The death toll climbed to 4,76,869 with 391 fresh fatalities. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,41,62,765, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.37 percent.
India logged 7,447 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,47,26,049, while the active cases declined to 86,415, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll climbed to 4,76,869 with 391 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 50 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 830 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,41,62,765, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.37 percent.
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# Assam reported 135 new COVID19 positive cases but no death due to the pandemic on Friday taking the caseload to 6,19,298, said the bulletin issued by the National Health Mission here. The number of active cases in the state is currently 1,094 as against 1,099 on Thursday.
# Amid a jump in Omicron cases in Delhi, doctors on Friday said people should avoid all gatherings and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, else the pandemic situation may worsen given the highly transmissible nature of this variant of coronavirus. Health experts and doctors treating Covid patients at leading government and private facilities in the city said a "sense of complacency" has again crept in among a large section of citizens despite witnessing the "horrors of the second wave" of Covid infections earlier this year.
# Amid escalating concerns over the Omicron variant, Delhi prisons authorities have said they are ramping up anticoronavirus measures and have decided to raise awareness about vaccines among inmates and isolate those showing symptoms of an Influenzalike illness. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain Friday said 10 fresh cases of the new Covid variant have been detected in the national capital, taking the tally to 20. Ten of these patients have been discharged, he said.
# As many as 28 people who arrived from both 'highrisk' and 'nonrisk' countries till date have tested Covid19 positive along with Sgene drop, raising the suspicion of being infected by Omicron, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said on Friday. The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said the samples of the 28 passengers have been sent for genomic sequencing analysis.
# Travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus are hammering the already beleaguered travel and tourism industries and adding to the gloom in Europe in the midst of the crucial holiday season. Travellers are rearranging or cancelling trips because of tightening rules. Eurostar, which operates trains across the English Channel, sold out of tickets to France on Friday before new travel restrictions to and from Britain went into effect.
# Andhra Pradesh on Friday logged 127 new COVID19 cases, taking the tally to 20,75,546, while the death toll rose to 14,477 with three more fatalities. Active cases stood at 1,758, a state government bulletin said providing details of the past 24 hours ending 9 AM today.
# Business confidence in Germany has dropped for the sixth month in a row amid concern over the latest wave of coronavirus infections, a closely watched survey showed Friday. The Ifo institute said its monthly confidence index for Europe's biggest economy dropped to 94.7 points in December from 96.6 last month. Managers' assessment of both the current situation and the outlook for the next sixth months worsened.
# The government on Friday said it spent Rs 44 crore in assisting Indian citizens abroad in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the amount has been spent from the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF). "Since the spread of COVID19 pandemic till October, the government of India has spent approximately Rs 44 crores from the Indian Community Welfare Fund," he said in his written reply.
# As many as 101 positive cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected across 11 states and union territories so far, the government said on Friday and advised people to keep new year celebrations at low intensity. It said that though daily COVID19 cases are below 10,000 for the past 20 days, there is a need to stay vigilant in view of the new variant and rising cases in other countries.
# There are 101 Omicron cases across 11 states in the country: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry
# New daily cases were recorded below 10,000 for the past 20 days. The case positivity for the last 1 week was 0.65%. Currently, Kerala contributes 40.31% to the total number of active cases in the country: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry on COVID19 situation
# India is administering COVID-19 vaccine doses at the highest rate in the world and the daily rate of doses administered is 4.8 times the rate of doses administered in the USA and 12.5 times the rate of doses administered in the UK: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry
# Omicron variant reported in 91 countries in the world. WHO has said that Omicron is spreading faster than the Delta variant in South Africa where Delta circulation was low. It's likely Omicron will outpace Delta variant where community transmission occurs, WHO added: Lav Agrawal
# South Africa seeing slight increase in COVID-19 deaths but off low base
South Africa is seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 deaths in an ongoing fourth infection wave but off a low base, a senior disease expert said on Friday. "Also starting to see a slight increase in deaths nationally, but once again this level is very much lower even than the baseline period we were seeing between the second and third waves," Michelle Groome from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases told a news conference.
# New drug could treat patients hospitalised with COVID-19 pneumonia: Lancet study
A newly identified drug may be used to effectively treat some patients hospitalised with COVID-19 pneumonia, according to a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal The team, including researchers from the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford, UK, tested namilumab -- an antibody already in late-stage trials to treat rheumatoid arthritis -- in patients hospitalised with COVID-19 pneumonia. The patients were receiving 'usual' care, as well as having high levels in their blood of a marker of inflammation known as C reactive protein (CRP).
# West Bengal's first Omicron patient released from hospital
The seven-year-old boy, who is the first person of West Bengal to have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and his family members were discharged from a hospital in Malda district after they tested negative for the virus, a health department official said. The boy recently returned to West Bengal from Abu Dhabi via Hyderabad. He had left for a relative's place at Kaliachak in Malda district from Kolkata airport. He was admitted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital along with his sister and parents.
# 10 new cases of Omicron Variant reported in Delhi, taking the total number of cases of the variant here to 20. A total of 10 people, out of these 20, have been discharged, says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
# Today's Data Highlights
- 7,447 new cases, 391 new deaths, 7,886 new recoveries, 830 dip in the active cases
- New cases below 10k for the 21st day
- Kerala reports 3,404 new cases, Maharashtra 877, West Bengal 660
- Kerala reports 320 new deaths (including 284 backlog), Maharashtra 19, West Bengal 12, Tamil Nadu 12
- 22 states/UTs report a rise in the active cases
- Difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the preceding 7 days in India is -21% (world average is +0.5%)
- 70.46 lakh new vaccinations. 136 crore total. 15.51 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 54.96 lakh second dose. 53.72 crore fully vaccinated
- 12.6 lakh new tests. Test positivity rate: 0.59% (0.66% the previous day)
- Test positivity rate below 1% for the 18th day
- Test positivity rate (weekly average): Mizoram 7.95%, Kerala 5.86%, Ladakh 2.31%
# India reports 7,447 new COVID-19 cases, 7,886 recoveries, and 391 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.
Active cases: 86,415
Total recoveries: 3,41,62,765
Death toll: 4,76,869
# BMC health committee has given instructions to local municipal officers to look into alleged quarantine rules violation by actress Alia Bhatt and to take necessary action, says Committee Chairperson Rajul Patel.
# UK reports new daily record for COVID cases
Britain's government says it recorded another record daily number of COVID-19 cases. Authorities reported 88,376 new confirmed cases on Thursday, almost 10,000 more than the previous record set a day earlier. Officials said 146 people infected with the coronavirus died between Wednesday and Thursday. UK officials have said the omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading at an absolutely phenomenal pace, with case numbers doubling every two to three days. The UK Health Security Agency said another 1,691 omicron cases have been identified in the country, bringing the total to 11,708, though scientists warn the number is likely to be much higher.
First Published: IST