Covid-19 Omicron Variant Dec 31st Highlights: Delhi sees 1,796 new Covid cases, highest since May 22

Coronavirus Omicron Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Shot Vaccine Registration Latest Update, Coronavirus Third Wave in India December 31st highlights: At 8,067, Maharashtra records 50% increase in daily cases today

It has also asked states to procure and ensure supplies of testing reagents and kits for RT-PCR and rapid antigen testing to avoid shortages in case of a sudden increase in cases.
It has also asked states to procure and ensure supplies of testing reagents and kits for RT-PCR and rapid antigen testing to avoid shortages in case of a sudden increase in cases.

Omicron Variant Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine Registration Dec 31s Highlights: With the new Omicron variant spreading at a rapid speed and record number of new Covid-19 cases being logged everyday, many states have imposed fresh curbs as a precautionary measure. The restrictions have definitely dampened the New Year festive spirit in many people, but it is needless to say that the curbs imposed are absolutely necessary, and without a doubt, the need of the hour.

The Centre and the state governments have already urged the people to be cautious and follow all Coronavirus related guidelines. Most states such as Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, have reinforced several Covid-19 restrictions, including night curfews and ban on mass gatherings among various other rules. According to the data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Friday morning, India recorded 309 fresh Omicron infections, taking the total tally of such cases in the country to 1,270. As per the official data, 1,270 cases have been detected across 23 states and UTs so far, and 374 people have recovered or migrated. Maharashtra recording the maximum number of 450 cases followed by Delhi at 320, Kerala 109 and Gujarat 97, news agency PTI reported. India on Friday morning recorded the highest single day rise of 16,764 new infections, while the death toll increased to 4,81,080 with 220 daily fatalities, as per the official data

On Thursday too, India had reported a steep hike in the fresh Covid-19 cases with 13,154 new infections. According to the Health Ministry data as on Thursday, the country reported 180 fresh Omicron cases which is the highest single day rise of such infections, taking the total Omicron tally to 961.

The Centre on Thursday said that India’s R naught value, which indicates spread of COVID-19, is 1.22, warning that the cases are increasing and not shrinking. The Centre further highlighted that some states like Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat were emerging as the states and Union Territories of concern, on the basis of increasing weekly infections and positivity rate, news agency PTI reported.

Watch this space for the latest updates on lockdowns and restrictions related to Omicron surge in India and around the globe:

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10:06 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Delhi sees 1,796 new Covid cases, highest since May 22; positivity rate jumps to 2.44%

Delhi on Friday recorded 1,796 fresh Covid cases, the highest single-day rise since May 22, and zero death while the positivity rate mounted to 2.44 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. On Thursday, 1,313 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 1.73 per cent, according to official figures. The daily cases count had breached the 1000-mark after a gap of seven months. The daily cases count surged to 1,796 on Friday with an increased positivity rate of 2.44 per cent, as per the latest health bulletin. This single-day rise is the highest since May 22 when 2,260 cases were logged with a positivity rate of 3.58 per cent. As many as 182 deaths were also recorded on that day. – PTI

9:50 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Gujarat sees 654 COVID-19 cases, no death; active tally now 2,962

Gujarat added 654 cases to its COVID-19 tally in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally to 8,31,732, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,118, an official said on Friday. So far, 8,18,652 people have recovered from the infection, including 63 on Friday, leaving the state with an active caseload of 2,962, with 17 patients being on ventilator support, he said. As many as 8.94 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state so far, of which 1.88 lakh were given during the day, a government release informed. Three new COVID-19 cases were recorded in adjoining Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu in the last 24 hours, said an official release. PTI

8:49 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: TN announces fresh curbs to contain covid spread

With Tamil Nadu witnessing a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the state government on Friday imposed a number of restrictions, including putting a cap on attendees of marriage and death-related events and halving the number of customers in different types of commercial establishments. Tamil Nadu reported 1,155 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, up from the 890 a day before. While playschools and kindergarten sections cannot be run, there won't be any direct classes for standards 1-8 till January 10, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced after holding a review meet here to take stock of the coronavirus situation and the spread of its latest variant, Omicron. – PTI

