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Covid-19 Omicron Variant Jan 18 Highlights: Gujarat logs highest one-day surge; Karnataka, Kerala show alarming spike in daily cases

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Omicron Variant Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine Registration Jan 18 Highlights: The downward trend continues in fresh Coronavirus infections in the country. India reported 2,38,018 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its overall tally of Coronavirus infections to 3,76,18,271, which includes 8,891 cases of the Omicron variant, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has increased to 17,36,628, the highest in 230 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,86,761 with 310 fresh fatalities, the health ministry said.

After a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, led by Omicron variant, India has started witnessing a fall in fresh Coronavirus infections. The worst-hit Delhi on Monday reported 12,527 fresh cases, more than 6,000 fewer cases than Sunday. Mumbai’s COVID-19 cases dropped below the 6,000-mark; it reported 5,956 new COVID-19 cases, down by 1,939 from a day ago. Maharashtra too recorded a sharp fall in new Covid-19 cases. The state reported 31,111 fresh Coronavirus infections on Monday, 10,216 cases less than the day before. Cases have been falling sharply across the country. The Reserve Bank of India study says Omicron may be a “flash flood than a wave”. However, the decline in daily cases has also been because of fewer tests on Sunday. According to the health bulletin, Delhi conducted only 44,762 tests on Monday, the lowest since November 29 when 43,499 tests were conducted. The positivity rate – or proportion of samples tested that returned positive – increased slightly to 27.99%. So, we cannot draw any conclusion from the recent drop in fresh Corona infections; it’s too early. The worst is not over yet.

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22:40 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: 856 COVID-19 cases detected in Aurangabad; some districts witness nagar panchayat polls

The COVID-19 tally in Aurangabad in Maharashtra reached 1,55,606 on Tuesday after 856 cases were detected, while the day also saw 244 people getting discharged, an official said. The recovery count is 1,47,451, leaving the district with an active tally of 4,493, he said, adding that 701 of the cases detected during the day were from city limits. The tally increased by 451 in nearby Nanded district to take the active caseload to 3,100, an official said. Incidentally, polls to three nagar panchayats took place in Nanded during the day, with Ardhapur witnessing a turnout of 81.65 per cent, while it was 78.44 per cent and 78.18 per cent in Naygaon and Mahur respectively.

22:17 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Unvaccinated but certified: J-K administration launches drive to fix error

Jammu and Kashmir's health department has launched a special drive to identify people who have inadvertently received vaccination certificates without being fully inoculated against COVID-19, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. Authorities have been gathering inputs from such individuals and ensuring that they are fully vaccinated at the earliest, the spokesman said. He said the department has strictly instructed its staff to avoid such mistakes. – PTI

22:16 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Rajasthan reports nine Covid deaths as 9,711 fresh cases surface

Nine people died from coronavirus in Rajasthan on Tuesday as 9,711 fresh cases surfaced, according to a Health Department bulletin. The highest 2,358 cases were reported in Jaipur, 801 in Jodhpur, 677 in Udaipur, 569 in Pali, 568 in Alwar, 563 in Kota, 536 in Bharatpur, 426 in Hanumangarh, 380 in Chittorgarh and 358 in Bikaner. According to the department, there were nine deaths due to the infection, including two each in Jaipur and Jodhpur, one each in Alwar, Ajmer, Bikaner, Dausa and Karauli. – PTI

21:34 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Hong Kong to cull hamsters after COVID-19 found in pet shop

Hong Kong ordered a cull of 2,000 hamsters on Tuesday and warned pet owners not to kiss animals after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was traced to a pet shop.The outbreak of Delta variant cases in humans linked to the shop worker prompted tests on hundreds of animals in the Chinese-ruled territory, with 11 hamsters showing up positive.Hong Kong's pet rodent clampdown echoes the mainland's zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 even as much of the world shifts to living with the disease.Health Secretary Sophia Chan stressed at a news conference that there was no evidence domestic animals can infect humans, but authorities were anyway acting out of caution to ban imports and sales of pet rodents. – Reuters

