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India reports 3,688 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: India reported a slight rise in coronavirus cases, recording 3,688 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

The country had registered as many as 3,377 COVID-19 cases on Friday.
The Health Ministry informed that active cases in the country have increased to 18,684 which accounts for 0.04 per cent of the total cases.

A total of 2,755 COVID patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,25,33,377. The recovery rate is 98.74 per cent.

With 4,96,640 COVID-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally has risen to 83.74 crore tests.

The country reported 50 COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative death tally to 5,23,803.

The daily cases positivity rate saw a rise from 0.71 per cent (on Friday) to 0.74 per cent (on Saturday). The weekly positivity rate saw an uptick from 0.63 per cent (on Friday) to 0.66 per cent (on Saturday).

As far as vaccination is concerned, 22,58,059 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered during this period. With this, the total number of vaccine jabs administered under the nationwide vaccination drive so far went up to 1,88,89,90,935. (ANI)

Covid Threat : IIT Madras reports 180+ COVID cases so far

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: A total of 181 COVID-19 cases reported from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras till now, informed Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan on Thursday.

The Health Secretary informed that IIT Madras has not been closed as of now, however, the government along with campus authorities are trying their best to ensure that the COVID cluster does not spread to the other places from the university.
“Total 171 Covid19 cases detected in IIT-Madras campus till now,” Radhakrishnan said in a briefing yesterday.

Further, he said, “Few more cases have been reported in IIT Madras. These all are part of our saturation test. There is nothing to panic about. We have not closed the institution. We are ensuring that the cluster doesn’t spread to other places.”

Meanwhile, the IIT Madras authorities have asked people to get themselves tested in case they observe any COVID-19-related symptoms and advised everyone to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and practice all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Earlier on Wednesday, IIT Madras had 111 COVID-19 positive cases in the campus, according to the Tamil Nadu health department. (ANI)

 

India’s fresh COVID-19 cases breach 3000 mark

New Delhi [India]: India on Thursday witnessed an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases, with 3,303 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, the union health ministry reported. There were 39 fatalities over the same period.

On Wednesday 2,927 COVID-19 cases were reported from the country.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today informed that this single-day rise of these fresh cases pushed India’s coronavirus tally to 4,30,68,799. Moreover, the death toll from the virus rose to 5,23,693 in the country.

Of the fresh COVID-19 cases recorded today, Delhi accounted for 1367 cases which is 58.61 percent of the total cases, followed by Maharashtra with 186 cases and the rest of the cases were reported in other states.

India’s active caseload currently stands at 16,980 which accounts for 0.04 per cent of the total cases.

As the country reels under the pandemic, the ministry data mentioned that as many as 2,563 recoveries were logged in the last 24 hours from this virus thereby taking the total recoveries to 4,25,28,126.

The daily positivity rate has been recorded at 0.66 per cent with 4,97,669 COVID-19 tests being conducted in the last 24 hours. The weekly positivity rate was also reported at 0.61 per cent.

On the COVID-19 vaccination front, 188.40 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. (ANI)

India logs 2,927 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, Jump in cases

New Delhi [India]: Witnessing a steady rise in the number of new COVID-19 infections, India reported 2,927 new cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, India recorded 2,483 new COVID-19 cases.
The active caseload has also increased from 15,636 to 16,279. The active cases account for 0.04 per cent of the total cases.

A total of 2,252 COVID patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,25,25,563. The recovery rate is 98.75 per cent.

According to the Ministry, 32 patients succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic is now at 5,23,654.

The daily cases positivity rate also saw a rise from 0.55 per cent (on Tuesday) to 0.58 per cent (on Wednesday). The weekly positivity rate stands at 0.59.

As many as 5,05,065 COVID samples were tested in the last 24 hours. A total of 83.59 crore tests have been conducted in the country so far.

As far as vaccination is concerned, 21,97,082 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered during this period. With this, the total number of vaccine jabs administered under the nationwide vaccination drive so far went up to 1,88,19,40,971. (ANI)

India logs 2,483 new COVID-19 cases, daily positivity rate declines

New Delhi [India]: India recorded 2,483 new COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, recording a slight decline from the previous day’s 2541 cases.

The active caseload has also dipped from 16,522 to 15,636, while the positivity rate declined to 0.55 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare bulletin on Tuesday.
A total of 1,970 COVID patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,25,23,311. The recovery rate is 98.75 per cent.

As a total of 4,49,197 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally has risen to 83.54 crore tests.

The country has reported 1,399 COVID- related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative death tally to 52,3622.

According to the bulletin, 1347 deaths have been counted from Assam which includes COVID-19 patients who died due to other reasons.

“Assam: The total cases, discharges and deaths provided by the State in its media bulletin have been considered along with the number of COVID-19 positive patients died due to other reasons to reflect the current active case figures,” reads the bulletin.

However, it added, that the state has reported zero deaths in the last 24 hours.

As far as vaccination is concerned, 22,83,224 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered during this period. With this, the total number of vaccine jabs administered under the nationwide vaccination drive so far went up to 1,87,95,76,423. (ANI)

Health Ministry writes to states, UT over surge in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India]: Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday wrote to the governments of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, and Mizoram over the increasing positivity rate and cases and urged States, Union Territories to continue monitoring the spread of infection.

The ministry, in its official release, stated, “India has witnessed a sustained and significant decline in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past 2 months, with the country reporting about 1000 daily new cases for the past few weeks. The weekly positivity rate has remained below 1 per cent.”
“Recently, there are a few States which are reporting a higher contribution to India’s cases and higher positivity. This Ministry has advised all the States/UTs to follow a risk assessment-based approach on the opening of economic and social activities without losing the gains made so far in the fight against the pandemic,” it read.

The States and Union Territories are Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra, and Mizoram.

