Omicron Variant Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine Registration Update: India saw a single-day rise of 1,79,723 coronavirus infections taking the total tally to 3,57,07,727, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Monday.
The number of active cases has increased to 7,23,619, the highest in around 204 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,83,936 with 146 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
India has begun administering the precaution dose of Covid vaccine to healthcare and frontline workers and comorbid people aged 60 and above from today.
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India Omicron Cases
India has logged 4,033 cases of Omicron so far. Of the total 4,033 cases of Omicron variant, 1,552 have recovered or migrated.
Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,216 Omicron cases, followed by Rajasthan 529, Delhi 513, Karnataka 441, Kerala 333 and Gujarat 236.
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Uttar Pradesh reported 8,334 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the tally to 17,45,861, while four more deaths pushed the toll to 22,932, an official statement said. One death each was reported from Meerut, Allahabad, Bulandshahr and Sonbhadra, it said. In the past 24 hours, 335 more COVID-19 patients recovered from the disease, taking the total number of the recoveries to 16,88,983, the statement said. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state is 33,946, it said. (PTI)
Delhi logged 17 more deaths due to Covid and around 19,000 infections on Monday, with one in every four persons undergoing testing turning out to be positive, as authorities announced new curbs but decided against imposing a full lockdown. The Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which formulates Covid management policies for the capital, however, suspended the dine-in facility at restaurants and closed bars in view of the rising cases in the city. According to government data, 70 Covid patients have died in the capital in the first 10 days of January. It reported 17 fatalities each on Sunday and Monday. It recorded 54 fatalities in the last five months — nine in December, seven in November, four in October, five in September and 29 in August. In July, the virus had claimed 76 lives in the capital. Government data showed that of the 46 patients who died between January 5 and January 9, as many as 34 had comorbidities such as cancer and heart and liver diseases, while 25 were aged above 60. Only 11 of the 46 were vaccinated against the coronavirus. The positivity rate of 25 percent reported on Monday is the highest since May 4 last year. The number of new infections (19,166) was low as compared to Sunday as only 76,670 tests (comparatively lower number) were conducted the previous day. After a DDMA meeting to discuss ways to strictly enforce existing restrictions, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said, “In view of the increase in positive cases, it was decided to close restaurants and bars and to allow 'takeaway' facility only.” Currently, restaurants and bars are allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their seating capacity. “It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone,” Baijal tweeted. Officers were also advised to strictly ensure people wear masks and adhere to social distancing norms in markets and public areas to break the chain of transmission. The authority discussed that restrictions imposed in Delhi should be extended in the National Capital Territory Region in view of the unhindered flow of people between the NCR cities. It was also discussed if the seating capacity in Metro trains and city buses can be reduced from 100 percent at present to 50 percent, officials said. (PTI)
Chile is implementing a fourth vaccination dose for some citizens as the number of daily coronavirus infections rises. President Sebastián Piñera was present on Monday when two adults with immunosuppression problems received a fourth vaccination for COVID-19 at a Santiago hospital. Chile is applying a fourth dose early because the current daily infection rate of 4,000 coronavirus cases could rise to 10,000 or more, Piñera said. Vaccination with a fourth dose for the immuno-suppressed will end on Feb. 7. Then the programme will turn to people over 55 years old who had a third dose at least six months ago. Chile, which has 19 million people, had planned to start with the fourth dose in February. The sharp increase in infections in neighbouring Argentina, Bolivia and Peru contributed to its decision to advance the process. Israel approved a fourth vaccine dose for people most vulnerable to COVID-19, an official said on Dec. 30, becoming one of the first countries to do so as it braced for a wave of infections fuelled by the omicron variant. (AP)
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday said the state government has not yet decided to impose lockdown but if the spread of coronavirus goes beyond a certain point then it may be forced to take a call. That is why the government is taking all precautionary measures and requesting people to be careful, the chief minister told reporters here after a meeting. “No decision yet and in all likelihood, we are not going ahead with imposing lockdown as we want to ensure that livelihood of people is not affected,” Sangma said. Pointing out that the government's focus will be on hospitalisation rate and the people who are in the ICU and those who require beds, the chief minister said “As of now, things are very much under control and enough beds are available”. Given the outbreak of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Sangma said, the hospitalisation rate in the current wave is not as high compared to what it was in the last wave. Asserting that the government is keeping a close watch on the situation, the chief minister urged people to focus on two aspects. “One is vaccination, one must get vaccinated and number two is to follow