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Covid-19 Jan 24 Highlights: Mandaviya to interact with health ministers of 9 states/UTs on Covid-19 on Tuesday; Maharashtra, Delhi, Mumbai witness sharp decline in fresh infections

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Coronavirus Omicron Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Shot Vaccine Registration Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave in India Live News
Coronavirus Omicron Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Shot Vaccine Registration Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave in India Live News: A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a government school, in New Delhi. (AP Photo)

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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Coronavirus India Live News: Covid-19 Omicron Cases in India Live Count, Coronavirus Lockdown, Night Curfew Guidelines and Restrictions Live Updates

14:28 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: South Korea to expand testing, shorten quarantine for omicron

South Korea will expand rapid testing and shorten quarantines as it reshapes its pandemic response to deal with a faster-than-expected surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.

The plans were announced as the country reported 7,513 new cases of
infection on Monday, the third straight day exceeding 7,000 and nearing a one-day high of 7,848 reported in December, when a devastating delta-driven spread spiked hospitalisations and deaths.

Omicron has now replaced delta as South Korea's most dominant variant after accounting for more than 50% of the infections reported last week, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

Some experts say the country could be seeing daily jumps of over 10,000 later this week. Transmissions could further accelerate over the Lunar New Year's holiday break from this weekend through Tuesday, a period when millions of people usually travel around the country to meet relatives.

Starting Wednesday, the quarantine for people who test positive after being fully vaccinated will be reduced from the current 10 days to seven days, KDCA Commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong said during a briefing.

Fully vaccinated people who come in close contact with virus carriers will no longer be placed under quarantine, but they will be required to report their daily health conditions to officials before receiving a test within six or seven days.

Officials say the easing of quarantine restrictions is inevitable as they try to prevent an explosion in omicron cases from causing major disruption at workplaces and public services by putting huge numbers of people under quarantine. (AP)

14:16 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Return to school in Australia threatened

Australia recorded another surge of COVID-19 deaths on

Monday and authorities warned numbers could rise further when

schools return from end-of-year holidays next week.Students in NSW and Victoria will have to wear masks and

receive regular rapid antigen tests when they return to

in-person classes next week. Queensland, however, postponed the

return to school to Feb. 7 to avoid a spike in transmission. (Reuters)

14:01 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar tests Covid positive

13:49 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: One surrendered Hong Kong hamster tests COVID positive

Hong Kong authorities said one hamster surrendered to authorities by pet owners had tested positive for COVID-19 and that over 2,200 hamsters had been culled as the city struggled to contain an outbreak. While a handful of hamsters had already tested positive for the virus, this latest case is the first involving a hamster in the care of a pet-owner that had tested positive.

Meanwhile, officials have warned COVID-19 infections could be growing exponentially in the congested residential area of Kwai Chung on the Kowloon peninsula, as a second building in the district with 2,000 residents was locked down on Saturday for five days. (Reuters)

13:28 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: We have enough stock of Covid-related and non-Covid medicines, says Kerala Health Minister Veena George

We have enough stock of Covid-related and non-Covid medicines. We also have adequate staff in hospitals. Only 43 % of ICU beds (Covid & non-Covid) are occupied. There is no need to worry: Kerala Health Minister Veena George (ANI)

13:20 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Pfizer CEO sees annual vaccine rather than frequent boosters

Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla said an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Once a year – it is easier to convince people to do it. It is easier for people to remember,” Bourla said in an interview with Israel's N12 News. Bourla has said Pfizer could be ready to file for approval for a redesigned vaccine to fight Omicron, and mass produce it, as soon as March. (Reuters)

13:07 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Israel says fourth shot raises resistance to serious illness for over-60s

A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine given to people over 60 in Israel made them three times more resistant to serious illness than thrice-vaccinated people in the same age group, Israel's Health Ministry said. The ministry also said the fourth dose, or second booster, made people over 60 twice as resistant to infection than those in the age group who received three shots of the vaccine. As elsewhere, Israel has seen COVID-19 cases spiral due to Omicron. But it has logged no deaths from the variant. (Reuters)

12:57 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Weekend curfew lifted, will decide on further relaxations in COVID19 norms, says Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

We've lifted the weekend curfew. After analysing the situation, we will decide on further relaxations in COVID19 norms, if needed: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai (ANI)

12:49 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Beijing 2022 eases COVID-19 measures for Games-related personnel

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics has adjusted its COVID-19 countermeasures, a statement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Monday.The changes include the threshold for being classed as positive for COVID-19 being eased and the time period for which a person is deemed a close contact being reduced from 14 to 7 days. The changes have come into effect immediately and apply retrospectively, the statement said. (Reuters)

12:21 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha logs 7,291 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

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.

Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik said in a tweet on Monday that he had tested positive. Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik had also said late on Sunday that he was hospitalised after contracting the virus.

Odisha now has 81,765 active cases, and 11,21,608 patients have so far recovered from the disease, the bulletin said.

The positivity rate stood at 11.77 per cent after 61,969 samples were tested in the past 24 hours.

Khurda district, where state capital Bhubaneswar is situated, reported nearly a quarter of the new cases with 1,705 infections, followed by 646 in Sundargarh and 561 in Cuttack, it said. (PTI)

12:05 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 95% coverage of 1st dose has been done and around 80% for 2nd dose, says Rajasthan Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena

Vaccination is going on a good scale. 95% coverage of 1st dose has been done and around 80% for 2nd dose. Some districts have also achieved 100% vaccination coverage. COVID is at peak but due to vaccination, there are less casualties: Rajasthan Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena (ANI)

11:42 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 2,234 new COVID-19 cases in Thane district, 5 deaths

With the addition of 2,234 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 6,92,835, an official said on Monday.