The States/UTs were advised by the ministry to continue monitoring the spread of infection and undertake the required steps for prompt and effective management of COVID-19. “The five-fold strategy. i.e. Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour with particular emphasis on wearing of masks in crowded areas should be followed,” the ministry said.

The ministry advised States/UTs to monitor clusters of new COVID-19 cases and undertake required containment efforts for curing the spread of infection. Further, the health ministry conveyed to States/UTs that adequate testing as per guidelines is required and further undertake required steps in areas reporting high case positivity rate.

Monitoring of Influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) cases in all health facilities on a regular basis for detecting early warning signals of the spread of infection should be focused upon by States and UTs, Bhushan said.

Genomic sequencing for prescribed samples of international passengers, collection of samples from sentinel sites (identified health facilities as well as sewage samples), and local clusters of cases also needs to be ensured, Bhushan informed.

The ministry advised ensuring COVID-19 vaccination of eligible populations including the primary vaccination as well administration of precaution doses.

The Health Ministry said that it is essential for States/UTs to maintain a strict watch and take pre-emptive action if required in areas of concern to control any emerging spread of infection. “Testing and Surveillance still remain important to track the virus, its spread and evolution,” Bhushan said.

The ministry pointed out that laxity at any level may nullify the gains in pandemic management so far. “Regular monitoring and prompt follow up action in emerging areas of concern is crucial. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will continue to provide requisite support to the States in this ongoing and collective effort,” the letter read.

India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases is at 4,30,45,527 on Tuesday, while the active cases increased to 11,860, according to the Union Health Ministry. (ANI)

COVID-19: Maharashtra on Alert amid rising cases in China, Europe, Korea and other nations

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Following the reports of a surge in COVID-19 cases in European countries and neighboring China, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday said the state government is on alert over the situation.

“We have received a letter from the central government to be on alert as there is a surge in COVID cases across European Countries, South Korea and China. Accordingly, our health department had issued a letter to DCs to be cautious and take necessary steps,” Tope said.
Maharashtra reported 171 new COVID cases and three deaths on Friday.

According to the state health department, 394 people recovered from the disease on Friday while the active number of cases stood at 1,680. With the new cases, the infection tally in the state reached 78,72,203. The new fatalities pushed the COVID death toll in Maharashtra to 1,43,765. (ANI)

 

India : 2,503 fresh COVID-19 cases, 27 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: India logged 2,503 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday.

On Sunday, India reported 3,116 new COVID-19 infections and 47 deaths.
The Ministry also informed that 27 fatalities in the last 24 hours have pushed the death toll to 5,15,877. Of these fatalities, Kerala reported 15 deaths, as per its state health bulletin.

The country’s total tally of COVID-19 cases has moved up to 4,29,93,494. The active caseload currently stands at 36,168 accounting for 0.08 per cent of the total cases, the health ministry said.

As many as 4,377 recoveries were reported from this virus in the last 24 hours thereby taking the total tally of recoveries to 4,24,41,449 in the country. The recovery rate is currently at 98.72 per cent.

The government data informed today that as many as 5,32,232 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours wherein a daily positivity rate of 0.47 per cent was observed.

Further, total tests conducted so far reached near 77.90 crores and the weekly positivity rate touched 0.47 per cent.

The health ministry informed that about 180.19 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive. (ANI)

Covid threat: Chinese cities impose COVID-19 restriction as cases spike

Beijing [China]: Amid a rapid resurgence of COVID-19 cases in China, two of the country’s biggest cities, Shenzhen and Shanghai, have imposed strict virus measures.

The recent spike in coronavirus cases has led to allowing rapid antigen tests for public use and resulted in the dismissal of senior officials for their slack response to the ongoing health crisis. The latest spike, described as the severest COVID-19 outbreaks in two years, has forced several major cities to go into lockdowns.
Shenzhen officials imposed a lockdown for one week. Nonessential workers are ordered to stay home and adults have been asked to undergo three P.C.R. tests. Similarly, Shanghai has entered a partial lockdown. Residents are barred from leaving the city unless it is necessary.

On Sunday, China’s National Health Commission reported 3,122 new virus cases, a rise from previous totals from 1,524 on Saturday. The average number of new virus cases in the country has reached 1,370 per day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Chinese state media reported that Chinese observers warned local governments to avoid taking extreme measures such as city lockdowns, as they would harm the local economy.

China isolates all virus cases, including those in the community, as part of its COVID Zero policy. State media tabloid Global Times reported that China must strive to achieve a new breakthrough in its COVID policy.

Meanwhile, the situation is not at ease even in the autonomous region of Hong Kong. About 300,000 Covid-19 patients and their close contacts in Hong Kong are now under home quarantine, according to the city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

The city chief also highlighted that it would be challenging for the authorities to keep up if the cases keep rising at the current rate. (ANI)

 

India reports 13,405 new COVID cases, 235 deaths in last 24 hours

               

New Delhi [India] (ANI): India recorded 13,405 new COVID-19 cases and 235 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.

According to the bulletin, the country’s active cases currently stand at 1,81,075 and the total number of recoveries in the last 24 hours is 34,226.
10,84,247 samples were collected in the last 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate stands at 1.24 per cent whereas the weekly positivity rate is 1.98 per cent.

As many as 175.83 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far in the country. (ANI)

Covid Cases Down: India logs 67,597 new COVID-19 cases, 1,188 deaths in last 24 hrs

              

New Delhi [India]: India reported 67,597 new COVID-19 cases and 1,188 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.

With this, the country’s cumulative case tally reached 4,23,39,611, while the death toll has mounted to 5,02,874.
The active cases further declined to 9,94,891, comprising 2.35 per cent of the total infections.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 5.02 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 8.30 per cent, the ministry said.

A total of 1,80,456 patients were recovered in the last 24 hours and the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 4,08,40,658. The COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.46 per cent.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded as the country conducted 13,46,534 tests in the last 24 hours. India has so far conducted 74,29,08,121 cumulative tests.

