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Omicron India Highlights: People who are immuno-compromised need booster, says Dr Gagandeep Kang

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Omicron India Highlights: With 8,306 people testing positive for COVID-19 infection in a day, India's total tally rose to 3,46,41,561, while the active cases declined to 98,416, the lowest in 552 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 4,73,537 with 211 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 10,000 for 10 straight days and less than 50,000 for 162 consecutive days now. The active cases comprise 0.28 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.35 percent, the ministry said. A decrease of 739 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Omicron India Highlights: People who are immuno-compromised need booster, says Dr Gagandeep Kang
  • Nepal confirms presence of Omicron variant in two
     

    Nepal has confirmed the presence of Omicron variant of the coronavirus in two people, including a foreigner, in the country. Two individuals -- a 71-year-old resident and a 66-year-old foreigner -- have been found to have contracted the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Health ministry deputy spokesperson Samir Adhikari told a press conference, without revealing their identities. The foreign national had arrived in Kathmandu from South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first detected, he said. The Nepali national, who came in close contact with the person, started experiencing similar symptoms on November 23, and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, the spokesperson said. According to the ministry, the presence of Omicron variant was confirmed on Sunday night during gene sequencing of the two samples at the National Public Health Laboratory in Teku. The foreigner had entered Nepal on November 19, MyRepublica news website reported.

  • Argentina detects first Omicron case, health ministry says

     

    Argentina has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a person who had travelled from South Africa, the South American country's Health Ministry said late on Sunday. The passenger is a 38-year-old resident of the western Argentine province of San Luis, who arrived on November 30 from South Africa on a flight via the United States and has been in isolation since. The Omicron variant has spooked global markets and led to renewed border restrictions. Argentina joined Brazil, Mexico and Chile on the list of Latin American countries where cases of the new variant have been detected.

  • Russia reports first cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant, say reports
     

    Russia on Monday reported its first confirmed cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Russian news agencies reported, in two people who returned from South Africa. Interfax cited consumer health regulator Rospotrebnadzor as saying that 10 people who returned from South Africa had tested positive for COVID-19. RIA said Omicron had been detected in two arrivals from South Africa. President Vladimir Putin last week ordered the government to prepare an action plan to fight Omicron, saying it was important to maintain supplies of drugs, oxygen and hospital beds.

  • People who are immuno-compromised need a third or a booster dose, says Dr Gagandeep Kang, a virologist.
     

    - Healthcare workers are the priority group 
    - Do not have enough data to interpret a booster strategy for the country
    - Two studies show immune response to vaccines administered in India is lower in immuno-compromised persons
    - South African data shows COVID-19 positive children are hospitalised for other reasons
    - Need to worry about the Sars-Cov2 virus in immuno-compromised children, not overall

  • Italy tightens curbs on unvaccinated as COVID-19 cases rise

     

    Italy tightened curbs on Monday on people still not vaccinated against COVID-19, limiting their access to an array of places and services. The measures were announced last month, even before the discovery of the Omicron variant, and come as cases of coronavirus are starting to tick up across the country, albeit at a slower rate than in many other European nations. Under the new rules, only people who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19 can access indoor seating at bars and restaurants, visit museums, go to cinemas and clubs and attend sporting events. A basic green health pass, available to the unvaccinated but only if they have had a negative COVID-19 test within the past 48-hours, is still valid for all workers.

  • Delhi CM urges people not to panic and follow COVID-appropriate behaviour

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged people not to panic in the wake of detection of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the national capital, but asked them to follow social distancing and use face masks to ward off the disease. The situation emerging after the detection of corona variant was being monitored closely by him, and adequate arrangement of all the requirements like beds and medicines will be made available, the chief minister said. " Omicron has entered the country and its cases have been found at many places including Delhi. I want to appeal to the people not to panic and maintain social distancing and use of face mask," he said. Delhi reported the first case of Omicron on Sunday. A 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania was tested positive for Omicron. Kejriwal has demanded the Central government to stop international flights to prevent the spread of Omicron in the country.

  • Vaccine advisory body NTAGI didn't take a call on administering COVID-19 booster doses at the meeting today, say sources.

