Coronavirus Omicron India Live News Updates: 85% adults vaccinated with at least 1 dose, says Health Ministry; IMA warns of ‘massive’ third wave

Covid-19 India Live News, New Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus Vaccine Statistics and Registration Live Update, December 7: India reported 6,822 new cases of Coronavirus and 220 deaths on Tuesday morning.

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India's active caseload currently stands at 95,014 which is the lowest in 554 days.  (Image Source: Reuters)

Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Coronavirus Omicron Variant Cases in India Live: India reported 6,822 new cases of Coronavirus and 220 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the data shared by the Health Ministry. The country’s active caseload currently stands at 95,014 which is the lowest in 554 days.

Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation chief Vijay Suryavanshi on Monday informed that out of 295 recent foreign returnees in Thane district, 100 were untraceable. He said the mobile phones of some of these people were switched off while many of the last given addresses were found to be locked, news agency PTI reported. Keeping in view the rise in Omicron cases in India, this is a worrying situation for the state government as well as the state. Two more cases of the new Omicron variant were reported from Maharashtra on December 6, taking India’s total tally to 23. Both of these individuals were fully vaccinated and had returned from abroad last month. The situation in Maharashtra is being closely monitored by the state government. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope had earlier said that any decision on reimposing restrictions in Maharashtra will be taken only after seeking the Centre’s guidance and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s views, news agency PTI reported.

The World Health Organisation has categorised the new Coronavirus variant as the ‘Variant of Concern’ because experts have claimed that Omicron might possess some specific characteristics owing to the genetic modification in the virus. Most of the people who have tested Omicron positive have either recently arrived from African countries or had come in contact with such people. Amid the increasing number of cases of the new Covid variant, pictures of chaos at Delhi airport had also gone viral on Monday, following which Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia directed the airport authorities to implement better crowd management strategies. Scindia had called a meeting with officials of the Airports Authority of India, Bureau of Immigration and GMR group-led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), reported PTI. The Delhi Airport had later tweeted that it had updated the testing capacity at international arrival with deployment of 120 Rapid PCR machines, taking hourly capacity to 500-600 per hour with a TAT of less then 60 minutes.

The Centre had issued a revised guideline for international travellers which came into effect on December 1. The guidelines are to be followed across airports in India. All travellers have to go through RT-PCR tests on arrival, and their test results have to be negative in order to leave the airport.

Here are the latest and verified Covid-19 updates from India and around the globe: 

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23:02 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Eight fresh cases push Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally to 32,382

Eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sikkim in the last 24 hours, taking the Himalayan state’s virus tally to 32,382, a Health Department bulletin said. The COVID-19 death toll of the state stood at 405 as no fatality was reported in the past 24 hours, the bulletin said. The fresh infections have taken the number of active cases to 198, while 341 others have migrated to other states and 31,438 persons have recovered from the disease. East Sikkim has so far registered the highest number of cases at 18,031 followed by 7,133 in South Sikkim, 6,205 in West Sikkim, and 671 in North Sikkim. The state has so far tested 2,72,855 samples for COVID-19.  (PTI)

22:43 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Punjab sees 49 fresh cases

One Covid-related death was reported in Punjab on Tuesday while 49 fresh cases of the coronavirus took the infection tally to 6,03,556, according to a medical bulletin. The death was reported in Mohali district and with this, the toll reached 16,612, it said. Among the fresh cases, Ferozepur reported 14 cases, followed by seven in Mohali and six in Bathinda. The number of active cases rose to 350 from 333 on Monday. Twenty-nine more people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,86,594, the bulletin stated. (PTI)

22:33 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Canadian drugmaker says its COVID-19 vaccine is effective

A Canadian drugmaker said its plant-based COVID-19 vaccine showed strong protection against the virus and will soon seek authorization at home and elsewhere. Medicago announced Tuesday that its two-dose vaccine was 71 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19 infection in a large, late-stage study that included several variants including the delta variant. The company’s results did not include the emerging omicron variant, which wasn’t circulating during the study period. The Quebec City company said it will seek Canadian approval “imminently” and has also begun the process to file with regulators in the US, UK and other countries. The company said it’s also preparing to send its data to the World Health Organization. Medicago uses plants as living factories to grow virus-like particles, which mimic the spike protein that coats the coronavirus. British partner GlaxoSmithKline contributes an immune-boosting chemical called an adjuvant to the vaccine. (AP)

22:28 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Omicron confirmed in nine African countries, say officials

