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Omicron Updates: 95% Eligible Population Vaccinated with 1st Dose; Maha Reports 25,425 Fresh Covid Cases

As Covid-19 cases continue to decline in Delhi, the number of active Covid-19 cases in the national capital has halved in just 12 days after rising to a high of 94,160 on January 13. | January 27, 2022, 23:12 IST
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Delhi on Thursday reported 4,291 fresh COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths, while the positivity rate dropped marginally to 9.56 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. With this, the national capital’s case count increased to 18,15,288 and the death toll climbed to 25,744, the health bulletin stated. The number of COVID-19 tests conducted a day ago stood at 44,903, it said. Delhi had on Wednesday reported 7,498 cases Read More

Jan 27, 2022 22:26 IST

Nashik Records 4,696 New COVID-19 Cases; Seven Deaths

With the addition of 4,696 new COVID-19 cases over the last two days, the tally of infections in Maharashtra Nashik district has reached 4,59,328, an official said on Thursday. At least seven patients died of the infection in the last 48 hours, raising the toll to 8792, he said. As many as 5,385 patients have been discharged from hospitals since Wednesday, taking the count of recoveries to 4,33,215, leaving the district with 17,321 active cases, the official said.

Jan 27, 2022 21:56 IST

Madhya Pradesh Records 9,532 Covid-19 Cases, 6 Deaths

The Covid-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 9,33,693 on Thursday with 9,532 new infections coming to light. Death toll increased to 10,597 as six patients succumbed since previous evening, the health department said. Positivity rate fell to 11.9 per cent from 12.3 per cent on Wednesday.The recovery count stood at 8,51,893 after 10,547 people were discharged from hospitals during the day. The state now has 71,203 active coronavirus patients.Bhopal and Indore, the two worst-affected cities of MP, registered 2,049 and 2,278 new cases, respectively. With 79,813 samples examined during the day, the number of coronavirus tests conducted in MP went up to 2,56,28,183.

Jan 27, 2022 21:33 IST

Bengal Registers 3,608 New Covid-19 Cases, 36 Deaths

West Bengal’s COVID-19 tally rose to 19,82,862 on Thursday as 3,608 people tested positive for the infection, 1,361 less than the previous day, a health bulletin said. Thirty-six more people succumbed to the infection, pushing the state’s death toll to 20,481. North 24 Parganas district recorded the highest number of new cases at 524, followed by 423 in Kolkata. Fourteen fatalities were reported in North 24 Parganas, followed by eight in Kolkata and four in South 24 Parganas. The number of active cases dipped by 11,644 to 55,725. A total of 19,06,656 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 15,216 in the last 24 hours.

Jan 27, 2022 21:25 IST

Covaxin, Covishield Get Regular Market Nod from DCGI, Say Sources

India’s drug regulator Drugs Controller General of India’s (DCGI) on Thursday granted regular market approval for Covid-19 vaccines Covishield and Covaxin for use in the adult population subject to certain conditions, official sources said. The vaccines is likely to be capped at Rs 275 per dose plus an additional service charge of Rs 150, according to reports. The approval was granted under the New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019. Under the conditions, the firms shall submit data of ongoing clinical trials and the vaccines to be supplied for programmatic setting.

Jan 27, 2022 21:00 IST

EU Drug Watchdog Approves Pfizer Covid Pill 'Paxlovid' for High Risk Patients

The EU’s drug watchdog approved Pfizer’s coronavirus pill on Thursday, making it the first oral antiviral treatment for the disease to be authorised in Europe. Studies showed the drug called Paxlovid reduces hospitalisation and death in patients at risk of severe Covid, and may also be effective against the Omicron variant. Pills are seen as a potentially huge step in ending the pandemic as they can be taken at home, rather than in hospital. “Paxlovid is the first antiviral medicine to be given by mouth that is recommended in the EU for treating Covid-19,” the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a statement.

Jan 27, 2022 20:52 IST

Tamil Nadu Schools, Colleges to Open Feb 1, No Night Curfew From Tomorrow

Schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu will reopen on February 1, the state government said on Thursday. The night curfew too has been lifted from tomorrow. The number of guests at weddings has been fixed at 100, while only 50 are allowed for funerals. Places of worship will be allowed to remain open on all days.

Jan 27, 2022 20:30 IST

India's Cumulative Vaccination Coverage Crosses 164.35 crore

Jan 27, 2022 20:11 IST

Mumbai's Covid-19 Cases Drop to 1,384; 12 Deaths

Mumbai on Thursday recorded 1,384 fresh cases of COVID-19, down from 1,858 a day ago, while 12 more people died due to complications related to the infection, the city civic body said. With this, the overall number of COVID-19 cases in the Maharashtra capital rose to 10,41,747, while the toll increased to 16,581, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a bulletin. Out of the 12 coronavirus patients who died in the last 24 hours, 11 were above 60 years of age, it said.On Wednesday, the city had recorded 1,858 coronavirus infections and 13 deaths. The city has been reporting fewer than 2,000 cases for the last four days.

Jan 27, 2022 20:09 IST

95% Eligible Population Vaccinated with 1st Dose

95% of eligible population have been vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has crossed 164.35 crore.

Jan 27, 2022 19:22 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Reports 4,959 New Covid-19 Cases

UT of Jammu and Kashmir reports 4,959 new Covid-19 and 7 deaths today; Active cases at 46,657.

