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Omicron News Highlights: 48,905 new cases in Karnataka; Kerala logs 49,771 fresh COVID-19 cases

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Omicron News highlights: India logged 2,85,914 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,00,85,116, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll has climbed to 4,91,127 with 665 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases have decreased to 22,23,018 and comprise 5.55 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.23 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 13,824 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.16 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 17.33 percent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,73,70,971, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.23 percent.

Omicron News Highlights: 48,905 new cases in Karnataka; Kerala logs 49,771 fresh COVID-19 cases
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  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Daily COVID-19 infections drop below 30,000 in Tamil Nadu

    New COVID-19 infections dropped below 30,000 in Tamil Nadu as it added 29,976 cases on Wednesday, pushing the caseload to 32,24,236, the health department said. As many as 47 more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, mounting the death toll to 37,359 till date, a medical bulletin said. New COVID-19 infections have been hovering over 30,000 over the last few days and Tamil Nadu has been witnessing a declining trend after reaching a peak of 30,744 cases on January 22. Meanwhile, recoveries were marginally less compared to new cases with 27,507 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 29,73,185 leaving 2,13,692 active infections, the bulletin said. Seven districts led by Chennai accounted for the majority of new coronavirus infections with the state capital adding 5,973 cases followed by Coimbatore 3,740, Chengalpet 1,883, Tiruppur 1,787, Salem 1,457, Erode 1,302 and Kanyakumari 1,035 with the remaining in other districts. Those who tested positive, included 18 returnees from various states. A total of 1,50,931 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 6,10,54,111, the bulletin said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: 48,905 new cases in Karnataka, 39 deaths

    Registering a surge in numbers again, Karnataka on Wednesday reported 48,905 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 fatalities, taking the tally to 36,54,413, and death toll to 38,705. The state on Tuesday had reported a dip in daily cases at 41,400. There were 41,699 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 32,57,769, a bulletin said. Of the new cases, 22,427 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 18,734 people being discharged and 8 virus-related deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now at 3,57,909. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 22.51 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.07 per cent. Of the 39 deaths, 8 are from Bengaluru Urban, Dakshina Kannada and Hassan (4), Mysuru (3), Chikkaballapura, Kalaburagi, Mandya, Ramanagara and Uttara Kannada (2), followed by others. Apart from Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru recorded the second highest with 2,797 new cases followed by Tumakuru 2,645, Mandya 2,186, and Hassan 2,016. Bengaluru Urban district now has a total of 16,48,758 cases, Mysuru 2,11,426 and Tumakuru 1,48,223. According to the bulletin, Bengaluru Urban tops the list among discharges with 14,16,078, followed by Mysuru 1,92,638 and Tumakuru 1,32,026.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: English Premier League says minimum 4 COVID-19 cases needed for fixture postponement

    Clubs can apply for a fixture postponement only if they have a minimum of four positive COVID-19 cases in their squads, the Premier League said on Wednesday following a meeting of representatives of all 20 sides. A total of 22 games have been called off this season due to COVID-19 outbreaks and the subsequent unavailability of players, with the league being criticised by some clubs for their handling of the crisis. Earlier, a match could be postponed if one of the teams did not have 13 available outfield players -- and one goalkeeper -- "either from its squad list or its appropriately experienced Under-21 players". "Following a club meeting today, the Premier League's COVID-19 match postponement guidance has been updated to include a COVID-19 impact threshold," the league said in a statement. "From now on, if a club applies to postpone a match on the grounds of insufficient players due to COVID-19, they must have a minimum of four positive cases within their squad."

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: J-K records 5,606 new Covid cases, 8 deaths

    Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 5,606 fresh cases of coronavirus, raising its tally to 4,14,172, while eight more deaths pushed the toll to 4,635, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 1,353 were reported from the Jammu division and 5,253 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 1,305 cases, followed by 803 cases in Budgam district. There are 47,969 active cases in the union territory. The number of recovered patients was 3,62,168, they said.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Mumbai reports 1,858 COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

    Mumbai reported 1,858 new coronavirus infections and 13 deaths on Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release. The city has been reporting fewer than 2,000 cases for the last three days. The caseload of the financial capital of the country went up to 10,40,363, while death toll rose to 16,569.The new daily cases were hovering over 2,000 since December 29, 2021. With 1,656 patients being discharged from hospitals on Wednesday, the tally of recoveries increased to 9,98,698.There are 22,364 active patients in the city now. The civic body carried out 42,315 coronavirus tests during the day, increasing the total of tests to 1,50,88,261.The recovery rate in the city is 96 per cent, while the period taken for the caseload to double is now 185 days.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Telangana clocks 3,801 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