  • Further containment measures after consulting experts, says Karnataka CM

    With fresh COVID concerns, Karnataka Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai on Monday said the government is closely monitoring the situation in the state and will take decisions on enforcing further containment measures after consulting the experts. In the wake of two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus being detected in the state, and fresh COVID clusters emerging, the Karnataka government on Friday had announced certain preventive measures that included compulsory two dose vaccination for entering malls, cinema halls or theatres, and for parents of school or college going students.

  • Next pandemic could be more lethal than COVID, vaccine creator says

    Future pandemics could be even more lethal than COVID19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators of the OxfordAstraZeneca vaccine said.

  • Omicron: Kejriwal urged people not to panic and follow covid appropriate behaviour

    Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged people not to panic in the wake of detection of Omicron variant of COVID19 in Delhi, but asked them to follow social distancing and use face masks to ward off the disease. The situation emerging after the detection of corona variant was being monitored closely by him, and adequate arrangement of all the requirements like beds and medicines will be made available, the chief minister said in a briefing. " Omicron has entered the country and its cases have been found at many places including Delhi. I want to appeal the people not to panic and maintain social distancing and use face mask," he said.

  • Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has called a high-level meeting today to take cognizance of the mismanagement of crowd at the Delhi Airport resulting in a chaotic situation. The meeting will be attended by officials from Delhi Airport, AAI, Immigration and COVID testing lab company, says officials at Ministry of Civil Aviation.

    During the meeting, Scindia issued directions to Delhi Airport to implement strategies for crowd management at the airport: MoCA officials

  • Omicron coronavirus variant linked with high risk of reinfection: Study

     

    The recently identified Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is associated with a substantial ability to evade immunity from prior COVID-19 infection, according to a study based on population-level evidence. The team of researchers in South Africa noted that, in contrast, there is no population-wide epidemiological evidence of immune escape associated with the Beta or Delta variants. The B.1.1.529 COVID variant, first detected in South Africa, was designated by the World Health Organisation as a Variant of Concern (VOC), the health body's top category for worrying coronavirus variants. Experts believe the variant carries around 50 mutations. Of these, 32 are in spike proteins, which the virus uses to enter the human cells, and 10 are mutations of high relevance.

  • Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray requests people to strictly follow the guidelines given by the Centre, urban local bodies. The number of patients of omicron is increasing. 

    Thackeray says the state government is testing in large numbers not just at airports, entry points, but within cities. "Every week, corporate offices should do RT-PCR. Those who haven't yet taken vaccines, need to vaccinate. We will observe for 2-3 days now before deciding on putting more restrictions in place. There is no need to panic. But there is a concern when it is about health," he says.



    Restrictions on international flights?

    The state government has tightened rules and additional rules have also put in place.



    Home quarantine, isolation

    A large number of migrating, floating population - self monitoring important - on whether restrictions on road and train travel

    Omicron and restrictive guidelines will be discussed in tonight's meeting between the Chief Minister and state task force

  • India's vaccination drive crosses another important milestone. Important to keep this momentum to strengthen the fight against COVID-19. And yes, keep following all other COVID-19 related protocols including masking up and social distancing, tweets Modi.

  • All international passengers from affected nations being tested. 27 have been brought to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital so far, 17 of them tested positive and 10 are their close contacts. Genome sequencing of 12 out of 17 people is being done and 1 of them has been detected to have Omicron, says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

  • Here are states where Omicron cases have been reported

    Omicron India Highlights: People who are immuno-compromised need booster, says Dr Gagandeep Kang
  • MNF MLA among 92 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram, 2 more die

     

    Mizoram on Monday reported 92 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 1,36,454, a Health Department official said. Among the new patients is ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary board vice-chairman C Lalmuanpuia, he said. The toll rose to 507 as two men from Aizawl district died, he said. The single-day positivity rate dipped to 5.89 per cent from 10.66 per cent on the previous day as the fresh cases were detected after testing 1,563 samples, he said. Aizawl district reported the highest new cases at 54, followed by Champhai district (eight) and Serchhip district (seven), the official said. Mizoram now has 3,101 active cases, while 544 people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 1,32,846.

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says more than 9 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the state so far. "We are committed to achieving 100 percent vaccination in the state by December 2021," he adds.

  • READ | COVID-19 numbers likely to rise but not seeing spike in serious cases: KIMS Hospital



    The number of COVID patients are slightly increasing compared to past couple of months, said Bhaskara Rao Bollineni, MD of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in an interview with CNBC-TV18. According to him, there is no need for the patients to get admitted in the hospital. Most of them are getting treatment in the OPD and are going home, getting cured with this.

