Omicron Variant Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine Registration Latest Update: As per the latest bulletin issued by the Union health ministry on Monday, India has logged 3,06,064 new cases in the last 24 hours — which is 27,469 less than the tally on Sunday; and recorded 439 deaths during the same time.
As per the update, 2,43,495 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours.
As of Monday, India has 22,49,335 active cases and the daily positivity rate stands at 20.75%.
India Covid-19 Status in last 24 hours:
New COVID cases: 3,06,064 (27,469 less than yesterday);
Death recorded: 439 deaths;
Recoveries registered: 2,43,495;
Active case: 22,49,335;
Daily positivity rate: 20.75%
Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar tests Covid positive
Schools reopen for classes 1 to 12 in Mumbai
Some schools opened across Maharashtra and in Mumbai on Monday. Talking ot reporters, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said that students’ physical presence has not been made mandatory in schools. Thackeray requested everyone to follow COVID19-appropriate behaviour and as far as presence of children is concerned, he said that parents may send their wards with permission. He added that a few districts across Maharashtra are opening schools, and a few districts are not.
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Authorities in Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Monday said next month's salaries of some 20,000 government staffers in the district will be withheld if they don't take the coronavirus vaccine's precaution or booster dose. Frontline staff, health care workers etc will be paid next month's wages only if they take the third shot of the vaccine, and treasury officials have been intimated about the decision, Indore Collector Manish Singh said. The order covers those who have not taken the third shot even after the stipulated period, he added. (PTI)
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Bihar has dropped to under 2,000 with 1,821 of them reported on Monday, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The figure is 1182 less than that on Sunday, the bulletin said. The toll due the disease in the state during the day was eight and the number of recoveries 4829, it said. The total fatalities due to the pandemic is now 12193 and its caseload 8,13,342. The total figure of active cases of COVID-19 in Bihar stood at 14,832 on Monday, while 78,6317 people have recuperated from the disease so far, it said. (PTI)
West Bengal on Monday recorded 4,546 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 more fatalities, a bulletin of the state health department said. The caseload in the infection is now 19,69,791. The state had registered 6,980 infections and 36 deaths on Sunday. The bulletin said the positivity rate came down to 8.84 per cent from Sunday's 9.53 per cent and the number of active cases declined by 15,648 to be at 94,535. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu recorded 30,215 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours that was slightly lower than 30,580 infections added to its registry on January 23 but the fatalities rose to 46 – about six more than that recorded the previous day. The toll so far has mounted to 37, 264. With a total of 31,64,205 people testing positive till date, the number of active cases, including those in isolation, rose to 2,06,484, according to a bulletin from the State Health Department on Monday. Passengers who returned by road from Andhra Pradesh were five in number, and Karnataka and Tripura one 1 each, all added to 30,215 fresh infections today, the bulletin said. With 24,639 COVID-19 positive patients getting discharged following treatment today, the total recoveries increased to 29,20,457 till date. (PTI)
Maharashtra reports 28,286 fresh coronavirus cases, down by 12,519 from a day ago, and 36 more deaths; 86 new Omicron patients detected: Health dept PTI)
Registering a dip in cases, Karnataka on Monday logged 46,426 new cases of COVID-19, and 32 fatalities, taking the tally to 35,64,108 and the death toll to 38,614. The state had recorded 50,210 fresh infections on Sunday. There were 41,703 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 31,62,977, a health department bulletin said. Of the new cases today, 21,569 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 27,008 people being discharged and 9 virus-related deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now at 3,62,487. (PTI)
Gujarat continued to report a decline in the number of daily COVID-19 cases with the state seeing 13,805 fresh infections on Monday but coronavirus-related fatalities rose to 25, the highest in the recent past, the health department said. The day before, Gujarat had reported 16,617 COVID-19 cases, the lowest in the five days before Sunday, and 19 fatalities. With the latest additions, Gujarat's overall caseload rose to 10,76,360. The overall death toll has gone up to 10,274, it said. (PTI)
The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 162.77 crore on Monday, the Union Health Ministry said. More than 49 lakh (49,52,290) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm, taking the total number of doses to 1,62,77,06,092. More than 87 lakh (87,33,359) precaution doses have been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities. (PTI)
