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Covid-19 Omicron Jan 21 Highlights: Karnataka sees sharp surge of nearly 50K cases today; Gujarat orders night curfew in 17 towns

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Omicron Variant Cases and Deaths in India Live, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine Registration January 21 Highlights: Covid explosion! India reported 3,47,254 fresh Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,85,66,027, which includes 9,692 cases of the Omicron variant, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Friday. The number of active cases in the country has also surged to 20,18,825, the highest in 235 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,88,396 with 703 fresh fatalities, the Health Ministry said. The active cases now account for 5.23% of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.5%, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate also increased to 17.94%.

As the number of Omicron-led Coronavirus infections continues to rise sharply in the country, states like Kerala and J& K have imposed new restrictions. The Karnataka government will soon decide on Covid curbs as cases continue to rise in the state. Karnataka is among the six ‘States of Concern’ flagged by the Union Health Ministry. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh are the rest of the states. The Centre has sent health teams to these states and is continuously reviewing the situation. These states have witnessed an uptick in the weekly positivity rate in the week ended January 20 compared to the weekly positive rate reported in the week ended January 13: Maharashtra (20.35% compared to 22.12%); Karnataka (6.78% compared to 15.12%); Tamil Nadu (10.70% compared to 20.50%); Kerala (12.28% compared to 32.34%); Delhi (21.70% compared to 30.53%) and Uttar Pradesh (3.32% compared to 6.33%). The Health Ministry said 515 districts across the country have reported a positivity rate of over 5% in the last one week, and the third wave triggered by the highly-infectious Omicron variant has spread to almost all parts of the country.

However, places like Delhi and Mumbai have been witnessing a declining trend in fresh Coronavirus infections for the past few days. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said it seems the peak of the Covid-19 third wave has gone past in Delhi. He, however, said, “Covid wave peak in Delhi may be gone, but still can’t say we are out of danger zone, need to watch trend.”

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22:34 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Latin America and Asia latest to get hit with omicron surge

In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is locking down residential communities as the country anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb 4. In Latin America and Asia, where the omicron variant is making its latest appearance, some countries are imposing such restrictions while others are loath to place new limits on populations already exhausted by previous constraints. Omicron quickly swept through the places it first hit, such as South Africa, the UK and the United States, pushing daily cases far higher than at any time during the pandemic. – AP

22:15 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: New COVID-19 cases in Mumbai drop further to 5,008, over 12,000 recover

Mumbai on Friday reported 5,008 new coronavirus infections, 700 less than the previous day, along with 12 deaths, the city civic body said. With this, the city's COVID-19 case tally rose to 10,28,715 while the death toll reached 16,512, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin said. This was the third day in a row that daily COVID-19 cases dropped in the country's financial capital. On Thursday, 5,708 COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths had been reported in the city. With 12,913 patients discharged during the day, the number of recovered patients rose to 9,95,338. – PTI

22:04 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Delhi sees 10,756 new Covid cases; positivity rate declines to 18.04 per cent

Delhi logged 10,756 fresh Covid cases and 38 more fatalities due to the infection on Friday, while the positivity rate declined to 18.04 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. As many as 434 people have succumbed to the disease in January so far. According to officials, 59,629 Covid tests were conducted on Thursday, as against 57,290 a day ago. Delhi on Thursday reported 12,306 Covid cases and 43 fatalities, while the positivity rate was 21.48 per cent. On Wednesday, the city had logged 35 deaths and 13,785 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 23.86 per cent.

22:03 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Karnataka ready to shut down schools? This is what minister says

The decision to shut the schools will be taken keeping schools as a unit. If any COVID19 positivity comes into a school, the school will have to be closed: Karnataka Primary & Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh – ANI

20:48 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Guj govt announces night curfew for 17 towns with high COVID-19 positivity rate

In light of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat government on Friday announced night curfew for 17 more towns with high positivity rate and extended the implementation in eight metros and two cities till January 29. While the timing of the night curfew remains unchanged from 10 pm to 6 am, 17 more towns have been added to the list of places where it will be enforced from January 22 till January 29, a government release stated. At the same time, the government has relaxed home delivery services for hotels and restaurants to 24 hours, while permitting these establishments to operate with 75 per cent capacity till 10 pm, it was stated. – PTI

20:40 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: 48,049 new cases recorded in Karnataka, 29,068 from Bengaluru alone