protocols in terms of wearing masks and maintaining social distance as this is a very critical time. “This is the time when the virus is spreading and the only way to ensure it does not affect you or your family is to follow the protocols and get vaccinated,” Sangma said. On the rollout of the booster dose, the chief minister said a lot of people have come forward to get the precautionary dose. “Our vaccination percentage in terms of the drive that has been going on has also crossed 70 per cent. We are going aggressively in terms of our inoculation drive and are hopeful that we should be able to cover more and more population,” Sangma said. The north-eastern state on Monday recorded two more COVID-19 related deaths and 70 fresh infections pushing the death toll to 1,487 and the tally to 85,304, a health official said. Health Services director Dr Aman War said that the fresh infections have increased the number of active coronavirus cases to 448. As many as 83,369 people have recovered from the disease, including 14 in the last 24 hours. (PTI)
The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has started which will peak by January-end, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said here on Monday. He also said that the 14-day quarantine period has been halved to seven days. Tope's remarks come on a day Maharashtra reported 33,470 new COVID-19 cases and eight fatalities. He appealed to the people to strictly follow the COVID-appropriate behaviour. “The third wave of the pandemic has started. It is expected to peak by January-end,” Tope told reporters. He expressed concerns over many political leaders not adhering to the pandemic protocols despite the rise in cases in Maharashtra. The health minister also appealed to political parties not to organise meetings and programmes. Quoting an Urdu proverb, 'Jaan hai to Jahaan hai', Tope said that everyone needed to be safe and follow the norms. “Due to the spike in cases, the closure of schools is necessary to protect children from coronavirus. People should support the restrictions announced by the government,” he added. Tope said that he had spoken with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya during a virtual meeting about the pandemic situation on Monday. In this meeting, utilisation of funds under the ECRP 2 (Emergency COVID Response Plans) for preparedness and prevention of the pandemic was discussed, he said. “Repairing the defunct oxygen plants and expediting administration of a booster dose, vaccination of the children between 15-18 years was also discussed,” Tope added. He said that only four per cent of the total 17,000 oxygenated beds in Maharashtra remain occupied as of now. (PTI)
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Monday suspended dine-in facility at restaurants and closed bars in view of the rising Covid cases in the city, but decided against imposing a full lockdown yet. A DDMA meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, also discussed ways to strictly enforce existing restrictions to check the rising cases of the coronavirus and its Omicron variant. “In view of the increase in positive cases it was decided to close the restaurants and bars and to allow 'take away' facility only. It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone,” Baijal said in a tweet. Officers were also advised to strictly ensure people wear masks and adhere to social distancing norms in markets and public areas to break the chain of transmission, he said in another tweet. It was also discussed in the DDMA meeting that restrictions imposed in Delhi should be extended in National Capital Territory Region also in view of the unhindered flow of people. Currently, the dine-in facility in restaurants was allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their seating capacity. The bars were also permitted to open with 50 percent seating capacity. The meeting also discussed scaling down full seating capacity in Metro trains and city buses from current to 50 percent, officials said. Kejriwal had on Sunday said the rapid speed at which the coronavirus was spreading in Delhi had been a matter of “deep concern”, yet added there was no plan to impose lockdown. There would be no lockdown if people wear masks, he had stated. (PTI)
At least nine senior officers, including an Additional DGP and one DIG ranked officials, of Assam Police have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two days. On condition of anonymity, a senior Assam Police official told PTI on Monday that some of his colleagues are admitted in hospital, while others are in home isolation. “All of them are doing fine and there is nothing to worry about,” he said. These officers attended the two-day conference of superintendents of police on January 3-4 in Duliajan, chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Dignitaries like state DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Intelligence Bureau Director Arvind Kumar were also present among others. “We cannot confirm that the infection spread from the conference as almost a week has passed since then and they have tested positive in the last one or two days,” the senior official said. (PTI)
Multiple time world snooker and billiards champion Pankaj Advani has tested positive for COVID-19. The ace cueist confirmed it to PTI on Monday. “I was following all the COVID restrictions but still got infected. We all have to be extra careful in this third wave of COVID. I have taken medicines and I think it'll take a week for me to recover and get back to my normal routine,” Advani said. (PTI)
Nagaland on Monday reported 32 fresh COVID-19 cases, 26 more than the previous day, pushing the tally to 32,302, a health department official said. The state's coronavirus death toll remained at 703 as no fresh fatality was registered for the fourth consecutive day. The north-eastern state now has 104 active COVID-19 cases, while 30,412 patients have recovered from the infection so far. The coronavirus recovery rate now is 94.15 per cent, the official said. Altogether 1,083 coronavirus patients have migrated to other states to date. As many as 1,544 beneficiaries in the age group of 15-18 years were inoculated in the state till Sunday. A total of 13,42,748 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 7,61,835 people in the state thus far, the health official said. (PTI)
