In the past 24 hours, India reported 2,64,202 fresh COVID cases, as per the health ministry’s data. The World Health Organization approved two new Covid-19 treatments, growing the arsenal of tools along with vaccines to stave off severe illness and death from the virus. This comes when Omicron is wreaking havoc across the world and the new variant is filling hospitals. In the first 11 days of inoculation drive for teens, 42% of eligible 15-17 year-olds have got Covid-19 shots.
Over 3.14 crore adolescents — accounting for 42% of youngsters between 15-18 years of age — have received the first dose of Covid vaccines in about Read More
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The government’s Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Friday sought more data from Bharat Biotech and Serum Insitute of India (SII) before granting complete market approval for their Covid-19 vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield, respectively. Sources said the SEC asked both the companies to come back with specific conditions backed with data for the full market approval. The SEC, according to sources, was of the view that it cannot allow SII and Bharat Biotech to sell Covaxin and Covishield in the open market till the government is mapping vaccination through specific nationwide drives via the Cowin app.
Gujarat’s overall coronavirus tally crossed the 9-lakh mark on Friday with an addition of 10,019 new cases, while two more patients died due to the infection in the state, the Health Department said. With 10,019 new COVID-19 cases, the coronavirus tally shot up to 9,06,913, said a release by the Health Department. On Thursday, the state had reported 11,176 coronavirus cases and five deaths.Two persons, one each in Valsad and Navsari, succumbed to the COVID-19 infection during the day, taking the death toll to 10,144, said the release.
The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 8,19,228 on Friday with the detection of 4,755 new cases, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,543, an official said. He said the positivity rate in the state was 5.9 per cent, up from 5.1 per cent on Thursday, when the addition to the infection tally was 4,031. The recovery count stood at 7,87,298 after 1,020 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, leaving the state with an active tally of 21,387, the official said. Indore and Bhopal, the two worst coronavirus-hit cities of Madhya Pradesh, registered 1,291 and 1,008 cases, respectively, in the last 24 hours, he added.
Maharashtra has reported 43,211 new Covid cases today. The state also reported 238 new Omicron infections.
Karnataka on Friday reported 28,723 new cases of COVID-19, including 20,121 in Bengaluru, as it recorded the highest number of tests since the beginning of the pandemic at over two lakh. There were 14 new fatalities (Bengaluru – seven), the Health Department said in a bulletin. “Highest testing since the beginning of pandemic with 2.21 lakh tests today,” State Health and Medical Education Mnister K Sudhakar tweeted on Friday. Positivity rate stood at 12.98 per cent in the State, where there were 1,41,337 active cases, including close to 1.01 lakh in the city. Sudhakar said although the cases are increasing by the day, only about five to six per cent are getting hospitalised.
Nepal has reported 5,078 fresh cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections across the nation to 945,609, the health ministry said on Friday. The Ministry for National Health and Population said that the major rise in the number of cases were from the Kathmandu valley, where the single day infections on Friday stood at 2,607.
Subject Expert Committee has sought more data from Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute before granting complete licensure for Covaxin and Covishield, sources said.
Delhi on Friday reported 24,383 COVID-19 cases and 34 fatalities while the positivity rate surged to 30.64 per cent, according to health department data. Though the number of new cases was less than that of Thursday, the positivity rate increased. On Thursday, Delhi had reported 28,867 COVID-19 cases, the sharpest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic, and 31 deaths, while the positivity rate stood at 29.21 percent. Delhi’s previous biggest daily jump of 28,395 cases was recorded on April 20 last year.
Delhi reports 24,383 new cases, 34 deaths and 26,236 recoveries. Active cases 92,273.
Positivity rate 30.64%
Sikkim on Friday reported 385 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 34,030, according to a health department bulletin. The state had on Thursday recorded 294 new cases. The COVID-19 death toll in the Himalayan state rose to 411, as one more patient succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases is now 1,417, up from 1,063 on January 13. As many as 31,785 patients have recovered from coronavirus in the state thus far while 417 others have migrated to other states, the bulletin said.
Kerala government decides to suspend offline classes for students up to 9th standard. The decision was made after a high-level meeting today, the Chief Minister’s Office said.