Assam reports 5902 new Covid-19 cases, 5625 recoveries and 18 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases 44,075 (ANI)
Mumbai reports 1, 857 new COVID19 cases, 503 recoveries and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases 21,142 (ANI)
Karnataka reports 46,426 new Covid-19 cases, 41,703 recoveries and 32 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases 3,62,487 (ANI)
Belgium's health ministers have approved a recommendation to use a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine to better protect people with a weakened immune system against the virus. Christie Morreale, the minister for public health in the federal government, said Monday that she and her regional counterparts have greenlighted the proposal made by the country's health council. Morreale did not give a date for the start of the programme. About 77% of Belgium's nearly 11.5 million people are now fully vaccinated, and some 6.3 million Belgians have received a booster dose, according to the latest figures from health authorities. (PTI)
After registering over 45,000 daily new COVID-19 cases for the past few days, Kerala on Monday recorded 26,514 fresh ones and took the total affected in the State to 56,46,665. It reported 45,449 cases on Sunday while there were 45,136 new cases the next day. On January 20, there were 46,387 cases, the highest single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020. The Health department said 55,557 samples were tested in the last 24 hours which apparently explains a low number of positive cases today. The State had a full lockdown on Sunday and the testings were limited. On Sunday, the State reported over 45,000 cases after testing 1,01,252 samples on Saturday. (PTI)
Rajasthan reported 23 deaths and 9,480 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, pushing the fatality count to 9,118 and infection tally to 11,39,382, according to an official report. Five deaths were recorded in Jodhpur, while Jaipur reported four new fatalities, Bikaner, Jhalawar, Pratapgarh (two each), Ajmer, Dholpur, Gangangagar, Jalore, Karauli, Pali, Sikar and Tonk (one each), according to the Medical and Health department report. Of the fresh cases, Jaipur reported a maximum of 2,424, while 621 people tested positive for the virus in Jodhpur. (PTI)
The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 9,04,744 on Monday after the detection of 10,585 new cases, while the toll increased to 10,576 with six patients succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, an official said. The positivity rate reduced to 13.0 per cent on Monday from 13.4 per cent on Sunday, he pointed out. The recovery count stood at 8,24,275 after 7,822 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, leaving the state with 69,893 active cases, he said. Indore and Bhopal, the two worst coronavirus-hit cities of Madhya Pradesh, registered 2,665 and 2,128 cases, respectively, in the last 24 hours, he said. (PTI)
The civic body in Mumbai on Monday said 248 of the 280 samples sent for genome testing have been detected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus, an official said. This was the eighth batch of samples, comprising 280 from civic limits and 93 from outside, that had been sent to check for the presence of Omicron, he said, adding that 21 samples had the Delta derivative and 11 samples were found with other variants of coronavirus. As per the release, of the 280 samples from BMC limits, 96 or 34 per cent were of patients in the 21-40 age group, 79 or 28 per cent were in the 41-60 age group, 69 in the 61-80 age segment, 22 in the 0-20 segment and 14 or five per cent in the 81-plus bracket. (PTI)
COVID19 protocol will be implemented again in the Budget Session of the Parliament. Rajya Sabha proceedings will begin from 9 am & that of Lok Sabha from 4 pm. The new protocol will come into effect from Feb 2. President's address to be presented on 31st Jan and Budget on Feb 1. (ANI)
Union Territory of Puducherry registered 1,130 new cases of coronavirus infection during the last 24 hours ending 10 AM on Monday and pushed the overall tally to 1,53,343. A press release from Director of Health G.Sriramulu said the new cases were identified at the end of examination of 2,585 samples and these cases were spread over Puducherry (906), Karaikal (167), Mahe (17) and Yanam (40). Sriramulu said the active cases were 15,652 which comprised 185 patients in hospitals while remaining 15,467 patients were in home isolation. He said two more persons died of the infection taking the toll to 1,908. (PTI)
Telangana on Monday reported 3,980 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 7,38,795 while the toll rose to 4,075 with three more fatalities. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported the highest number of daily cases with 1,439, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (344) and Rangareddy (234) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today. The state had registered 3,603 new cases on Sunday.
