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Coronavirus News Highlights: 25 Omicron cases detected in India so far; Tanzania returnee tests positive in Mumbai

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Coronavirus News Highlights: India's coronavirus tally climbed to 3,46,74,744 with the addition of 8,503 infections in a day, while the number of active cases rose to 94,943, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll mounted to 4,74,735 with the addition of 624 new 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 43 days now. The number of active cases has increased to 94,943, comprising 0.27 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.36 percent, the highest since March 2020, the Health Ministry said. An increase of 201 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 case count in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.66 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,41,05,066, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.37 percent.

Coronavirus News Highlights: 25 Omicron cases detected in India so far; Tanzania returnee tests positive in Mumbai
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  • COVID-19: Delhi records 41 new cases; positivity rate 0.07%

    The national capital recorded zero death due to COVID19 and 41 fresh cases in a day with a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department on Friday. The total number of cases reported in Delhi so far stood at 14,41,610. Over 14.16 lakh patients have recovered from the infection.

  • COVID-19: 314 new cases, 2 deaths in Karnataka

    Karnataka has reported 314 new cases of COVID19 and two deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,99,785 and death toll to 38,255, the Health Department said on Friday. The day also saw 339 getting discharged, taking the total number of recoveries so far to 29,54,196.

  • Contact of Omicron case in Rajasthan tests Covid positive in Delhi

    A contact of an Omicron case in Rajasthan has been found COVID19 positive in Delhi and she has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Hospital, officials said on Friday. The woman tested Covid positive on Thursday, is asymptomatic and stable. She did not travel to any foreign country, officials said.

  • MP sees 15 COVID-19 cases; over 4.55 lakh vaccinated on Friday

    The COVID19 tally in Madhya Pradesh reached 7,93,322 on Friday after 15 cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,529, an official said. So far, 7,82,640 people have been discharged in the state, including 12 during the day, leaving it with an active tally of 153, he said.

  • Sikkim reports 21 new COVID-19 cases, caseload rises to 32,417

    Sikkim has reported 21 new COVID19 cases in the past 24 hours taking the caseload to 32,417, a health department bulletin said on Friday. There were, however, no deaths in the state during the period and the toll stood at 405, it said. Of the new cases, South Sikkim reported (13), while East Sikkim and West Sikkim registered five and three cases respectively.

  • Haryana sees 27 fresh COVID-19 cases

    Haryana's COVID19 caseload increased to 7,71,966 on Friday as 27 more people tested positive for the viral disease, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,055, according to the health department's daily bulletin. Of the fresh cases, Gurugram reported 12, Panchkula five and Faridabad four.

  • Maha reports 695 new COVID-19 infections including seven Omicron cases, 12 deaths

    Maharashtra recorded 695 new coronavirus cases including seven Omicron infections in the last 24 hours, the state health department said on Friday evening. The tally of Omicron variant infections found in the state thus rose to 17, it said.

  • Mizoram reports 328 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths

    Mizoram on Friday reported 328 new COVID19 cases, taking the caseload to 1,37,705, a health department official said. The state had reported 336 new infections and one death on Thursday.

  • J&K reports 173 new COVID case, 1 death

    Jammu and Kashmir has recorded 173 new cases of the COVID19 and one death due to it in the last one day, officials said on Friday. The new cases took the overall tally of infections to 33,8563. Of these, 44 were from the Jammu division and 129 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, the officials said.

  • 3258 children orphaned during pandemic approved for support under 'PM-CARES' scheme: Govt

    The government Friday said it has approved 3,258 applications out of the total 5,714 it received under the 'PMCARES for Children' scheme for supporting children orphaned during the coronavirus pandemic. Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani told Lok Sabha the applications for such children are uploaded on the portal by respective state and union territory governments. As on December 8, 5,714 applications have been uploaded on the portal out of which 3,258 have been approved by district magistrates after due process and 542 are pending approval, she said in a written reply. As informed by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), 11,331 adoptions have been reported through the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System (CARINGS) portal between 201819 to 202021, Irani said.

  • COVID-19: Use of masks declining in country, warns govt

    The government on Friday warned about the declining compliance to mask usage in the country amid concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and urged people to follow Covidappropriate behaviour and get vaccinated to prevent surge in cases. Referring to an assessment by the Institute of Health Metrics, NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul at a press conference said the usage of masks in the country has declined to pre-second wave levels and "in a way we have again entered a danger zone".

  • No recommendation from NTAGI yet on inoculating children: Dr V K Paul

    There has been no recommendation yet from the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) on vaccinating children against COVID-19, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said Friday. "The team has been examining information coming from several sources in this regard," he told a press conference here. He said the NTAGI meets often where science is being "looked at systematically, carefully. We do not have any recommendations on pediatric vaccination from them as yet. They are examining it and other facets of vaccines," he said. On a question on Covid booster doses for adults, Paul said, "We are keeping an eye on global scientific studies in this regard." There is no stand of the World Health Organization on booster doses, he said.

  • Three new cases take Nagaland's COVID-19 tally to 32,146

    Nagaland reported three fresh COVID19 infections on Friday increasing the tally to 32,146, a health department official said. No new coronavirus case had been recorded in the northeastern state on Thursday. The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 699 as no fresh fatality was registered for the fifth consecutive day, the official said.