Omicron cases have been confirmed in at least nine African countries, with some officials reporting that initial cases appear to be mild. Countries reporting omicron include: Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. South Africa remains the epicenter of the omicron outbreak, with experts saying that the overwhelming majority of its thousands of new cases per day are of the new variant. In East Africa, Uganda reported its first seven cases of omicron on Tuesday. The variant was detected in travelers from South Africa and Nigeria who arrived at Entebbe International Airport on Nov. 29 and are currently in isolation, the director of clinical services Charles Olaro said.  All of the travelers have mild symptoms, Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng said. Five are from Nigeria and two came from South Africa, she said. In southern Africa, Namibia has confirmed 18 cases of omicron, none of which are hospitalized, the country’s health minister Kalumbi Shangula said. Early evidence suggests that omicron spreads faster but initially the symptoms appear to be mild, he said. (AP)

22:21 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Omicron Covid variant ‘almost certainly’ not more severe than Delta, says top US scientist Fauci

Omicron Covid variant ‘almost certainly’ not more severe than Delta, reports AFP quoting top US scientist Fauci (ANI)

22:20 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Britain reports 101 more cases of Omicron coronavirus variant

Britain has found a further 101 confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the UK Health Security Agency said on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 437. (Reuters)

22:17 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: SII may cut Covishield’s monthly production by half amid demand slump

With not enough orders for Covishield from the central government, Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Tuesday said the company is looking at slashing monthly production of vaccines by at least 50 per cent. SII has written to the government to seek clarity on its requirement, if any, for normal two doses for eligible people in the country and also on booster doses. “I am actually in a dilemma that I never imagined… we are producing 250 million doses a month but the good news is that India has covered up a large part of its population and we would have completed all our orders to the Ministry of Health in a week’s time,” Poonawalla said in an interview to CNBC-TV18. On his future production strategy, the SII CEO said that as there was “no other orders in hand so I am going to reduce the production by at least 50 per cent to begin with…on a monthly basis until the orders again pick up either in India or the world”.  Pointing out that the export of Covishield is also slow currently, he said the export orders would pick up in the next quarter. (PTI)

22:16 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Punjab CM Channi asks people to get vaccinated against Covid

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday appealed to people to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19 at the earliest. Channi, who got his second dose of an anti-coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, also said people should not show any sort of complacency to protect themselves from the possible threat of the new variant Omicron. Chairing a meeting to review preparedness to face any eventuality in the wake of Omicron, the chief minister directed the health and medical education research departments to work in tandem to intensify the pace of vaccination to cover the entire eligible population of the state, according to a government statement here. While apprising Channi about the status of Covid vaccination so far in the state, the secretary of the health and family welfare department said 1.66 crore eligible people have been administered the first dose and 79.87 lakh have been administered both the doses. (PTI)

22:16 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Omicron more transmissible than Delta — UK PM to ministers

Early signs indicate that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than the Delta variant currently dominant in the UK, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Cabinet ministers on Tuesday. Johnson’s official Number 10 Downing Street spokesperson told reporters in an account of the Cabinet meeting that Johnson reiterated it was still too early to draw conclusions on the wider impact of the new variant, which would depend on whether it causes severe illness. Johnson’s comments come as the UK recorded 101 more Omicron cases on Tuesday, taking the total for the variant first detected in South Africa up to 437. “The Prime Minister said it was too early to draw conclusions on the characteristics of Omicron but early indications were that it is more transmissible than Delta,” the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, British drugmaker GSK announced that its antibody-based COVID-19 therapy with US partner Vir Biotechnology, which was approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) earlier this month, is effective against all mutations of the Omicron variant. Its unpublished data shows that the companies’ treatment sotrovimab is effective against all 37 identified mutations to date in the spike protein, GSK said in a statement. (AP)

21:46 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: HC directs Delhi Police to ensure COVID-19 protocols strictly followed in Sadar Bazar area

The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the Delhi Police to ensure that shopkeepers and vendors in the Sadar Bazar area here strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, saying with the Omicron variant one needs to be more careful. The high court was hearing a plea seeking direction to take necessary legal action against Delhi police officials for violating the COVID-19 guidelines on duty themselves and for not implementing the guidelines in society even after many orders passed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). Justice Rekha Palli directed the Commissioner of Delhi Police to ensure that concerned police officials of the Sadar Bazar area will make sure that vendors of the area strictly follow COVID-19 protocols. After watching a video shown by petitioner advocate Shalen Bhardwaj, the judge noted that most of the vendors in the area were not wearing masks. (PTI)

