Omicron Updates: Karnataka Reports 1,698 New Covid Cases; UP Sees 8,334 Fresh Infections

Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus 3rd Wave, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine, Weekend Curfew rules: Mansukh Mandaviya interacted with health ministers of five states and a union territory to review the Covid-19 situation.

By: News Desk

Last Updated: January 11, 2022, 00:08 IST

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Patna: A health worker administers a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a beneficiary in Patna, Monday. (Image: PTI)

Maharashtra on Monday recorded 33,470 new coronavirus cases, 10,918 less than the previous day, taking its tally to 69,53,514, while eight fresh deaths linked to the infection pushed the toll to 1,41,647, the state health department said.An official said Maharashtra also reported 31 new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, raising their count to 1,247. Of the 31 new cases of the highly contagious variant, 28 were reported from Pune Read More

Jan 10, 2022 23:09 IST

PM Modi Appeals Beneficiaries of Precaution Dose to Get Vaccinated, Lauds Those Who Got Jabbed Today

PM Narendra Modi congratulated those who got their precaution dose and requested those who are eligible to get vaccinated.

Jan 10, 2022 22:59 IST

Around 5,000 Beds Available at Delhi Govt's Institutional Isolation Centres for Covid Patients

Around 5,000 beds are available at institutional isolation centres set up by the Delhi government for COVID-19 patients, according to official data. Of the 5,539 beds available, 561 are occupied. At the centres in Shahdara, northeast, west, north, none of the beds are occupied it said. The Delhi government has been stressing that most cases this time are mild or asymptomatic and do not require hospitalisation. Delhi logged 17 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 19,166 infections in a day as the positivity rate rose to 25 per cent, the highest since May 4 last year, according to the city health department’s data on Monday.

Jan 10, 2022 22:56 IST

Tamil Nadu Extends Covid Curbs Till Jan 31, Night Curfew to Continue

Amid surging COVID cases, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday extended the existing COVID restrictions till January 31, imposing fresh curbs restricting entry into religious places of worship from January 14 to 18, to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Night curfew, which was imposed from January 6, will continue till this month-end and there will be complete lockdown on January 16 (Sunday), the government said. In view of the mid-January Pongal (harvest) festival, the government has allowed travel in state-run buses with 75 per cent occupancy to enable the people to reach their native districts. Further, worship in all religious places of worship has been disallowed from January 14 to 18 in a bid to prevent crowding.

Jan 10, 2022 22:35 IST

May Be Forced to Impose Lockdown if Covid Situation Goes Beyond a Certain Point: Meghalaya CM

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday said the state government has not yet decided to impose lockdown but if the spread of coronavirus goes beyond a certain point then it may be forced to take a call. That is why the government is taking all precautionary measures and requesting people to be careful, the chief minister told reporters here after a meeting.

Jan 10, 2022 22:10 IST

Delhi Announces New Curbs But No Full Lockdown as 17 More Die and 1 in 4 Test Positive

Delhi logged 17 more deaths due to Covid and around 19,000 infections, with one in every four persons undergoing testing turning out to be positive, as authorities announced new curbs but decided against imposing a full lockdown. The Disaster Management Authority, which formulates Covid management policies for the capital, however, suspended the dine-in facility at restaurants and closed bars in view of the rising cases in the city. According to government data, 70 Covid patients have died in the capital in the first 10 days of January. It reported 17 fatalities each on Sunday and Monday.

Jan 10, 2022 21:59 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Records 706 New Covid Cases Today

Jan 10, 2022 21:42 IST

More Than 9 Lakh 'Precaution Doses' Administered on First Day

More than 9 lakh healthcare and frontline workers, and 60-plus citizens with comorbidities received their third Covid jab on Monday, the Union Health Ministry said, as the country began administering a “precautionary” dose against the infection. The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 152.78 crore (1,52,78,35,951) with over 82 lakh (82,76,158) doses being administered on Monday (till 7 pm). Over 82 lakh doses includes 21,49,200 given to the beneficiaries in the 15-18 years age group. The total doses administered to this category of beneficiaries is 2,59,87,741 so far, the ministry said.