8:24 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Third COVID wave in Bihar has begun: Nitish

A day after Bihar reported its first Omicron case, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that the third wave of COVID-19 has begun in the state and urged people to remain vigilant. He also mooted opening a genome sequencing laboratory in the state. “Bihar has recorded the first Omicron case. Everyone has to be alert. The state is witnessing a sharp rise in cases, with the maximum being registered in Patna and Gaya. A large number of people from other states reside in these two places, and this could be a reason behind the spike in cases in these areas,” he told reporters. “The third COVID wave has begun in the state. We are fully prepared to tackle this wave. The health department has upgraded hospital infrastructure,” Kumar said. – PTI

7:44 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 8,067 fresh COVID cases

Maharashtra reports 8,067 fresh COVID cases (including 4 Omicron cases), 1,766 recoveries, and 8 deaths today

Active cases: 24,509

Total recoveries: 65,09,096 – ANI

7:18 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Delhi HC asks Fortis Hospital to file genome test report of Omicron positive youth

The Delhi High Court on Friday directed Fortis Hospital to place on record the genome sequencing test report of a youth, who tested positive for COVID-19 at the international airport here upon arrival from the UK and was now not being discharged for lack of clarity on the virus variant. A vacation bench of Justice Anu Malhotra issued notice to Fortis Hospital at Vasant Kunj and also asked it to again conduct RT-PCR test on the 18-year-old student and place the report before the roster bench on January 4. The court further asked the hospital to supply copies of both the reports, genome sequencing and RT-PCR, to the petitioner who is mother of the patient, and the central and Delhi governments. – PTI

7:06 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: “Important decisions” in days to come to counter increasing COVID, Omicron cases: Karnataka CM

Amid spike in COVID-19 and Omicron variant cases in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said the government will take certain “important decisions” in the days to come, and put in place necessary health infrastructure to deal with the situation that might arise. “It is increasing across the country, the Centre has identified Karnataka also as one among the eight states. We have already taken certain precautions,” Bommai said in response to a question on the increase in COVID-19 and Omicron cases in the state. Speaking to reporters here, he said looking at cases in the days to come, health infrastructure such as beds, oxygen, medicines, ICU have to be put in place. “In the days to come we will take certain important decisions,” he added. – PTI

6:37 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Omicron has started replacing Delta variant in India, say sources

Omicron has started replacing Delta variant in the country in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases and 80 per cent of international travellers who tested positive have this new variant, official sources said on Friday. However, a third of all the detected cases were mildly symptomatic, and the rest were asymptomatic, they said. A total of 1,270 Omicron cases have been detected across 23 states and UTs so far, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Friday. Noting a considerable decline in Covid testing, the Centre had on Thursday urged 19 states/UTs to ramp up testing “in a big way” to identify the positive cases promptly and restrict the spread of transmission in view of the increased transmissibility of Omicron variant, and the larger preponderance of asymptomatic cases. – PTI

4:20 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kerala records 44 fresh confirmed Omicron cases
Kerala records 44 fresh confirmed cases of #omicron, taking total cases of the coronavirus variant to 107 in the state: Kerala Health Minister Veena George

(File photo) pic.twitter.com/RokfkgIiOf
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
4:02 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Tour of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum for general public will remain closed from Jan 1
#omicron: Tour of Rashtrapati Bhavan & Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum for general public will remain closed from January 1. The Change of Guard ceremony will also not take place till further notice: Rashtrapati Bhavan
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
3:48 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Omicron has started replacing Delta variant in India, ANI quotes official sources
#omicron has started replacing Delta variant of coronavirus in India in terms of number of cases: Official Sources
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
3:33 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra extends restrictions till Jan 15
Maharashtra | Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC extended in Mumbai till Jan 15. Mumbai Police prohibits citizens from visiting beaches, open grounds, sea faces, promenades, gardens, parks, or similar public places, from 5 pm to 5 am. #omicron pic.twitter.com/AbHYEJiFKr
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
3:19 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sikkim’s spirited fight against deadlier COVID-19 second wave silver lining in 2021