  • Nashik sees 27 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, 46 recoveries

    The COVID19 tally in Nashik reached 4,12,797 after 27 cases were detected on Friday, while two deaths took the toll to 8,735, an official said. So far, 4,03,737 people have been discharged in the district post recovery, including 46 during the day, he said.

  • Active Covid cases in AP fall below 2,000

    Active coronavirus cases on Friday fell below the 2,000 mark to 1,989 in Andhra Pradesh after nine months. The state reported 142 fresh infections, 188 recoveries and two deaths in 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday, the latest bulletin said.

  • Health Ministry, agencies should assess requirement of vaccine booster shots: Par panel

    The Health Ministry in coordination with the agencies concerned should assess the requirement of vaccine booster shots to tackle different variants of the coronavirus, a parliamentary committee has recommended. Taking note of the threat posed by the new COVID19 variant Omicron, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs recommended that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in coordination with the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID19 (NEGVAC) should assess the requirement of booster doses in India to address the different variants of the virus.

  • No impact of omicron variant so far on property market: CREDAI

    Realtors body CREDAI on Friday said that there has been no impact of the new Omicron variant on the property market so far and growth in sales volumes is likely to continue. "There has been no significant impact of the new Omicron variant on India's realty market and the growth momentum post festive sales is expected to continue," CREDAI said in a statement.

  • COVID-19 vaccine cards to be made mandatory at public places in Sri Lanka

    Carrying the COVID19 vaccination card will be made mandatory at public places in Sri Lanka from Friday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's office has announced, ahead of the festive season. Legal advice has been sought with regard to preventing those who have not obtained the vaccine from entering public places, it said. The Sri Lankan government has claimed their national vaccination programme to be a success, with 15.9 million of the island nation's 21 million population being administered the first dose, while 13.7 and 1.1 million have received the second and third jabs respectively, according to the Health Ministry.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 25 Omicron cases detected in India so far, symptoms mostly mild, says govt

    The government on Friday said 25 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in India so far and that mostly mild symptoms have been noted in all the cases. Clinically, Omicron is not posing burden on the healthcare system yet, but the vigil has to be maintained, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). At a joint press briefing on the pandemic, the government said 25 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in India -- 10 in Maharashtra, nine in Rajasthan, three in Gujarat, two in Karnataka, and one in Delhi. "Mainly mild symptoms have been seen in the cases of Omicron variant detected so far," Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said.

  • One Omicron case was found in the Dharavi area of Mumbai. The person had returned from Tanzania; now admitted at SevenHills Hospital, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

  • GSF Award for Indian film on video volunteers during Covid

    A short film on how a network of community video volunteers adapted its activities to deal with the new challenge of Covid pandemic in India is among the winners of the annual tve Global Sustainability Film Awards. The winners of the 10th edition of the awards were announced at the renovated BAFTA in Piccadilly here on Monday. "Fixing India: How Community Media Video Volunteers Changed During COVID 19" won the Adaptation and Resilience Short Film award. The jury said the network of volunteers shown in film "became effectively the chroniclers and on-the-ground, correspondents reporting on the challenges facing local people - including mask shortages, trying to get daily rations and the condition of quarantine centres - as they try to cope with the impacts of the virus and restrictions on movement as a result of the lockdown".

  • Coronavirus News LIVE: Government says 52 percent cases coming from Kerala; only 2 states reported over 10,000 cases

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  • Think of booster dose only when full vaccination target is achieved: Ajit Pawar

    Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said a booster dose against COVID19 comes into picture only when the eligible population is fully vaccinated against the viral infection and that is the current priority for the state government. However, a decision on administering the booster dose to further enforce immunity against the infection has to be taken by the Centre, he said.

  • Data-driven insights help in our fight against COVID-19 and identifying districts with high positivity rate, says health secretary Lav Agarwal.

  • On vaccine for differently-abled, health secretary Lav Agarwal says a lot of such people have also taken vaccine under general category and they did not opt for the disabled category. So difficult to differentiate.

  • National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) meets very often and we do not have any recommendations on pediatric vaccine so far, says VK Paul on children vaccine.

  • India able to save millions of lives through free, universal availability of Covid vaccine: Kovind

    President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said India has been able to save millions of lives by adopting a policy of free and universal availability of COVID19 vaccine. Addressing a Human Rights Day event organised by the National Human Rights Commission, Kovind said the humanity is grappling with the worst pandemic in the history. "While the pandemic is not yet over, and the virus seems to be one step ahead of humankind, the world has so far responded to it by placing our trust in science and in global partnership," he said.

  • One Omicron case found in Dharavi area of Mumbai. The person had returned from Tanzania; now admitted at Seven Hills Hospital, says BMC.

India's coronavirus tally climbed to 3,46,74,744 with the addition of 8,503 infections in a day, while the number of active cases rose to 94,943, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll mounted to 4,74,735 with the addition of 624 new 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 43 days now. The number of active cases has increased to 94,943, comprising 0.27 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.36 percent, the highest since March 2020, the Health Ministry said. An increase of 201 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 case count in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.66 percent. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,41,05,066, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.37 percent.