A total of 2,398 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. With this the cumulative number of recoveries rose to 7,01,047. Active cases stood at 33,673, the bulletin said. (PTI)
Odisha is heading towards community transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 like some other parts of the country, a senior health official said here on Monday. Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra said that Omicron infections comprised 60 per cent of daily cases last week, and it could be more now, indicating that the state is heading towards community transmission of the new strain. “We will soon get data on the present rate of Omicron infection among new COVID-19 cases,” he said. Mishra said that when more cases of new variants are found among local people having no international travel history, it should be considered as community transmission. (PTI)
Pune reports 7,984 new cases and 14 deaths today. (ANI)
Japan's government plans to put the majority of the country under pre-emergency status and extend COVID-19 restrictions as omicron cases have surged and threatened to disrupt basic services like hospitals and schools. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that he will tighten anti-virus measures in 18 more prefectures, including Hokkaido in the north to Osaka and Kyoto in western Japan, until Feb 20. This will be in addition to areas where similar restrictions are already in place or to be further extended, including Tokyo, Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima. “Many people are feeling increasingly uneasy as the infections rapidly spread,” Kishida told reporters. “I want to obtain the people's cooperation to overcome this crisis.” (AP)
Amid demands of lifting weekend curfew and odd-even system of opening shops by traders as well as the AAP and the BJP, Delhi's apex COVID-19 management body DDMA will meet on Thursday to review the pandemic situation in the city. The meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to be chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal is scheduled at 12.30 pm on January 27. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also likely to attend the meeting that will discuss relaxations that may be allowed in view of improvement in COVID-19 situation in the city, officials said. According to an official source, the government is also likely to take a call on reopening of schools from February depending on vaccination status of students by the end of this month. (PTI)
Fully vaccinated travellers entering England will soon be exempt from any COVID test requirements, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed on Monday. Speaking to reporters during a visit to a hospital in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Johnson said the daily Omicron variant data is getting better and it was time for the country to be more open for travellers. Over the weekend, the UK recorded 74,799 cases and 75 COVID deaths. “Although we have to be cautious, we are now moving through the Omicron wave, and you can see the figures are starting to get better,” Johnson said. “So what we're doing on travel, to show that this country is open for business, open for travellers, you will see changes so that people arriving no longer have to take tests if they have been vaccinated, if they have been double vaccinated,” he said. (PTI)
Nagaland's COVID-19 tally rose to 33,654 on Monday as 69 people tested positive for the infection, 38 less than the previous day, a health official said. The northeastern state's coronavirus death toll rose to 707 as two more patients succumbed to the infection. No fatality was recorded in the last two days. Nagaland now has 693 active cases, while 30,919 people have recuperated from the disease so far, including 57 in the last 24 hours, the official said, adding that the recovery rate stood at 91.87 per cent. Altogether 1,335 patients have migrated to other states to date. (PTI)
The COVID-19 tally in Nashik reached 4,51,688 on Monday with the addition of 2,204 cases, while one death took the toll to 8,783, an official said. So far, 4,25,918 people have been discharged post recovery, including 1,484 during the day, leaving the district with an active tally of 16,987, he said. (PTI)
Giving COVID-19 vaccines from either AstraZeneca-Oxford, Pfizer-BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson as a booster after two doses of the COVID-19 inactivated-virus vaccine from Sinovac, leads to significantly higher antibodies, a study has found. The best response was seen when an RNA vaccine was given as a booster after the standard schedule of Sinovac's CoronaVac, researchers from Oxford University said on Monday, adding that the responses were seen against the Delta and Omicron coronavirus variants too. (Reuters)
Active cases in Andhra Pradesh mounted to 93,305 with the daily infection positivity rate crossing 35 per cent, as the State registered 14,502 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday. The State had recorded 14,440 new infections yesterday. According to the latest bulletin, seven more fatalities were reported, while 4,800 infected persons got cured in the 24 hours. The cumulative case count increased to 21,95,136, while recoveries touched 20,87,282 and deaths 14,549. (PTI)
Odisha reported 7,291 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, pushing the tally to 12,11,951, while the death toll mounted to 8,525 with five more fatalities, the Health Department said in a bulletin. The state had registered 8,520 single-day cases and six deaths on Sunday. As many as 954 children are among the new patients. The daily infections are the lowest in 13 days and have reduced by 30 per cent from 10,489 a week ago. Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik said in a tweet that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wished him a speedy recovery. Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik also said late on Sunday that he was hospitalised after contracting the disease. (PTI)
COVID19 | 5,394 new cases – 2045 from Jammu & 3,349 from Kashmir and 8 deaths reported today. Active case tally at 44,609 (ANI)
COVID19 | Delhi reports 5,760 new cases & 30 deaths in the last 24 hours; Active cases stand at 45,140. Today's positivity rate down to 11.79% (ANI)
Sikkim's COVID-19 tally crossed the 37,000-mark on Monday as 115 more people tested positive for the disease, 101 less than the previous day, a health department bulletin said. The fresh infections raised the tally to 37,096, it said. The death toll rose to 423 as one more person succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said. East Sikkim logged 62 new cases, followed by 45 in West Sikkim, seven in South Sikkim and one in North Sikkim. (PTI)