Jammu and Kashmir Reports 4,959 New Covid-19 Cases

Jan 27, 2022 19:13 IST

9,672 Omicron Samples Found in January in Genome Sequencing

As many as 9,672 Omicron samples were found in January in genome sequencing constituting 75 per cent of the total sequenced samples of COVID-19, a huge rise from the December figure of 1,292, the government said on Thursday. Addressing a press conference, NCDC Director Dr S K Singh said sub-lineages of Omicron – BA.1 and BA.2 were found in sequenced samples while BA.3 has not been found yet. “We were getting more samples of BA.1 earlier mostly found in travellers but now we are seeing that BA.2 has become more prevalent in the community,” Singh said.

Jan 27, 2022 19:08 IST

Delhi Reports 4,291 Fresh Infections, Positivity at 9.56%

Delhi reports 4,291 COVID cases, 9,397 recoveries, and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours

Active cases: 33,175 Today’s positivity rate: 9.56%

Delhi Reports 4,291 Fresh Infections, Positivity at 9.56%

Jan 27, 2022 18:30 IST

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar Tests Covid-19 Positive

Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that he has tested Covid-19 positive. He requested all those who have come in contact with him to take precautions.

Jan 27, 2022 18:21 IST

Centre Extends Covid Containment Measures Till Feb 28

The Home Ministry on Thursday announced that Covid containment measures have been extended till Feb 28.

Centre Extends Covid Containment Measures Till Feb 28

Jan 27, 2022 17:51 IST

Andhra Pradesh Reports 13,374 New Cases; Active Cases at 1.09 Lakh

Andhra Pradesh reports 13,374 fresh COVID19 cases in last 24 hours; Active cases are 1,09,493.

Andhra Pradesh Reports 13,374 New Cases; Active Cases at 1.09 Lakh

Jan 27, 2022 16:54 IST

Covid Cases Have Plateaued in Some States, Over 90% Patients in Home Isolation

The Union Health Ministry warned of early indication of plateauing of Covid-19 cases in certain states, adding that the trend needs to be observed and required precautions need to be maintained. More than 90 per cent of the active cases are under home isolation, indicating mild to moderate clinical severity of the disease. Eleven states have over 50,000 active Covid-19 cases with Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala reporting over three lakh active infections.

Jan 27, 2022 16:40 IST

3 Lakh Active Cases in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala

There’re over 3 lakh active cases in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala; and over one lakh in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. We’re in touch with the states regarding containment activities. As of Jan 26, 551 districts were reporting case positivity rate of over 5%: Health Ministry

Jan 27, 2022 16:35 IST

64% Deaths Among Unvaccinated, Co-morbid Patients

64% deaths in Delhi has taken place in population who were unvaccinated or those with comorbities, the Health Ministry said. It also added that 9,672 Omicron variant cases were detected in the country while 1,578 Delta variant cases were detected after sequencing.

Jan 27, 2022 16:31 IST

Govt Mulls Model for Staggered Opening of Schools Following All Covid Protocols

The union government is working on a model for staggered opening of schools for physical classes following all COVID-19 related protocols, sources said on Thursday. Schools have been closed in most parts of the country for physical classes after the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the virus. Students have been mostly attending online classes, barring some brief periods in between, for almost two years now due to the coronavirus pandemic. “As parents have been demanding for the opening of schools, the union government is working on a model for staggered opening of schools following all Covid related protocols,” a highly-placed source said.

Jan 27, 2022 16:21 IST

97 Lakh Eligible Population Received Precaution Dose

95 percent first dose vaccination coverage and 74 percent second dose coverage in the country so far. 97.03 lakh eligible population has received ‘precaution dose’: Ministry of Health on Covid-19 vaccination, the Health Ministry said.

97 Lakh Eligible Population Received Precaution Dose

with a positivity rate of 10.59 per cent and 29 deaths.

The health ministry on Thursday said that ten states with highest Covid cases have reported 77 percent of the total active cases in the country. The ministry also said that vaccination is helping the country with lesser hospitalisation and less severity among Covid patients in the country.

The weekend curfew and rule of odd-even for shops has been lifted in the national capital as Covid-19 infections decrease. However, the night curfew will still continue.

In the last 24 hours, India recorded 2,86,384 new COVID-19 cases, 573 deaths and 3,06,357 recoveries, as per the health ministry’s data. India’s recorded infections of Covid-19 crossed 4 crores on Tuesday, of this, 50 lakh fresh cases were added in the last three weeks alone during the Omicron-driven third wave of the pandemic in the country. US biotech company Moderna announced on Wednesday that it has begun clinical trials of a booster dose of a vaccine designed specifically to combat the fresh variant Covid-19 Omicron.

India’s Covid case count continues to be the second-highest in the world after the US, where nearly 7.3 crore cases have been logged till date. India had reached the 3-crore mark in total cases on June 22, 2021, when the second wave was waning.

Reportedly, the trials will involve a total of 600 adults- half of whom have already received two doses of Moderna’s vaccine at least six months ago, and half of whom have received two doses plus the previously authorized booster dose.

On Wednesday, Israel announced that it would start making fourth Covid-19 vaccine shots available to all vulnerable people aged over 18. Israel began offering booster shots last summer and has since approved fourth shots for elderly and vulnerable populations. Health ministry director Nachman Ash announced a new stage in the campaign, saying that all immunocompromised people and frontline workers over 18 would be eligible for a fourth shot.

The Haryana government has extended Covid-related restrictions in the state till February 10, but allowed malls and markets to remain open till 7 pm, extending the relaxation by one hour.

As Covid-19 cases continue to decline in Delhi, the number of active Covid-19 cases in the national capital has halved in just 12 days after rising to a high of 94,160 on January 13, while it took 21 days for the active caseload to drop by half during the second wave last year. The third wave of the pandemic saw the active cases peaking to 94,160 on January 13. The number dropped to 42,010 by Tuesday.

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