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Coronavirus News Highlights: Mumbai, Delhi take on third wave; Centre warns against overuse of COVID-19 medicines

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Omicron News Highlights: India added 1,94,720 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,60,70,510 which includes 4,868 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The active cases have increased to 9,55,319, the highest in 211 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,84,655 with 442 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. Of the total 4,868 cases of the Omicron variant, 1,805 people have recovered or migrated so far. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,281 cases followed by Rajasthan at 645, Delhi 546, Karnataka 479, and Kerala 350. The active cases comprise 2.65 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 96.01 percent, the ministry said. An increase of 1,33,873 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 11.05 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 9.82 percent, according to the ministry.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Mumbai, Delhi take on third wave; Centre warns against overuse of COVID-19 medicines
  • With that it's a wrap to the LIVE updates on the COVID-19 pandemic for today. Do join us tomorrow for all the top developments on the coronavirus situation from India and around the world. Until then, stay safe and good night. 

  • Coronavirus News LIVE UpdatesGovt warns against overuse, misuse of Covid medicines

    Warning against overuse and misuse of COVID-19 medicines, the government on Wednesday asked people to adopt a rational approach to the drugs used for treatment of coronavirus. Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul expressed concern over the "overuse and misuse" of drugs. 

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates UP saw 14-fold jump, Punjab 8.65-times rise in active Covid cases in last seven days

    Active COVID-19 cases have increased 14 times in Uttar Pradesh in the last seven days while Punjab saw an 8.65-fold rise in such infections during the same period, government data showed. Goa has witnessed a 4.35 times rise in active Covid cases during the last one week, according to the government data shared during a press conference on Wednesday. Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa will be held between February 10 and March 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will be held on March 10.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Maharashtra reports 46,723 new COVID cases

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: New discharge policy for mild, moderate COVID-19 patients

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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi logs 27,561 Covid cases, second-highest daily rise so far

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mumbai reports 16,420 new COVID-19 cases, about 41 percent more than Tuesday; death count grows by seven percent

  • Stable Covid hospitalisation, positivity rate indicate wave has peaked: Delhi health minister

    Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Wednesday said the number of hospital admissions in the national capital due to COVID-19 has stabilised over the last five days which indicates that the current wave of the pandemic has peaked and cases may start declining in two-three days. 

  • PM Narendra Modi to meet all state chief ministers tomorrow at 4:30pm in order to review the COVID19 situation in the country

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  • No medicines should be overused. We saw that excessive use of medicines lead to a sudden increase in Black Fungus, said Centre while addressing a press conference

  • e-passes for essential services valid for entire duration of weekend, night curfew: DDMA

    The Delhi Disaster management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday clarified that the e-passes issued for movement connected to "essential goods and services" or "exempted category", shall be valid during the entire duration of imposition of weekend and night curfew in view of surge in COVID-19 cases. 

  • Emerging states of concern (reporting a surge in COVID cases) are Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and Gujarat: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

    Emerging states of concerns reporting high positive rates - Maharashtra with a rate positivity rate of 22.39%, West Bengal 32.18%, Delhi 23.1% and UP 4.47%: Luv Aggarwal

  • A sharp surge in COVID cases in India; active cases 9,55,319 as on January 12. A high surge is noticed globally - 159 countries; Eight countries in Europe reporting an increase of cases by more than 2 times in the last two weeks: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

    Total 115 confirmed deaths globally due to Omicron and 1 death in India, says Lav Agarwal

  • Rs 1.10 crore was collected in penalty and 63 FIRs were lodged for offences related to violation of COVID-19 norms in Delhi on January 11, says the Delhi government

  • 18 people including staff, faculty and students of IIT, Jammu, test positive for COVID-19. IIT to conduct online classes, faculty to work from home: IIT, Jammu administration

  • In view of the celebration of Bhogali Bihu, the Assam government relaxes night curfew timings. The night curfew timings will be from 11 pm to 4 am instead of 10 pm to 6 am on January 13.

  • Delhi govt's online yoga classes begin for Covid patients in home isolation

     

    Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain announced that the city government's online yoga classes for coronavirus patients in home isolation kicked off on Wednesday. The city had 74,881 active coronavirus cases of which 50,796 were in home isolation on Tuesday. "Delhi government kicks off the first session of the yoga classes that was facilitated for the corona positive patient's in home isolation. This is a brilliant initiative undertaken by Delhi government to keep the people engaged in physical activities while they are in isolation," Jain said on Twitter. There will be eight classes of one hour each from 6 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm under the the "Dilli ki Yogshala" programme.

  • Kerala logs 76 new Omicron cases; Cluster detected in pvt nursing college
     

    Kerala on Wednesday reported 76 fresh Omicron cases taking the total number of people infected with the new variant of COVID-19 to 421, state health minister Veena George said here. An 'Omicron cluster' was formed at a private nursing college in Pathanamthitta where the disease was suspected to have been spread from a student who was in contact with a person arrived from abroad, she said in a statement.

  • Labs pull out all stops to cope with Omicron rush of tests

    Hiring more staff, expanding capacity and opening walk-in centres are some of the steps laboratories are taking to cope with the twin imperatives of increased tests and timely results as Covid cases spike sharply in the country. As India copes with an Omicron driven explosion in numbers, the spotlight is on laboratories that are pulling out all the stops to ensure they are able to conduct the maximum number of tests, deliver results on time and also keep their own staff safe from the contagion. The pressure has been building by the day with increasing numbers of people showing Covid symptoms booking tests to rule out or confirm the infection and many others needing a negative test to travel, attend office or enter restricted venues. There is also the added pressure of those needing non-Covid tests. "The surge has been sudden. The graph has been too vertical and we weren't expecting such a severe surge," Dr Dangs Lab CEO Arjun Dang said in the national capital.

