28,867 on January 13. Delhi had on Sunday reported 9,197 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 13.32 per cent and 34 deaths due to the infection. It took just 10 days for cases to drop below the 10,000-mark. The capital on Saturday recorded 45 deaths due to Covid, the highest since June 5, and 11,486 cases with a positivity rate of 16.36 per cent.

Jan 24, 2022 19:00 IST

Jammu & Kashmir Reports 5,394 New Cases, Active Cases at 44,609

Jan 24, 2022 18:44 IST

Delhi Sees 5,760 New Covid Cases, 30 Deaths; Positivity at 11.79%

Delhi on Monday registered 5,760 new cases and 30 deaths in the last 24 hours. The national capital conducted 48,844 tests while the positivity rate is at 11.79%.

Jan 24, 2022 18:33 IST

Sadar Bazar Traders Urges LG to Lift Weekend Curfew, Shun Odd-even Rule

Traders of the Sadar Bazar market submitted a memorandum to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and urged him to lift weekend curfew and stop odd-even arrangement for opening of shops in markets across the city. Traders said that the number of COVID-19 cases have considerably come down in the national capital so the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which is headed by the L-G, should relax restrictions for traders. In the memorandum given to the L-G, Paramjit Singh Pamma said that in last two years several restrictions including lockdowns were imposed in city markets which had adversely impacted the business. Due to weekend curfew and odd-even rule for shops, the business in Delhi is going down. People are heading to other NCR towns due to which traders of the city are facing losses, he said.

Jan 24, 2022 18:21 IST

President, PM Enquire About VP Naidu's Health Who Tested Positive for Covid

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the prominent personalities who spoke with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, who has tested positive for coronavirus, and enquired about his health. According to officials in the Vice President Secretariat, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, several Cabinet ministers, chief ministers and leaders of various political parties also spoke to Naidu, who is in home isolation in Hyderabad. Naidu had tested positive for the virus on Sunday. This is for the second time the vice president, who is also Chairman of Rajya Sabha, has been infected with the virus.

Jan 24, 2022 18:00 IST

Mansukh Mandviya to Interact with Health Ministers of Several States, UTs Tomorrow

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya will interact with health ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Ladakh, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh on January 25 over Covid situation, ANI quoted official sources as saying.

Jan 24, 2022 17:30 IST

Breakthrough Covid Infections Generate Strong Antibody Response: Study

People vaccinated three times or immunised after an earlier COVID-19 infection have comparable neutralising antibody response to those with a breakthrough infection, according to a study. A breakthrough infection is a case of illness in which a fully vaccinated individual becomes infected. The study, published in the journal Cell, looked at the strength, durability and breadth of neutralising antibody response generated by breakthrough infections in individuals vaccinated against SARS-CoV2. The researchers at the University of Washington in the US noted that the Delta and Omicron coronavirus variants have enhanced transmissibility and immune evasion compared to the original virus.

Jan 24, 2022 16:59 IST

France Bars Unvaccinated from Restaurants, Sports Venue

People who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer allowed in France’s restaurants, bars, tourist sites and sports venues unless they recently recovered from the virus. The new law came into effect Monday requiring a vaccine pass that is central to the government’s anti-virus strategy. France is registering Europe’s highest-ever daily coronavirus infection numbers, and hospitals are continuing to fill up with virus patients, though the number of people in intensive care units has dropped in recent days. The government has imposed few other restrictions amid the surge in the omicron variant, focusing instead on the vaccine pass, approved by France’s parliament and Constitutional Council last week.

Jan 24, 2022 16:30 IST

Dangerous to Assume Omicron Will be Last Covid Variant: WHO

It is dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant of Covid-19 or that we’re in the endgame, World Health Organisation said.

Jan 24, 2022 15:59 IST

Covid Caseload to Decline by Feb 15, Vaccination Reduced Impact of 3rd Wave: Govt Sources

Covid-19 cases in the country is likely to decline by February 15 and the cases have started reducing and stabilising in some states and metro cities, government sources have said. They added that vaccination has reduced the impact of third wave as 74 percent of adult population is fully vaccinated.