With the administration of 55,78,297 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 170.21 crore (1,70,21,72,615) as per provisional reports till 7 am today. (ANI)(Image – instagramKshvid)

Iran’s daily COVID-19 caseload nears 40,000

                

Tehran [Iran] (ANI/Xinhua): Iran’s Health Ministry on Monday reported 39,819 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 6,619,085.

The pandemic has claimed 104 lives in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll from the virus to 132,934, according to the ministry.
A total of 6,171,587 people have recovered from the disease or have been discharged from hospitals across the country, with 2,615 remaining in intensive care units, it added.

As of Monday, 61,170,578 Iranians had received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 54,561,630 receiving two shots and 19,973,438 receiving three.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has surged in Iran over the past weeks after the first case of the variant was detected in the country on December 19, 2021. (ANI/Xinhua)(image-instagram)

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern tests negative for COVID-19, Wedding on cards

              

Wellington [New Zealand](ANI/Sputnik): Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has tested negative for COVID-19 after getting exposed to the coronavirus on a flight to Auckland, her spokesperson said.

“The Prime Minister has returned a negative Covid-19 test. In line with Ministry of Health guidance she is required to continue isolating until the end of Tuesday, February 1, or as otherwise advised by Public Health,” the spokesperson said as quoted by The New Zealand Herald on Monday.
Ardern had to isolate on Saturday after a flight attendant on her plane heading from Kerikeri to Auckland tested positive for the Omicron variant.

According to The New Zealand Herald, the prime minister took a PCR test on Sunday morning. Her chief press secretary Andrew Campbell confirmed to the newspaper on Monday that he had also tested negative.

Earlier this month, Ardern cancelled her own wedding as New Zealand was preparing to move to the red COVID-19 alert level amid the spread of Omicron. The prime minister had planned to get married to her partner Clarke Gayford this summer in Gisborne, according to The New Zealand Herald. The two have a daughter, Neve. (ANI/Sputnik-image Instagram)

India logs 3,06,064 new COVID-19 cases; daily positivity rate over 20 pc

              

New Delhi [India]: India on Monday reported a decline in the daily COVID-19 infections as the country logged 3,06,064 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of over 20 per cent, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As per government data, new infections were 27,469 less than that reported on Sunday. However, the daily positivity rate rose to 20.75 per cent from 17.78 per cent yesterday.
Notably, 14,74,753 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours while 18,75,533 tests were conducted on Sunday.

The ministry has said that India’s active caseload currently stands at 22,49,335. It accounts for 5.69 per cent of the total cases.

The government data shows that 439 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours. The death toll is now at 4,89,848. The case fatality rate is 1.24 per cent.

With 2,43,495 people recovering from the infection in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries mounted to 3,68,04,145.

The weekly positivity rate is presently at 17.03 per cent.

As per government data, Karnataka has the highest number of active cases with 3,57,826 infections, followed by 2,97,115 active cases in Maharashtra and 2,65,349 in Kerala.

Meanwhile, in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive, 162.26 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far.

With the administration of more than 27 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has reached 1,62,26,07,516 as per provisional reports till 7 am today, the ministry said.

So far 81,80,165 precaution doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries. Of these, 27,40,418 were given to healthcare workers, 26,87,668 to frontline workers and 27,52,079 to those above the age of 60 years with comorbidities. The administration of precaution dose began on January 10.

In the vaccination drive for children aged between 15-18 years, 4,19,32,411 vaccine doses have been administered. Their vaccination drive commenced on January 3 this year.

India’s nationwide vaccination drive was started on January 16, 2021. (Image – HyderabadMC)

Russia confirms 57,212 new cases of COVID-19 in past 24 hours

             

Moscow [Russia] (ANI/Sputnik): Russia has confirmed a record 57,212 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 11,044,986, the federal response center said on Saturday.

The previous record of 49,513 new cases was recorded on Friday.
Moscow logged the highest tally of 16,094 new infections in the past 24 hours, followed by Saint Petersburg with 8,451, and the Moscow region with 6,400 new cases.

Over the past 24 hours, 681 deaths of patients with COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the country’s total coronavirus death toll to 325,433 .

In the same period, 25,525 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, bringing the total of recoveries to 10,000,577, according to the response center. (ANI/Sputnik-Image)

India logs over 2.6 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, positivity rate nears 15 pc

              

New Delhi [India]: India reported 2,64,202 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 14.78 per cent, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Friday.

The fresh infections in the country are 6.7 per cent higher as compared to yesterday’s figures as India reported 2,47,417 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
Of the fresh infections added today, Maharashtra reported 46,406 new COVID-19 cases, Delhi reported 28,867 new COVID-19 cases, Karnataka reported 25,005 new COVID cases, Tamil Nadu reported 20,911 new cases, West Bengal reported 23,467 new cases, Uttar Pradesh added 14,765 fresh COVID-19 cases, Kerala reported 13,468 new cases and the rest of the cases were added by other states.

With the addition of new cases, the total cases of COVID-19 in India rose to 3,65,82,129 including 12,72,073 active cases. Active cases account for 3.48 per cent of the total cases.

With 17,87,457 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, a daily positivity rate of 14.78 per cent was observed which is also slightly higher as compared to yesterday. On Thursday, the positivity rate was at 13.11 per cent.

Further, the weekly positivity rate touched 11.83 per cent in the country as 69.90 crore total tests have been conducted so far.

Of the fresh infections reported in the country, India logged 5,753 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The health ministry said that the daily Omicron tally saw an increase of 4.83 per cent since yesterday.

Single-day rise of 315 fatalities pushed India’s death toll to 4,85,350 in the country, as per the health ministry.

However, with 1,09,345 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries in the country mounted to 3,48,24,706. The recovery rate is currently at 95.20 per cent.