Continuing to register a surge in cases, Karnataka on Friday logged 48,049 new cases of COVID-19, and 22 fatalities, taking the tally to 34,25,002 and the death toll to 38,537. The state had recorded 47,754 fresh infections on Thursday. Of the new cases today, 29,068 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 7,196 people being discharged and 6 virus-related deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now at 3,23,143. There were 18,115 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 30,63,292, a health department bulletin said. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 19.23 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.04 per cent. – PTI

20:17 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: MP adds 9,603 COVID-19 cases to tally, positivity rate now 12 pc

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 8,71,632 on Friday with the addition of 9,603 cases, while the death toll increased by four to reach 10,557 in the last 24 hours, a health department official said. The positivity rate, or cases detected per 100 tests, stood at 12.0 per cent, up from 11.7 per cent recorded on Thursday, when the addition to the tally was 9,385, he said. The recovery count was 8,05,990 after 4,255 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, leaving the state with 55,085 active cases, the official said. Indore and Bhopal, the two worst coronavirus-hit cities in Madhya Pradesh, registered 2,838 and 1,991 cases, respectively, during the past 24 hours, he added.

19:30 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: China’s local COVID cases fall while infections grow in Beijing city

China reported on Friday the lowest daily tally of confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in nearly two months, while infections edged up in the capital Beijing amid high virus alert before its hosting of the Winter Olympics Games.China reported 23 domestically transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms for Thursday, official data showed on Friday, down from 43 a day earlier.This marks the fourth consecutive day of decline in local symptomatic cases, with the lowest daily case load since Nov. 29, after a national strategy to extinguish flare-ups as quickly as possible forced the worst-hit cities to lock down affected communities and cut non-essential business activity.Volkswagen said its FAW-Volkswagen vehicle assembly plant in the city of Tianjin resumed production on Friday after shutting down on Jan. 10 due to a COVID-19 outbreak. – Reuters

19:29 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Poland widens testing as COVID cases hit record

Poles will be able to get tested for COVID-19 in pharmacies free of charge, the government said on Friday, after the country reported a record 36,665 daily cases as the Omicron variant takes hold.Authorities have warned that the latest wave of the pandemic will drive case numbers to levels as yet unseen in the European Union's largest eastern member, with estimates of the peak ranging from 60,000 to as many as 140,000 daily cases.Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said that on Saturday the country could report over 40,000 daily cases. A week ago the figure was just over 16,000. – Reuters

19:01 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Pandemic darlings face the boot as investors eye return to normal life

Stay-at-home market darling Netflix slumped on Friday, joining a broad decline in the market value of other pandemic favourites this week as investors priced in expectations for a return to normality as more countries gradually relax COVID restrictions.The selloff which began after Netflix and Peloton posted disappointing quarterly earnings spread to the wider stay-at-home sector as analysts judged the new Omicron coronavirus variant will not deliver the same economic headwinds seen in the first phase of the pandemic in 2020.”The is a confirmation that the economy is gradually moving towards some sort of normalisation,” said Andrea Cicione, head of strategy at TS Lombard.”What we think is very interesting is that Omicron, because of its very high infectiousness, very low morbidity compared to previous waves such as the Delta variant, might actually be the first tangible sign that the pandemic is evolving in the direction that we all expected, i.e. that it would become a manageable endemic disease like the flu.” – Reuters

18:41 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Switzerland will now give booster jabs to teens

A Reuters report says that the Swiss authorities have decided to rollout booster vaccination programme for kids between age of 12 and 15. This means that this would be the third dose for eligible beneficiaries apart from the two-dose regimen. Pfizer jabs have been selected for the booster plan by Switzerland, the Reuters report says.

18:27 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Nano bubbles in blood of Covid patients could treat, prevent infection with coronavirus variants

Scientists in the US have identified tiny natural bubbles containing the ACE2 protein (evACE2) in the blood of COVID-19 patients that can block infection from broad strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The evACE2 are lipid vesicles in nanoparticle size that express the ACE2 protein on cells. These bubbles act as decoys to lure the SARS-CoV-2 virus away from the ACE2 protein, which acts as a gateway for the virus to infect cells. The evACE2 can serve as a therapeutic to be developed for prevention and treatment for current and future strains of SARS-CoV-2 and subsequent coronaviruses, the researchers said. Once developed as a therapeutic product, evACE2 have the potential to benefit people as a biological treatment with minimal toxicities, they said. – PTI