21:26 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Tripura logs record 1,385 new COVID-19 cases, 4 fresh fatalities

Tripura registered its biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases as 1,385 more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. Four more patients have succumbed to the infection, taking the state's toll in the last four days to 12. West district registered the highest number of new cases at 610, followed by 145 in Unakoti, it said. The positivity rate stood at 14.86 per cent as 9,321 samples were tested, it added. A total of 492 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. “We are sorry to note that COVID appropriate behaviour protocol is often ignored in public places. If people don't respect the guidelines, the situation will turn worse by next month,” COVID surveillance officer Deep Debbarma told reporters. – PTI

21:25 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Gujarat logs highest one-day surge of 17,119 COVID-19 cases; 10 die, active tally at 79,600

Gujarat on Tuesday recorded 17,119 new coronavirus infections, its highest single-day tally so far, which took the caseload to 9,56,112, while 10 patients succumbed to the infection, the health department said. The state's previous one-day high was 14,605 cases, recorded on April 30 last year, before dropping to a single-digit (eight) on September 19. The number of COVID-19 cases surged to 17,119 from 12,753 on Monday, a rise of 4,366. Also, 7,883 patients were discharged during the day, which pushed the number of recovered cases to 8,66,338, as per a health department release. – PTI

20:43 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Delhi records 11,684 fresh cases, 38 more fatalities

Delhi logged 11,684 fresh COVID-19 cases and 38 more deaths due to the viral disease on Tuesday, while the positivity rate declined to 22.47 per cent, according to a bulletin issued by the city health department. The national capital had reported 12,527 fresh Covid cases and 24 deaths due to the disease on Monday, while the positivity rate stood at 27.99 per cent. A total of 52,002 tests were conducted to detect the infection on Monday, higher than the 44,762 tests carried out on Sunday. A total of 2,730 patients are admitted to hospitals, including 139 on ventilator. The case tally has climbed to 17,34,181 in Delhi while the death toll due to Covid has gone up to 25,425. The number of active cases in the city stands at 78,112, including 63,432 patients in home isolation. PTI

20:37 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Kerala reports 28,481 new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 infections in Kerala on Tuesday witnessed a steep rise as the state reported 28,481 new positive cases taking the infection count to 54,07,312. Kerala had reported 22,946 cases on Monday. State Health Minister Veena George said the state had tested 80,740 samples in the last 24 hours and there are over 1.42 lakh active COVID-19 cases in the state. On Tuesday, Kerala reported 122 deaths taking the toll in the state to 51,026. Among today's fatalities, 39 were recorded over the last few days and 83 designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court. – PTI

20:18 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Telangana logs 2,983 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Telangana recorded 2,983 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the tally to 7,14,639 while the death toll rose to 4,062 with two more fatalities. Telangana had recorded 2,447 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded the highest number of fresh cases with 1,206, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (259) and Ranga Reddy (227) district, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today. As many as 2,706 people recovered from the infection on Tuesday. The cumulative number of recoveries till date was 6,88,105. The number of active cases stood at 22,472, the bulletin said. A total of 1,07,904 samples were tested today and the total number examined till date was 3,08,17,562. PTI

20:18 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: J-K sees 3 deaths, 4,651 fresh COVID-19 cases

In the highest single-day spike so far this month, Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 4,651 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of infections to 3,66,851 while three deaths were reported in 24 hours, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 1,546 were from Jammu division and 3,105 from Kashmir, the officials said. They said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 957 cases followed by 919 cases in Jammu district. There are 21,677 active cases in the union territory, while the number of recoveries so far was 3,40,599, the officials said. With three fresh deaths, the death toll in the union territory went up to 4,575, they said. Meanwhile, the officials said, there were 51 confirmed cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus) in the union territory. However, no such fresh case was reported since Monday evening. PTI

20:18 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Vaccines must be central strategy to fight COVID-19 pandemic: WHO official

