Omicron Coronavirus India Highlights, Coronavirus Vaccination Statistics and Registration Latest Highlights, Covid-19 Cases and Deaths India Recent Updates, Covid Restrictions Feb 8 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday said that the Centre is working fast towards achieving 100 percent vaccination in the country. He also said that when Coronavirus found its way in India, its impact on the world was widely discussed. But due to the willpower and discipline of the people of the country, India’s efforts are now being appreciated across the world.
India on Tuesday witnessed a sharp drop in daily Covid cases. The government data released in morning today shows that India registered 67,597 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. While there was a drop of around 19 per cent as compared with Monday tally, the death toll has shown an uptick today. The Covid-19 bulletin shows that 1,188 people died due to novel coronavirus across India in the pan of 1 day. Tuesday’s death toll breached 1,000-mark again after brief respite on Monday. India’s national positivity rate stands little over 5 per cent, the official report says. The active cases in the country are also seeing a downward trend. At present, India has 9,94,891 active Covid-19 cases, the Health Ministry says.
Meanwhile, official sources have confirmed that the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved SII’s proposal to manufacture a vaccine against omicron variant for examination, test and analysis, as per a PTI report.
The World Health Organisation’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria van Kerkhove, had reportedly stated that Omicron will not be the last variant of Covid-19 and the world might see the origin of more variants in future. This makes it imperative for governments across the world to keep examining and analysing more vaccines.
In a scneario like this, DGCI’s possible approval for testing of vaccine against Omicron is definitely a welcome step. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had earlier announced that the DGCI had approved emergency use permission to single-dose Sputnik Light Covid vaccine in the country. Sputnik Light is the ninth vaccine to be granted restricted-use approval by the Drugs Controller General of India for adults in India. “This will further strengthen the nation’s collective fight against the pandemic,” Mandaviya had tweeted.
Here are the latest and verified Covid-19 updates from India and around the globe:
Tamil Nadu reports 4,519 new COVID-19 cases, 20,237 recoveries, and 37 deaths, in the last 24 hours. (ANI)
COVID19 | Delhi reports 1,114 new cases, 12 fatalities and 2,079 recoveries in the last 24 hours; Active cases stand at 6,908 (ANI)
Mumbai reports 447 new COVID-19 cases, 798 recoveries, and 1 death in the last 24 hours.
Active cases 4,783 (ANI)
Karnataka reports 4,452 new COVID-19 cases, 19,067 recoveries and 51 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Active cases 72,414 (ANI)
COVID-19 | Schools in Haryana will reopen from Feb 10 for classes 1 to 9. Online classes will also continue: State Govt (ANI)
Daily COVID-19 cases in Kerala saw a slight increase on Tuesday, compared to a day ago, with the state recording 29,471 fresh infections which raised the caseload to 63,23,378.
The southern state had reported 22,524 COVID-19 cases on Monday. | READ MORE
As per the information on Co-WIN, 28,22,459 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to pregnant women till February 2, Rajya Sabha was informed Tuesday.
Out of 28,22,459 vaccine doses, 16,53,768 beneficiaries have received first dose and 11,68,691 women have received both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply.
The government is aware of the WHO's interim recommendation on COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant and lactating women in June 2021. States and UTs have been provided detailed guidance on preparing counselling and vaccination plan for them, she said.
A communication strategy is in place which is implemented across all states and Union Territories with a focus to sustain vaccine confidence, the minister said.
As on February 2, 70 per cent of the total vaccine doses have been administered at COVID-19 Vaccination Centres located in rural areas, indicating that there is no rural-urban divide in coronavirus vaccination, she stressed. (PTI)
Kerala reports 29,471 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths in last 24 hrs.
205 deaths which were not added due to lack of documentation and 591 deaths as per the new guidelines of central government were added to the covid death list: State Government (ANI)
The demand for housing for senior citizens has improved amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is likely to grow in the coming years, driven by focus on health and well-being coupled with fast ageing population, according to Housing.com.
Realty portal Housing.com, which is a part of REA India, on Tuesday released a report on ‘The Silver Economy – A perspective on senior living in India’. | READ MORE
More than 5 crore adolescents in the 15-18 age group have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the country, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday.