    Telangana on Wednesday recorded 3,801 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 7,47,155, while the death toll rose to 4,078 with one more fatality. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reported the highest number of daily cases with 1,570, followed by Rangareddy (284) and Medchal Malkajgiri (254) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today. The state had registered 4,559 new cases on Tuesday. A total of 2,046 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative number of recoveries rose to 7,05,054. Active cases stood at 38,023, the bulletin said. A total of 88,867 samples were tested today and the total number examined till date was over 3.16 crore. The samples tested per million population were over 8.51 lakh. The case fatality and recovery rates were at 0.55 per cent and 94.37 per cent, respectively.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Delhi records 7,498 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths; positivity rate at 10.59%

    Delhi reported 7,498 fresh COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths, with the positivity rate witnessing a marginal increase to 10.59 per cent, according to data shared by the city government's health department on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the national capital had reported 6,028 new COVID-19 cases and 31 deaths. The positivity was recorded at 10.55 per cent. The health bulletin stated that 11,164 patients were discharged in a day and less than 15 per cent of the COVID-19 beds in hospitals were occupied. On Monday, the capital had logged 5,760 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.79 per cent and 30 deaths. The number of daily cases in Delhi has been declining after touching the record high of 28,867 on January 13. The capital had recorded a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent on January 15, the highest so far in the ongoing wave of the pandemic.

  • Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala logs 49,771 fresh COVID-19 cases

    Kerala logged 49,771 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday taking the caseload to 57,74,857, while the death toll rose to 52,281 with 140 COVID-19-related deaths being registered. On Tuesday, the state had recorded 55,475 fresh cases, the highest ever single day spike in the infection since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020. The previous highest ever in a single day was recorded on January 20- 46,387. The state Health department said 1,03,553 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. There are 4,57,329 people under observation of which 10,938 are in isolation wards of various hospitals, a department release said. "Currently, there are 3,00,556 active COVID-19 cases in the state of which only 3.6 per cent are hospitalised," the release said. Among the latest fatalities, 63 were recorded over the last few days while 77 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court.

  • Active COVID-19 cases reduce by 50% within 2 weeks in Delhi

    The number of active Covid-19 cases in Delhi has halved in just 12 days after rising to a high of 94,160 on January 13, while it took 21 days for the active caseload to drop by half during the second wave last year. The third wave of the pandemic saw the active cases peaking to 94,160 on January 13. The number dropped to 42,010 by Tuesday.

    During the ferocious second wave last year, active cases had risen to a high of 99,752 on April 28 and the number reduced to 45,047 by May 19. Experts said the decline in cases is in line with their expectations.

    “It was expected. The rise was very rapid. The R naught value—which indicates the spread of COVID-19—was around 4, which means a person would infect the entire family within two days. The recovery is faster. The incubation period is shorter, hardly two to three days. Hence, the sharp fall in the number of cases," said Director-Professor, Community Medicine Department, Maulana Azad Medical College, Nandini Sharma.

  • AP adds 13,618 fresh Covid-19 infections

    Andhra Pradesh logged 13,618 fresh cases of Covid-19, 8,687 recoveries and nine deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Wednesday. The daily infection positivity rate hovered around 30 percent. The latest bulletin said the total active cases climbed to 1,06,318. The gross positive cases now went up to 22,22,573, recoveries to 21,01,685 and deaths 14,570, the bulletin said.

  • Sikkim: 206 more test Covid positive

    Sikkim on Wednesday reported 206 new Covid-19 cases, 31 less than the previous day's count, pushing the tally to 37,539, a health department bulletin said here. It said one fresh fatality took the death toll to 425. Sikkim currently has 1,928 active cases, while 600 patients have migrated out and 34,586 people have recovered from coronavirus. 

  • COVID-19: 218 fresh cases, one fatality in Ladakh

    The COVID-19 death toll in Ladakh has climbed to 223 following a fatality in Kargil, while 218 fresh cases pushed the overall tally to 25,036 in the union territory, officials said on Wednesday. The number of active cases in Ladakh has gone up to 1,317, which includes 1,023 cases in Leh district and 294 cases in Kargil district, they said. With lone death being reported from Kargil, the total death count has reached 223, that include 164 fatalities in Leh and 59 in Kargil. Of 218 new positive cases, 97 were reported in Leh and 121 from Kargil, they said. As many as 144 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals in Ladakh on Tuesday. Of these, 118 were discharged in Leh and 26 in Kargil, they said.

