Omicron Variant Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine Registration Jan 16 Highlights: Today marks a year since India embarked on the daunting task to vaccinate its entire population. On Sunday — the day that marks the anniversary of India’s vaccination drive kick-off — the cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the country has exceeded 157 crore. The hashtag #1yearofvaccination has been trending on Twitter and dignitaries like Prime Minister Narendra Modi have tweeted to mark the significance of the day. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya called India’s vaccination drive “the most successful in the world” in a tweet.
India Omicron Cases
India added 2,71,202 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,71,22,164, including 7,743 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.
The country saw 1,702 new cases of Omicron variant, the highest in a single day so far, and an increase of 28.17 per cent since Saturday.
Experts said it is not possible to undertake genome sequencing of each and every sample, but stressed that this wave is largely being driven by Omicron.
The active cases have increased to 15,50,377, the highest in 225 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,86,066 with 314 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday sought to nix concerns over “fewer” Covid testing in the national capital, saying the diagnostic tests being conducted in the city is three times the number recommended by ICMR. All those who need to undergo testing are being tested, he said.
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COVID19 | West Bengal registers 14,938 fresh cases & 36 deaths today; Active cases rise to 1,60,305. Positivity rate at 27.73% (ANI)
Maharashtra | 63 police personnel tested positive for COVID and one died in the last 24 hours. Total 127 personnel died so far; Active cases 1,333: Mumbai Police (ANI)
The COVID-19 tally in Nashik reached 4,31,788 on Sunday after 3,035 cases were detected, while one death took the toll to 8,768, an official said. So far, 4,12,038 have been discharged post recovery, including 1,350 during the day, leaving the district with an active tally of 10,982, he said. (PTI)
After logging over 10,000 COVID-19 cases per day for the last 11 days, the daily tally in Mumbai dropped to 7,895 on Sunday. A total of 11 people died of the COVID-19 infection, the city civic body said in a bulletin. The caseload in Mumbai now stands at 9,99,862 and the death toll at 16,457, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release. A total of 21,025 patients were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries in the financial capital to 9,20,383. On January 4, Mumbai had recorded 10,860 cases. The city clocked above 20,000 daily cases on January 6-8. The number started declining since then. Only 688 of the new 7,895 cases were admitted to hospitals, which raised the number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients in Mumbai to 5,722. A total of 6,632 or 84 per cent of the new patients were asymptomatic. With 57,534 COVID-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the total number of tests in Mumbai mounted to 1,46,22,530.
Of 38,127 hospital beds in the city, 5,722 or 15 per cent of beds are currently occupied. Mumbai's case recovery rate is 92 per cent while the overall case growth rate between January 9 and 15 stood at 1.40 per cent. The case doubling rate in Mumbai is now 48 days, the bulletin said. The BMC has sealed 54 buildings after a high number of COVID-19 cases were reported on their premises. (PTI)
COVID19 | Delhi reports 18,286 new cases & 28 deaths in last 24 hours; Active cases declines to 89,819. Positivity rate at 27.87% (ANI)