18:15 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Andhra pradesh records a hike of 30 pct in daily Covid positivity rate

The daily infection positivity rate shot up to 30 per cent as 44,516 tests turned out 13,212 Covid-19 positive cases in Andhra Pradesh in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday. Consequently, the number of active cases climbed to 64,136. The state reported five fresh Covid-19 fatalities and 2,942 recoveries in 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. The cumulative case count is now 21,53,268, recoveries 20,74,600 and deaths 14,532, the bulletin added. Visakhapatnam district reported the highest of 2,244 fresh coronavirus cases and three deaths in 24 hours. Chittoor district registered 1,585 more cases and one death. Anantapuramu added 1,235, Srikakulam 1,230, Guntur 1,054 and SPS Nellore 1,051 new cases. (PTI)

17:51 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Bombay HC seeks reply from Centre, Maharashtra govt on plea for policy on booster doses

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Union Government, Maharashtra Government and the Mumbai civic body to file reply to a petition seeking a policy for administering booster doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines. Advocate Aditya Thakkar, appearing for the Centre, told a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anil Kilor that guidelines have been framed for administering `precaution doses' to senior citizens and frontline workers. The bench then asked the Union government, the state and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file reply affidavits within ten days. Lawyers Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari, who have filed the public interest litigation, submitted that a third wave of COVID-19 was likely and therefore there was an urgent need to administer booster doses (to those who have had their first two doses of vaccines). The hearing was adjourned for two weeks. (PTI)

17:38 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma contracts virus

Conrad Sangam, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, has tested positive for Covid-19 infection. The leader took to Twitter to make an announcement via his Twitter handle. In a brief post, Sangma said that he has 'mild symptoms' and that he is in isolation right now. He has also asked those who came in his contact in last few days to take the Covid test

17:18 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Despite steep rise in cases, Karnataka ends weekend lockdown

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday held a key meet and decided to end weekend lockdown in the state. But the night curfew will remain in force, the officials say. Curbs on rallies, fairs will also remain in force

16:44 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Omicron Latest News Today: Tamil Nadu orders complete lockdown on Jan 23

Amid sharp surge in new Covid cases, Tamil Nadu has become first state to order total lockdown. Chief Minister MK Stalin announced the lockdown on January 23. The Sunday lockdown will be a hard lockdown. This means that except for buses and taxis in limited numbers, nothing will be allowed to operate. No movement, opening of markets will be allowed. Several states have issued curbs such as night curfews etc, but the surge remains unabated.

15:31 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pakistan records highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases

Pakistan on Friday recorded its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic with 7,678 new patients, showing a worrying spike as the country struggles to contain the fifth wave of the contagion. The country has reported 23 fatalities, taking the death toll to 29,065, according to the Ministry of National Health Services. At the same time, the number of positive cases surged to 13,53,479, it said. The previous highest of 6,825 was reported on June 13, 2020, the ministry data showed. The first coronavirus patient was detected in February, 2020. (PTI)

15:13 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Himachal Pradesh reports five-fold surge in active cases in 10 days

Himachal Pradesh’s active Covid-19 caseload has witnessed a five-fold rise in the past 10 days, Health Department data showed. The number of active cases increased from 2,793 on January 8 to 14,918 on January 19. A government spokesperson told The Indian Express that the number of hospital admissions had also risen with the bed occupancy going up nearly five times in a 10-day period. READ MORE

14:28 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Chhattisgarh CM instructs officials to conduct audit of COVID-19 casualties

Expressing concern over the rise in COVID-19 casualties, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has instructed health officials to conduct an audit of deaths due to the infection, an official said. The state has reported 82 deaths in the last 10 days due to the infection and comorbidities, the official said. The state on Thursday reported 15 deaths, the highest single-day fatalities since the cases started increasing early this month. “The chief minister has expressed serious concern over the sudden increase in the number of deaths due to COVID-19,” the official from the state public relations department said. After receiving information about 15 deaths, Baghel directed the principal secretary of the health department to ensure that an audit is conducted for each of the casualties, he said. (PTI)

14:00 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Lt Governor Anil Baijal allows private offices in Delhi to run with 50% staff

Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Friday approved the Delhi government's proposal to allow private offices to function with 50 per cent staff but suggested maintaining the status quo on lifting weekend curfew and removing odd-even rule for the opening of shops in the markets, sources said. Any decision on lifting the weekend curfew could be taken once the COVID-19 situation in Delhi improves further, they said. Earlier in the day, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a press conference that the Delhi government has proposed lifting weekend curfew, ending the odd-even system for opening of shops and allowing private offices to run with 50 per cent staff in the city. The proposal approved by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been sent to Lt Governor Anil Baijal for his consent, he said. (PTI)

13:52 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Poland sees new daily record of 36,665 COVID cases

Poland on Friday will see a record of 36,665 new daily COVID-19 infections, Deputy Health Minister Waldemar Kraska said ahead of the release of official figures. He added that cases will continue to be very high in the coming days, climbing over 50,000 next week. (Reuters)

13:51 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Singapore approves COVID-19 vaccine boosters for age 12-17s

Singapore will extend its COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to adolescents aged 12 to 17 years from next month, its health ministry said on Friday. Singapore is among the first few countries to recommend boosters for that age group, following Germany, the United States, Israel and Hungary. (Reuters)

13:12 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Harbhajan Singh tests positive for COVID-19, under home quarantine

Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under home quarantine. The 41-year-old veteran spinner, who announced his retirement from all forms of the game last month, has mild symptoms. “I've tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions,” Harbhajan tweeted. “I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care,” he added. (PTI)

12:59 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: 95 new COVID-19 cases in Andamans, tally rises to 9,033

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 9,033 on Friday as 95 more people tested positive for the infection, 64 less than the previous day, a health bulletin said. Twenty-five new patients have travel history, while 70 infections were detected during contact tracing, it said. The Union territory now has 465 active cases, while 8,439 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 73 in the last 24 hours. (PTI)

12:57 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Former Kerala CM V S Achuthanandan hospitalised after testing COVID-19 positive

Former Kerala Chief Minister, V S Achuthanandan was admitted to a hospital here on Friday after he tested positive for COVID-19. The 98-year-old CPI(M) leader was shifted to a private hospital in the city after he contracted the virus from the nurse, who has been taking care of him. “He was quarantined at home… Unfortunately, the nurse who was taking care of him tested positive for the virus and father also was found to be positive yesterday. He was admitted to a hospital here,” Achuthanandan's son V A Arun Kumar said in a social media post. (PTI)

12:47 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Ladakh reports 149 fresh COVID-19 cases

Ladakh has reported 149 fresh cases of coronavirus infections, taking the tally to 24,034 while the active cases in the union territory is stated to be 1047, officials said. The union territory has recorded 222 covid-related deaths — 164 in Leh and 58 in Kargil — since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, they said. However,there was no death reported from the union territory on Thursday, they said. As many as 122 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in Ladakh. The total number of cured patients is 22,765, they said. (PTI)

12:37 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Sputnik V Covid vaccine shows higher Omicron-specific antibodies than Pfizer, says study

The levels of Omicron-neutralising antibodies of people vaccinated with two doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine did not decline as much as of those who had Pfizer shots, according to a small study. The joint Russian-Italian study — funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund which markets Sputnik V — compared the blood serum samples of people taken three to six months after the second dose of the two vaccines. The yet-to-be peer-reviewed study, posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on January 19, was conducted by scientists from the Spallanzani Institute in Italy and Gamaleya Institute in Russia, the developer of the vaccine. The study found that Sputnik V vaccine demonstrates more than 2 times higher levels of virus neutralising antibodies to Omicron variant than two doses of Pfizer vaccine. (PTI)

12:19 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Pakistan records most daily COVID cases since pandemic began

Pakistan reported on Friday over 7,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day, its highest daily number of infections since the pandemic began, as the south Asian nation imposes new restrictions to curb the fast-spreading Omicron variant. At least 7,678 cases in the past 24 hours pushed the positivity ratio to 12.93%, the highest ever in the last two years, 23 deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours, according to data from the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC), which is overseeing the pandemic response. Karachi, the country’s largest city, recorded its highest ever positivity ratio of 46.58% in the last 24 hours. (Reuters)

11:53 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Arunachal logs 449 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally climbs to 58,271