21:39 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Maharashtra records 669 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths; no new Omicron infection

Maharashtra recorded 669 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours but no new infection of the Omicron variant came to light, the state health department said on Tuesday. The state also reported 19 deaths related to COVID-19 and the case fatality rate stood at 2.12 per cent. The tally of infections rose to 66,39,995 and death toll reached 1,41,194. On Monday, Maharashtra had reported five COVID-19 fatalities, lowest in a single day after May last year, and 517 new cases. “There are no new cases of Omicron variant today in the state. The state has a total of 10 cases of this variant,” the official release said. Active coronavirus cases stood at 6,445. As many as 6,62,55,554 coronavirus tests have been conducted so far in Maharashtra, including 99,010 since Monday evening. There are 77,642 people in home quarantine and 896 in institutional quarantine. Mumbai reported 189 new cases and one death. (PTI)

21:34 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Chhattisgarh sees 27 new COVID-19 cases, no fatality

Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,07,038 on Tuesday with the addition of 27 cases, a health official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 13,593 as no fresh fatality was reported during the day. The number of recoveries in Chhattisgarh rose to 9,93,113 after 11 people were discharged from hospitals while 21 others completed their home isolation during the day, leaving the state with 332 active cases. “Raipur recorded five new cases while Korba recorded three cases and Durg saw two cases. No fresh cases were reported in 17 districts,” he said. (PTI)

21:28 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Two Covid deaths, 54 new cases in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh recorded two coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday that raised the toll to 3,838, while 54 fresh cases pushed the infection count to 2,27,684, an official said. A 88-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman succumbed to the virus in Hamirpur and Mandi districts on Tuesday, he added. The number of active COVID-19 cases now stand at 736 in the state. Besides, 92 more patients recovered from the infection, taking the recovery count to 2,23,093, the health official said. (PTI)

21:20 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: EU considers negative tests for incoming travellers, flight curbs still in place

EU health ministers discussed measures to try to halt the spread of the Omicron variant on Tuesday, with the Netherlands calling for negative tests for incoming travellers from outside the bloc and France urging tests even for those arriving from EU states. EU members last month agreed to impose travel curbs on seven southern African countries after they reported several cases of the Omicron variant, which is considered highly infectious. At a regular meeting in Brussels, no minister suggested these restrictions should be lifted and Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge proposed negative PCR tests for all those travelling to the EU from outside the bloc. “In addition, those not vaccinated or recovered should also be quarantined,” he told ministers during a public session of their meeting. In the fight against Omicron, French Health Minister Olivier Veran went as far as proposing tests for all travellers, including those coming from EU countries. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the pandemic was getting worse within the bloc because of the Delta variant and that could be exacerbated by Omicron. Vaccination is the main tool to halt the spread of variants, she said, praising the quick and coordinated introduction of travel curbs soon after the emergence of Omicron. (Reuters)

20:56 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Madhya Pradesh records 16 COVID-19 cases, one death

Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday recorded 16 more coronavirus infections which raised its caseload to 7,93,274. With one patient succumbing since Monday evening, the death toll increased to 10,529, officials said. The recovery count increased to 7,82,606 after 13 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day. MP now has 139 active coronavirus cases. With 50,879 swab samples examined during the day, the number of coronavirus tests conducted in the state went up to 2,22,61,699. An official release said 9,10,29,829 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the state, including 2,69,257 on Tuesday. (PTI)

20:42 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Two persons who returned from abroad test positive for COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh

Amid concerns over the Omicron variant, two persons who returned here from the United Kingdom and Canada, respectively, tested positive for coronavirus infection on Tuesday, an official said. Following the test results, the two men, aged 41 and 42, were isolated and their samples were sent for genome sequencing to ascertain if they are infected with the Omicron variant, the health official added. On Monday, a 28-year-old German national tested positive for coronavirus infection at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. His sample was sent for genome sequencing, said district contact officer Dr D Mohanty. As he had attended a marriage ceremony here on Sunday evening, his contact history was also traced and samples of at least 50 people were collected for testing. The German national arrived here on Sunday from New Delhi and tested negative in Rapid Antigen Test at the airport. But his RT-PCR test report came out positive the next day, officials said. (PTI)

20:36 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Over 129 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far, says government

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 129 crore on Tuesday, the Union Health Ministry said. Over 66 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday till 7 pm, it said. According to the ministry, the daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late in the night. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. (PTI)