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday ruled out the possibility of imposing day curfew as of now to contain the spread of COVID-19 even when the overall positivity rate is nearly 13 per cent in the state and 28.23 per cent in Agartala. However, the night curfew would continue, Deb said. “There is no immediate plan to impose day curfew though the rate of positivity is quite high. The government is monitoring the situation and is trying to ensure that normal life and economic growth are not hindered,” the chief minister, who also holds the health portfolio, told reporters here. He also appealed to people to maintain COVID-appropriate behaviour like wearing face masks, using hand sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing. “There is nothing to panic. We can recover in home isolation. In case of any serious symptoms, people should consult health officials, doctors, ASHA workers, or hospitals. Our health infrastructure is good and we will be able to tackle the third wave of the COVID-19,” Deb said. Tripura recorded 546 new coronavirus infections and three fatalities in the last 24 hours, health officials said on Sunday. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, 90,935 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 835 patients have succumbed to the infection in the border state. (PTI)
A total of 275 doctors and paramedics of various hospitals in Kashmir have tested positive for COVID-19 since January 1 this year, officials said on Sunday. Professor and Head of Department, Community Medicine, GMC Srinagar, Dr Salim Khan said 145 doctors, 130 MBBS students and 130 paramedics have tested positive for COVID-19 in GMC Srinagar and associated hospitals since January 1. He said most of the infected have mild symptoms. “No one among them has been hospitalised, but, they are in isolation. Hopefully, they will report back in a week's time,” Khan said. Khan appealed to the people to avoid visiting hospitals unnecessarily. “Hospitals are most frequented places by infected people. Visit hospitals only in case of emergency. No need to visit your near and dear ones admitted to hospitals or isolated/ quarantined at homes. Please follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and all standard operating procedures,” he said. (PTI)
The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 8,30,923 on Sunday after the addition of 6,380 new cases, while the death toll increased by two to 10,545, a health department official said. The positivity rate stood at 7.7 per cent against 6.6 per cent recorded on Saturday, when the state had recorded 5,315 infections, he said. Madhya Pradesh's recovery count stood at 7,90,269 after 1,785 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, leaving the state with 30,109 active cases, the official said. Indore and Bhopal, the two worst coronavirus-hit cities in Madhya Pradesh, registered 1,852 and 1175 cases, respectively, during the past 24 hours, he added. With 82,703 samples examined during the day, the total number of tests conducted so far in MP went up to 2,47,58,749, the official said. A total of 10,74,63,788 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far in MP, including 1,20,927 on Sunday, an official release said. Coronavirus figures in MP are as follows: Total cases 8,30,923, new cases 6,380, death toll 10,545, recoveries 7,90,269, active cases 30,109, number of tests so far 2,47,58,749. (PTI)
Karnataka on Sunday added 34,047 fresh infections and 13 deaths to its COVID-19 tally, the Health Department said. The number of new cases so far is 32,20,087 and the death toll 38,431. A bulletin said 5,902 people were discharged and took the total number of recoveries to 29,83,645. Active cases stood at 1,97,982. Bengaluru urban district saw most of the cases with 21,071 infections and five deaths. Other districts too saw fresh cases: 1,892 in Mysuru, 1,373 in Tumakuru, 1,171 in Hassan, 782 in Dakshina Kannada, 722 in Bengaluru Rural and 709 in Mandya. There were two deaths in Dakshina Kannada and one each in Chikkaballapura, Hassan, Kalaburagi, Mandya, Mysuru and Ramanagara. There were zero fatalities in 23 districts. The positivity rate for the day was 19.29 per cent and the case fatality rate 0.03 per cent. A total of 1,74,470 samples were tested in the State and they included the 1,42,652 RT-PCR tests today. This took the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 5.9 crore. There were 37,086 people who got inoculated and they took the total vaccinated till now to 9.14 crore, the department said. (PTI)
#covid19 | 41,327 new cases & 29 deaths reported in Maharashtra today; Active caseload stands at 2,65,346 8 Omicron infections were reported in the state today, taking the case tally to 1,738. (ANI)
Gujarat reported 10,150 fresh COVID cases, 6,096 recoveries and 8 deaths in the last 24 hours
COVID19 | Goa reports 3,232 new cases & 7 deaths today; Active caseload at 21,381 (ANI)
Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, the IOA chief said on Sunday.