Sikkim had to come to terms with a resurgent coronavirus in 2021, as the Himalayan state clocked a disturbing cumulative positivity rate of over 10 per cent, stretching its healthcare apparatus and blowing a hole into its mainstay tourism sector. The administration swung into action, reimposing tough containment and surveillance measures, and augmenting testing and inoculation as the second wave of the pandemic swept through the scenic landscapes. Sikkim recorded a sombre five-fold increase in the positivity rate in the past nine months, while the death toll trebled from 136 at the end of March to 409 till December 30, officials said. The state's Covid tally stood at 32,493. Its back to the wall for the greater part of the year, the Sikkim government decided upon phase-wise easing of the curbs from October, but with strict health protocols in place. Doors were reopened for tourists, too, from the first week of October, aiming at salvaging the state's battered economy to some extent. Travellers lapped up the opportunity, as the border state saw a footfall of more than 22,000 domestic visitors and over 650 foreigners in the month, officials said. In a shot in the arm for the sector, private carrier SpiceJet started daily direct flight services between Delhi and Pakyong Greenfield Airport in Sikkim, and also resumed flights from Kolkata, which were abruptly suspended in June 2019. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions restarted operations and economic activities recommenced in a regulated manner from October. (PTI)

3:01 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Saurav Ganguly discharged after COVID treatment, to remain in home isolation

CCI president and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was on Friday discharged from the hospital after being treated for COVID-19 but will remain in home isolation for the next two weeks. The former skipper will be in home isolation under doctors' supervision and has not been infected with the Omicron variant, hospital authorities said. “We have discharged Ganguly this afternoon. He will have to be in home isolation for the next fortnight under doctors' observation. After that the next course of treatment will be decided,” a hospital official told PTI. The 49-year-old was rushed to the Woodlands Multispeciality hospital on Monday night as a precautionary measure after his RT-PCR test came positive for COVID-19. He received the “Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail therapy” after admission. Ganguly was admitted to hospital twice earlier this year and underwent emergency angioplasty after having some cardiac issues. His elder brother Snehasish Ganguly had also tested positive for COVID-19 early this year. (PTI)

2:48 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Israel extends second COVID-19 booster to elderly in care facilities

Israel is extending its offer of a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to elderly people in care facilities, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said on Friday, citing their high exposure and vulnerability to infections. On Thursday, the Health Ministry's director-general, Nachman Ash, approved fourth doses for people with weakened immune systems and the administering of those shots began on Friday. An Israeli hospital administered fourth shots to a test group of health workers on Monday, in what it called the first major study into whether a second round of boosters will help contend with the Omicron coronavirus variant. Results are expected within two weeks. A Health Ministry expert panel last week recommended that Israel offer a fourth shot of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech to medical workers and those over 60 or with compromised immune systems. (Reuters)

2:31 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 73-year-old man in Udaipur dies a ‘post-Covid death’
Rajasthan| A 73-year-old man who was tested positive for Covid's Omicron strain on Dec 15, died today. Later, he was tested negative two times, so this will not be called a COVID death but a post-Covid death: Dr Dinesh Kharadi, Chief Medical and Health Officer Udaipur Division pic.twitter.com/zK0ES1L9bZ
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
2:16 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: New virus infections driven by omicron soar in Australia

New coronavirus infections soared again in Australia on Friday to a record of more than 32,000, just days after surpassing 10,000 for the first time. Experts say the explosion is being driven by the highly contagious omicron variant and a recent relaxation of restrictions in Sydney and other areas. More than 15,000 of the new cases were reported in Sydney. Another 5,000 cases came from elsewhere in New South Wales state, while almost 6,000 were confirmed in Victoria state, home to the second largest city of Melbourne.