20:29 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Active Covid-19 infections drop below 8,000 in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday added 710 new Covid-19 infections including two returnees from West Bengal, pushing the tally to 27,31,945, while the death toll rose to 36,549 with 10 more fatalities. Recoveries eclipsed new infections with 731 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,87,414 leaving 7,982 active infections, a medical bulletin said. A total of 1,00,393 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5,49,85,621. Chennai and Coimbatore accounted for the majority of new infections with 126 and 122 cases, respectively, while the remaining were scattered across other districts. As many as 23 districts reported new Covid-19 infections below 10, while Ariyalur, Pudukottai and Virudhunagar clocked zero new cases each, the bulletin said. (PTI)

20:16 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Haryana reports one Covid death, 24 fresh cases

Haryana reported 24 COVID-19 cases and one fatality due to the disease on Tuesday, pushing the state’s infection tally to 7,71,875 and its death toll to 10,055. According to the health department’s daily bulletin, the death was reported from Karnal district. Among the new cases, 10 were reported from Gurugram and four from Faridabad, it showed. The count of active cases in the state stands at 185, while that of overall recoveries is 7,61,612. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state was recorded at 98.67 per cent, the bulletin said. (PTI) 

20:14 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: 24 fresh Covid cases in Rajasthan

Twenty-four more people tested positive for coronavirus in Rajasthan, pushing the infection tally to 9,54,944 on Tuesday, according to an official report. The fresh cases were reported in Jaipur (12); Barmer, Udaipur (three each); Ajmer, Dungarpur (two each); Bikaner and Jhunjhunu (one each), the report stated. On the bright side, 25 people recovered from the infection on Tuesday, taking the recovery count to 9,45,768 in Rajasthan. The state has seen 8,956 deaths linked to the virus so far. According to the latest report, the number of active novel coronavirus cases stands at 220 in Rajasthan. (PTI)

20:04 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Mumbai reports 191 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death, 235 recoveries

Mumbai on Tuesday logged 191 new coronavirus infections, a marginal rise from a day ago, and just one fresh fatality, while 235 patients recovered from the disease, a civic official said. The official said with these additions, the tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 7,64,194, while the death toll rose to 16,352. The city has witnessed a marginal rise in the new COVID-19 cases, but a dip in the fatalities as compared to Monday, when it had reported 168 infections and four deaths. According to the official, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the financial capital dropped to 1,668 after 235 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of recovered patients in Mumbai rose to 7,43,600, he said. Mumbai’s coronavirus recovery rate is 97 per cent. (PTI)

19:55 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: 12 recent foreign returnees untraceable in Thane district’s Kalyan area

Maharashtra | 12 recent foreign returnees are untraceable in Thane district’s Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation area, an official of the Municipal Corporation said. (ANI)

19:47 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Andhra CM puts Covid-19 loss at Rs 30,000 crore

Covid-19 has placed a financial burden of Rs 30,000 crore on the Andhra Pradesh government, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said here on Tuesday. In 2019-20 financial year, the state suffered a revenue loss of Rs 8,000 crore and in 2020-21 another Rs 14,000 crore. “Besides, we had to spend a sum of Rs 8,000 crore on Covid-19 control and management. All put together, the financial burden on the state was Rs 30,000 crore,” the Chief Minister told bankers at the State-Level Bankers Committee meeting. “The economic condition particularly in rural areas has worsened due to Covid-19. On one hand we suffered a loss of revenue and on the other we had to spend more money to fulfil the needs of people,” the Chief Minister pointed out. The state could, however, overcome the situation only with the cooperation of the banking sector, he said, ostensibly referring to the large-scale borrowings. (PTI)

19:34 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: 132 more catch Covid in J&K, 4 die

Jammu and Kashmir’s virus tally reached 3,38,047 on Tuesday with the addition of 132 cases, while the fatality count mounted to 4,487 after four people died due to the disease in the past 24 hours, officials said. Twenty-nine of the new cases were from the Jammu division and 103 from the Kashmir division of the Union territory, the officials said. They said Srinagar district recorded a maximum of 32 cases, followed by 25 cases in Budgam district. There are 1,601 active COVID-19 cases in the Union territory, while the number of recoveries has reached 3,31,959, the officials said. (PTI)

19:24 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Medical officer of health centre with low vaccination rate suspended