As far as the COVID-19 vaccination is concerned, over 155.39 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. (Image – Kshvid)

COVID-19: Ensure all kinds of oxygen infrastructure is functional, Mandaviya directs 5 States, 1 UT

          

New Delhi [India](ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday advised five States and one Union Territory to ensure that all kinds of oxygen infrastructure is functional and operational, in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.

The Union Health Minister met health ministers, officials from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Maharashtra at 3:30 pm today to discuss COVID-situation in these states.
Official sources told ANI, “During the meeting with health ministers of 5 States and one Union Territory, the Union Health Minister advised them to ensure that all kinds of Oxygen infrastructure is checked so that it is in a functional, operational state.”

This meeting holds importance as India reported 1,79,723 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 13.29 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

A total of 4,033 cases of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus have been reported so far. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases (1,216), followed by Rajasthan (529) and Delhi (513).

About 1,552 patients infected with Omicron have recovered.

The Ministry further informed that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 7,23,619 which accounts for 2.03 per cent of the country’s total number of cases. The weekly positivity rate currently is at 7.29 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 13.29 per cent.

Total cases of COVID-19 in the country have risen to 35,528,004, the health ministry said today morning. As many as 46,569 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients now stands at 3,45,00,172. The recovery rate is at 96.62 per cent.

The country also reported 146 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,83,936. India conducted 13,52,717 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The country has conducted 69,15,75,352 tests so far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data.

India has administered a total of 151.94 crore vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

“1,51,94,05,951 people have been vaccinated in the country so far,” the ministry said.

With the administration of 29,60,975 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, 1,51,94,05,951 people have been vaccinated in the country so far. (Image source: Instagram)

Third wave will have sharp rise in Jan end, but sharp decline in mid-March: Experts

               

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India](ANI): Amid surge in COVID-19 infections in the country, IIT Kanpur professor Manindra Agrawal on Monday stated that the peak of the infection will hit the nation in the January-end. He also said that the virus cases will overtake the cases recorded during the second wave.

He also informed that the cases will decline very sharply and by March, it will be over.
“As per preliminary data, cases (nationally) will peak by the end of this month and are likely to cross second wave numbers. Since this time the peak is coming up very rapidly, the rise is very sharp,” Manindra Agrawal told ANI.

“We expect the decline also to be equally sharp and if the peak hits in January, then by the middle of March, the wave will be over,” he said.

The IIT Kanpur professor stated that as Delhi is reporting more than 22,000 cases per day, the national capital will report almost 40,000 cases per day at its peak which is expected to hit in mid-January.

“Cases in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata are likely to peak around the middle of this month, in the next few days in fact. But this wave will be almost over by the end of this month in these cities,” he said.

On election rallies that can spread the virus, he said, “If you look at only election rallies as a cause for the spread, that is wrong. Many things called the spreading and election rallies are just one of them. And if one believes that just by stopping election rallies, you will stop the spread that is not correct.”

Professor Agrawal with other researchers runs the SUTRA computer model that tracks the COVID-19 curve in the country.

India reported 1,79,723 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 13.29 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

A total of 4,033 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported so far. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases (1,216), followed by Rajasthan (529) and Delhi (513).

The Ministry further informed that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 7,23,619 which accounts for 2.03 per cent of the country’s total number of cases.

The weekly positivity rate currently stands at 7.29 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 13.29 per cent.

Total cases of COVID-19 in the country have risen to 35,528,004.

As many as 46,569 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients now stands at 3,45,00,172. The recovery rate is at 96.62 per cent.

The country also reported 146 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,83,936. (Image – Instagram)

Covid Impact: UP clamps night curfew across State, suspends physical classes, CM declares measures

              

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] (ANI): Uttar Pradesh has clamped night curfew and has decided to close physical classes in all educational institutions after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired the COVID-19 review meeting in Lucknow on Sunday.

“In view of developing situation due to COVID-19, night curfew has been imposed in every district of Uttar Pradesh between 10 pm to 6 am. Physical classes have also been suspended in all educational institutions till January 16. Classes in online mode can continue. However, scheduled examinations can be conducted,” reads the official release.
The Chief Minister also passed instructions for the district administration to monitor the situation and ensure necessary resources for the curtailment of the virus.

“Monitoring committees and Integrated Covid Command Centres should be fully operational. Separate numbers should be issued for home isolation, monitoring committees, ambulance and teleconsultation,” reads the release.

“Teleconsultation facility should also be made available to the people by deploying a panel of doctors in every district. Medicine kits should be made available to the people as per their needs. Adequate availability of life-saving drugs needed during the treatment of Covid-19 should be ensured,” it added.

In the meeting with the officials, Yogi Adityanath also directed that special attention should be given to patients with co-morbidities, the elderly and the children suffering from infection. If they are infected, there should be continuous monitoring of their treatment process. Medicine kits should be made available to them immediately.

Monitoring committees should be functional in villages under the leadership of Pradhan and in urban wards under the leadership of councillors. Monitoring committees should run a door-to-door program to prepare the list of unvaccinated people so that they can be motivated and encouraged for vaccination.

Uttar Pradesh reported 6,411 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours, said the State Health Department on Saturday.

As per the health department, a total of 2,20,496 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Of these, 1,22,733 are samples tested via RT-PCR kits. A total of 9,44,29,513 samples have been tested so far, added the health department.

Of the 6,411 new cases, 867 cases were reported from Lucknow, 1,141 from Gautam Buddh Nagar, 636 from Meerut and 683 from Ghaziabad.

During the last 24 hours, 171 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries in the state to 16,88,395.

There are currently 18,551 active COVID-19 cases in the state, out of which 18,184 are in home isolation.

As per the state health department, a total of 18,83,107 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered on Friday, including 4,85,490 vaccination doses to children aged 15-18 years of age.

