Omicron: Tope asks people to follow norms, says call on Maharashtra curbs only after consulting Centre, CM

Speaking to reporters, state health minister Rajesh Tope said imposing restrictions on the activities allowed in the state at present will be "too inconvenient" for the people.
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A booster shot or an additional Covid-19 vaccine: Which one is better for you? Find out

The Omnicron variant of covid-19 is spreading fast. In India, several states have stepped up vaccination, surveillance and containment measures as the country detected 21 Omicron cases. On Monday, Jyo

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1 in 2 people wants govt to suspend flights from countries where 20 Omicron cases detected: Survey

To facilitate international air travel, the government has allowed operations of flight services in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat Mission and air bubble pacts with various governments.

People also suggested that location tracking of the travellers must be done via WhatsApp or Arogya Setu or some other mechanism such that they maintain the home quarantine discipline, Taparia added.

With Omicron, third wave projected to hit India by February but may be milder than second

He said as observed during the spread of delta, a mild lockdown (night curfew, restrictions on crowding) can bring down beta substantially. That will significantly reduce the peak value, he added.

The WHO has also classified the Omicron variant as a 'Variant of Concern'. Experts have expressed possibilities that owing to the genetic modification in the virus, it may possess some specific characteristics.

85 pc of India’s eligible population administered first dose of COVID-19 vaccine: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

"Another Day, Another Milestone. 85% of the eligible population inoculated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. With PM NarendraModi ji's mantra of 'Sabka Prayas', India is marching ahead strongly

The minister on Sunday had said that over 50 per cent of India's eligible adult population was now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Covid-19: ASSOCHAM calls for booster dose to mitigate pandemic impact amid spike in Omicron cases

On Sunday, India reported 17 cases — nine in Jaipur, seven in Pune district, and one in Delhi — to take its tally to 21.

The Omicron variant has emerged as a ‘variant of concern’ following its detection in southern Africa late last month. (File/Reuters)

IMA urges govt to announce ‘additional’ Covid vaccine doses for healthcare, frontline workers

Noting that India has crossed 1.26 billion vaccinations, with over 50 per cent of the adult population vaccinated at least with one dose, the IMA said vaccination has proved that it will prevent sever

It appealed to everyone to avoid and put on hold massive social gatherings and ensure adherence to covid-appropriate behaviour, including wearing of masks and washing of hands.

Scientists developing chewing gum that could cut Covid transmission

Another line of work by Daniell and colleague Hyun Koo has involved research to develop a chewing gum infused with plant-grown proteins to disrupt dental plaque.

Incubating samples obtained from nasopharyngeal swabs from COVID-positive patients with the gum, they showed that the ACE2 present could neutralise SARS-CoV-2 viruses.

Dengue death toll rises to 15 in Delhi, case count now over 8,900: Civic body

According to the civic body's report on vector-borne diseases released on Monday, a total of 8,975 dengue cases and 15 deaths have been recorded this season till December 4.

The number of dengue cases jumped to over 8,900.

COVID-19: Nepal confirms presence of Omicron variant in two people

The presence of Omicron variant was confirmed on Sunday night during gene sequencing of the two samples at the National Public Health Laboratory in Teku.

Nepal has so far reported 822,592 coronavirus cases and 11,541 deaths due to the disease. (Representative image)

Next virus could be more lethal, warns Oxford University vaccine creator

Speaking about the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, she said its spike protein contained mutations known to increase the transmissibility of the virus.

She also warned vaccines could be less effective against the new Omicron variant. (Representative image)

Need to boost medical infra capabilities for quality healthcare services, says NATHEALTH

NATHEALTH Senior Vice President  Shravan Subramanyam noted that for the Indian medical technology sector to be viable, it is imperative to waive off the duty and cess.

The industry body, as part of its Budget wishlist, also sought development of hospitals in smaller towns with adequate infrastructure to take care of patient needs. (File)

Kashi Vishwanath corridor: PM Modi to inaugurate redeveloped temple complex on December 13

The work included construction of a Temple Chowk, museum, gallery, multipurpose auditoriums, devotee facilitation centre, public convenience, and shelter for priests.

The project was designed by Bimal Patel, the architect behind New Delhi’s proposed Central Vista redevelopment project. (Representative image)

Omicron: Decision needed at national level on booster dose, says Maharashtra Dy CM Ajit Pawar

Amid the scare from the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday said there is need to take a decision at the national level on whether a booster dose of the

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Omicron: Delhi CM Kejriwal urged people not to panic and follow covid appropriate behaviour

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged people not to panic in the wake of detection of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Delhi, but asked them to follow social distancing and use face masks to wa

Fog in Mumbai! Maximum city records cold, mist for the second consecutive day

The Met department predicts that while the fog-like condition and partly cloudy sky will continue for the next 24 hours,

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Rare intellectual disability in baby girls – Rett Syndrome

Rett syndrome is a rare but severe genetic neurological and developmental disorder that affects the development of the brain. This disorder is found exclusively in girls.

The man, who had taken both the doses of a Chinese vaccine in Zimbabwe, is currently at an isolation ward of a hospital in Jamnagar.

Wife, brother-in-law of Gujarat Omicron patient test positive for coronavirus, samples sent for genome sequencing

Both of them were shifted to an isolation ward, said a release issued by the Jamnagar Municipal corporation.

Covid-19: Union Health Minister reviews testing facility at Delhi airport amid spurt in Omicron cases

Mandaviya reviewed the testing facilities for passengers from at-risk countries, he tweeted, adding that 35 RT-PCR testing machines were functional at the airport’s Terminal 3.

India reported 17 cases of the new Covid-19 variant on Sunday — nine in Jaipur, seven in Pune district, and one in Delhi. (File)

Covid-19: Could the Omicron variant cause milder illness?

Some scientists have put forward a theory that the Omicron variant might have developed over months in an immunocompromised individual, such as an HIV patient in southern Africa.

There are other theories that the variant evolved from an animal host. (Representative image)

Ensuring long-term sustainability: Biodiversity protection imperative for survival of humankind

While the efforts to combat the climate crisis are gathering traction slowly, the pace isn’t nearly fast enough as our ecosystems are collapsing and species are becoming extinct at an unprecedented

Half of India’s adult population fully vaccinated: PM says important to keep up momentum

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday that over 50 per cent of India's eligible adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Indian-American NGO raises over Rs 2 cr for specially-abled people

A US-based global NGO run by an Indian-American has raised over Rs two crore fund at its annual event for specially-abled people in India during which it launched a one-of-a-kind virtual exhibition of

Coronavirus Omicron December 6 Highlights: With 2 new cases, Omicron tally in Maharashtra rises to 10; Covid-19 third wave projected to hit India by February

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