While hospitalisations and deaths have been increasing from the surge, so far they haven't reached comparative levels seen in previous outbreaks. And many cities were planning to go ahead with New Year's Eve celebrations, including the famous fireworks display from the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Authorities were expecting far smaller crowds than in pre-pandemic years, when as many as 1 million revelers would crowd inner Sydney. Prime Minister Scott Morrison remained upbeat despite the rising virus numbers and the many natural challenges the nation has recently faced. “Despite the pandemic, despite the floods, the fires, continuing drought in some areas, the cyclones, the lockdowns, even mice plagues, Australia is stronger today than we were a year ago. And we're safer,” Morrison said in a New Year's Eve message. “We have one of the lowest death rates and the highest vaccination rates from COVID anywhere in the world,” he said. (AP)

2:04 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 63 children among 243 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram

Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,41,400 on Friday as 243 more people, including 63 children, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The northeastern state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 542 as no fresh fatality was reported, he said. Mizoram had registered 41 fewer cases on the previous day. Aizawl district recorded the highest number of 88 fresh cases, followed by Serchhip (73) and Mamit (34). Sixty-three children are among the new patients, the official said. The single-day positivity rate dipped to 9.69 per cent from 9.80 per cent on the previous day, he said. The state now has 1,658 active cases, while 1,39,200 people have been cured of the disease so far. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients stood at 98.44 per cent, while the mortality rate was at 0.38 per cent. Mizoram has thus far tested over 15.2 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 2,517 on Thursday. The administration has inoculated more than 7.30 lakh people to date, of whom 5.89 lakh have been fully vaccinated, State Immunisation Officer Dr Lalzawmi said. (PTI)

1:41 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Omicron variant resistant to antibodies, two vaccine doses: Study

The Omicron variant of coronavirus is largely resistant to antibodies from people who recover from COVID-19 infection, and those vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to a study. The research, published in the journal Cell, also shows that several antibodies used to treat COVID-19 will be ineffective against Omicron. However, a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and mixing Pfizer and AstraZeneca preventives may protect well against the variant. The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 appears to be spreading faster than any previous variant and may soon dominate globally, the researchers said. In the study, they used non-hazardous virus-like particles that carry the Omicron spike protein and are well suited for analysis of virus entry and its inhibition. The spike protein is used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to enter and infect cells. Currently, combinations of the antibodies Casirivimab and Imdevimab, and Etesevimab and Bamlanivimab are used to treat COVID-19. However, the researchers showed that these antibodies are largely ineffective against the Omicron spike. Only one antibody, Sotrovimab, inhibited the Omicron spike, they said. “Our cell culture studies suggest that most antibodies currently available for COVID-19 therapy will be ineffective against Omicron,” said study first author Markus Hoffmann from German Primate Center. “Sotrovimab is an exception and could become an important treatment option for Omicron-infected patients,” Hoffmann said. The researchers further investigated whether patients infected in Germany during the first wave of the pandemic had produced antibodies that protect against the Omicron variant. While the antibodies inhibited the spike of the virus responsible for the first wave, the researchers had little effect against the Omicron spike. They assume that these individuals do not have robust immune protection against the Omicron variant, although an inhibition by T cells, which are also produced during infection, remains to be analysed. (PTI)

1:30 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha reports 228 new COVID cases, two more fatalities

Odisha on Friday reported the highest single-day spike of 228 new COVID-19 cases in the last three weeks, taking the tally to 10,54,834, a health department bulletin said. The state had on December 10 registered 286 such infections. The death toll rose to 8,460 as two more persons succumbed to the disease in Khurda district, it said. Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have died due to comorbidities so far, the bulletin said. Khurda, which comprises Bhubaneswar, reported the highest number of fresh cases at 105, and thirty-two children are among the new patients, it said. The state had on Thursday registered 225 fresh infections. Odisha now has 1,727 active cases, while 151 people were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 10,44,594, the bulletin said. The state conducted 61,277 sample tests for COVID-19 on Thursday, and the daily positivity rate was at 0.37 per cent. Around 2.92 crore people have received the first dose of COVID vaccines, and more than 2.06 crore have been administered the second jab, it added. (PTI)

1:15 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Bihar CM to hold meeting in view of rising no. of Covid-19 cases
The first Omicron case has been reported in the State. People have to remain alert and vigilant. We will hold a meeting today evening on the rising number of Covid19 cases: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar pic.twitter.com/mfWjDCxZ3D
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
1:05 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: 89 of 110 Omicron patients discharged from LNJP hospital
Till now, we've received 360 patients out of which 110 were Omicron affected. 89 of these patients have been discharged. All are stable. Not a single patient required ICU support because their oxygen saturation level was perfectly normal: Dr Suresh Kumar, LNJP,MD, Delhi#covid19 pic.twitter.com/eqwMhxyiGE
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
12:56 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: US woman tests Covid positive mid-flight, isolates for 5 hours in bathroom