A total of 13,11,71,604 beneficiaries above the age of 18 have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, which is 88.98 per cent of the eligible adult population. On the other hand, 7,77,02,415 people above the age of 18 have received their second dose of vaccine, which is 52.71 per cent of the eligible adult population. (ANI)

Covid in Parliament: over 400 Parliament staff test positive for COVID-19

             

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the Budget Session of the Parliament, more than 400 Parliament staff members were tested positive for COVID-19, according to official sources.

The officials told ANI that 402 staff members were tested positive out of the 1,409 staff of Parliament for the virus from January 4 to 8 after which their samples were sent for genome sequencing to confirm the variant.
“Close to 402 staffs were tested positive for COVID-19 from January 4-8 and all samples have been sent to genome sequencing for Omicron variant confirmation,” an official told ANI.

According to an internal message from the staff of Parliament, the staff are advised to follow the precautions as per the guidelines of the government.

“There is a consolidated list of 200 Lok Sabha and 69 from Rajya Sabha and 133 allied staff who have tested positive, but we all need to take proper precautions,” an internal message read.

The above list does not include who were tested for COVID outside the Parliament premises.

Several employees of both the Houses of the Parliament were put in isolation after they came into contact with their infected colleagues during work. Various officials of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are also in isolation.

A recent order by the DDMA directed all government offices to run under 50 per cent of staff capacity and the rest will work from home. Taking the new variant of COVID-19, Omicron seriously, the Central government also exempted its staff from biometric (daily punching) for attendance. (ANI)

Covid Cases: India reports over 1.5 lakh cases in last 24 hours, Omicron tally reaches 3,623

              

New Delhi [India]: India reported 1,59,632 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 10.21 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

With this, the COVID-19 tally has risen to 35,528,004 in the country.
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,623 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in India so far. The number of recovered patients from the variant rises to 1,409.

Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Omicron cases (1009), followed by Delhi (513) and Karnataka (441).

The Ministry further informed that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 5,90,611 which accounts for 1.66 per cent of the country’s total number of cases.

The weekly positivity rate currently is at 6.77 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 10.21 per cent.

As many as 40,863 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients now stands at 3,44,53,603. The recovery rate is at 96.98 per cent.

The country also reported 327 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,83,790.

India conducted 15,63,566 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The country has conducted 69,00,34,525 tests so far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data.

India has administered a total of 151.58 crore vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

The COVID vaccination drive began on January 16, 2021. 1,51,57,60.645 people have been vaccinated in the country so far. 89,28,316 doses were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

India reports 1,41,986 new COVID-19 cases

             

New Delhi [India], (ANI): India reported 1,41,986 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 9.28 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

With this, the country’s COVID-19 case tally has gone up to 3,53,68,372.
According to Health Ministry, the country has so far reported 3,071 cases of Omicron of which 1,203 have been recovered.

Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Omicron cases (876), followed by Delhi (513) and Karnataka (333).

The Ministry informed that India’s active caseload presently is at 4,72,169. It accounts for 1.34 per cent of the country’s total cases.

The weekly positivity rate is at 5.66 per cent, while the daily positivity rate is at 9.28 per cent.

With the recovery of 40,895 patients in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients, since the beginning of the pandemic, now stands at 3,44,12,740. The current recovery rate is at 97.30 per cent.

The country also reported 285 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,83,463.

India conducted 15,29,948 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours, and so far the country has conducted 68,84,70,959 tests as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data.

India has administered a total of 150.06 crore vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

The COVID vaccination drive began on January 16, 2021. Cumulatively, 1,50,61,92,903 people have been vaccinated so far in the country of which 90,59,360 were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

Gujarat HC to function in virtual mode for now

                

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], (ANI): In view of rising cases of COVID-19, Gujarat High Court on Friday said that it will function in virtual mode till further orders.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 14,346 active COVID cases in the state presently.
Meanwhile, the Gujarat government on Friday announced a night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Anand, and Nadiad.

As per the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), all political/social programs, weddings will have a maximum gathering of 400 people in open and that of 50 per cent of space capacity in closed venues. Only 100 persons have been allowed in funerals.

“Shops, spas, shopping complexes, hotels and restaurants, with 75 per cent capacity, to function till 10 pm. 75 per cent capacity approved in government/private AC non-buses, 50 per cent capacity approved in cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, libraries, etc. Educational institutions closed till Jan 31,” Gujarat CMO informed.

Telangana reports 1,052 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

               

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana reported 1,052 COVID-19 positive cases and two deaths on Tuesday.

The state reported 10 new Omicron cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases of the new variant of COVID-19 to 94, informed the Telangana government.
Out of the 94 cases of Omicron reported, 37 have recovered till now. The number of recoveries recorded on Tuesday stood at 240 taking the cumulative recoveries to 6,75,132.

The death toll due to COVID-19 stood at 4,033 while the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases stood at 6,84,023.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Telangana government announced that schools and educational institutions in the state will remain closed from January 8 to January 16.

This decision was taken at a meeting convened by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to review the pandemic situation in view of the COVID-19 cases rising sharply in Telangana.

The Chief Minister in the meeting had directed State Health Minister Harish Rao and medical officers to strengthen all types of infrastructure in government hospitals in the state and equip existing beds, oxygen beds, medicines and testing kits as required in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases.

The Chief Minister also told people not to panic about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and urged them to be constantly vigilant and take self-control measures. He called on the people to remain vigilant at work and wear masks and abide by the COVID-19 rules issued by the government. (ANI)

Fully vaccinated asymptomatic Omicron patients can remain in home isolation: TN health minister

               

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Tuesday said that Omicron patients can remain in home quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.

Speaking during the inauguration of Siddha COVID care centre at Thandai Periyar Thidal at Veppery in Chennai, Subramanian said, “The new variant of COVID-19 is spreading is fast across the world. The State is reporting hundreds of coronavirus cases daily. Last night, the state recorded 1,800 cases. According to the CM’s instruction, Siddha medicine is being provided to patients. During the second wave of COVID-19, there are 89 Siddha COVID care centres in the city with 7448 beds, where over 28,000 patients were treated in these centres.”
He further said, “If a patient is fully vaccinated and infected with Omicron variant as well as asymptomatic then he/she can be home quarantined. There are currently 22 COVID-19 screening centres in Chennai. The health department will set up a medical camp in every zone of Chennai Corporation.”