Amid concerns about COVID-19 vaccines not reaching all parts of the world, especially to poor countries, a top WHO official on Tuesday said vaccination must be central to any strategy to fight the pandemic and equitable distribution is a must. While some of the developed nations are talking about the fourth dose of the vaccine, a large number of people in Africa and some other regions are yet to get their first one. Speaking at a panel discussion on 'Meeting the challenges of vaccine equity' at the World Economic Forum's online Davos Agenda 2022 summit, leaders said the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines is a scientific achievement for the ages. But the failure to ensure universal global distribution risks not only bad health outcomes but also economic upheaval and geopolitical tensions, they opined. – PTI

19:59 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: 41,457 cases in Karnataka; 25,595 from Bengaluru alone

Active cases in Karnataka crossed 2.5 lakh on Tuesday as the State registered yet another spike logging 41,457 new cases of COVID-19, and 20 fatalities, taking the tally to 32,88,700 and the death toll to 38,465. The state, which has been witnessing a steady surge in cases since the last week of December, had recorded 27,156 fresh infections on Monday, while it was 34,047 on Sunday. Of the new cases today, 25,595 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 4,514 people being discharged and 7 deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now 2,50,381. There were 8,353 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,99,825, a health department bulletin said. – PTI

18:18 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Nepal says COVID-19 cases may double as daily infections hit record level

Nepal recorded 10,258 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, government data showed, the highest number reported in a single day as the government projected the tally could double by the end of the month.Total infections topped 972,198 and COVID-19-related deaths stood at 11,624. The previous daily record was 9,483 cases in May last year.Authorities extended an earlier ban on large public gatherings in the hill-ringed Kathmandu valley, home to more than four million people, until Feb. 12 from Jan. 29 to try to control the spread of the virus.Nepal’s daily number of infections is likely to double by the end of January and hospitalisation cases could increase greatly to put further strain on the country's poor health infrastructure, officials said. – Reuters

16:28 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Centre flags decline in Covid testing, asks states to enhance it

Flagging a decline in the number of COVID-19 tests in many states and union territories, the Centre on Monday asked them to enhance testing so that an effective track of the spread of the pandemic can be kept and immediate citizen-centric action can be initiated. In a letter to states and UTs, Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Arti Ahuja advised them to pay attention to this aspect immediately and increase the testing in a strategic manner keeping in view the trend of case positivity in specific areas. She highlighted that Omicron, which has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern, is currently spreading across the country. Referring to the ministry's earlier letters and the Home Ministry advisory of December 27 last year laying out the broad framework of pandemic management in the context of Omicron, Ahuja said testing remains a key and crucial component. (PTI)

16:25 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Union health ministry issues revised clinical guidance for Covid patients; check details

The Union health ministry has advised Covid patients to go for tests for tuberculosis and other conditions if cough persists for more than two-three weeks. The revised 'Clinical Guidance for Management of Adult COVID-19 Patients' issued by AIIMS, ICMR-COVID-19 National Task Force and Joint Monitoring Group (DGHS) under the health ministry on Monday underlined there is no evidence of injectable steroids benefitting Covid patients not requiring oxygen supplementation or in continuation after discharge. Anti-inflammatory or immunomodulatory therapy, such as steroids, can have the risk of secondary infection like invasive mucormycosis, when used too early, at higher dose or for longer than required, they highlighted. If cough persists for more than two-three weeks, one should opt for investigation for tuberculosis and other conditions, the revised guidelines stated. The revised guidelines continue to recommend emergency use authorization (EUA) or off-label use of remdesivir in patients with “moderate to severe” disease and those with no renal or hepatic dysfunction within 10 days of the onset of any symptom. (PTI)

15:45 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Hong Kong to cull 2,000 hamsters as some test COVID-positive

Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will cull some 2,000 hamsters after several of the rodents tested positive for the virus at a pet store where an infected employee was working. Officials said they would also stop the sale and import of the rodents in the city. The move came after the pet shop employee tested positive for the delta variant on Monday. Several of the hamsters tested positive for the coronavirus as well. Even though authorities acknowledged that there is “no evidence” that pets can transmit the coronavirus to humans, as a precautionary measure, customers who had purchased hamsters from the affected store after Jan. 7 will be traced and must be subject to mandatory quarantine. (AP)