A US woman was quarantined in an aeroplane bathroom for three hours after testing positive for COVID-19 halfway through a flight from Chicago to Iceland, according to media reports. Marisa Fotieo, a teacher from Michigan, said her throat began to hurt halfway through the trip on December 19 so she went to the bathroom to perform a rapid Covid test which confirmed she was infected, WABC-TV reported. Before the flight, Fotieo told CNN she took two PCR tests and about five rapid tests, all of which came back negative. But about an hour and a half into the flight, Fotieo started to feel a sore throat. “The wheels started turning in my brain and I thought, 'OK, I'm going to just go take a test.' It was going to make me feel better,” Fotieo said. “Immediately, it came back positive.” Fotieo is fully vaccinated and has received the booster. She tests consistently since she works with an unvaccinated population. When she got her results in the aeroplane bathroom, over the Atlantic Ocean, she said she started to panic. “The first flight attendant I ran into was Rocky. I was hysterical, I was crying,” Fotieo said. “I was nervous for my family who I just had dinner with. I was nervous for the other people on the plane. I was nervous for myself.” The flight attendant Fotieo ran into helped calm her down, the report added. “Of course, it's a stress factor when something like this comes up, but that's part of our job,” the flight attendant told CNN. The flight attendant said she did what she could to try to rearrange seats so Fotieo could be seated in a spot alone, but the flight was full. (PTI)

12:45 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Gurugram ACP urges people to follow Covid-19 guidelines
Haryana | As per the govt's order, there will be a night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am, and hence people will not be allowed to roam outside except in essential services. We request people to follow the guidelines and celebrate the New Year at their homes: Preet Pal, Gurugram ACP pic.twitter.com/j6jyE5YfeB
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
12:35 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Puducherry imposes night curfew till Jan 31st
Puducherry | Night curfew from 11 pm till 5 am have been imposed in the union territory with effect till 31st January 2022, except on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi pic.twitter.com/OS6UG6fiVb
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
12:30 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Virus delays UN nuclear treaty meeting, possibly till August

A coronavirus surge has upended plans to hold a major nuclear treaty conference at the United Nations, with participants agreeing Thursday to postpone the meeting just days before its scheduled start. After nearly two years of pandemic delays, delegations from around the world had been scheduled due to converge on U.N. headquarters Tuesday to take stock of the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty, a pillar of nuclear arms control. But organisers are now penciling in an August 1 start date for the already long-delayed conference, according to an email Thursday from the U.N. disarmament office to entities involved. An inquiry was sent Thursday evening to the conference's leader, Gustavo Zlauvinen. The treaty is the world's most widely ratified nuclear arms control agreement, with 191 participating countries. Nations without atomic weapons committed not to acquire them and to allow verification that nuclear energy programs weren't morphing into weaponry. Countries that had nuclear weapons when the treaty was signed — the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China — agreed to move toward eliminating them. Review conferences are scheduled every five years to assess implementation and try to hash out new commitments, though participants sometimes have been unable to agree on any final declaration or plan. That happened at the last meeting, in 2015. The next gathering was initially scheduled for spring 2020 but has repeatedly been pushed back because of the pandemic. As coronavirus cases spike again in the U.N.'s host city of New York and a growing number of staffers are sick or are quarantined, the world body told Zlauvinen on Monday that it couldn't accommodate a big gathering now. The organisation suggested moving the conference online or delaying it. After discussions with participants, Zlauvinen said Wednesday that there was little appetite to proceed with next week's start date. (AP)

12:23 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Arunachal logs 3 new COVID cases, tally at 55,339

Arunachal Pradesh on Friday reported three new COVID-19 cases, one more than the previous day, with the tally rising to 55,339, a health department official said. The death toll remained at 280 as no fresh fatality due to the infection was recorded in the last 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. One more person recuperated from the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries to 55,038. The recovery rate among coronavirus patients in the state stood at 99.46 per cent. Arunachal Pradesh now has 21 active Covid-19 cases, the SSO said. The Capital Complex Region, comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas, has the highest number of active cases at 13, followed by Namsai at three, Lohit and West Kameng at two each and Tawang at one. Altogether, 12,04,943 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far, including, 149 on Thursday, Jampa said, adding that the positivity ratio was at 2.01 per cent.