These new cases were reported on Sunday, he said.

Five more people also succumbed to the viral infection, raising the death toll in the district to 11,713, he said, adding that the COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane was 1.69 per cent.

In neighbouring Palghar district, the COVID-19 case count has gone up to 1,60,260, while the death toll stands at 3,358, another official said. (PTI)

11:20 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 21,900 families who lost member to Covid given Rs 50,000 ex-gratia, says Delhi govt

A total of 21,914 families who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 in Delhi have received a one-time ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 from the Delhi Disaster Response Fund (DDRF), officials said on Sunday.

This amount is in addition to the financial aid of Rs 50,000 being provided by the city government under the 'Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana'.

“A total of 25,586 people have died due to Covid in Delhi so far. Families of 21,914 of them have received one time ex-gratia of Rs 50,000. The remaining applications are being processed,” a government official said.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Saturday released an additional amount of Rs 100 crore to 11 districts for the payment of ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to kin of people who have died of Covid in Delhi, officials said.

The fresh fund of Rs 100 crore is over and above Rs 100 crore released to the districts earlier this month.

Under the 'Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana' notified in June last year, the Social Welfare Department of the Delhi government is also providing a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 to households that have lost their sole breadwinner and to children orphaned due to the pandemic. (PTI)

11:02 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Russia sets another daily virus record amid omicron surge

New coronavirus infections in Russia reached an all-time high on Sunday, the third consecutive daily record as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads through the country. The national coronavirus task force reported 63,205 new infections tallied in 24 hours — a spike of more than 25% since the record set on Friday. The task force reported 679 deaths, similar to other daily death counts in the past week. | Read More

10:45 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Unvaccinated people, children below 15 yrs not allowed at R-Day parade

People attending the Republic Day parade must be fully vaccinated against Covid and children below 15 years of age will not be allowed to attend the function, a set of guidelines issued by the Delhi Police stated.

Police also said that people will have to adhere to all Covid-protocols, such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing, at the programme on Rajpath on January 26.

“It is necessary to have both doses of anti-coronavirus vaccine. Visitors are requested to bring their vaccination certificate,” the Delhi Police tweeted.

It said that children below 15 years of age are not allowed in the function. | Read More

10:35 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Active COVID-19 cases in country rise to 22,49,335

Active COVID-19 cases in country rise to 22,49,335:Union Health Ministry (PTI)

10:20 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India’s tally of cases rise to 3,95,43,328, death toll to 4,89,848

Single day rise of 3,06,064 new COVID-19 infections, 439 fatalities push India's tally of cases to 3,95,43,328, death toll to 4,89,848: Govt (PTI)

10:13 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Schools re-open for primary (pre-primary) classes in Mumbai

Maharashtra | Schools re-open for primary (pre-primary) classes in Mumbai; visuals from Sadhana Vidyalaya, Sion

We have sanitized school premises. We're allowing only those students who have written permission from their parents: Swaroop Sawant, School Principal (ANI)

10:06 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Mizoram reported 495 new cases

COVID-19 | Mizoram reported 495 new cases. Active cases 9468 and total deaths 581. (ANI)

10:00 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Thirty more people succumb to COVID-19 in Punjab, 5,664 fresh cases

Thirty more people succumb to COVID-19 in Punjab, toll reaches 16,978, infection tally jumps to 7,13,445 with 5,664 fresh cases; active case count 46,472: Medical bulletin on Sunday (PTI)

09:55 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Checking & barricading underway in Delhi amid COVID-19 night curfew

09:49 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Doctors shouldn’t practice unethical, immoral, unscientific COVID-19 treatment, says Dr Gagandeep Kang

Doctors shouldn't practice unethical, immoral, unscientific COVID-19 treatment, says Dr Gagandeep Kang (ANI)

09:44 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Uttarakhand Govt extends COVID restrictions in the state till January 31

In a letter dated Jan 22, Uttarakhand Govt extends COVID restrictions in the state till January 31. All Anganwadi Centres and educational institutions up to 12th standard to remain closed, online classes to continue. (ANI)

09:39 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Jharkhand reported 1,269 new COVID cases, 8 deaths in the last 24 hrs

Jharkhand reported 1, 269 new COVID cases, 3,423 recoveries, and 8 deaths in the last 24 hrs

Active cases: 19,466 (ANI)

09:34 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India reports 3,06,064 new COVID cases, 439 deaths in the last 24 hours

India reports 3,06,064 new COVID cases (27,469 less than yesterday), 439 deaths, and 2,43,495 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Active case: 22,49,335

Daily positivity rate: 20.75% (ANI)

09:26 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 22,49,335 active cases in India

09:14 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Students’ physical presence not mandatory in schools, says Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray

We've not made students' physical presence mandatory in schools. A few districts, are opening schools, a few districts are not. Parents may send their wards with permission. We request everyone to follow COVID19-appropriate behaviour: Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray (ANI)

09:09 (IST) 24 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Schools reopen for classes 1-12th in Mumbai

Coronavirus India Live News: Covid-19 Omicron Cases in India Live Count, Coronavirus Lockdown, Night Curfew Guidelines and Restrictions Live Updates

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