The health minister said, “On the first day of the vaccination drive for teenagers from 15 to 18 age group, of the 33 lakh eligible population, 10 per cent of children received jabs.”

Subramanian said that as many as 1,820 doctors were working with Amma Clinic.

“Now these doctors would be provided other jobs. Their services will be utilised to handle Omicron,” he added.

Goa: 66 of 2,000 tested onboard Cordelia cruise ship test positive for COVID-19, Ship Sent Back

               

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday said that out of the 2,000 samples tested onboard the Cordelia cruise ship that sailed from Mumbai to Goa, 66 passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet, Rane said, “Out of 2000 samples tested from Cordelia cruise ship, 66 passengers tested positive for COVID19. Respective collectors and MPT staff have been informed of the same. The authorities will decide whether to allow disembarking of passengers from the ship.”
Cordelia is the same cruise ship that was raided by Narcotics Control Bureau officials last year over an alleged drugs case in which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, among others, was named.

The state reported four cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus on Monday.

“Out of four, One patient is from within the state of Goa, with no travel history, indicating indigenous spread which needs to be further examined,” informed the state health minister.

Meanwhile, India reported 33,750 new COVID-19 cases and 123 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

According to the ministry, the number of Omicron infections stands at 1,700 and it has spread to 23 states. Maharashtra is the worst-affected state with 510 cases, followed by Delhi with 351.

Malaysia reports 3,160 new COVID-19 infections, 25 new deaths

              

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia]: Malaysia reported 3,160 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Saturday, bringing the national total to 2,738,401, according to the health ministry.

Some 156 of the new cases are imported, with 3,004 being local transmissions, data released by the ministry showed.
Another 25 deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 31,315.

About 4,421 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,661,495.

There are some 45,591 active cases, 324 are being held in intensive care and 175 of those are in need of assisted breathing.

The country reported 25,457 vaccine doses administered on Saturday and some 79.5 percent of the population have received at least one dose and 78.3 percent are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said on Saturday there is a possibility that the Omicron variant is already spreading in the community with one probable local transmission being investigated.

The individual, who was fully immunized, worked in an engineering company in the northern Borneo state of Sarawak and took a COVID-19 test after experiencing symptoms for several days, Khairy said in a statement.

“The case has no history of travel abroad in these three years. The cause of the infection has yet to be identified and investigations are still ongoing,” he said. (ANI/Xinhua)

Ireland to impose COVID-19 restrictions after Christmas to curb surge of Omicron strain

Dublin [Ireland]: Northern Ireland will impose restrictions the day after Christmas to curb spread of the Omicron coronavirus strain, which now accounts for over 40 per cent of COVID-19 infections in the country, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill said.

“The Executive has taken decision to protect people and protect the health service over the coming days and weeks,” O’Neill said in a video posted on her Twitter account on Wednesday.
The deputy minister told reporters that nightclubs would be closed and indoor dancing would not be allowed from 6 a.m. on December 26. Moreover, all indoor standing events will be prohibited.

In addition, starting December 27, only residents of a maximum of three households will be allowed to gather together. Guests will also be required to be seated with a maximum of six people, or 10 people from a single household at a table.

Citizens are also recommended to work from home and to maintain a two-meter social distance.

The deputy minister said the decision would help keep infection rates down and relieve the pressure put on healthcare workers and emergency services.

The measures may be revised on December 30, O’Neill said. Currently, the Irish authorities are closely monitoring the situation.

The United Kingdom has faced a surge in COVID-19 cases ahead of Christmas. The country has been breaking records for several days in the number of registered infections. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with the Omicron strain has exceeded 74,000. The Ministry of Health has predicted that the number of Omicron infections in the country may exceed a million by the end of December.

On December 8, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the country would move to the so-called plan B. The British are now encouraged to work from home whenever possible and required to wear a face covering. In addition, a COVID-19 pass confirming vaccination is now mandatory for visiting crowded places. Daily testing is required for those who may have come into contact with carriers of the coronavirus. (ANI/Sputnik)

COVID-19: Zimbabwe returnee tests positive for Omicron in Gujarat, India’s 3rd case

Jamnagar (Gujarat) [India]: Gujarat on Saturday reported its first case of new COVID-19 variant Omicron in Jamnagar, informed the state’s health department.

“A person who came from Zimbabwe was infected with Omicron. His sample has been sent to Pune,” an official said.
This is the third case of the Omicron variant in the country. The first cases of Omicron were reported in Karnataka.

A new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.

On November 26, the WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’.

Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.

The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.

India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection. (ANI)

Omicron variant now confirmed in ten US states

Washington [US]: Cases of the coronavirus Omicron variant have been reported by health officials in five additional US states today, bringing the total number of states with confirmed infections to ten.

New Omicron variant cases were reported in the states of Maryland, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Utah on Friday, according to health officials. Cases were also reported earlier this week in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota and New York.
Omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa, has emerged as a variant of concern, prompting new travel restrictions and public health measures in the United States and primarily Western countries.

The Biden administration has said that the Omicron variant is a cause for concern but not for alarm. White House COVID-19 experts said the United States is in a better position to deal with the Omicron than with previous variants.

South Africa health officials said the infections were discovered in fully vaccinated individuals, the cases were mild and the initial reactions in the United States and other primarily Western countries – overblown. (ANI/Sputnik)

Malaysia reports 5,551 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia]: Malaysia reported another 5,551 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Friday, bringing the national total to 2,649,578, according to the health ministry.

Some 23 of the new cases are imported, with 5,528 being local transmissions, according to data released on the ministry.
Another 17 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 30,538.