Jan 10, 2022 21:20 IST

RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha Tests Covid Positive

RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha said he is tested positive for Covid-19. In a twitter post, he wrote, “Though I am not feeling any sympoms but the test report has come positive. So I am isolating myself. Anyone who has come in contact with me during this time, please take precautions.”

Jan 10, 2022 21:14 IST

Gujarat Reports 6,097 Covid Cases; 1.5 Lakh Get Precaution Dose on Day 1

Gujarat reported 6,097 COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the state’s tally to 8,68,301, while the death toll increased by two to touch 10,130, an official said. On Sunday, the daily addition to the tally, at 6,275, had breached the 6000-mark for the first time in nearly eight months, while Monday’s rise was slightly lower than a day earlier, he pointed out. He said 1,539 people were discharged during the day, taking the recovery count to 8,25,702, leaving the state with 32,469 active cases, including 29 critical patients. “The deaths took place in Surat and Rajkot. Ahmedabad city led with 1,893 cases, followed by 1,778 in Surat city, 410 in Vadodara city, among other areas,” he said.

Jan 10, 2022 21:09 IST

BJP Chief JP Nadda Tests Covid Positive

BJP chief JP Nadda said he is tested positive for Covid-19. “I got my Covid-19 test done after showing initial symptoms. My report has come positive. I am feeling fine now. On the advice of doctors, I have isolated myself,” Nadda said in a tweet in Hindi.

Jan 10, 2022 21:00 IST

Mumbai Reports 13,648 Covid-19 Cases, 5 Deaths

Jan 10, 2022 20:56 IST

Gujarat Reports 28 New Omicron Cases; Tally Up to 264

Gujarat reported 28 new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, taking their overall tally to 264, of which 223 patients have already recovered, the state health department said. As many as nine of these Omicron cases were reported from Vadodara city, the highest in the state, followed by six cases from Gandhinagar district, five from Ahmedabad city, four from Anand, and two each from Rajkot and Kutch districts, said the department in a release. At the same time, 37 more patients infected with the highly contagious variant of coronavirus were discharged following recovery, taking their total number to 223, the release said.Of the new recoveries, Ahmedabad city alone accounted for 27.

Jan 10, 2022 20:45 IST

Mild Covid Cases Can Be Managed at Home, Molnupiravir No Magic Drug, Says AIIMS Doc

A majority of Covid patients during this Omicron-driven surge of infections have so far shown mild symptoms that can be managed at home with symptomatic treatment, an AIIMS doctor said and stressed that antiviral pill Molnupiravir is no magic drug for the disease. There is no specific drug against COVID-19 as of now and the treatment still remains symptomatic, Dr Neeraj Nischal, an additional professor in the Department of Medicine at AIIMS, told PTI. All that is needed is close supervision of patients, especially those who are at risk such as the elderly with comorbidities and those who are still not vaccinated, he said. Dr Nischal said, “Pandemic does not mean that unless your doctor prescribes multiple drugs or fancy pills you are not going to get okay. At the end of the day, patience, a positivity of mind and paracetamol will see a majority of patients through.” “A majority of the infected patients during the third wave of Covid so far have shown mild symptoms which can be easily managed at home with symptomatic treatment,” he said.

Jan 10, 2022 20:28 IST

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai Tests Covid Positive

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, with mild symptoms. The Chief Minister also said he is doing “fine” and is under home quarantine. “I have tested positive for COVID-19 today with mild symptoms. My health is fine, I am under home quarantine. I request everyone who have recently come in my contact to isolate themselves and get tested,” Bommai tweeted. He had attended several official engagements today including last rites of noted Kannada literary figure Chandrashekhar Patil, launch of precaution dose COVID vaccination, meeting on administrative reforms, and meeting with a delegation of former Vice Chancellors, among others.

Jan 10, 2022 20:26 IST

67 Students Test Covid Positive in IIM Ahmedabad in 10 Days

A total of 67 students have tested positive in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad in the last 10 days, ANI quoted IIM Ahmedabad officials as saying.