People with higher levels of T cells from common cold coronaviruses are less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the strain which causes COVID-19, according to a new UK study led by Indian-origin researchers on Monday. The study, published in the journal ‘Nature Communications' and led by Imperial College London researchers, claims to provide the first evidence of a protective role for T cells. While previous studies have shown that T cells induced by other coronaviruses can recognise SARS-CoV-2, the new study examines how the presence of these T cells at the time of SARS-CoV-2 exposure influences infection. The researchers believe their findings provide a blueprint for a second-generation, universal vaccine that could prevent infection from current and future SARS-CoV-2 variants, including Omicron. “Our study provides the clearest evidence to date that T cells induced by common cold coronaviruses play a protective role against SARS-CoV-2 infection. These T cells provide protection by attacking proteins within the virus, rather than the spike protein on its surface,” said senior author Professor Ajit Lalvani, Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Respiratory Infections Health Protection Research Unit at Imperial College London. “The spike protein is under intense immune pressure from vaccine-induced antibody, which drives evolution of vaccine escape mutants. In contrast, the internal proteins targeted by the protective T cells we identified mutate much less. Consequently, they are highly conserved between the various SARS-CoV-2 variants, including Omicron,” he explained. “New vaccines that include these conserved, internal proteins would therefore induce broadly protective T cell responses that should protect against current and future SARS-CoV-2 variants,” he said. The study began in September 2020 when most people in the UK had neither been infected nor vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. It included 52 people who lived with someone with PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and who had therefore been exposed to the virus. The participants did PCR tests at the outset and four and seven days later, to determine if they developed an infection. Blood samples from the 52 participants were taken within one-six days of them being exposed to the virus. This enabled the researchers to analyse the levels of pre-existing T cells induced by previous common cold coronavirus infections that also cross-recognise proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (PTI)
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh shot past the 5,000-mark to touch 5,606 as 984 fresh infections were reported on Monday, a health bulletin said. The weekly COVID-19 positivity rate climbed up from 0.36 per cent to two per cent now, the Medical and Health Department data revealed. The cumulative positivity rate was 6.59 per cent after going through 3.16 crore tests that turned out a sum of 20,82,843 positive cases so far. The active cases rate increased from 0.06 to 0.25 per cent week-on-week, the data showed. The recovery rate fell from 99.25 to 99.07 per cent while the mortality rate remained stable at 0.70 per cent. In the 24 hours ending 9 am on Monday, 152 infected persons got cured, taking the total recoveries to 20,62,732. The total coronavirus death toll in Andhra Pradesh remained at 14,505 as no fresh fatalities were reported in a day. According to the Medical and Health Department data, Visakhapatnam city has the highest number of 1,099 active cases, followed by Vijayawada with 476. Guntur city has 147, Rajamahendravaram 134, Kakinada 109 and Tirupati 101 cases. In the last one week, the state reported an average of 625 new cases per day, with the highest number of 1,257 coming on January 9. Meanwhile, according to the day's bulletin, Chittoor district added the highest number of 244 fresh cases in 24 hours, followed by Visakhapatnam with 151 and East Godavari 117. Of the remaining 10 districts, West Godavari district registered only two new cases while the others added between 15 and 90 each. (PTI)
Sweden will introduce more measures to stem the rising number of COVID cases and an increased pressure on the healthcare system, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday. “The situation has deteriorated, without doubt. The level of infections in Sweden is at a historically high level,” Andersson told a news conference. The new measures include a work from home mandate where possible and a cap on the number of people allowed at public events. Restaurants will have to close at 2300 and guests will have to be seated and in groups no bigger than eight people. Adults are also being asked to limit social contacts indoors. The measures will be evaluated after two weeks, but are expected to be in place for at least four weeks. While COVID infections have soared, hitting a new record last week, the number of people hospitalized as a result remains well below the peaks encountered in previous waves. The number of new deaths has also been comparatively low. More than 1,000 patients are being treated in hospital for COVID and roughly 100 of them are in intensive care units. The strain on healthcare is being exacerbated by spread by other respiratory viruses and staff shortages, the National Board of Health and Welfare said. (Reuters)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tests positive for COVID-19.
Jammu & Kashmir | Booster doses of COVID19 vaccine for frontline workers, healthcare workers and senior citizens over 60 with underlying conditions, at PHC Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar (ANI)