Karnataka on Saturday reported a substantial dip in its COVID-19 upsurge with 42,470 fresh infections, which was about 5,500 cases less than Friday’s tally, the health department said. However, the fatalities increased from 22 on Friday to 26 today, taking the death toll due to 38,563, the health department said.
In the past 24 hours, India recorded 3,37,704 fresh cases, as per health ministry’s data. Karnataka on Friday Read More
Key EventsKey Events
Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus to determine how its emergence could effect future pandemic spread. READ MORE
Chhattisgarh reports 5,661 new Covid-19 cases, 245 recoveries and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases 31,181
Karnataka reports 42,470 new Covid-19 cases, 35,140 recoveries and 26 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases is at 3,30,447 and the positivity rate at 19.33%.
Maharashtra registered 46,393 new Coronavirus cases and 48 deaths in the last 24 hours. Till date, a total of 2759 patients infected with Omicron variant have been reported in the state, of which 416 cases were reported today.
Mumbai reports 3,568 new Covid-19 cases, 231 recoveries and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Delhi reports 11,486 new Covid-19 cases and 45 deaths in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is at 16.36 per cent.
Gujarat reported 23,150 new cases of Coronavirus and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours, of which Ahmedabad reported 8194 cases and 5 deaths alone.
Active cases: 1,29,875
Jammu and Kashmir reported 6,568 new Covid-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, of which 1,875 cases were from the Jammu Division and 4693 from Kashmir Division.
Election Commission of India extends the ban on physical rallies and roadshows till January 31.
Labs giving real-time data to states, segregation of coronavirus patients on basis of districts and assembly constituencies are part of the SOPs laid down by the Delhi government. In an order issued last week, the Health Department stated that it has prepared SOPs for Covid-care centres which also listed out guidelines to be followed for telecalling patients. Under the SOPs, labs have been directed to give real-time data within 20 hours to the State COVID-19 Response Centre.
In view of the emerging Covid-19 situation, the Lakshadweep administration on Saturday decided to close madrasas up to Class 9 with immediate effect among other educational institutions and restrict the number of passengers in the ships to and fro the island to ensure social distancing norms.
A study by a private hospital has said that 60 per cent of the patients who died during the current wave of COVID-19 pandemic were either partially or fully unvaccinated. The study by Max Healthcare said the deaths reported were largely among those aged over 70 and those suffering from multiple co-morbidities such as kidney diseases, heart diseases, diabetes, cancers etc.
Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Devegowda tested positive for Covid-19. He has no symptoms and his health is stable: Office of HD Devegowda
More than 16,000 COVID cases reported in Pune yesterday. So, we’ve decided not to re-open schools in the Pune district for the next one week. Covid numbers are not likely to come down in Pune, for at least the next 8 days: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar
Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday congratulated healthcare workers and district authorities as the state crossed six crore COVID-19 tests. “Testing has been one of the cornerstones of Karnataka’s success in fighting Covid. We have completed crore tests since the beginning of the pandemic, third highest in the country. Congratulations to all the health workers and district administration who made this possible,” the minister tweeted.
Singapore on Saturday reported its first Omicron-related death, a 92-year-old unvaccinated woman who caught the virus from a family member, according to a media report. The woman, who had no known medical history, died on Jan 20, about 10 days after catching the virus from a family member, the Channel News Asia reported. “Upon investigation, doctors have concluded that the death was due to COVID-19 infection, by the Omicron variant,” the report said, quoting a health ministry statement. The woman was unvaccinated and had no known medical history, the ministry said.
To reduce security check-in screening time, aviation stakeholders, like the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, airlines, and airport operators, should “meticulously” implement the ‘one hand baggage’ rule, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has said. In a communication to the BCAS on January 19, a senior CISF official wrote: “As per BCAS ‘AVSEC’ Circular, no passenger should be permitted to carry more than one hand bag other than those items already listed in the circular including lady’s bag.”
Pakistan reported on Friday over 7,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day, its highest daily number of infections since the pandemic began, as the south Asian nation imposes new restrictions to curb the fast-spreading Omicron variant. At least 7,678 cases in the past 24 hours pushed the positivity ratio to 12.93%, the highest ever in the last two years, 23 deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, according to data from the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), which is overseeing the pandemic response.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday extended the closure of schools in the state till January 30 in view of rising coronavirus cases in the state. The closure of schools has been extended till January 30 and online classes will continue, according to an order issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi. The government had earlier ordered closure of the educational institutions till January 23 in view of a rise in Covid cases.
The union territory of Puducherry logged 2,446 fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,50,316, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Saturday. Three fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM on Saturday as the death toll rose to 1,901, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. The Puducherry region alone accounted for 1,870 of the 2,446 new infections while Karaikal logged 470 cases, followed by Yanam (83) and Mahe (23).
Intensivist Dr Rahul Pandit, another member of the task force, told The Times of India, “there is still no official Omicron reinfection case reported anywhere in India. But not following Covid-appropriate behaviour after recent Covid recovery is still not an option because one never knows what variant may surface in the future. Therefore, masking and physical distancing are a must to preclude any possible reinfections — whether from Omicron itself or any other SARS-CoV-2 variant.”
The Karnataka government decided to lift the weekend curfew that was in place with an aim to control the spread of COVID-19 infections. However, the night curfew hours between 10 pm to 5 am everyday will continue. This comes as Karnataka registered a steep spike in Covid-19 cases on Thursday.
Three large new studies from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight the importance of getting a booster shot to provide the best protection against the Omicron coronavirus variant. Omicron currently accounts for more than 99% of coronavirus cases in the United States. The studies, released on Friday, raise the question of whether people with just two vaccine doses should still be considered fully vaccinated. “I think we have to redefine fully vaccinated as three doses,” Dr. William Schaffner, a longtime CDC vaccine adviser who was not involved with the studies, told CNN.
Meanwhile, the Centre said that Covid vaccination, including precaution doses, for individuals having lab test proven coronavirus infection will be deferred by three months after recovery. In a letter to all states and union territories, Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Vikas Sheel said that requests have been received from various quarters for guidance in regard to the administration of precaution dose to the eligible persons having Covid illness. The suggestion is based on scientific evidence and recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.
On Friday, Maharashtra Social Justice and Special Assistance Minister Dhananjay Munde directed officials to reopen hostels of his department in coordination with municipal corporations and district administrations as classroom teaching was set to begin in schools in the state from Monday. According to a government release, Munde has directed commissioners in municipal areas, the disaster management department and chief executive officers of Zilla Parishads to review the COVID-19 situation to reopen schools, including residential ones, and hostels.