15:40 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 49 new COVID-19 cases in Andamans, tally rises to 8,695

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 8,695 on Tuesday as 49 people tested positive for the infection, 16 less than the previous day, a health bulletin said. Thirty-two new patients have travel history, while 17 infections were detected during contact tracing, it said. The Union territory now has 449 active cases, while 8,117 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 66 in the last 24 hours. (PTI)

15:38 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: K’taka govt warns medical professionals of action for spreading misinformation on Covid

The Karnataka government has warned certain medical practitioners of action for allegedly spreading misinformation pertaining to the COVID-19. In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissionerate of Health and Family Services said some medical practitioners were allegedly giving incomplete, inaccurate and unsubstantiated information about COVID-19. “Such misinformation leads to confusion in public at large on the prevailing COVID scenario in the State and encourages them to deviate from well laid out guidelines issued by the health and revenue authorities,” the statement said. (PTI)

15:07 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Romania sees biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases in three months

Romania reported 16,760 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, more than double on the day and the biggest single-day rise since October, as the Omicron coronavirus variant takes hold. Romania is the European Union's second-least vaccinated state, with just under 41% of the population fully inoculated amid distrust of state institutions and poor vaccine education. (Reuters)

14:44 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Stempeutics gets DCGI nod for Phase 3 clinical trial on its product for treating COVID patients

Stempeutics, a group company of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), on Tuesday said it has received DCGI clearance to conduct Phase 3 clinical trial on its product for treating COVID-19 patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The company will be using its stem cell product, Stempeucel, for conducting the label extension Phase 3 clinical trial. The product is already approved for marketing for the treatment of critical limb ischemia by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). (PTI)

14:10 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala reports 63 fresh Omicron cases

63 more Omicron confirmed in Kerala today, taking the case tally to 591. Of 591 cases, 401 persons arrived from 'low-risk' countries, 101 persons from 'high-risk' countries, 70 persons were contacts of patients and 19 reached from other States: Kerala Health Minister's Office (ANI)

14:08 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Abu Dhabi requires booster shots to enter the emirate

Facing a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases fuelled by the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant, Abu Dhabi is requiring people entering the city to show proof of booster shots. The government's health app said earlier this week that people entering the capital of the United Arab Emirates must show a “green pass,” confirming their vaccination status. The app says that visitors are no longer considered fully vaccinated unless they have received a booster at least six months after their second dose. Those wishing to enter Abu Dhabi also must have tested negative for the virus within the last two weeks to maintain their “green” status.(AP)

14:06 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Japan ready to expand COVID restrictions as infections surge

Japan’s government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people. Japan has never had a lockdown during the pandemic but has focused instead on asking restaurants and bars to close early. Crowds are back in many parts of Japan, with people packing stores and events, while COVID-19 cases jump. The order will be finalised this week and is likely to take effect Friday for Tokyo and nine other regions, including Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi and Kumamoto, the government spokesman said Tuesday. An order was issued earlier this month for Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures. Other areas seeing surging infections, such as Osaka, may be added later. (AP)

13:57 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 50 lakh health care & frontline workers, citizens aged above 60 years have received precaution dose so far, says Mandaviya

Over 50 lakh healthcare & frontline workers & citizens aged 60 years or above have received Precaution Dose, since 10th January. I request all those who are eligible to get their Precaution Dose at the earliest: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya (ANI)

13:54 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Puducherry reports 2,093 new cases, 3 deaths

COVID19 | Puducherry reports 2,093 new cases & 3 deaths today; Active cases rise to 10,393. Test positivity at 34.72% (ANI)

13:53 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sanctioned Rs 50,000 compensation to each of 68,370 claims for COVID-19 deaths – Gujarat govt tells SC