Arunachal Pradesh registered 449 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, its highest single-day spike for January so far, as the tally climbed to 58,271, a senior health department official said. The death toll remained at 282 as no fresh fatality was reported in the past 24 hours, State Surveillance Officer (SSO) Lobsang Jampa said. The northeastern state had on Thursday logged 435 infections. It has been witnessing a spurt in coronavirus cases since January 4, with 2,919 new cases reported since then. Out of Friday's count, 172 cases were registered in the Capital Complex Region, 47 from Namsai, Papumpare (40), West Kameng (35), Changlang (29), Lohit (28), East Siang (22) and West Siang (18), the official said. (PTI)

11:49 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Laurus Labs inks pact with MPP to produce molnupiravir

Drug firm Laurus Labs on Friday said it has inked a pact with Geneva-based MPP (Medicine Patient Pool) for manufacturing the oral COVID-19 antiviral medication molnupiravir. “We are happy to sign an agreement to manufacture the oral COVID-19 antirviral medication, which is an urgent need of the hour, this is one of the most critical step towards fighting the pandemic and we are happy to contribute to the mission,” Laurus Labs Founder and CEO Satyanarayana Chava said in a regulatory filing. Molnupiravir is an orally administered ribonucleoside analog that inhibits the replication of SARS CoV2, and clinical studies have shown this drug to be active against the most common COVID-19 variants. (PTI)

11:47 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Live Tracker: Daily COVID-19 cases dip, active cases shoot up in Pondy

Puducherry witnessed a dip in number of daily cases of coronavirus with 2,528 infections being reported in the last twenty-four hours ending 10 a.m. on Friday while the active cases increased. The new cases were identified at the end of examination of 6,093 samples. The active cases however shot up to 14,122 against 13,053 cases on Thursday. While 139 of the 14,122 active cases were in hospitals the remaining 13,983 cases were in home isolation. Of the 2,528 cases reported today, Puducherry accounted for 1,985 cases followed by 411 in Karaikal, 105 in Yanam and twenty-seven in Mahe region. (PTI)

11:34 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Delhi expected to record 10,500 COVID-19 cases with positivity rate of 17-18% today, says Satyendar Jain
  • Delhi expected to record 10,500 COVID-19 cases with positivity rate of 17-18% today: Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
  • Of the 43 fatalities recorded on Thursday, COVID-19 was primary cause in only three: Health Minister Jain.
  • Experts said Delhi will record 1 lakh cases daily, but we averted that danger.Will take call on lifting more curbs within 3-4 days: Jain. (PTI)
  • 11:31 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Qantas to cut more domestic capacity after W. Australia delays border opening

    Qantas Airways Ltd will cut domestic capacity by 10 more percentage points, to 60% of pre-pandemic levels, in the March quarter after the state of Western Australia indefinitely delayed opening its border, the carrier said on Friday. The opening planned for Feb. 5, was cancelled late on Thursday, with authorities in Western Australia citing health risks from a surge in the Omicron variant of coronavirus in eastern states. In a statement, Qantas said, “The group retains the flexibility to adjust flying levels depending on demand and clarity on border re-opening in the weeks and months ahead. (Reuters)

    11:06 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Beijing Games torch relay confined to closed venues due to COVID

    The Beijing Winter Olympics torch relay will be cordoned off from the public because of concern about the spread of the coronavirus, organisers said on Friday. The relay involving 1,200 torchbearers will begin on Feb. 2 and wind up just two days later, on Feb. 4, when the Games open in the capital, Beijing, and neighbouring Hebei province. “This torch relay will always prioritise safety,” Yang Haibin, an official from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports told a briefing. “Taking into account factors such as epidemic prevention … the torch relay and ceremonial activities will be arranged in safe and controllable closed venues.” Beijing, the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games, is on high-alert for the coronavirus after a handful of small outbreaks in various parts of the country that authorities have responded to with sweeping restrictions and mass testing. (Reuters)

    10:56 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: ‘Isolation’ not mandatory for foreign arrivals testing Covid positive — Authorities

    Travellers arriving in India from any country who will test positive for COVID-19 shall be treated/isolated as per the laid down standard protocol and will not mandatorily be managed at an isolation facility, authorities have said. According to the revised 'Guidelines for International Arrivals' released on Thursday, the new norm will apply from January 22 till further order. The rest of the provisions have remained the same in the revised guidelines. (PTI)

    10:42 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Odisha logs 9,833 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