Both Batra and his wife are asymptomatic. “Chetna & I Have Tested Positive for Covid Today on 16th January in Asymptomatic Category,” the top IOA official said in a WhatsApp message. “All our Family, Friends and Colleagues who Came in Contact With us Since 14th January are Requested to Please Have Themselves Examined. “We Have Been asked to Stay in Quarantine Till Saturday 22nd January. We are Available on Phone,” Batra added. Batra's father had tested positive for COVID-19 along with two of his attendants and as many security guards posted at his house in May, 2020. Batra had recently attended the Queens Baton Relay for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday, when Tokyo Olympic silver medallist wrestler Ravi Dahiya kicked off the symbolic run. (PTI)
Denmark lifted a number of coronavirus restrictions and allowed the reopening of certain venues Sunday despite the spread of the omicron variant in the country. Cinemas, zoos, museums and theatres were among the places that could welcome visitors again. Limited numbers of spectators also were allowed to attend indoor and outdoor sports events. Visitors are required to wear masks at most of these places and provide proof that they have been vaccinated or have recovered or recently tested negative for COVID-19. The government is planning to relax coronavirus restrictions further in Denmark, a country of 5.8 million, on Jan 31. Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke told reporters earlier this week that the government was monitoring the pandemic situation carefully and “wouldn't have supported the reopening if it hadn't been for a clear approach both from our own and from external experts”. (AP)
COVID19 | Mumbai reports 7,895 new cases & 11 deaths today; Active cases 60,371 (ANI)
Austria's government proposed on Sunday setting the minimum age for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations against COVID-19 at 18 and rolling out the programme in stages from Feb. 1, seeking to build broad consensus for the disputed step. The conservative-led government had said last month it intended the mandate to apply to all people aged 14 and up, the first European Union country to make vaccinations compulsory for the general population. “This is not a fight between the vaccinated and unvaccinated,” Chancellor Karl Nehammer, just emerging from quarantine after contracting COVID-19, told a news conference in Vienna a day after thousands marched against the plan. Nehammer said the government needs to press ahead because too many remain unvaccinated to allow people to mingle freely, stressing the need to avoid more lockdowns. (Reuters)
Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 34,712 on Sunday as 313 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department bulletin said. As many as 369 people had tested positive for COVID-19 and two patients had succumbed to the disease in Sikkim on Saturday. The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 413 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours. Of the new cases, East Sikkim logged 219, followed by 57 in West Sikkim, 33 in South Sikkim, and four in North Sikkim. The Himalayan state now has 1,989 active cases, while 31,874 people have recovered from the infection, and 436 patients have migrated to other states. The state has tested 2,92,519 samples for COVID-19 so far. Sikkim's COVID-19 single-day positivity rate stood at 25.4 per cent, while the recovery ratio was 93 per cent. (PTI)
State media are reporting the Chinese city of Xi'an has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown as authorities sought to stamp out a local outbreak. State-owned broadcaster CCTV reported Sunday that certain counties and development zones in Xi'an had begun restoring production, citing a news conference by Xi'an officials. They also said that lockdown measures had been either partially or completely lifted in some communities that have been designated as lower risk, allowing people to leave their homes for a limited time to purchase daily necessities. The partial lifting of measures comes after the city went into strict lockdown on Dec 22, following a local coronavirus outbreak that officials attributed to the delta variant. The city has reported over 2,000 infections since December last year. (AP)
Death toll: 50,832
150 deaths have been added to the death tally as per the guidelines of the Central government.
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2022
Uttar Pradesh | FIR has been registered against Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and others in Noida for violating COVID norms while campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections: Gautam Budh Nagar Police (ANI)
Punjab | An FIR has been filed against SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia, after receiving an application from Manjit Kumar, flying squad magistrate, stating violation of #covid19 norms at Golden Gate by Majithia. Around 200-250 people were gathered there: ADCP City-1, Navjot Singh (ANNI)
Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, the renowned Shree Dwarkadhish Temple of Lord Krishna at Dwarka in Gujarat will remain closed for devotees from January 17 to 23 to avoid overcrowding due to 'Purnima', temple officials said on Sunday. The Gujarat government had recently issued guidelines to stem the rise in coronavirus cases, which include an attendance cap of 150 persons in open spaces and 50 per cent of the capacity of a closed space venue not exceeding 150 persons. “A large number of devotees visit Shree Dwarkadhish Temple every Purnima, which falls on January 17. To avoid overcrowding amid a rise in coronavirus cases, it has been decided to keep the temple closed for devotees from January 17 to 23. Daily prayers will be offered by priests, which can be viewed live online,” said the administrative office of the temple in a press release. (PTI)