  • Delhi traders' bodies ask L-G to lift weekend curfew during DDMA meet tomorrow

    Continuing its demand to lift the weekend curfew and odd-even rule for opening shops, the traders' fraternity here on Wednesday shot a letter to the lieutenant governor, ahead of the DDMA meeting. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the highest decision-making body on COVID-19-related issues, is slated to meet under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday to review the COVID-19 situation. In its letter, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) asked the lieutenant governor to relax COVID-19 restrictions in Delhi in view of the decreasing number of cases. CAIT, secretary general, Praveen Khandelwal said the retail trade in Delhi has suffered a loss of about 70 percent in the last 25 days due to the restrictions.

  • 2 women in Norway's Olympic cross-country team have COVID-19

    Two members of Norway's women's cross-country ski squad have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of next month's Beijing Olympics, the team said Wednesday. Heidi Weng and Anne Kjersti Kalv contracted COVID-19 at a training camp in the Italian Alpine resort of Seiser Alm and are now isolating. Norwegian cross-country manager Espen Bjervig said in a video call their participation in the Olympics was uncertain.

  • Meghalaya logs 392 fresh COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

    Meghalaya on Wednesday recorded 392 new COVID-19 cases, five less than the previous day, pushing the tally to 89,553, a senior health department official said. Health Services Director Dr Aman War said the COVID-19 death toll rose to 1,503 with one more fatality.

  • Hong Kong risks exodus over extended COVID isolation, Euro chamber says

    Hong Kong may not reopen until early 2024 because of its strict COVID-19 policies, which could trigger an exodus of foreign firms and staff and jeopardise the city's role as a financial hub, its European Chamber of Commerce said in a draft report. 

  • WHO: Record weekly COVID cases last week, but deaths stable

    Over 20 million new coronavirus cases were reported globally last week—the highest since the pandemic began, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday. The number of deaths was largely unchanged, at more than 50,000, it added.

    In its weekly assessment of the pandemic, issued late Tuesday, the UN health agency said the number of new coronavirus infections rose by 5 percent. And that the rate of increase appears to be slowing—only half of regions reported an increase in COVID-19.

    Earlier this month, the previous highest number of cases 9.5 million was recorded amid a 71 percent spike from the week before, as the hugely contagious omicron variant swept the world.

  • Each dose of Covishield, Covaxin likely to be capped at Rs 275 after getting regular market approval

    As of now, Covaxin is priced at Rs 1,200 per dose while Covishield costs Rs 780 in private facilities. The prices include Rs 150 service charge. Both the vaccines are only authorised for emergency use…
    Omicron News Highlights: 48,905 new cases in Karnataka; Kerala logs 49,771 fresh COVID-19 cases
  • Denmark aims to scrap all domestic COVID-19 curbs by February

    Denmark aims to scrap all remaining domestic COVID-19 restrictions next week, following on from similar announcements in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands in the past week despite high numbers of Omicron infections in Europe. The Nordic country already loosened restrictions two weeks ago after a month-long lockdown, allowing cinemas and music venues to reopen, but some rules remain, including limited opening hours for restaurants and mandatory face masks.

  • Each dose of Covishield, Covaxin likely to be capped at Rs 275 after getting regular market approval

    The price of Covishield and Covaxin, the Covid vaccines which are expected to soon get regular market approval from India's drug regulator, is likely to be capped at Rs 275 per dose plus an additional service charge of Rs 150, official sources said. According to them, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has been directed to start working towards capping the price to make the vaccines affordable. As of now, Covaxin is priced at Rs 1,200 per dose while Covishield costs Rs 780 in private facilities. The prices include Rs 150 service charge. Both the vaccines are only authorised for emergency use in the country. An Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on January 19 recommended granting regular market approval to Covid vaccines Covishield and Covaxin for use in the adult population subject to certain conditions. 

  • Elton John has COVID, postpones US tour dates

     

    British singer and songwriter Elton John said he has COVID-19 and has been forced to postpone some US concerts although his symptoms were mild and he expected to be able to resume his farewell tour at the weekend. The singer of hits such as "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer" restarted his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour last week, returning to the stage in New Orleans after a nearly two-year hiatus. John said he would reschedule the postponed shows in Dallas this week but was expecting to recover in time for concerts in Arkansas this weekend. "I'm so sorry to anyone whose been inconvenienced by this but I want to keep myself and my team safe," he said in an Instagram story. "Fortunately, I'm fully vaccinated and boosted and my symptoms are mild."