About 5,301 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,556,554.

There are some 62,486 active cases, 499 are being held in intensive care units and 269 of those are in need of assisted breathing.

The country administered a total of 125,927 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, and some 79.2 per cent of the population have received at least one dose and 77.9 per cent have been fully vaccinated. (ANI/Xinhua)

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], December 4 (ANI/Xinhua): Malaysia reported another 5,551 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Friday, bringing the national total to 2,649,578, according to the health ministry.

Some 23 of the new cases are imported, with 5,528 being local transmissions, according to data released on the ministry.
Another 17 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 30,538.

About 5,301 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 2,556,554.

There are some 62,486 active cases, 499 are being held in intensive care units and 269 of those are in need of assisted breathing.

The country administered a total of 125,927 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, and some 79.2 per cent of the population have received at least one dose and 77.9 per cent have been fully vaccinated.

Visakhapatnam: Amid Omicron scare, some international returnees untraceable

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Amid concerns over COVID-19 new variant ‘Omicron’, Visakhapatnam District Collector Mallikarjuna said on Friday that some international returnees who might have come to Visakhapatnam from Bengaluru, Chennai or Hyderabad are untraceable.

He informed that the administration has received a list of international returnees who might have come to Visakhapatnam from Bengaluru, Chennai or Hyderabad. He said that some of them have been traced while some are untraceable.
“Protocol is very clear. Once any international traveller test positive, apart from following the routine protocol of containment and treatment, we are sending their samples to genome sequencing,” said Mallikarjuna.

The District Collector also said that the administration is prepared for any kind of situation that may arise in the coming times with regards to COVID-19.

“We have set up an RT-PCR testing facility at Visakhapatnam airport for travellers. District officials have also been geared up over omicron alert. Around 7,500 beds are available in the district which also includes oxygen beds,” he added.

The Centre on Thursday informed that two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Karnataka.

A new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.

On November 26, the WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’.

Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.

The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.

India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

‘Air pollution may lead to severe COVID cases’

New Delhi [India] : Stating that air pollution could lead to more severe cases of COVID, All India Institute of Medical Science Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that pollution has a huge effect on respiratory health, especially among those who have lung diseases and asthma.
As pollution and COVID-19 affect the lungs and the high level of air pollution may worsen the disease, at times resulting in the death of a patient, said Dr Guleria in an exclusive interview with ANI. The pollution level in Delhi on Friday turned severe on the morning after Diwali due to bursting of firecrackers despite the ban.
Dr Guleria said due to little movement of wind in the air during October and November, burning of stubble and bursting of firecrackers, the pollutants tend to settle on the ground level and so the pollution level rises.
He said, “Respiratory problem is not the only concern during this period. Patients who have a cardiovascular issue, especially those who have underlying lung disease people with chronic bronchitis, COPD, or asthmatic patient also face breathing problem and they have to depend on nebulizer or the usage of inhaler goes up sharply. So it could lead to worsening of underlying respiratory diseases.”
He also spoke about the two sets of data supporting the claim of pollution affecting COVID-19 patients severely. Dr Guleria said, “One data suggests that the virus may stay in the air for a longer period when the pollutants are present in the air, turning the disease into the airborne disease. While the other data which has been analysed during the SARS outbreak in 2003 says that pollution causes inflammation and swelling in the lungs. Research from the SARS outbreak in 2003 in countries like the US and Italy has shown that the areas with higher levels of pollution impact those previously affected by COVID-19, causing inflammation and lung damage. The combination of pollution and COVID-19 could lead to higher fatality rates.”
Air pollution is also dangerous for children’s health. He said, “Before COVID-19, we had done a study on the number of admissions in emergency wards. We had found that whenever the pollution level is high, the patients, especially children, get admitted to emergency wards complaining about respiratory problem.”
Dr Guleria suggested that as a measure of prevention, people should wear masks, especially N95 masks and avoid going to places where the pollution level is high. He said that people should avoid going out for a morning walk when the pollution level is high.

India logs 31,222 fresh Covid cases

According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, the country saw a total of 42,942 discharges in the last 24 hours. 290 deaths in last 24 hours, active cases further drop to 3,92,864

New Delhi, india, September 7 : India recorded 31,222 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 290 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, the country saw a total of 42,942 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 97.42 per cent and total recoveries to 3,22,24,937.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India dropped to 3,92,864, the ministry data showed.  The total death toll in the country is now at 4,41,042. In India, the first death due to COVID pandemic was reported in March 2020.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 53,31,89,348 samples have been tested up to September 6th for COVID-19. Of these 15,26,056 samples were tested on Monday.

Over 69.51 cr COVID vaccine doses provided to States, UTs

Union Health Ministry on Tuesday informed that over 69.51 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been provided to the states and union territories so far through the Central government (free of cost channel).
The ministry also informed that over 5.31 crore unutilised COVID vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered. “As many as 69,51,79,965 vaccine doses have been provided to the states and UTs so far through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Further, 77,93,360 doses are in the pipeline,” the statement issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
“5,31,15,610 balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered,” it further stated.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them COVID vaccines free of cost.
The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination drive commenced from June 21
In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to the states and UTs.

Russia records 18,856 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia registered 18,856 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 18,985 the day before, bringing the overall tally to 6,975,174, the country’s response center said on Friday.

“Over the past day, 18,856 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,336 cases (7.1%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.27%.
Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 1,633 daily infections, down from 1,864 the day before. The Russian capital was followed by St. Petersburg with 1,437 new cases, up from 1,330, and the Moscow region with 681 new cases, up from 614.

The response center reported 799 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, up from 798 the day before, raising the country’s death toll to 185,611.

In the same 24 hours, 18,690 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, up from 18,669 the day before, bringing the total to 6,236,738. (ANI/Sputnik)

COVID cases in some states showing early signs of third wave: ICMR

It is important to not talk of India as a whole and to instead take a state-specific view when talking about COVID-19 because all the states are not homogenous, the ICMR official said.