A medical officer serving in rural parts of Aurangabad  in Maharashtra was suspended by the district collector on Tuesday for three months after she was not found at her workplace, a primary health centre which has been recording a low vaccination rate against coronavirus, an official said. District collector Sunil Chavan issued the suspension order of Dr Chitra Burhade, who is attached to the health centre at Siddhanth Wadgaon. According to the order, directions have been given by the state government to officials to undertake aggressive coronavirus vaccination drives, especially at locations where the inoculation percentage is low. In spite of these directions, the medical officer of Siddhanath Wadgaon, Burhade, was not found to be on duty at the health centre when a check was carried out, it said. The order also said the medical officer didn’t follow the instructions related to vaccination. (PTI)

19:18 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: 299 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka logged 299 fresh COVID-19 cases and six deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,98,699 and the toll to 38,243. The day also saw 260 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,53,327, a health department bulletin said. Bengaluru Urban continued to head the list of cases (215), as the city saw 97 discharges and three deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is now 7,100. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.36 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.00 per cent. Out of six deaths reported on Tuesday, three were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad and Mysuru. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 215, Dakshina Kannada 14, Kodagu 12, Mysuru 11, followed by others. (PTI)

19:11 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker:Spain approves COVID vaccinations for children 5 to 11

Spain’s health commission on Tuesday approved vaccinations  against COVID-19 for children aged 5 to 11 following a recommendation by the European Union’s health regulator late last month. Spanish authorities expect to start vaccinating children on Dec. 13 as the first doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine are expected arrive, Health Minister Carolina Darias told reporters in Brussels where she was attending a meeting of EU health ministers. The decision comes as the country, with a nationwide vaccination rate of nearly 80%, seeks to address an acceleration of COVID cases. Inoculating children and young people, who can unwittingly transmit COVID-19 to others, is considered a critical step towards taming the pandemic.EU countries such as Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic have already approved vaccinations for children under 12. (Reuters)

18:58 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Kids in 5-14 age group show highest COVID rates – WHO Europe

The World Health Organization’s office for Europe said Tuesday that children in the 5 to 14 age group now account for the highest rates of reported COVID-19 infection in the region. WHO Europe regional director Dr Hans Kluge also argued that vaccine mandates should be “an absolute last resort,” and said that COVID-19 deaths remain “significantly below previous peaks.” But he said that coronavirus cases and deaths have more than doubled in the last two months in the 53-country region stretching to central Asia. READ MORE

18:41 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Census 2021, related field activities postponed due to Covid outbreak

18:36 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: India adds Ghana and Tanzania to list of ‘at risk’ countries

India on Monday added Ghana and Tanzania to the list of “at risk” countries, passengers from where have to follow additional COVID-19 testing and quarantine measures. The Aviation Ministry said on Tuesday that the list of “at risk” countries was updated on Monday. Countries in Europe, including the UK, and South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tanzania and Israel have been placed in the “at-risk” category, the Aviation Ministry noted. READ MORE

18:31 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Nashik sees 34 COVID-19 cases, 1 death, 42 recoveries

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nashik reached 4,12,692 on Tuesday after 34 people were detected with the infection, while one death took the toll to 8,730, an official said. So far, 4,03,598 people have been discharged from hospitals post recovery, including 42 on Tuesday, he said. With 5,688 samples being examined during the day, the number of tests in Nashik went up to 29,07,471, he added. (PTI)

18:28 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Kerala posts 4,656 new COVID-19 cases, 134 deaths

After seeing a dip in fresh COVID-19 cases a day ago, Kerala on Tuesday reported 4,656 new infections and 134 deaths, which took the caseload to 51,62,025 and the toll to 41,902. The state had reported 3,277 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday. Of the 134, 28 were logged over the last few days and 106 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, a state government release said. With 5,180 more people recovering from the virus since Monday, the total recoveries reached 50,91,224 and the active cases dropped to 40,072, it said. As many as 67,437 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, it said. Among the 14 districts, Ernakulam recorded the highest with 776 fresh cases, followed by Thiruvananthapuram (705) and Kozhikode (537). (PTI)

17:54 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Delhi reports 51 new cases, zero deaths in last 24 hours

17:53 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Families of 1,509 healthcare workers paid insurance claim of Rs 50L each under PMGKP, says govt

As on November 29, families of 1,509 health workers who died due to COVID-19-related duties have been paid insurance claims of Rs 50 lakh each under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package scheme for coronavirus warriors, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. The ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19’ was launched on March 30, 2020 to provide comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs 50 lakh to 22.12 lakh health care providers, including community health workers and private health workers, who may have been in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and may be at risk of being impacted by this, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply. Further, on account of the unprecedented situation, private hospital staff and retired or volunteer/local urban bodies/contract/daily wage/ad-hoc/outsourced staff requisitioned by states/central hospitals/autonomous hospitals of central/states/UTs, AIIMS and Institutes of National Importance/hospitals of central ministries specifically drafted for the care of COVID-19 patients are also covered under the scheme subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, Pawar said. Processing of claims has been streamlined and simplified with effect from May 28, 2021 by circulating a proforma certificate in which the district collectors concerned are to certify the eligibility of the claims, the minister said. (PTI)