Jan 10, 2022 20:21 IST

Bihar Reports 4,737 New Covid-19 Cases

Bihar reports 4,737 new Covid-19 cases in the state today. Active cases stand at 20,938: Bihar Health Department

Bihar Reports 4,737 New Covid-19 Cases

Jan 10, 2022 20:10 IST

11,698 New Cases in Karnataka, 4 Deaths

Karnataka on Monday recorded a slight dip in fresh COVID-19 cases at 11,698 and 4 deaths, taking the tally to 30,63,656 and the death toll to 38,374. The state has been witnessing a steady surge in cases since December last week and had reported 12,000 daily cases on Sunday. Of the new cases on Monday, 9,221 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 829 people being discharged and two deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now 60,148. There were 1,148 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,65,105, the health department bulletin said. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 7.77 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.03 per cent.

Jan 10, 2022 20:01 IST

Contacts of Confirmed Cases Unless Identified as High Risk Need Not Take Covid Test: ICMR

The ICMR on Monday said that contacts of confirmed Covid-19 patients are not required to undertake a Covid-19 test unless they are identified as high-risk based on age or co-morbidities; or undertaking inter-state travel. It added that patients discharged after home isolation or patients being discharged from a Covid-19 facility need not be tested, the ICMR statement said. Moreover, asymptomatic individuals in community settings and also individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travel are also not required to get tested for Covid-19. However, those individuals with symptomatic like cough, fever, sore throat or loss of taste or smell and other Covid signs need to be tested.

Jan 10, 2022 19:35 IST

Delhi Shuts Restaurants, Bars Due to Surge in Cases

Delhi Lieutenant governor (LG) Anil Baijal has announced closing of restaurants and bars in Delhi in view of rising Covid-19 cases. “In view of the increase in positive cases it was decided to close the restaurants and bars and to allow ‘take away’ facility only. It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone,” he said.

Jan 10, 2022 18:58 IST

CM Nitish Kumar in Home Isolation After Testing Covid Positive

Nitish Kumar has been tested positive for Covid-19, a statement from the Chief Minister’s office said. He is under home isolation and has appealed everyone to follow Covid-appropriate guidelines, the statement added.

city, two are from Pune rural and one from Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial township.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh reported 8,334 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the tally to 17,45,861, while four more deaths pushed the toll to 22,932, an official statement said. One death each was reported from Meerut, Allahabad, Bulandshahr and Sonbhadra, it said.

In the past 24 hours, 335 more COVID-19 patients recovered from the disease, taking the total number of the recoveries to 16,88,983, the statement said. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state is 33,946, it said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in home isolation, the CMO tweeted on Monday, adding that he has urged people of the state to follow all measures which are part of the Covid protocol.

Meanwhile, India recently announced “precaution doses” of Covid-19 vaccines for those who are above the age of 60 with comorbidities. The booster shots will be given starting today even as the highly transmissible Omicron variant pushes the country’s Covid figures higher.

While appointment registration for the precaution doses began on Saturday, health officials said eligible people could also do a walk-in and get themselves registered. Only healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people over the age of 60 with comorbidities are eligible to register for the ‘precaution’ dose. Only if you have certain co-morbidities will you be eligible for the ‘precaution’ shot.

Co-morbidities include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stem cell transplant recipients, cirrhosis, cancer, sickle cell disease, and other conditions.

Union Health Mansukh Mandaviya today interacted with health ministers of five states and a Union Territory to review the Covid-19 situation on Monday amid a spike in infections. He virtually interacted with health ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the country as the Omicron variant of the virus fuels a surge in cases.

According to Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am on Sunday, a total of 1,59,632 new coronavirus infections were reported, the highest in 224 days, while the active cases increased to 5,90,611, the highest in around 197 days. On May 29 last year, India had logged 1,65,553 infections in a day.

As the Omicron-fueled third wave of the pandemic accelerated across the country, India recorded by far the fastest weekly increase in Covid-19 cases, with a six-fold increase in infections in the week ending Sunday.

During the week of January 3-9, India reported more than 7.8 lakh cases, more than six times the previous week’s tally of nearly 1.3 lakh. The previous week (December 27-January 2) had seen a 2.8x increase in infections.

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