    Odisha on Friday reported a slight dip in fresh COVID-19 cases, as 9,833 more people tested positive for the virus, raising the tally to 11,87,295, the health department said in a bulletin. The death toll mounted to 8,507 with six new fatalities, including two in Cuttack, it said. The state had Thursday logged 10,368 single-day infections and seven deaths. Khurda district, where state capital Bhubaneswar is situated, registered more than a quarter of the fresh cases with 2,946 infections, followed by 1,134 in Sundargarh and 774 in Cuttack, the bulletin said. (PTI)

    10:24 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Adele postpones Las Vegas residency due to COVID-19

    British pop star Adele indefinitely postponed her residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas as many of the members from her team and crew tested COVID-19 positive. The multiple Grammy-winning singer made the announcement in a video she shared on her official Twitter and Instagram pages. “I'm so sorry. My show ain't ready. We've tried absolutely everything that we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you but we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and Covid,” the teary-eyed singer said. (PTI)

    10:20 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Jharkhand slashes RTPCR, RAT rates by Rs 100

    The Jharkhand government has reduced the rates for RTPCR and rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 by Rs 100 with immediate effect, an official order said. An RTPCR test in the state will now cost Rs 300 and a rapid antigen test can be done at Rs 50, it said. Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, Arun Kumar Singh, said the decision was taken following a reduction in prices of testing materials. (PTI)

    10:08 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Live Tracker: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sends a recommendation to Lt Gov to end weekend curfew
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sends a recommendation to Lt Gov to end weekend curfew
  • In the proposal, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also asked to remove the odd-even system in the markets & to allow private offices to operate at 50% capacity. (ANI)
  • 09:52 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: World Bank approves $750 mln development policy loan to South Africa for Covid response

    World Bank approves $750 mln development policy loan to South Africa for Covid response – National Treasury statement (Reuters)

    09:38 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Over 12.73 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses still available with states/UTs

    More than 159.91 crore #covid19 vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far; over 12.73 crore balance & unutilized vaccine doses are still available with States/UTs to be administered: Union Health Ministry (ANI)

    09:24 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Active cases cross 20 lakh in India

    India reports 3,47,254 new COVID cases (29,722 more than yesterday), 703 deaths, and 2,51,777 recoveries in the last 24 hours

    Active case: 20,18,825Daily positivity rate: 17.94%

    9,692 total Omicron cases detected so far; an increase of 4.36% since yesterday (ANI)

    09:04 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: India reports 347,254 new Covid-19 cases, 703 deaths
  • India's daily Covid-19 cases rise by 347,254 – Health Ministry
  • India's total Covid-19 cases reach 38.57 mln – Health Ministry
  • India's daily Covid-19 deaths rise by 703 – Health Ministry
  • India's overall Covid-19 death toll reaches 488,396 – Health Ministry (Reuters)
  • 09:01 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: As COVID-19 cases surge in J&K, chief secy directs employees to work from home

    Taking cognisance of the rising COVID-19 cases in the union territory, Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta on Thursday impressed upon all departments to permit a suitable percentage of the workforce to work from home. Mehta gave this direction during a meeting of the COVID task force to review the rising coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir. He directed the strict implementation of the CAB and set protocols to break the chain of transmission. The chief secretary appealed to the public to remain indoors and avoid visiting crowded places, besides urging them to voluntarily declare micro-containment zones in the areas that are seeing a large number of positive cases. (PTI)

    09:00 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

    Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as Japan widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant causing cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas. The restraint, which is something of a pre-state of emergency, is the first since September and is scheduled to last through February 13. With three other prefectures — Okinawa, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi — under similar measures since early January, the state of restraint now covers 16 areas, or one-third, of the country. (AP)

    08:53 (IST) 21 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Covid19 Live Tracker: Thane district’s infection tally up by 3,252; eight more die

    With the addition of 3,252 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 6,84,672, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday, he said. With the virus claiming the lives of eight more persons, the death toll in the district stood at 11,686. Thane's COVID-19 mortality rate stands at 1.70 per cent, he added. (PTI)

    23:02 (IST) 20 Jan 2022
    Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Pune district records 14,424 COVID-19 cases, highest since pandemic began

    Pune district on Thursday recorded 14,424 new coronavirus cases, the highest in a day since the pandemic began in 2020, said a health official. Nine patients died in the district during the day. The caseload in the district rose to 12,96,398 while death toll rose to 19,333. The district's positivity rate (cases detected per 100 tests) is over 35 per cent. Earlier, on April 18, 2021, Pune district had recorded 12,836 new cases, a record. But significantly, the number of deaths on that day was much higher at 100. – PTI

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