17:48 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Vaccine mandates ‘absolute last resort’, WHO Europe head says

Mandatory vaccinations against the coronavirus are an “absolute last resort”, the World Health Organization’s top Europe official said on Tuesday. More and more countries in Europe, including Germany, are debating whether to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory after Austria announced in November it would make inoculations compulsory as of Feb. 1 next year, prompting large protests. “Mandates around vaccination are an absolute last resort and only applicable when all feasible options to improve vaccination uptake have been exhausted,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge told reporters. “The effectiveness of mandates is very context-specific,” Kluge said, adding that public confidence and trust in authorities needed to be considered. “What is acceptable in one society and community may not be effective and acceptable in another.” Indonesia, Micronesia and Turkmenistan have also made vaccinations against the coronavirus mandatory for all adults. (Reuters)

17:43 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: EU health bodies recommend mix-and-match of COVID-19 vaccines

The European Union’s drug regulator and public health body have recommended that mixing and matching of approved COVID-19 vaccines can be done for both the initial courses and booster doses, as the region reels with an increase in infections. Evidence suggests that the combination of viral vector vaccines and mRNA vaccines produces good levels of antibodies against the COVID-19 causing coronavirus, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in a joint statement. (Reuters)

17:34 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Uganda registers first 7 cases of omicron, says official

Uganda has its first seven cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, a health official confirmed Tuesday. The director of clinical services, Charles Olaro, said the variant was detected in travelers from South Africa and Nigeria who arrived in Uganda on Nov. 29. “We have already notified them about their status and they are already in isolation,” he said. Olaro said the first tests done on the travellers after arrival at Entebbe International Airport showed they were positive for the coronavirus and further testing confirmed the new variant. “We used the genomic sequence tests which normally take five to eight days to give the results,” he said. (AP)

17:33 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Andhra’s COVID-19 count goes up by 184

Andhra Pradesh reported 184 fresh cases of COVID-19, 204 recoveries and two deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Tuesday. A health department bulletin said the total positives has reached 20,74,036, recoveries 20,57,573 and toll 14,455. The number of active cases came down to 2,008, it said. Krishna district reported 34, Srikakulam 22, Visakhapatnam 20, Guntur and West Godavari 18 each, East Godavari 16, Chittoor and Anantapuramu 15 each and SPS Nellore, 11 fresh cases. (PTI)

17:24 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Out of 30,000 travellers screened for Covid-19 at airports, 10 test Omicron positive so far in Maharashtra

Nearly 30,000 travelers were screened for #COVID19 at the airport. 10 people tested #Omicron positive so far: Dr Pradeep Awate, District Surveillance Officer for COVID, Pune (ANI)Image

17:20 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Coronavirus Covid19 Live tracker: Omicron travel bans strike South Africa’s safari business

Recent travel bans imposed on South Africa and neighboring countries in response to the discovery of the omicron variant in southern Africa have hammered the country’s safari business, already hard hit by the pandemic. South Africa’s tourism industry suffered  a more than 70% drop in foreign tourists in 2020, with COVID-19 blamed for the drop from about 15 million visitors in 2019 to less than 5 million in 2020. Tourism employs about 4.7% of South Africa’s workforce. Britain, the largest source of tourists to South Africa, lifted its “red list” travel restrictions on South Africa in October and safari operators were beginning to see an improved outlook for the holiday season and 2022. But then the news of omicron struck, bringing a new round of international restrictions on flights. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has criticized the travel bans imposed by Britain and many others, including some African countries as “hypocritical, harsh and not supported by science.” He denounced the restrictions as “travel apartheid.” South African safari lodges are experiencing cancellations and few new reservations, said Fred Plachesi, owner of the Tamboti Bush Lodge in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, north of the Tshwane metropolitan area, which includes Pretoria. With only four guests over the weekend, Plachesi said his business is feeling the damage. He believes the travel bans imposed on South Africa are unfair and will have a negative impact on the people of South Africa. “I really think it’s very unfair for the country … it’s the South African people and businesses and that suffer,” said Plachesi. He hopes that many countries will reconsider their flight bans and allow travel to and from South Africa again. (AP)

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