The demand for reopening of schools in Maharashtra will be considered after the next 10-15 days as there is a low incidence of coronavirus infection in children and students are suffering education loss, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said here on Sunday. He said the final decision will be taken by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Schools have been shut in Maharashtra till February 15 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the state. “Demands are rising from certain quarters for reopening of schools as children are suffering the education loss. We will consider it after 10-15 days as there is a low (rate of) infection among children. The chief minister will take the final call in this regard,” Tope told reporters. (PTI)
The health condition of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who remains admitted in the ICU of a hospital in Mumbai, is improving, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said here on Sunday. The 92-year-old singer tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai last week. “Lata Mangeshkar's condition is improving. I spoke to authorities of the Breach Candy Hospital who updated me about her health. I told them that the spokesperson of the hospital should provide updates on the singer's condition as people are eager to know about her health,” Tope told reporters in Jalna. After discussing with her family members, the Breach Candy Hospital can update about the health of the veteran singer, Tope said. (PTI)
J&K | The cases of #covid are increasing for last 1-2 weeks. Omicron variant also reported. We're monitoring the situation & have made necessary arrangements like beds, oxygen. I urge people to follow SOPs &take vaccines: Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Director Health Services, Kashmir (ANI)
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2022
Andhra Pradesh reported 4,570 fresh cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours ending 9 am on Sunday, with the daily positivity rate crossing 15 per cent. The latest bulletin said 669 infected people had recovered and one more succumbed in 24 hours. The gross positives now touched 21,06,280, recoveries 20,65,000 and deaths 14,510, it said. The active caseload increased to 26,770. The two current hotspot districts Chittoor and Visakhapatnam registered 1,124 and 1,028 fresh cases respectively. Ten districts reported between 150 and 375 new cases each while West Godavari added 95. Chittoor district reported one fresh fatality in a day. (PTI)
No justification for keeping schools closed now due to COVID-19: World Bank Education Director Jaime Saavedra (PTI)
Telangana government extends vacation for all educational institutions till January 30 in view of rise in COVID-19 cases (PTI)
Schools have been declared shut in Tamil Nadu for all classes, due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The exams which were supposed to be held on January 19 are now postponed: Tamil Nadu govt (ANI)
Some people started creating confusion even before the vaccines were rolled out, but PM Modi was dedicated and encouraged our scientists, companies to continue the work and vaccination campaign: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on India's 1 Year Of Vaccine Drive (ANI)
Cases have started reducing for past 3 days, but we will look at a substantial decrease for the next 3-4 days. Positivity rate will reduce with time as patients admitted to hospitals are stagnant. Most of the deaths were due to comorbidities: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain (ANI)
Less testing doesn't mean fewer COVID-19 cases. Mild, asymptomatic, or high-risk contact cases, everyone gets tested. We're conducting 3 times more tests than required by the ICMR guidelines: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain (ANI)
Around 17,000 Covid cases expected in Delhi today. Conducting 3 times the tests recommended by ICMR: City Health Minister Satyendar Jain (PTI)
Hospital admissions have plateaued, Covid positivity rate will also come down: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain (PTI)
Restrictions by Delhi govt impacted spread of COVID-19, will monitor situation for three to four day before reviewing curbs: Satyendar Jain (PTI)
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar continues to be under treatment in the ICU of a city hospital here, the doctor treating her said on Sunday. The 92-year-old singer tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai last week. | Read More
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday sought to nix concerns over “fewer” Covid testing in the national capital, saying the diagnostic tests being conducted in the city is three times the number recommended by ICMR. All those who need to undergo testing are being tested, he said. | Read More
About 17,000 COVID cases expected today with case positivity also expected to decline; cases declining for the 3rd consecutive day if we see yesterday's numbers. About 67,000 tests were done yesterday: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain (ANI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah congratulates the nation on #1yearofvaccinedrive, says, “With unity, we can achieve any target.” (ANI)
COVID-19 | Puducherry reports 1,160 new cases, 1 death, and 142 recoveries today; Active cases stand at 7,602. Test positivity at 43.66% (ANI)
Odisha logs 11,177 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more fatalities. Daily positivity rate 14.5 per cent (PTI)
With India's Covid vaccination drive completing one year, BJP chief J P Nadda said the task of jabbing the country's huge population was made possible under the “stellar leadership” of PM Narendra Modi with over 92 per cent of population having received the first dose (PTI)
India's vaccination drive against COVID-19 completes one year. Over 156.76 crore vaccine doses administered so far. (PTI)