State Immunisation Officer Dr Dimong Padung said 14,61,096 people have been inoculated thus far. (PTI)

12:01 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Active Covid-19 cases in India account for less than1% of total cases
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— PIB India (@PIB_India) December 31, 2021
11:49 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Chinese cities on COVID alert as New Year holiday looms

China is on high alert against COVID-19 as the New Year holiday looms, with the city of Xian under lockdown while several New Year's Eve events in other cities have been cancelled and some provinces urged restraint in travel during the festive season. China reported 166 locally transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms for Thursday, according to the National Health Commission, with 161 from Xian, which is fighting the worst outbreak for a Chinese city this year. The number of domestically transmitted infections in Xian have exceeded 1,200 during the Dec. 9-30 period. While the case load pales in comparison with many outbreaks overseas, China has insisted on stamping out infections quickly, especially ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. “With the arrival of the New Year and the Lunar New Year, the number of people returning home from abroad will increase and the movement of people within China will rise,” He Qinghua, an official at the National Health Commission, said on Wednesday. “Coupled with the emergence of new variants such as Omicron, these scenarios will increase the risk of the epidemic spreading,” He said. The popular Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing has cancelled an event to ring in the new year, while the Happy Valley park in the eastern city of Nanjing has dropped a drone show and fireworks from its line-up of celebrations for New Year's Eve. In the financial hub Shanghai, the Great World amusement park said it will not organise special events such as stage performances, while no count-down will take place in core districts along Huangpu river. (Reuters)

11:23 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Sydney gears up for New Year’s despite record Omicron surge

Sydney, the Australian city worst-affected by the Omicron wave, will press ahead with New Year's Eve celebrations on Friday, with authorities encouraging revellers to come out and enjoy the festivities despite a record number of COVID-19 cases. Thousands are expected to flock to prime harbourside spots to watch Sydney's famous fireworks, the traditional 12-minute pyrotechnic display to ring in the New Year, with queues forming at many vantage points since early morning. (Reuters)

11:13 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Quebec announces curfew, Ontario cuts isolation period

Canada's Ontario and Quebec announced new measures to combat COVID-19 on Thursday as the country faces a rise in cases that has forced tens of thousands into isolation, made tests difficult to access and burdened its healthcare sector. Quebec, Canada's second-most populous province, will ban private gatherings and dining out, as well as impose a night curfew from New Year's Eve in an escalation of curbs to rein in rapidly rising coronavirus cases due to the Omicron variant. Ontario, home to Toronto, Canada's biggest city, announced new measures from Friday, shortening the isolation period for vaccinated individuals with COVID-19 to five days from the onset of symptoms, the province's chief medical officer, Kieran Moore, told reporters at a briefing. (Reuters)

11:00 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Israel approves fourth vaccine shot for most vulnerable

Israel is to go ahead with second COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people with weakened immune systems, the top government health official said on Thursday, but a final decision on wider usage is pending. An Israeli hospital administered fourth shots to a test group of health workers on Monday, in what it called the first major study into whether a second round of boosters will help see off the Omicron coronavirus variant. Results are expected within two weeks. (Reuters)

10:50 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India records 16,764 fresh cases including 309 of Omicron variant

