Continuing to report a spike in numbers, Karnataka on Thursday reported 25,005 new cases of COVID-19, and 8 fatalities, taking the tally to 31,24,524 and the death toll to 38,397. The state, which has been witnessing a steady surge in cases since the last week of December, recorded 21,390 fresh infections on Wednesday. Of the new cases on Thursday, 18,374 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 1,132 people being discharged and 3 deaths.
Maharashtra reported 46,406 new Covid-19 cases and 36 more deaths on Thursday. No new case of Omicron variant is reported from the state. To date, a total of 1,367 patients infected with the Omicron Read More
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West Bengal registered 23,467 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths, of which 6,768 cases were from Kolkata.
Covaxin is now a universal vaccine for adults and children. Our goals of developing a global vaccine against Covid-19 have been achieved and all product development for licensure has been completed: Bharat Biotech
In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government ordered routine/elective surgeries to be suspended in Lok Nayak Hospital (LNH) and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTB) hospitals, till further orders.
Jammu and Kashmir reports 1,966 new cases – 889 from Jammu and 1,077 from Kashmir in the last 24 hours; Active cases in the UT are 7,932.
Maharashtra reported 46,406 new Covid-19 cases and 36 more deaths in the last 24 hours. No new case of Omicron variant is reported from the state. Till date, a total of 1367 patients infected with Omicron variant have been reported, state health department said.
Bharat Biotech has sought full market approval from DCGI for Covaxin. The SEC will review the application tomorrow after noon, government sources said.
Delhi reports 28,867 new Covid-19 cases and 31 deaths, taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 16,46,583 and toll to 25,271. Active cases is at 94,160 and positivity rate 29.21%.
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.” READ MORE
In the meeting chaired by Hon’ble @PMOIndia today, I enumerated the actions taken by us and reiterated that we are fully prepared to deal with the #COVID19 infections: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) January 13, 2022
Mumbai reports 13,702 fresh cases and 6 deaths today; Active cases at 95,123.
Tamil Nadu reports 20,911 new Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths taking the total number of cases in the state to 28,68,500 and death toll to 36,930.
Active cases: 1,03,610
The number of containment zones in Delhi has seen an almost 17-fold rise from 1,243 zones on January 1 to 20,878 zones on January 12 amid rising coronavirus cases in the city. The increase in the number of containment zones has been proportional to the surge in infections in the national capital. According to district officials, emphasis is being laid on mirco containment to arrest the spread of the infection.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Rs 23,000 crores package allocated by the Centre to states has been utilized well with many states to strengthen their health infrastructure.
We must ensure that financial activities aren’t affected and we must keep up our growth. To ensure the same, we must focus on local containment. We must increase testing in the areas from where more cases are emerging: PM Modi
The quicker we give precaution doses to frontline doses and senior citizens, the more secure our healthcare system will get. We need to further increase the speed of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ programme: PM Modi
The central and state governments have adopted pre-emptive, pro-active and collective approach, the same is the mantra of victory this time as well. The more we can limit the corona infection, the less the problem will be: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “in a country like USA, nearly 14 lakh new cases came about in one day. Our scientists and health experts are keeping an eye on all situations. We must stay alert, but we must also take full care that a situation of panic isn’t created.”
India has given the first dose to over 92% of its eligible population. Nearly 70% eligible people have got their second doses as well. India has already vaccinated nearly 3 crore 15-18 year old children as well: PM Modi amid Covid Surge
Omicron is infecting many more people than other variants. We don’t have to panic. Our alertness should not go down. Most world experts say, regardless of any variant, vaccines is the best weapon to fight it: PM Modi
PM Modi wishes country on Makar Sankranti/ lohri, says rise in Covid-19 due to Omicron has been discussed with health ministry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “we must ensure financial activities aren’t affected and we must keep up our growth.” Focus on local containment, increase testing in the areas from where more cases are emerging should also be ensured, he said. Prime Minister Modi held a meeting with chief ministers over the Covid-19 situation amid the surge in coronavirus cases due to its Omicron variant. Fresh curbs have been imposed in various parts of the country to check the spread of the highly transmissible virus.
Delhi may report 27,500 Covid-19 cases today as well, but there are no plans of imposing a lockdown, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Meanwhile, several Congress leaders part of the party’s 10-day ‘padyatra’ in Karnataka, demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river, have tested positive for Covid-19, sparking fears of a ‘super spread’ of the disease amid the densely-packed rallies.
Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader Veerappa Moily and others have tested positive for the disease, while several others are down with Covid-like symptoms, such as fever. Moily and Kharge had both been part of the inauguration ceremony for the padyatra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers over the COVID-19 situation on Thursday amid the surge in coronavirus cases due to its Omicron variant, according to sources.
The prime minister will interact with the chief ministers on the COVID-related situation on Thursday at 4:30 PM via video conferencing, official sources said. Reviewing the Covid situation at a high-level meeting on Sunday, Modi had called for ensuring adequate health infrastructure at the district level and accelerating the vaccination drive for adolescents in mission mode.
The precaution vaccination drive for healthcare and frontline workers besides those over 60 years of age with comorbidities has also started. Vaccination remains among the most effective means to fight Covid, Modi had said.
The PM had said that a meeting with the CMs be convened to discuss state-specific scenarios, best-practices and the public health response. The prime minister has held numerous meetings with chief ministers to spearhead India’s response to the disease since its outbreak in 2020.
India added 1,94,720 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,60,70,510 which includes 4,868 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.
The active cases have increased to 9,55,319, the highest in 211 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,84,655 with 442 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am Wednesday stated.
Delhi reported 27,561 Covid cases, the second-highest single-day rise since the pandemic began, and 40 deaths on Wednesday when the city’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain claimed hospital admissions have stabilised indicating the current wave has peaked and cases may start declining soon.
According to government data, the city’s positivity rate has increased to 26.22 per cent, the highest since May 4 when it was at 26.7 per cent. The deaths recorded on Wednesday are the highest since June 10 last year, when the national capital recorded 44 fatalities. Delhi has already recorded 133 fatalities in the first 12 days of this month.
It had logged 54 fatalities in the last five months — nine in December, seven in November, four in October, five in September and 29 in August. In July, the virus had claimed 76 lives in Delhi. Wednesday’s count of 27,561 fresh cases is the highest since April 20, when the city saw 28,395 infections. The total number of Covid cases reported in Delhi so far has risen to 16,17,716 while the death toll has mounted to 25,240.
Given that most of the patients who died due to COVID-19 in January so far were, the Delhi government has issued an advisory asking all hospitals to ensure that patients with comorbidities are duly attended by specialists.