  • MNF MLA among 92 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram, 2 more die

     

    Mizoram reported 92 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 1,36,454, a Health Department official said. Among the new patients is ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary board vice-chairman C Lalmuanpuia, he said. The toll rose to 507 as two men from Aizawl district died, he said. The single-day positivity rate dipped to 5.89 percent from 10.66 percent on the previous day as the fresh cases were detected after testing 1,563 samples, he said. Aizawl district reported the highest new cases at 54, followed by Champhai district (eight) and Serchhip district (seven), the official said. Mizoram now has 3,101 active cases, while 544 people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 1,32,846.

  • READ | These states report COVID-19 variant Omicron cases as India's tally jumps to 21

     

    The cumulative cases of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron rose from 4 to 21 in India on Sunday after fresh cases of the strain were reported from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Delhi. Cases of the highly infectious variant have now been reported from four states and the national capital, Delhi. Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan have confirmed cases of Omicron so far.

  • Omicron has higher risk of reinfection than Delta and Beta variants: Singapore's health ministry

     

    Singapore's Ministry of Health has said that early clinical observations globally suggest that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may be more transmissible and have a higher risk of reinfection compared to the Delta and Beta variants of the virus. "This means that there is a higher likelihood of individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to be reinfected with the Omicron variant," Channel News Asia quoted the ministry as saying on Sunday in an update on the Omicron variant. Meanwhile, the city-state reported one more "preliminarily positive" Omicron case on Sunday. The 37-year old vaccinated permanent resident was on the same flight as two other "preliminary positive" cases that landed here from South Africa on December 1. On Sunday, Singapore also reported 552 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths linked to the coronavirus.

  • Telangana: 43 students of Chalmeda AnandRao Institute of Medical Sciences, Bommakal, have tested positive for COVID-19, says District Medical Health Officer, Karimnagar

  • India reports 8,306 new COVID-19 cases and 8,834 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The active caseload currently stands at 98,416; the lowest in 552 days: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

    Omicron India Highlights: People who are immuno-compromised need booster, says Dr Gagandeep Kang
  • Assam govt issues fresh SOP as new COVID variant cases increase in country
     


    The Assam government issued a new SOP, including mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival, for international travellers, amid a rising number of cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country. The fresh standard operating procedure made 7-day home quarantine compulsory for those who test negative for the coronavirus infection. The new SOP has been formulated on the basis of the protocol for international travellers prepared by the Centre, state Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said in a statement. India reported 17 more cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Sunday - nine in Rajasthan capital Jaipur, seven in Maharashtra's Pune district and a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania - taking the tally to 21 in the country.

  • US makes it mandatory for all incoming passengers to carry negative COVID-19 test report

     

    The US has made it mandatory for all incoming passengers, including those from India, to carry a negative COVID-19 test report or proof of recovery from the contagion amidst the rising number of cases of the new Omicron variant. The new protocol comes into effect from December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has said. This amendment updates COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers 2 years or older boarding a flight to the United States, Indian government officials informed Indian-American community leaders on Saturday. As per the new amended order, effectively for flights departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 12:01 AM EST (5:01 AM GMT or 10:31 AM IST) on December 6, passengers are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

  • Half of India's adult population fully vaccinated against COVID-19

    Over 50 percent of India's eligible adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 127.61 crore. According to Union Health Ministry officials, over 84.8 percent of the adult population in India has been administered the first dose. "Congratulations India.It is a moment of great pride as over 50% of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated. We will win the battle against COVID-19 together," Mandaviya tweeted. With the administration of 1,04,18,707 vaccine doses in a span of 24 hours, the total COVID-19 vaccine doses given in the country has exceeded 127.61 crore, according to the provisional report till 7 am.

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Omicron India Highlights:
With 8,306 people testing positive for COVID-19 infection in a day, India's total tally rose to 3,46,41,561, while the active cases declined to 98,416, the lowest in 552 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 4,73,537 with 211 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 10,000 for 10 straight days and less than 50,000 for 162 consecutive days now. The active cases comprise 0.28 percent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.35 percent, the ministry said. A decrease of 739 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

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