Mumbai reported under-2,000 new coronavirus cases at 1,857, down by 693 from the previous day and the lowest daily count in nearly a month. A BMC bulletin said that with these new additions, the city’s Covid tally rose to 10,36,690, while the death toll jumped to 16,546. This was the sixth day in a row when the daily Covid-19 cases have witnessed a drop in the financial capital.

On Sunday, 2,550 COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths were reported in the city. Also, for the first time since December 28, 2021, the daily cases have dipped below the 2,000-mark. Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 5,760 Covid cases and 30 deaths, while its positivity rate stood at 11.79%.

Karnataka CM Bommai on Monday announced the lifting of weekend curfew in the state and hinted at further relaxations in Covid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, NCP President Sharad Pawar has tested positive for the virus.

The death toll from Covid-19 nearly doubled in India during the week ending Sunday, even as the surge in cases began to slow, with infections shifting away from major cities, according to a report.

During the week of January 17-23, India reported 2,680 deaths from the virus, a 92 percent increase from the previous week’s toll of 1,396. The previous week had seen a similar increase in fatalities, despite the fact that in absolute numbers, deaths in the third wave have remained low when compared to the previous two, the Times of India said in a report.

Meanwhile, the Omicron variant has moved the Covid-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said Sunday.

“It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,” Hans Kluge told AFP in an interview, adding that Omicron could infect 60 percent of Europeans by March.

Once the current surge of Omicron sweeping across Europe subsides, “there will be for quite some weeks and months a global immunity, either thanks to the vaccine or because people have immunity due to the infection, and also lowering seasonality”.

“We anticipate that there will be a period of quiet before Covid-19 may come back towards the end of the year, but not necessarily the pandemic coming back,” Kluge said.

Top US scientist Anthony Fauci expressed similar optimism on Sunday, telling ABC News talk show “This Week” that with Covid-19 cases coming down “rather sharply” in parts of the United States, “things are looking good”.

While cautioning against over confidence, he said that if the recent fall in case numbers in areas like the US’s northeast continued, “I believe that you will start to see a turnaround throughout the entire country”.

The WHO regional office for Africa also said last week that cases of Covid had plummeted in that region and deaths were declining for the first time since the Omicron-dominated fourth wave of the virus reached its peak.

– Focus on ‘minimising disruption’ –
The Omicron variant, which studies have shown is more contagious than Delta but generally leads to less severe infection among vaccinated people, has raised long-awaited hopes that Covid-19 is starting to shift from a pandemic to a more manageable endemic illness like seasonal flu.

But Kluge cautioned that it was still too early to consider Covid-19 endemic.

“There is a lot of talk about endemic but endemic means … that it is possible to predict what’s going to happen. This virus has surprised (us) more than once so we have to be very careful,” Kluge said.

With Omicron spreading so widely, other variants could still emerge, he warned.

The European Commissioner for Internal Markets, Thierry Breton, whose brief includes vaccine production, said Sunday that it will be possible to adapt existing vaccines to any new variants that may emerge.

“We will be able to better resist, including to new variants”, he told French television LCI.

“We will be ready to adapt the vaccines, especially the mRNA ones, if necessary to adapt them to more virulent variants”.

In the WHO Europe region, which comprises 53 countries including several in Central Asia, Omicron represented 15 percent of new cases as of January 18, compared to 6.3 percent a week earlier, the health body said.

Omicron is now the dominant variant in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA, or Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), the EU health agency ECDC said last week.

Because of the very fast spread of the variant across Europe, Kluge said emphasis ought to be on “minimising disruption of hospitals, schools and the economy, and putting huge efforts on protecting the vulnerable”, rather than measures to stop transmission.

He meanwhile urged people to exercise personal responsibility.

“If you don’t feel well, stay home, take a self-test. If you’re positive, isolate”, he said.

Kluge said the priority was to stabilise the situation in Europe, where vaccination levels range across countries from 25 to 95 percent of the population, leading to varying degrees of strain on hospitals and healthcare system.

“Stabilising means that the health system is no longer overwhelmed due to Covid-19 and can continue with the essential health services, which have unfortunately been really disrupted for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and routine immunisation”.

Asked whether fourth doses would be necessary to bring an end to the pandemic, Kluge was cautious, saying only that “we know that that immunity jumps up after each shot of the vaccine”.

The pandemic has so far killed nearly 5.6 million million people worldwide, according to official figures compiled by AFP, 1.7 million of them in Europe.

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