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Coronavirus Omicron News LIVE Updates: 113 countries accept India's COVID vaccination certificate, says govt

Coronavirus Omicron News LIVE Updates: 113 countries accept India's COVID vaccination certificate, says govt
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Coronavirus Omicron India News LIVE Updates: India added 7,974 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,47,18,602, while the active cases declined to 87,245, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll climbed to 4,76,478 with 343 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 49 days now. The active cases comprise 0.25 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.38 percent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said. A decline of 317 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.57 percent. It has been less than two percent for the last 73 days. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,41,54,879, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.37 percent.

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113 countries accept India's Covid vaccination certificate: Govt

 A total of 113 countries accept India's Covid vaccination certificate with some of them having explicitly reached agreements for mutual recognition of certificates with India, while others have their own protocols which apply to all inoculated travellers, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. In a written reply to a question in the Upper House, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the government assigns high priority to smooth travel abroad of Indian nationals and noted that quarantine stipulations as well as entry conditions of other nations have emerged as obstacles in that regard.

Dec 16, 2021 9:31 PM

MP logs 18 new COVID-19 cases, zero death; active tally at 171

The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 7,93,433 on Thursday with an addition of 18 new cases, while no fresh fatality was reported in the state, a health department official said. The COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 10,529, the official said.

Dec 16, 2021 8:48 PM

Mumbai reports 279 new COVID-19 cases, highest in month

Mumbai on Thursday recorded 279 new coronavirus infections, highest since November 11, and two fatalities, a civic official said. The tally of COVID-19 cases in the country's financial capital thus rose to 7,66,213, and the death toll due to the pandemic reached 16,362.

Dec 16, 2021 7:58 PM

5,133 vacancies in subordinate judiciary: Govt

There are over 5,000 vacancies in the subordinate judiciary, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply that as on December 13, the sanctioned strength of judicial officers was 24,489 as against a working strength of 19,356, a shortfall of 5,133.

Dec 16, 2021 7:30 PM

Animals can get COVID, but risk of spreading to people low: US health officials

US health officials say pets and another animals can get the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But the risk of them spreading it to people is low. Dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, otters, hyenas and white-tailed deer are among the animals that have tested positive, in most cases after contracting it from infected people.

Dec 16, 2021 7:08 PM

Kerala clocks 3,404 new COVID-19 cases, 320 deaths

Kerala on Thursday reported 3,404 new infections and 320 deaths, which took the caseload to 51,95,997 and the death toll to 43,946. Of the 320 deaths, 36 were recorded over the last few days and 284 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court, a state government release said.

Dec 16, 2021 6:48 PM

Delhi reports 85 new cases, 38 recoveries in the last 24 hours; Active case tally at 475

Dec 16, 2021 6:30 PM

Portugal to keep tighter COVID border rules

Portugal's prime minister says he intends to keep tighter COVID-19 border controls in place beyond their planned end on January 9 because of the threat from the highly infectious new omicron variant. He says Portugal is also likely to provide another booster shot next year for already vaccinated vulnerable people who are receiving a booster after having the COVID-19 jab earlier this year. Portugal requires a negative test for all passengers on arriving flights. Prime Minister Antnio Costa told reporters Thursday that border controls will continue beyond Jan. 9 and could even be tightened. He didn't elaborate.

Dec 16, 2021 4:45 PM

Trial of new oral drug against COVID-19 begins in South Africa


Oravax Medical Inc, a subsidiary of US/Israeli pharmaceutical company Oramed, has started the first phase of clinical trial of its oral COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa. South Africa has been struggling with its plans to achieve the herd immunity through vaccinations, with widespread vaccine hesitancy, largely fuelled by social media misinformation. There is also a strong anti-vaccination lobby, including some political parties. "We expect to rapidly complete this study and hope to advance into pivotal trials for emergency use approval in countries where our oral Virus-Like Particles (VLP) vaccine would have the greatest impact, Oramed Chief Executive Officer Nadav Kidron said in a statement. South Africa is a great location for the Phase 1 study, as it is currently experiencing a surge in COVID cases and has struggled to obtain sufficient vaccines. It is our firm belief that an oral vaccine which eliminates syringes and eases distribution and administration, can significantly help increase vaccination rates for South Africa and similar countries," Kidron said.

Dec 16, 2021 4:26 PM

Sweden extends COVID vaccination rules, warns may need to do more soon


Sweden will require visitors from other Nordic nations to have a vaccine pass to cross the border as it gradually tightens restrictions in the face of the rising number of COVID-19 infections and worries about the Omicron variant, the government said. Sweden has seen new infections jump in recent days, if from levels below most European countries. It has reintroduced a limited number of measures and authorities said further steps would be needed if infections kept rising. "The new virus variant Omicron makes it hard to predict how things will develop," Health Minister Lena Hallengren told a news conference. "In Sweden, we are in a relatively better position, but even here infections and the burden on the health care system is increasing." The extension of vaccine pass rules to cover Nordic countries, hitherto the only nations not covered by the requirement, will come into force on Dec. 21.

Dec 16, 2021 3:58 PM

Canada advises against international travel amid Omicron threat


Canada's government implored its residents on Wednesday not to leave the country as provinces ramp up vaccinations to combat the fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, even as efforts to head off a rising COVID-19 wave are complicated by public fatigue over the pandemic. COVID-19 case numbers are increasing as Canadian hospitals struggle to clear backlogs from months of postponed procedures. Many burnt-out staff members appear ill-equipped for another surge in infections. "I say very clearly: Now is not the time to travel," Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said at a news conference, adding that it's clear there is community transmission of Omicron in Canada. Duclos also said the government is sending millions more COVID-19 vaccine doses and rapid tests to the 10 provinces.

Dec 16, 2021 3:33 PM

Some British hospitals struggle with staff shortages due to COVID-19


British hospitals, particularly in London, are struggling to maintain staffing levels due to the number who are having to isolate with COVID-19, a senior emergency doctor said. With a new highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus surging, Britain on Wednesday recorded its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with a further 78,610 COVID-19 infections reported. "The acute problem is actually to do with staffing," Katherine Henderson, an emergency consultant in London and President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, told BBC Radio.

Dec 16, 2021 3:15 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given us free vaccination, we should get vaccinated as early as possible. I feel proud to say that 94 percent and 77 percent of people in Madhya Pradesh are successfully vaccinated with the 1st and 2nd dose respectively, says Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Dec 16, 2021 2:43 PM

France to restrict travel from Britain to fight omicron


France will restrict arrivals from Britain because of fast-spreading cases of the omicron coronavirus variant, putting limits on reasons for traveling and requiring 48-hour isolation upon arrival, the government spokesman said. The new measures are expected to take effect over the weekend. The government is holding a special virus security meeting on Friday that will address growing pressure on hospitals in France from rising infections in recent weeks. Delta remains the dominant variant in France, but omicron is spreading so fast in Britain that it's raising concerns across the Channel. French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on BFM television that tourism or business trips from Britain to France will be limited, though French citizens will still be able to make the journey.

Dec 16, 2021 2:28 PM

COVID-19: Why working from home leaves the lowest paid at more risk of infection

Working from home directives have a devastating effect on people of low pay who may be unable to work from home. The same is true of new rules requiring people to self-isolate for 10 days after being in contact with someone infected with the Omicron variant. Help for the most vulnerable needs to be more widely available and easier to access. Organisations that employ agency workers, should improve transparency around terms and conditions, and be more accountable for presenteeism when it occurs.

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Dec 16, 2021 2:05 PM

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