India saw the highest single-day rise of 309 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, taking the country's tally of such cases to 1,270, the Union health ministry said on Friday. It also recorded 16,764 fresh COVID-19 cases and 220 more fatalities due to the viral disease. Of the 1,270 patients infected with the Omicron variant of the virus, 374 have either recuperated or migrated, according to the ministry's data updated at 8 am. Of the 23 states and Union territories that have recorded Omicron cases so far, Maharashtra has registered the highest number of 450, followed by Delhi (320), Kerala (109) and Gujarat (97). The daily rise in the number of coronavirus cases crossed the 16,000 mark after 64 days, taking the country's COVID-19 tally to 3,48,38,804, while the number of active cases of the infection has gone up to 91,361, according to the data. The death toll due to the viral disease has climbed to 4,81,080 with 220 more fatalities, the data stated. The country had witnessed 16,156 fresh coronavirus cases on October 27. The 91,361 active Covid cases account for 0.26 per cent of the total caseload, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.36 per cent, the ministry said. An increase of 8,959 cases was recorded in the active COVID-19 tally in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.34 per cent. It has remained below two per cent for 88 days now. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.89 per cent. It has remained below one per cent for 47 days now, according to the ministry. The number of patients who have recuperated has gone up to 3,42,66,363, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.38 per cent. The cumulative number of Covid vaccine doses administered in the country so far has exceeded 144.54 crore. India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19 last year. (PTI)

10:41 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi Commuters face difficulties as city buses operate at 50% seating
Delhi Commuters face difficulties as city buses operate at 50% seating, in view of Covid restrictions imposed in national capital

“We're facing several problems. We've to stand for hours because of which we are late for our work,” say commuters

Visuals from Seelampur Bus Stop pic.twitter.com/EFvIVktxKg
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2021
10:40 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Omicron wave may have peaked in South Africa, overnight curfew lifted, say officials

South Africa has lifted overnight curfew rules that were first imposed nearly two years ago, with officials saying the country may have passed the peak of its fourth wave of COVID-19 infections. The decision announced by the Presidency on Thursday followed meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President's Coordinating Council (PCC), which received updates on the management of the current fourth wave of COVID-19 in South Africa. The wave is currently being driven by the Omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa last month. “The curfew will be lifted. There will therefore be no restrictions on the hours of movement of people,” the Presidency said in a statement. The number of people permitted at public events has also been increased. “Gatherings are restricted to no more than 1,000 people indoors and no more than 2,000 people outdoors. Where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, then no more than 50 per cent of the capacity of the venue may be used. All other restrictions remain in place,” according to the statement. (PTI)

10:30 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 144.54 Cr.
With the administration of 66,65,290 vaccine doses in the last 24 hrs, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 144.54 Cr. The recovery rate stands at 98.36%. Weekly positivity Rate at 0.89% remains less than 1% from last 47 days: Union Health Ministry
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10:21 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Omicron tally in India rises to 1,270

According to the data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Friday, India recorded 309 fresh Omicron infections, taking the total tally of such cases in the country to 1,270. As per the official data, 1,270 cases have been detected across 23 states and UTs so far, and 374 people have recovered or migrated. Maharashtra recording the maximum number of 450 cases followed by Delhi at 320, Kerala 109 and Gujarat 97, news agency PTI reported. A total of 16,156 new coronavirus infections were reported in a span of 24 hours on October 27. The active cases have increased to 91,361 comprising 0.26 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.36 per cent, the health ministry said. An increase of 8,959 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23. (PTI)

10:12 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: S.Korea to extend curbs amid Omicron surge, serious COVID-19 cases

South Korea said on Friday it will extend stricter social distancing rules for two weeks amid a persistent surge in serious coronavirus infections and concerns over the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant. The government reinstated the curbs on Dec. 18, six weeks after easing them under a “living with COVID-19” scheme, as record-breaking numbers of new infections and serious cases put a huge strain on the country's medical system. Daily tallies have since decreased, with 4,875 new cases on Thursday, after spiralling near 8,000 two weeks ago, but the number of critically ill patients still hovers around their highest level of 1,000, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The extension is also aimed at bracing for a further spread of Omicron cases by using the time to secure more hospital beds and encourage a booster vaccine shot campaign, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said. “We should reserve sufficient beds that can cover some 10,000 cases a day, and we should also speed up booster shots and children's vaccinations,” he told an intra-agency meeting. The curbs, which will be effective until Jan. 16, ban gatherings of over four fully vaccinated people, and require restaurants, cafes and bars to close by 9 p.m. (1400 GMT) and movie theatres and internet cafes by 10 p.m. Unvaccinated people can only dine out alone, or use takeout or delivery services. (Reuters)