The Gujarat government has told the Supreme Court that it had so far sanctioned the compensation of Rs 50,000 each to 68,370 claims filed by the kin of patients who died due to coronavirus infection in the state. This information about processing such claims was given in the affidavit filed by the state government in the apex court on January 14, an official said on Tuesday. As per the state health department, the death toll due to COVID-19 in Gujarat stood at 10,164 as of Monday (January 17). (PTI)

13:45 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Due to Covid-19, number of visitors to be substantially curtailed this year on on Republic Day

Due to COVID19 restrictions, the number of visitors to be substantially curtailed this year. We are looking at a range of 5000 to 8000 people but we have not yet finalised that. Last year, 25,000 visitors had taken part in it: Senior Defence Ministry officials on Republic Day (ANI)

13:37 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Israel sticks with 4th vaccine shot, sees Omicron waning in a week

Israel will continue to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot despite preliminary findings that it is not enough to prevent Omicron infections, a senior health official said on Tuesday, predicting contagions stoked by the variant will wane in a week. The fastest country to roll out vaccinations a year ago, Israel last month started offering a fourth shot – also known as a second booster – to its most vulnerable and high-risk groups. A preliminary study published by an Israeli hospital on Monday found that the fourth shot increases antibodies to even higher levels than the third but “probably” not enough to fend off the highly transmissible Omicron. Health Ministry director-general Nachman Ash described those findings as “unsurprising, to a degree” as Omicron infections had been logged in some people after they received fourth doses. (Reuters)

13:32 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: There will be no foreign chief guest from Central Asian countries on Republic Day this year due to Covid-19

There will be no foreign chief guest from Central Asian countries on Republic Day this year due to COVID19. The government had sent invitations to the Heads of State of five Central Asian countries but the plans have now been cancelled: Sources (ANI)

13:26 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India should adopt risk-based approach not blanket bans to contain Covid, says WHO India head Roderico H Ofrin

Blanket approaches such as complete restriction on the movement of people and travel bans can be counterproductive in containing Covid in a country like India, says WHO's India representative Roderico H Ofrin while advocating target, risk-based strategies to counter the pandemic. Stressing on the need to protect both lives and livelihoods, he said public health action in India and across the world must be continually guided by evidence from four key questions — how transmissible is the variant, severity of the disease it causes, how well vaccines and prior SARS-CoV-2 infection protect and how common people perceive risk and follow control measures. “WHO does not recommend a blanket travel ban, nor complete restriction of people's movement. In many ways, such blanket approaches can be counterproductive. India with its diversity in population distribution and geographic spread, the risk-based approach remains the wiser public health practice to counter a pandemic,” Ofrin told PTI in an email interview. (PTI)

12:38 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam tests positive for Covid

Delhi's Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Tuesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in home isolation. He requested people who came in contact with him to get themselves tested. “I have been in home isolation due to mild fever and cough for the last four days. I underwent a Covid test on Monday, and the report came out positive,” he tweeted, adding he is feeling better now. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had tested positive for the viral disease on January 4. Kejriwal, who had mild symptoms, recovered from the infection on January 9. (PTI)

12:35 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Some COVID-19 patients may be infectious even after ten days, says study

One in ten people may still be infectious for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, after the 10 day quarantine period, according to a study. The research, published recently in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, used a newly adapted test which can detect whether the virus was potentially still active. The test was applied to samples from 176 people in Exeter, UK, who had tested positive on standard PCR tests. The team led by researchers at the University of Exeter found that 13 per cent of people still exhibited clinically-relevant levels of virus after 10 days, meaning they could potentially still be infectious. Some people retained these levels for up to 68 days, the researchers found. They believe this new test should be applied in settings where people are vulnerable, to stop the spread of COVID-19. (PTI)

12:29 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: China media say foreign parcels suspected in new infections

Chinese state media report parcels mailed from overseas may have spread the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere. Globally, health experts have stressed the virus mainly spreads through respiratory droplets when infected people breathe, speak, cough and sneeze. However, China has repeatedly emphasised the danger of infection from packaging, despite only trace amounts of the virus being found on such items, and it has boosted testing of frozen food and regular items shipped from overseas. The Communist Party newspaper Global Times cited the Beijing Center for Disease Control and virologists as making the link between the latest infections and packages from abroad. The report Tuesday said investigators found people newly infected had picked up packages mailed from Canada and the US. (AP)