  • Omicron survives much longer on plastic, skin than earlier coronavirus variants: Study

     

    The Omicron variant of coronavirus can remain alive on skin for over 21 hours, and more than eights days on plastic surfaces, which may be contributing to its faster spread compared to other strains, according to a study. The researchers from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan analysed the differences in viral environmental stability between the SARS-CoV-2 Wuhan strain and all variants of concern (VOCs).  The yet-to-be peer-reviewed study, posted recently on the preprint repository BioRxiv, found that the Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Omicron variants exhibited more than two-fold longer survival on plastic and skin surfaces, than the Wuhan strain. "The high environmental stability of these VOCs could increase the risk of contact transmission and contribute to their spread," the authors of the study said.

  • Should handle COVID-19 third wave with 'total seriousness': Karnataka Guv


    Cautioning about the third wave of COVID-19, Karnataka Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Wednesday, called on the citizens to handle the situation with "total seriousness" and said there should be no room for negligence. Delivering his address after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day here, he complimented the state government for succeeding in reducing the effect of COVID-19 efficiently. "We are now facing the 3rd wave of COVID-19. We should handle this situation with total seriousness and negligence has no room now. We must continue to observe the SMS mantra of - Social Distancing, Masking and Sanitization for the sake of everybody's health," the Governor said. "My Government has worked day and night and with the support of the public we have succeeded in reducing the effect of COVID-19 efficiently. We have used this crisis as an opportunity to build on our strengths, to create additional health infrastructure and enhance production capacity of Oxygen cylinders and Ventilators," he said.

  • Despite COVID-19, India displays tremendous resilience, capability: Kerala Governor


    Leading the 73rd Republic Day celebrations in Kerala, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Wednesday said as the largest democracy in the world, India's voyage has been steered by modern ideas of governance, the urge to ensure equality and justice, and firm resolve to defend against all forms of aggression. Despite the pandemic spread, the nation has displayed tremendous resilience and capability, scope of synergy and leadership in every sphere and our spirit of patriotism and pride in our march towards the pinnacle of prosperity and power are boundless, he said.
     

  • Odisha registers 7,416 new COVID-19 cases, 10 fresh fatalities

     

    Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 12,25,268 on Wednesday as 7,416 people tested positive for the infection, 1,525 or 25.9 percent more than the previous day, a health bulletin said. Ten more patients succumbed to the infection, which is the highest daily toll in nearly five months. The state had reported 5,891 cases and seven fatalities on Tuesday. The daily test positivity rate rose to 11.37 percent as 65,250 samples were examined in the last 24 hours, it said, adding that 867 children are among the new patients. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported a quarter of the new cases at 1,959, followed by 778 in Sundargarh and 548 in Cuttack. The infections dropped by 36 percent from 11,607 a week ago.

  • Hong Kong may maintain COVID isolation until 2024, risking exodus - Euro chamber
     

    Hong Kong may only reopen in early 2024 because of its stringent COVID-19 policies, which could trigger an exodus of foreign firms and staff and jeopardise its role as a financial hub, the city's European Chamber of Commerce said in a draft report. The limited effectiveness of locally developed vaccines is forcing mainland China to maintain tight restrictions on travel, the chamber said in the draft which was reviewed by Reuters but has not been made public. The European Chamber of Commerce declined to comment on the report.

  • Over 21 million new Covid-19 cases reported globally last week, highest since outbreak: WHO

     

    Over 21 million new coronavirus cases were reported around the world last week, representing the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation. The global health body also emphasised that the Omicron variant is becoming dominant due to its significant growth advantage, higher secondary attack rate and observed reproduction number as compared to the Delta. The COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, released on Tuesday by the WHO, said that globally, the number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 5 percent in the past week (January 17-23, 2022). Over 21 million new cases were reported during the week, representing the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Nearly 50,000 new deaths were also reported, it said.

     

  • Chiranjeevi tests positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms


    Superstar Chiranjeevi on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under home quarantine. The 66-year-old actor took to Twitter and informed his fans that he is experiencing "mild symptoms" post his COVID diagnosis. "Dear All, despite all precautions, I have tested COVID-19 positive with mild symptoms last night and am quarantining at home. I request all who came in contact with me over the last few days to get tested too. Can't wait to see you all back soon," Chiranjeevi tweeted.

India logged 2,85,914 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,00,85,116, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll has climbed to 4,91,127 with 665 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases have decreased to 22,23,018 and comprise 5.55 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.23 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 13,824 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 16.16 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 17.33 percent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,73,70,971, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.23 percent.

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