The Bombay High Court on Monday said ex-gratia compensation for the kin of COVID-19 victims was a matter of right and they must not be deprived of it. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik directed the Maharashtra government to take instructions on why claims for compensation filed through post or physically were being denied or delayed. It was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a local organisation, Prameya Welfare Foundation, seeking among other things, a direction to the state government to not insist that citizens apply for such compensation online only, and give compensation to those who are applying physically or by post. The petitioner's counsel Sumedha Rao told HC many of those submitting claims were slum dwellers or poor people who were not adept at filing and annexing documents online. (PTI)
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to interact with health ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Ladakh, Uttar Pradesh, and Chandigarh on 25th January over COVID situation: Official Sources (ANI)
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal to chair DDMA meeting on Jan 27 over COVID19 situation in the national capital. (ANI)
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the prominent personalities who spoke with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, who has tested positive for coronavirus, and enquired about his health. According to officials in the Vice President Secretariat, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, several Cabinet ministers, chief ministers and leaders of various political parties also spoke to Naidu, who is in home isolation in Hyderabad. (PTI)
COVID19 | Chandigarh reports 568 new cases today; The positivity rate stands at 14.49%, active case tally stands 7,768 (ANI)
People vaccinated three times or immunised after an earlier COVID-19 infection have comparable neutralising antibody response to those with a breakthrough infection, according to a study. A breakthrough infection is a case of illness in which a fully vaccinated individual becomes infected. The study, published in the journal Cell, looked at the strength, durability and breadth of neutralising antibody response generated by breakthrough infections in individuals vaccinated against SARS-CoV2. The researchers at the University of Washington in the US noted that the Delta and Omicron coronavirus variants have enhanced transmissibility and immune evasion compared to the original virus. These characteristics, and the waning of immunity from vaccines, have led to breakthrough infections in vaccinated individuals, they said. (PTI)
It is dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant (of COVID19), or that we're in the endgame: World Health Organisation (WHO) (ANI)
People who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer allowed in France's restaurants, bars, tourist sites and sports venues unless they recently recovered from the virus. The new law came into effect Monday requiring a “vaccine pass” that is central to the government's anti-virus strategy. France is registering Europe's highest-ever daily coronavirus infection numbers, and hospitals are continuing to fill up with virus patients, though the number of people in intensive care units has dropped in recent days. The government has imposed few other restrictions amid the surge in the omicron variant, focusing instead on the vaccine pass, approved by France's parliament and Constitutional Council last week. Omicron is less likely to cause severe illness than the previous delta variant, according to studies. Omicron spreads even more easily than other coronavirus strains, and has already become dominant in many countries. It also more easily infects those who have been vaccinated or had previously been infected by prior versions of the virus. (AP)
Twenty-one COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant's sub-lineage known as BA.2 have been found in tests conducted over the past 18 days in the laboratory of a private medical institute in Madhya Pradesh's Indore.
Those infected with this sub-lineage of Omicron variant include six children, an official from the private facility said on Monday.
“Since January 6, a total of 21 cases of BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant have been found during tests conducted in our Molecular Virology Diagnostic and Research Lab, which is recognized by the Centre,” Vinod Bhandari, founder chairman of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) here told PTI.
“Lung involvement ranging from 1 per cent to 50 per cent was observed in six out of 21 patients of this Omicron sub-lineage. Three patients are still hospitalized, while 18 have been discharged. Of the 21, a total of 15 adults have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Bhandari informed.
Indore, the worst coronavirus-hit district in Madhya Pradesh, has a caseload of 1,86,216, including 1,409 deaths. (PTI)
Meghalaya on Monday recorded 305 new COVID-19 cases, 13 less than the previous day, pushing the tally to 88,764, a senior health department official said.
Health Services Director Dr Aman War said one new COVID-19 fatality on Monday pushed the death toll to 1,498.
He said of the 305 new cases, East Khasi Hills district reported 242, followed by Ri Bhoi (18), West Garo Hills (16), West Jaintia Hills (8), five cases each from West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, South West Khasi Hills and one case in West Khasi Hills district.
War said the northeast state now has 2,257 active COVID-19 cases.
The Health Services Director said 85,009 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, including 168 during the day.
The state has so far tested over 13.05 lakh samples for COVID-19, he said.
A total of 22.63 lakh people have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine in the state, War added. (PTI)
Telangana government on Friday commenced a state-wise door-to-door survey in order to identify those with covid symptoms of the viral disease. The survey took place when the country is reeling under the rising covid-19 cases due to the emergence of new covid-19 variant, Omicron. In the survey, the residents were handed home isolation kits with necessary medicines, T Harish Rao, state’s health minister who was reviewing the progress said on Sunday. | Read More
Beijing Olympics organisers said they had confirmed 72 cases of COVID-19 among 2,586 Games-related personnel entering China, from Jan. 4 to Jan. 22, with no cases among 171 athletes and team officials arriving in that period. Of the confirmed cases, 39 were found in testing at the airport and 33 inside the loop, organisers said. Participants in the bubble are subject to daily testing, with 336,421 PCR tests administered from Jan. 4 to Jan. 22. (Reuters)
Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 4,20,427 on Monday as 1,269 more people tested positive for the infection, while eight fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 5,261, a health bulletin said.
Dumka district recorded the highest number of new cases at 285, followed by East Singhbhum at 224 and Ranchi at 199, it said.
Four fresh fatalities were registered in East Singhbhum, under which Jamshedpur falls, and one each in Deoghar, Dhanbad, Hazaribag and Lohardaga.
The state now has 19,466 active cases, while 3,95,700 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 3,423 in the last 24 hours.
The administration has tested 46,488 samples for COVID-19, and inoculated 76,791 more people in the last 24 hours, it added. (PTI)