12:25 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Pondy posts big jump in daily coronavirus cases

Puducherry witnessed an increase in the number of daily COVID-19 cases during the last twenty-four hours ending 10 a.m. on Tuesday as 2,093 fresh infections were added to its tally, which reached 1,40,710. The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 6,028 samples. Puducherry region alone accounted for 1,715 new cases out of the 2093 reported today while Karaikal had 279 cases, Mahe 45 and Yanam 54. Three more people, including a 32 year old woman, succumbed to the infection in the last twenty four hours raising the overall toll to 1893. (PTI)

12:21 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Arunachal logs 404 new COVID-19 cases, tally climbs to 57,037

Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday reported the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases so far this month, as 404 more people tested positive for the virus, raising the tally to 57,037, a senior health department official said. The death toll remained at 282 as no fresh fatality was reported in the past 24 hours, he said. The new cases include five personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) jawans as well as seven inmates of Jullang Jail near here, State Surveillance Officer Lobsang Jampa said. Arunachal Pradesh now has 1,476 active cases, while 55,279 patients have recovered from the disease thus far. (PTI)

12:18 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Czech Republic sees biggest daily jump in COVID cases since Dec 1

The Czech Republic reported on Tuesday more than 20,000 new cases of COVID-19, the biggest single-day rise since Dec. 1, the Health Ministry said. The central European country of 10.7 million is bracing for a new wave of the pandemic as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus begins pushing up cases. The government has shortened quarantine and isolation times as part of new measures while also launching mandatory testing of employees at companies, which got underway this week. On Monday, the Health Ministry recorded 20,270 new coronavirus infections, up from 7,342 a week earlier. (Reuters)

11:09 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Records show Bihar doctor took 5 Covid vaccine shots, probe ordered

The Bihar government has ordered an investigation after records showed that a Patna-based civil surgeon was administered five shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. The civil surgeon, Dr Vibha Kumari Singh, however, said she had taken the jab thrice as per rules. Singh also claimed that someone else managed to get vaccine shots using her PAN card details, and called for a probe. According to the CoWIN portal, she received the first dose on January 28, 2021 and was fully vaccinated by March last year. Government records showed Singh was also jabbed on February 6, 2021 using her PAN card information, and for the fourth time on June 17 that year. She then took a precautionary dose on January 13, 2022. (PTI)

11:08 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Japan ready to expand COVID restrictions as infections surge

Japan's government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people. Japan has never had a lockdown during the pandemic but has focused instead on asking restaurants and bars to close early. Crowds are back in many parts of Japan, with people packing stores and events, while COVID-19 cases jump. The order will be finalised this week and is likely to take effect Friday for Tokyo and nine other regions, including Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi and Kumamoto, the government spokesman said Tuesday. An order was issued earlier this month for Okinawa, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures. Other areas seeing surging infections, such as Osaka, may be added later. (PTI)

10:54 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 11,086 Covid cases in Odisha, positivity 15.62%

Odisha reported 11,086 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 597 more than the previous day, while four more patients died, the Health Department said. The daily test positivity rate rose to 15.62 per cent from 14.96 as 70,990 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, a bulletin stated. Khurda district, where Bhubaneswar is located, reported nearly one-third of the new cases at 3,469, followed by 1,416 cases in Sundargarh and 766 in Cuttack, it said. (PTI)

10:07 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: COVID-19 caseload in Ladakh rises to 23,536

Ladakh reported 152 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall caseload in the Union Territory to 23,536 and active cases to 844, officials said on Tuesday. The highest 132 positive samples were received from Leh district while 20 cases surfaced in Kargil district, the officials said. According to the officials, the COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 222 with 164 fatalities in Leh and 58 in Kargil. (PTI)

10:05 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Japan’s Osaka to set new daily record with 6,000 COVID-19 cases -Kyodo