New. Delhi, India, August 31 : States that did not face an intense second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are now showing early signs of the third wave with the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases, Dr. Samiran Panda, the head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Monday. Panda further said it is important to not talk of India as a whole and to instead take a state-specific view when talking about COVID-19 because all the states are not homogenous.

“Several states began imposing COVID-19 restrictions and increased vaccinations, learning from Delhi and Maharashtra. Due to this, the second wave in several states was not as intense, leaving scope for a third wave. Therefore, the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in some states presently is indicating the third wave,” he said.

“Every state should look into their number of COVID-19 infections and its intensity in both the first and the second wave of the pandemic to decide about their strategy/pandemic preparedness for the possibility of the third wave,” the doctor added.

Commenting on the reopening of the schools, Panda said we should not panic about it. “The fourth national serosurvey clearly shows that more than 50 per cent of children are infected, a little less than adults. So, we need not panic unnecessarily,” he said.

Further, he added that the more important thing than wondering if or not it is safe to open schools is to prepare well. 

“Teachers, parents, supporting staff, bus drivers and conductors should be vaccinated. It is important that the Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) is implemented, and it is necessary to display hoarding showing what CAB is. Other than that, it is fine to reopen schools, especially in the states where the second wave was intense. However, for the states which didn’t experience an intense second wave, the schools should be reopened gradually and with caution,” he said. 

India records 25,072 Covid cases

According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Monday, the country saw a total of 389 deaths and 44,157 discharges in the last 24 hours. recovery rate stands at 97.57%

India recorded 25,072 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 389 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Monday, the country saw a total of 44,157 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 97.57 per cent and total recoveries to 3,16,80,626.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have now declined to 3,33,924, lowest in 153 days, the ministry data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,34,756. In India, the first death due to COVID pandemic was reported in March 2020.

India’s daily Covid cases cross 40,000-mark for first time in 6 days, Kerala worst-affected

The total active cases of COVID in India have now mounted to 3,87,987, the data showed.

New Delhi, India, August 12 : India recorded 41,195 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 490 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday, the country saw a total of 39,069 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 97.45 per cent.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to  3,87,987, the data showed. 

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,29,669. In India, the first death due to COVID pandemic was reported in March 2020. 

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 48,73,70,196 samples have been tested up to August 11 for COVID-19. Of these 21,24,953 samples were tested on Wednesday.

Over 53.24 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and UTs so far and a further 72,40,250 doses are in the pipeline, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Of this, the total consumption including wastage is 51,56,11,035 doses. Over 2.25 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states, UTs and private hospitals to be administered, the ministry said.

The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced in India from June 21.

Pakistan reports 4,455 new COVID-19 cases

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan has reported 4,455 new coronavirus cases on Sunday taking the number of active cases to 82,076 in the country.

As the cases are on the surge in the country, National Command and Operation Center said that Pakistan has a coronavirus positivity rate of 8.09 per cent. So far, the country has reported 10,67,580 COVID-19 cases and 23,865 deaths.
Pakistan’s Sindh province had imposed lockdown a few months back due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the region. But now, the lockdown is set to be uplifted on August 9. The country’s National Command and Operation Center had issued a notice to uplift the lockdown.

During a meet, the center also decided that Sindh would follow the non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI)- based guidelines the forum had announced for 13 high infection rate cities earlier this week, which include Karachi and Hyderabad, Pakistan’s Geo News reported.

The country on Saturday received nearly 5,28,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine. Whereas a consignment of 7,92,000 jabs of the vaccine had been obtained on Friday night. A third consignment, containing 6,80,000 doses, will arrive on Sunday, Geo News said. (ANI)

India: 40,134 new cases

              

New Delhi [India]: India reported 40,134 new cases of COVID-19 and 422 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry.

The total number of cases currently stands at 3,16,95,958. The death toll has climbed to 4,24,773. The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country is 4,13,718.
A total of 36,946 patients recovered in the last 24 hours and 3,08,57,467 people have recovered from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 97.35%.

Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported since thirty-six continuous days. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre, the States and UTs.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 47.22 crore. Cumulatively, 47,22,23,639 vaccine doses have been administered through 55,99,690 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. 17,06,598 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on 21st June 2021. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

With substantially ramped up testing capacity across the country, a total of 14,28,984 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. Cumulatively, India has conducted over 46.96 crore (46,96,45,494) tests so far.

The weekly positivity rate is currently at 2.37% and the daily positivity rate stands at 2.81 per cent today. The daily positivity rate has remained below 5 per cent for 56 consecutive days now. (ANI)

Russia records 22,804 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

                

Moscow [Russia]: Russia registered 22,804 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 23,807 the day before, taking the overall tally to 6,288,677, the federal response center said on Sunday.

“Over the past day, 22,804 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,959 cases (8.6%) without clinical symptoms,” the center said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.36%.
Moscow has the highest number of new cases with 2,484 daily infections, down from 3,514 the day before. The Russian capital was followed by St. Petersburg with 1,911 cases, down from 1,915, and the Moscow region with 1,658 cases, up from 1,592.

The response center reported 789 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, down from 792 the day before, raising the country’s total death toll to 159,352.

In the same 24 hours, 17,271 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country, down from 19,771 the day before, bringing the total to 5,625,890.

Fresh Covid cases go up after 55-day hiatus

India recorded 45,892 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 817 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours.

According to the data shared by Health Ministry on Thursday, India saw a total of 44,291 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery to 2,98,43,825.

According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday, the country saw a total of 44,291 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery to 2,98,43,825.

 
The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 4,60,704, the data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,05,028. 

The first death due to Covid-19 pandemic in India was reported last year in March. 

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 42,52,25,897 samples have been tested up to July 07 for Covid-19. Of these 18,93,800 samples were tested on Wednesday.

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