9:55 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: India reports 16,764 new Covid-19 cases
COVID19 | India reports 16,764 new cases, 7,585 recoveries and 220 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Active caseload currently stands at 91,361. Recovery Rate currently at 98.36%

Omicron case tally stands at 1,270. pic.twitter.com/zbKKRiP4kW
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9:41 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Thane’s COVID-19 case count grows by 714

Thane district in Maharashtra has reported 714 new coronavirus positive cases, which raised its infection count to 5,73,887, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday, he said. As the virus did not claim any life during the day, the death toll in the district remained unchanged at 11,616. The COVID-19 mortality rate is 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the caseload has gone up to 1,39,425, while the death toll is 3,322, another official said. (PTI)

9:19 (IST) 31 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra caps gatherings at 50 persons as Covid-19 cases surge

Maharashtra Government has capped the attendance at gatherings in open or closed spaces at 50, following a surge in coronavirus cases in the state. Not more than 100 persons in enclosed spaces and 250 persons in open spaces were allowed to attend a marriage function or a social, cultural, political and religious gathering earlier. The state government issued fresh guidelines on Thursday night, capping the number of attendees at these events to 50 persons. The new order also stipulates that only 20 persons can attend last rites. Maharashtra recorded 5,368 coronavirus cases on Thursday, a spike of 1468 cases from a day before. This propelled the state's COVID-19 tally to 66,70,754. At present, there are 18,217 active cases in the state. With 1193 COVID-19 patients discharged in the day, the number of those recovered rose to 65,07,330. Maharashtra on Thursday reported 198 new cases of the Omicron variant, including 190 in Mumbai alone, taking the tally of cases of this latest coronavirus variant in the state up to 450. (PTI)

11:51 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Fruit Market and Nehru Market in Delhi’s Seelampur closed till 10 pm of December 31 for violation of COVID norms

Delhi: Fruit Market and Nehru Market in Seelampur in North East Delhi closed till 10 pm of December 31 for violation of COVID norms (ANI)

10:59 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: UK plans Omicron ‘surge hubs’ in hospitals as cases remain high

Britain’s health service on Thursday announced to set up a number of new so-called “surge hubs” named after English nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale around England as part of “war footing” plans to tackle a potential wave of Omicron variant related COVID-19 hospital admissions.

The National Health Service (NHS) said temporary structures capable of housing around 100 patients will be erected in the grounds of eight hospitals across the country, with work starting this week. | Read More

10:56 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Over 144.45 crore vaccine doses administered in India so far, says Union Health Ministry

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 144.45 crore on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said.

More than 59 lakh doses were administered in the day till 7 pm, it said. | Read More

10:48 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 1,313 fresh COVID cases and 423 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Delhi reports 1,313 fresh COVID cases (positivity rate – 1.73 %) and 423 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Active cases: 3,081

Total recoveries: 14,18,227

The national capital recorded 923 infections yesterday (ANI)

10:10 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi reports 1,313 fresh COVID cases and 423 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Delhi reports 1,313 fresh COVID cases (positivity rate – 1.73 %) and 423 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Active cases: 3,081

Total recoveries: 14,18,227

The national capital recorded 923 infections yesterday (ANI)

9:58 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: I urge everyone to avoid crowding & follow guidelines to avoid infection, says Maharashtra Health Minister

I urge everyone to avoid crowding & follow guidelines to avoid infection. Schools students (15-18 yrs) should be taken in batches to vaccination centres. This will result in a high rate of vaccination. Schools will not be closed as of now: Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra Health Minister (ANI)

9:46 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Maharashtra reports 5,368 new COVID-19 cases, Omicron cases rises to 450 in state

Maharashtra reports 5,368 fresh COVID cases (a jump of 1,468 over yesterday's numbers), 1,193 recoveries, and 22 deaths today, taking active cases to 18,217

The number of Omicron cases rises to 450, with the state recording 198 cases of the variant today (ANI)

9:41 (IST) 30 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Kolkata reports 1,090 new COVID-19 cases, up from 540 on Wednesday

Kolkata reports 1,090 new COVID-19 cases, up from 540 on Wednesday: Health Department (PTI)