Japan's western prefecture of Osaka will record about 6,000 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the Kyodo news agency said, far surpassing the previous all-time high of 3,760 set on the weekend. The numbers of new cases in the capital, Tokyo, are also nearing records, in a resurgence driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant that has pushed Japan's new cases to the vicinity of records, with more than 25,000 in recent days. The governors of Tokyo and surrounding prefectures agreed this week to ask the central government for infection-fighting measures, such as shorter opening hours for bars and restaurants. Ten prefectures have made such requests, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters on Tuesday. (Reuters)

09:53 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Beijing Olympics tickets will not be publicly sold due to COVID-19

Tickets for the Winter Olympics set to begin on Feb. 4 will be distributed to “targeted” groups of people and will not be sold to the general public, the organising committee said on Monday, in the latest setback to the Games inflicted by COVID-19. (Reuters)

09:46 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Australia has record COVID-19 deaths, hospitals under stress

Australia reported a record high of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, and its second-largest state declared an emergency in hospitals to cope with surging patient admissions and a staffing shortage due to the coronavirus. The 74 deaths occurred in its three most populous states. New South Wales reported 36, Victoria reported 22 and Queensland 16. The previous daily record was 59 coronavirus-related deaths on Sept. 4, 2020. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said there were signs that New South Wales' infection rate was peaking and Victoria was near a plateau. (AP)

09:38 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: China’s Tianjin reports fewer COVID-19 cases as its outbreak shows sign of easing

The Chinese municipality of Tianjin reported fewer COVID-19 cases on Tuesday as its outbreak showed early signs of easing, while the daily case count in the city of Anyang hit a record. Tianjin, a key port in the northern China, reported 18 domestically transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms for Monday, the National Health Commission (NHC) data showed on Tuesday. That marks the lowest daily number in a week. NHC official He Qinghua said on Saturday the risk of the Tianjin outbreak spreading to other areas was gradually declining, as new cases in the past three days were mainly in people who had been quarantined. Assembly plants for Volkswagen and Toyota in Tianjin remained closed due to the outbreak. The component factory of Volkswagen in the city has resumed some of the shifts since Thursday last week, according to a statement from Volkswagen Group China on Tuesday. Tianjin reported over 300 local symptomatic cases from the current cluster, which has also spread Omicron infections to two other cities. Tianjin's caseload remains smaller than many outbreaks overseas, but it has made it harder for locals to leave town, sealed up higher risk communities and launched multiple rounds of testing among its 14 million residents, under China's guideline to quickly curb any flare-up as soon as possible. (Reuters)

09:32 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India’s cumulative COVID19 vaccination coverage exceeds 158.04 crore

India’s cumulative COVID19 vaccination coverage exceeds 158.04 crores, as nearly 80 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry (ANI)

09:22 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India reports 2,38,018 new Covid-19 cases, 310 deaths

India reports 2,38,018 COVID cases (20,071 less than yesterday), 310 deaths, and 1,57,421 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

Active case: 17,36,628Daily positivity rate: 14.43%

8,891 total Omicron cases detected so far; an increase of 8.31% since yesterday (ANI)

09:20 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: No decision yet by health ministry on vaccination for children of age group 12-14 years – Official sources

COVID19 | No decision yet by the union health ministry on vaccination for children of age group 12-14 years: Official sources (ANI)

09:13 (IST) 18 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 4th vaccine shows limited results with omicron – Israel study

An Israeli hospital on Monday said preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defence against the omicron variant that is raging around the world. Sheba Hospital last month began administering a fourth vaccine to more than 270 medical workers, 154 who received a Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and 120 others who received Moderna's. All had previously been vaccinated three times with the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. The clinical trial found that both groups showed increases in antibodies “slightly higher” than following the third vaccine last year. But it said the increased antibodies did not prevent the spread of omicron. “Despite increased antibody levels, the fourth vaccine only offers a partial defense against the virus,” said Dr Gili Regev-Yochay, director of the hospital's infection disease unit. (AP)

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