The IIT Hyderabad campus has a total of 112 active coronavirus cases at the campus, as on January 13. The IIT said that it had allowed only doubly vaccinated students to visit the campus hence students who have been infected are all fully vaccinated. The IIT in its official notice said, “all of the students have been isolated into separate isolation areas. Almost all the reported cases are either mild or asymptomatic and are showing good signs of recovery within 4-5 days. The food and medicines for all the covid affected students are being delivered directly by the attenders with necessary covid protocols”.
Polish scientists have found a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19, a discovery they hope could help doctors identify people who are most at risk from the disease. With vaccine hesitancy a major factor behind high coronavirus death rates in central and eastern Europe, researchers hope that identifying those at greatest risk will encourage them to get a shot and give them access to more intensive treatment options in case of an infection. The gene is present in around 14% of the Polish population, compared to 8-9% in Europe as a whole and 27% in India, said Marcin Moniuszko, the professor in charge of the project.
More than 75 per cent of those who succumbed to the novel coronavirus infection in the current wave in Delhi were unvaccinated, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said on Friday. He also said that the city is expected to record less than 25,000 coronavirus cases on Friday. Delhi had on Thursday reported 28,867 COVID-19 cases, the sharpest single-day spike since the pandemic began, and 31 deaths, while the positivity rate surged to 29.21 per cent, according to the health department data. Delhi’s previous biggest daily jump of 28,395 cases was recorded on April 20 last year.
Meghalaya on Friday reported 189 new Covid-19 cases, which pushed the tally to 85,985, a senior official said. The toll remained unchanged at 1,490 with no new fatality recorded, Health Services Director Aman War said. Of the 189 new cases, 137 were detected in East Khasi Hills, 22 in West Garo Hills and 18 in Ri Bhoi district. At least 75 more people recuperated from the disease, with the total number of recoveries climbing to 83,595, War stated. Meghalaya currently has 898 active cases 22 more than the previous day. As many as 12.74 lakh sample tests have been conducted in the state till date.
Covid cases are rising fast but there no reason to worry, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday while emphasising that hospitalisation and death rates are low. THe asked people to be responsible and assured them that the government has made all preparations and there are enough hospital beds. “There is no need to panic. Cases have risen but hospitalisation and deaths are low. We have made all the preparations and there is no shortage of beds,” Kejriwal told reporters. Delhi on Thursday reported 28,867 COVID-19 cases, the sharpest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic, and 31 deaths while the positivity rate went up to 29.21 per cent.
Delhi is expected to record less than 25,000 coronavirus cases on Friday, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, while stating that almost 75 per cent of those who have succumbed to the infection were unvaccinated. “Delhi is expected to record less than 25,000 cases today,” Jain told reporters. The city had on Thursday reported 28,867 COVID-19 cases, the sharpest single-day spike since the pandemic began, and 31 deaths, while the positivity rate surged to 29.21 per cent, according to the health department data.
Days after experts said that Deltacron, an alleged hybrid coronavirus mutation discovered in a Cyprus lab, is most likely the result of a lab contamination, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the term is being used when a person is infected with both Delta as well as the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. It added that Deltacron is “not really a thing.” The term made headlines this week after a researcher, Leondios Kostrikis, in Cyprus allegedly discovered a strain that combines both the variants. Soon after, a report in Bloomberg claimed that 25 cases of Deltacron were detected in Cyprus. READ MORE
Meanwhile, WHO experts In their recommendation in the British medical journal the BMJ, said arthritis drug Baricitinib used with corticosteroids to treat severe or critical Covid patients led to better survival rates and reduced need for ventilators. And also recommended synthetic antibody treatment Sotrovimab for people with non-serious Covid at the highest risk of hospitalisation, such as the elderly, people with immunodeficiencies or chronic diseases such as diabetes.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said sero surveillance in Rajasthan has found that 90 percent of people have developed antibodies for coronavirus. Gehlot said that it indicates ‘herd immunity’ has developed due to the community spread of the infection in the state.
In Gujarat, chief minister Bhupendra Patel participated in a virtual meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the COVID-19 situation after a surge in cases in the country and the spread of the Omicron variant. The state government separately said 94.5 per cent of the adult population in Gujarat has been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. Senior officials like chief secretary Pankaj Kumar and health secretary Manoj Agarwal also attended the meeting, where the PM spoke about how to tackle the present wave of coronavirus, the statement said. The meeting also reviewed the ongoing coronavirus vaccination programme.