In a tweet, Mandaviya said, “Young India is fighting the pandemic with full vigour. Great going, my young friends!” With the administration of more than 55.78 lakh vaccine doses in a span of 24 hours, the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country have exceeded 170.21 crore (1,70,21,72,615), according to provisional reports till 7 am. | READ MORE
HC grants more time to Delhi govt to file reply on PIL over steps taken to safeguard children orphaned due to COVID (ANI)
A measure of Australian business conditions took a turn for the worse in January as a surge in coronavirus cases hit consumer spending, though firms were optimistic the hit would be short-lived. Tuesday's survey from National Australia Bank (NAB) showed its index of business conditions dropped 5 points to +3 in January, as sales halved to +7 and profitability slid 8 points to +2. Its measure of employment dipped 3 points to -1. The index of confidence bounced to +3, having dived 24 points in December to -12. (Reuters)
Hong Kong's leader announced on Tuesday the city's toughest social-distancing restrictions yet, including unprecedented limits on private gatherings, as new daily cases surge above 600. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said gatherings in private premises of more than two families will be banned starting Thursday. Public gatherings will be restricted to two people, and hair salons and places of worship will be closed until Feb. 24, when the city launches a “vaccine pass” that will require people to show proof of vaccination to enter shopping malls, markets and eateries. (AP)
Omicron variant is the dominant variant in the country presently and the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country is showing a sustained declining trend since January 21, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. With the reporting of Omicron, a highly mutated variant of SARSCoV-2 virus and its classification as a Variant of Concern (VoC) by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Union Ministry of Health revised its 'Guidelines for international arrivals', Mandaviya said in a written reply. “Omicron variant is the dominant variant in the country presently. The current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country is showing a sustained declining trend since January 21, 2022,” he said. (PTI)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have reported 10 fresh COVID-19 cases, nine less than the previous day, with the tally rising to 9,925, a health department official said on Tuesday. One new patient has a travel history, while nine were detected during contact tracing, he said. The Union Territory now has 192 active cases, and 17 people recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 9,604. (PTI)
With COVID-19 cases declining, the Lakshadweep administration has decided to ease some restrictions imposed in the islands. The administration said no COVID-19 test result was now required for inter-island travel for those who have taken both vaccine doses 14 days prior to movement. Inter-island travel was hitherto restricted to those carrying RT-PCR/True Nat negative certificates from the health department. (PTI)
The third wave of COVID-19 triggered by the Omicron variant appears to have come to an end in Telangana, a senior health official said on Tuesday, even as he stressed on COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination. “In the third wave, cases started rising from December 28, 2021. We have seen the peak on January 28. We are witnessing a decline in number of cases since then,” state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao told reporters. About 70 per cent of patients in Telangana are infected by BA.2 sub-lineage of Omicron, he said. (PTI)
Over 5 crore youngsters between 15-18 age group have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, till now: Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (ANI)
People who have had COVID-19 are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular complications within the first month to a year after infection, according to a study conducted in the US. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, found that such complications include disruptive heart rhythms, inflammation of the heart, blood clots, stroke, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure or even death. The researchers noted that these problems occur even among previously healthy individuals and those who have had mild COVID-19 infections. (PTI)
COVID-19 has so far claimed the lives of 67 doctors, 19 nurses in Maharashtra. 20 doctors, 20 nurses, 6 ambulance drivers, and 128 paramedics have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in Gujarat: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha (ANI)
We should keep in mind the timing of the RTPCR test & the type of the test. The sensitivity of Rapid Antigen test is far lower than the traditional RTPCR, so if there are symptoms, a negative Rapid Antigen test should be followed with an RTPCR: Dr Arjun Dang, CEO, Dr Dangs Lab (ANI)
Ladakh on Tuesday reported 50 fresh coronavirus cases that took its infection tally to 26,992, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 30 were reported from Leh district and 20 from Kargil district, they said. The death toll remained unchanged at 226. Of the total deaths so far, 167 were reported from Leh and 59 from Kargil. (PTI)
Odisha recorded 21 more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, including a three-month-old infant, pushing the toll to 8,775, the health department said. The caseload rose to 12,69,811 with 1,503 fresh infections, it said. The state had logged 1,497 new cases and 22 deaths on Monday. (PTI)
China has ordered inhabitants of the southern city of Baise to stay home and suspended transportation links amid a surge in COVID-19 cases at least partly linked to the omicron variant. Classes have been suspended, non-essential businesses closed and mass testing of residents ordered. Restaurants are only permitted to serve take-out. Traffic lights have been switched to red only to remind drivers to stay home. (AP)
Puducherry witnessed further drop in number of daily cases of coronavirus with 186 fresh infections being reported on Tuesday. The overall case count stood at 1,64,562. The 186 fresh cases were identified at the end of examination of 2,375 samples and were spread over Puducherry 96, Karaikal 56, Yanam 26 and Mahe 8. Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release that test positivity rate fell to 7.83 percent while the fatality and recovery rates were 1.19 percent and 96.73 percent respectively. (PTI)
Malaysia's coronavirus recovery council on Tuesday said it has recommended a full reopening of borders as early as March 1 without mandatory quarantine for travellers, as part of plans to accelerate economic recovery. The Southeast Asian nation has shut its borders since March 2020 and froze the entry of foreign workers to try to contain novel coronavirus outbreaks. (Reuters)
With reopening of schools raising concern over the safety of children below 15 years of age, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said in the Rajya Sabha that the government will take a decision to vaccinate this group based on suggestions of an expert group. The government has constituted an expert group to give suggestions on which age group to be given COVID-19 vaccine first and accordingly vaccination for the 15-18 age group is underway, he said during the Question Hour. (PTI)
Hong Kong will limit public gatherings to two people and close sites such as churches and hair salons, leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday, as the Asian financial hub battles a growing coronavirus outbreak that has caused record infections. Existing social distancing measures will be extended to Feb. 24, Lam told a media briefing. These include a ban on dining in restaurants after 6 p.m. and the closure of gymnasiums and cinemas. (Reuters)
There is good news for Mumbaikars. Mumbai will be unlocked by the end of this month. We have made up our minds, but it is essential for the people to wear masks and observe social distancing: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar (ANI)
The vaccine-induced protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection wanes within a few months, but protection against severe COVID-19 appears to be better maintained, according to a study published in The Lancet journal. Researchers noted that the protection wanes at different speeds depending on the type of vaccine used. “The bad news is that the protection against infection seems to be diminished by seven months after the second dose of vaccine,” said Peter Nordstrom, a professor at Umea University in Sweden. “The good news, however, is that the protection against a severe infection that leads to hospitalisation or death seems to be better maintained. Vaccination is therefore very wise and important,” Nordstrom said. (PTI)
Homegrown pharmaceutical firm Wockhardt on Tuesday said it has received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to export up to 10 crore doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik. The approval is for the export of up to 8 crore doses of Sputnik Light and up to 2 crore doses of Sputnik V Component I vaccines, Wockhardt Ltd said in a regulatory filing. (PTI)
According to a health bulletin, Jharkhand reported 280 more Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, 93 less than the previous day, raising the tally to 4,31,905. The bulletin further stated that the death toll rose to 5,313 with the addition of two more fatalities – one each from Bokaro and Hazaribag.
Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday reported 139 new COVID-19 cases, taking its tally to 63,619, a senior health official said. The toll rose to 292 after a 65-year-old woman from the Capital Complex Region died due to acute respiratory distress syndrome with COVID pneumonia, he said. (PTI)
During this pandemic, the youth of our country made the country proud by making a mark. Our youth made a mark in the field of sports, and did not let their performance get affected due to the pandemic and brought laurels to the country: PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha (ANI)
During the first lockdown, after a lot of discussions and with a little courage, it was decided that farmers in villages be kept exempt from lockdown. It was an important decision, as a result, our farmers had bumper productivity even during a pandemic: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha (ANI)
When #covid19 began, it was being discussed what will become of India. It was also discussed what will be impact on world due to India. But due to the willpower and discipline of the 130 crore people of the country, efforts of India is being appreciated across the world: PM Modi (ANI)
#covid19 is a pandemic, humankind had never seen such a crisis in the last 100 years. This crisis changes its forms and creates trouble for the people, the entire country and world are fighting against it: PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha (ANI)
At six months of age, babies born to mothers vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy are more likely to have antibodies against the virus in their blood than babies born to unvaccinated mothers who were infected while pregnant, a small study suggests. It is not clear how high antibody levels need to be to protect against infection, and antibodies are not the body's only defence mechanism. (Reuters)
Officials in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, California and Oregon said they will lift indoor mask mandates for schools and other public places in coming weeks, seeking a return to “normalcy” as soaring COVID-19 infections fuelled by the Omicron variant abate. The changes signal a growing inclination by political leaders in those states, all Democrats, to take pandemic-weary residents off an emergency footing and shift toward policies that treat the virus as part of everyday life. (Reuters)
No data on bodies dumped in Ganga during Covid-19 second wave available: Centre (ANI)
Australia's COVID-19 hospital cases and people admitted to intensive care continued to trend lower on Tuesday as authorities urged people to get their vaccine boosters to prevent serious illness and deaths from the coronavirus. Fuelled by the Omicron strain, Australia's total infections have now touched nearly 2.4 million, almost 10% of the country's population, with about 2.2 million in the last two months alone. (Reuters)
Over 74.29 crore Covid-19 tests have been conducted so far, as per official data. India's weekly positivity rate is currently at 8.30% and daily positivity rate stands at 5.02%.
According to the latest official data, India's cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 170.21 crore. More than 1.53 precaution doses have been administered so far.
GERMANY REPORTS 11,287,428 CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES (+169,571), 118,943 CORONAVIRUS DEATHS (+177) – ROBERT KOCH INSTITUTE (Reuters)
The COVID-19 pandemic will not end with the Omicron variant and New Zealand will have to prepare for more variants of the virus this year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday in her first parliamentary speech for 2022. Ardern's warning came as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the parliament building in the capital Wellington, demanding an end to coronavirus restrictions and vaccine mandates. (Reuters)
The information regarding number of #covid19 related dead bodies estimated to have been dumped in the river Ganga is not available: MoS Jal Shakti, Bishweswar Tudu to Rajya Sabha, in a written reply (ANI)
The govt has issued the morning bulletin for the coronavirus pandemic in India. The official data says that 67,597 new Covid-19 infections were registered in the last 24 hours. Worryingly, the death toll has crossed 1,000-mark again with 1,188 people dying due to novel coronavirus.
Thane has recorded 217 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, a PTI report says. With these new numbers, Thane's overall Covid tally has gone up to 7,05,970. The latest data says that 3 Covid deaths were officially registered on Tuesday.