Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India News, November 30 highlights: Panic around the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is continuing to mount as the WHO warned that the variant poses a very high global risk on the basis of early studies. The global health agency has also warned that the variant could lead to surges in cases having severe consequences. As scientists and health authorities are racing to gather more information, more and more countries have started restricting international travel for countries having this variant, including South Africa and Bostwana. Meanwhile, the South African government has protested against the rapid closure of international borders for travellers from the country.
On the Indian side of things, the Union Health Ministry has updated international travel guidelines in light of multiple countries reporting cases due to Omicron. The Centre has said that all travellers coming from countries categorised as ‘at risk’ would have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport regardless of their vaccination status. This test would be conducted in addition to India’s requirement of an RT-PCR test within 72 hours before travelling. These guidelines are set to come into effect from December 21. Apart from this, airports would also need to conduct random COVID-19 tests on 5% of the travellers coming from countries that have not been classified as ‘at risk’.
Meanwhile, India added 6,990 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 551 days, taking its overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,45,87,822, while the number of active cases declined to 1,00,543, the lowest in 546 days, according to data from the Union health ministry data on Tuesday. With 190 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll surged to 4,68,980, the Health Ministry said. The single-day rise in new Covid-19 cases has been below 20,000 for the past 53 days and less than 50,000 for 155 consecutive days now. The active cases now account for 0.29% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 98.35%, the highest since March 2020, the health ministry said.
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