  • MP: 5 COVID-19 positive passengers, including pregnant woman, stopped from boarding Dubai-bound flight

    A 37-year-old pregnant woman and four other passengers tested positive for coronavirus at the Indore airport on Wednesday following which they were prevented from boarding the Air India's Dubai-bound flight, an official said. The woman, who was from Bhopal and six months' pregnant, had not taken a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while the other four infected passengers were inoculated, Dr Priyanka Kourav, medical officer of the Madhya Pradesh health department, told PTI. "Every passenger boarding the weekly Indore-Dubai flight has to undergo a rapid RT-PCR test at the airport. On Wednesday, 76 passengers were tested and the results of two women, two men and a 17-year-old boy came out positive, she said. Four of the infected persons were vaccinated against the viral infection, she said. "Two of these infected passengers have taken two doses each of Sinopharm and Pfizer's vaccines for coronavirus prevention, which means both of them have received a total of four doses of the vaccines, she said. The infected passengers include one each from Indore and Barwani and three from Bhopal, the official said, adding that all the five people are asymptomatic and have been advised to isolate at home.

  • The Karnataka High Court, hearing a PIL, reprimanded the state governmnet for not taking action in the matter of violation of COVID norms during Congress' Mekedatu padayatra; asked why the government allowed the padyatra.

  • Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel tests positive for COVID-19

    Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said that he has tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms and has isolated himself at home. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator also appealed to those who have come in contact with him to get tested. My Covid test is positive. There are mild symptoms. I have isolated myself at home. I request all those who came in contact with me in the last few days to get their test done. Please exercise caution, Goel tweeted in Hindi. Goel's family is also isolated, they said. Officials said that a few staff members in Goel's office have also tested positive and are in isolation. 

  • Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tests positive for COVID-19


    Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection. "I have tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. Have isolated myself and request all those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested," he said in a tweet. The 79-year-old leader had recently formed the Punjab Lok Congress. A few days ago, Singh's wife and Congress MP from Patiala, Preneet Kaur had tested positive for the infection.

  • COVID-19 vaccination pace in children shows youth's sense of responsibility, says PM



    Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the "sense of responsibility" of the country's youth and said it manifested in the pace of Covid-19 vaccination in the 15-18 years age group that has covered over two crore children since its rollout this month. Virtually inaugurating the 25th edition of the National Youth Festival here, Modi also said his government's recent decision to increase the legal marriage age of women to 21 years was for the betterment of "our daughters" and ensure that they had a career and also the time. Hailing the pace of vaccination of the 15-18 years age group, he said this showed the "sense of responsibility" of the youngsters, especially witnessed during the pandemic period. "The role of the youth in the success of our COVID vaccination programme is being witnessed altogether at a different level. We are seeing that the youth in the 15-18 years age group are getting themselves vaccinated at a quick pace. In such a short time, over two crore children have been vaccinated. This exemplifies the sense of responsibility in today's youth and my confidence in a bright future of the country is further strengthened," he said.

  • COVID-19 cases coming down in Mumbai, says mayor; appeals to citizens to get vaccinated


    Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday said the numbers of COVID-19 cases and its fast-spreading variant Omircon were slowing coming down in the city, and appealed to citizens to get vaccinated against the viral infection. In a recorded video message issued by the mayor's office, Pednekar said out of those who died due to COVID-19 so far since February 2021, 94 percent of people were unvaccinated. Mumbai on Tuesday reported 11,647 new COVID-19 cases, a drop of 2,001 from the previous day and fourth straight day of a downward trend, taking the tally to 9,39,867, while two more patients succumbed to the infection, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). On Wednesday, Pednekar said the number of COVID-19 and Omicron cases reported daily is going down, but at the same time, it is necessary that everyone should get vaccinated against the disease. "Everyone should get vaccinated. Be vaccinated," Pednekar appealed to people. 

  • COVID-19 cases in Delhi continue to be above 20,000 but the positivity rate is stagnant at around 25 percent which is a good sign. Hospital admission rate has not risen in the past 4-5 days, if it continues, there will be some relief in restrictions, says state Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

  • Arunachal logs 186 fresh COVID-19 cases, biggest single-day spike in January

     

    Arunachal Pradesh registered the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases in January this year as 186 people tested positive for the infection, 52 more than the previous day, pushing the northeastern state's caseload to 55,878, a senior health official said. The Capital Complex region recorded the highest number of 86 new cases, followed by 16 each in Tawang and Lower Dibang Valley districts and 15 in Lohit. A CRPF personnel and a BRO official are among the new patients, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said. Arunachal Pradesh has been witnessing a spurt in coronavirus cases since January 4, with 526 new cases reported since then. The state had registered 134 fresh cases on Tuesday. The death toll remained unchanged at 282 as no fresh fatality was recorded in the last 24 hours, Jampa said.

  • 76 fresh cases of Omicron were confirmed in Kerala, taking the total number of the COVID-19 variant cases detected in the state to 421.

  • Madhya Pradesh reported 3,639 positive cases in the last 24 hours, total active cases stands at 14,413. The majority of patients are asymptomatic and only 1 percent need oxygen and ICU support. Doctors communicate twice with patients in home isolation, says State Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang

India added 1,94,720 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,60,70,510 which includes 4,868 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The active cases have increased to 9,55,319, the highest in 211 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,84,655 with 442 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. Of the total 4,868 cases of the Omicron variant, 1,805 people have recovered or migrated so far. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,281 cases followed by Rajasthan at 645, Delhi 546, Karnataka 479, and Kerala 350. The active cases comprise 2.65 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 96.01 percent, the ministry said. An increase of 1,33,873 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 11.05 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 9.82 percent, according to the ministry.

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