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Coronavirus Highlights: Over 2 crore children get 1st vaccine dose; Mumbai & Delhi record over 20,000 cases each

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Omicron updates: India’s daily COVID-19 tally surpassed over lakh cases for the second straight day on Saturday. This takes the total COVID-19 cases in the country to 3,53,68,372, which includes 3,071 cases of Omicron reported across 27 states and UTs, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry.The country saw a single-day rise of 1,41,986 new coronavirus cases, while the active cases increased to 4,72,169, according to Union Health Ministry data

Coronavirus Highlights: Over 2 crore children get 1st vaccine dose; Mumbai & Delhi record over 20,000 cases each
  • With that it's a wrap to the live updates on the COViD-19 situation from India and around the world for today. Do join us tomorrow for all the top developments on the coronavirus pandemic. Until then stay safe, good night.

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    Coronavirus Highlights: Over 2 crore children get 1st vaccine dose; Mumbai & Delhi record over 20,000 cases each
  • 655 new coronavirus cases in J&K, 3 more die

    Jammu and Kashmir recorded 655 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the virus tally to 3,43,965, while three fatalities due to the disease were reported from the Union Territory in the past 24 hours, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 392 were from the Jammu division and 263 from the Kashmir division, the officials said. They said Jammu district recorded a maximum of 263 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 133 cases in Jammu district. There are 2,982 active cases in the Union Territory, while the count of recoveries now stands at 3,36,446, the officials said. The new fatalities pushed the death toll from the pandemic to 4,537 in Jammu and Kashmir.

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    Coronavirus Highlights: Over 2 crore children get 1st vaccine dose; Mumbai & Delhi record over 20,000 cases each
  • Bengal records 18,802 new COVID-19 cases, 19 more fatalities

    West Bengal on Saturday reported 18,802 new COVID-19 cases, which raised the tally to 17,30,759, the state health department said in its bulletin. Nineteen more COVID-related fatalities pushed the toll to 19,883. Kolkata accounted for 7,337 new cases and North 24 Parganas for 3,286, the bulletin said. At least 8,112 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate stood at 29.60 percent and the discharge rate at 95.27 percent. Bengal currently has 62,055 active cases. As many as 63,518 samples were tested since Friday, taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 2,18,02,541.

  • Karnataka records 8,906 fresh COVID cases, 508 discharges, and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours 

  • Jitendra Singh reviews pandemic preparedness in J-K, says no room for complacency

    Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday reviewed the preparedness to deal with the third wave of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir and cautioned that "there is no room to be complacent". During the high-level online meeting connecting different districts ranging from Jammu to Srinagar as well as the two divisional headquarters of Jammu and Kashmir, respectively, the minister advised setting up of a designated dashboard for real-time updates related to the ongoing third wave.

  • Nafisa Ali, Arijit Singh and Maanvi Gagroo test positive for COVID-19

    Veteran actor Nafisa Ali, playback singer Arijit Singh and "Four More Shots Please!" star Maanvi Gagroo on Saturday tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Ali, known for starring in movies like "Major Saab", "Life In a Metro", "Yamla Pagla Deewana" and "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3", posted a picture of herself from a Goa hospital on Instagram. "Guess what I have ! A lucky number 7 bed !! High fever and throat congested but doing better with my super medical team in Goa. Hope to be allowed home in a few days for self isolation.#covidpositive" the 64-year-old actor wrote in the caption.

  • South Africa should step up COVID-19 vaccinations, President Ramaphosa says

    South Africa should step up COVID-19 vaccinations, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday, urging members of his governing African National Congress (ANC) party to fight vaccine hesitancy in communities. Nearly 40% of South Africa's adult population has been fully vaccinated, higher than in many other African countries but less than the government had hoped for by this stage. Late last year, the government deferred some vaccine deliveries as the pace of inoculations slowed. "We can do better as South Africans, so I therefore urge all of us who have not yet been vaccinated, let us go out in our great numbers (and get the vaccine)," Ramaphosa told an ANC anniversary event.

  • Kerala reports 5,944 new COVID cases, 2,463 recoveries, and 33 deaths in the past 24 hours. The state has an active caseload of 31,098, while its death toll stands at 49,547.

  • Unvaccinated 30 times more prone to land in ICU than vaccinated: Karnataka war room chief

    The Karnataka COVID-19 war room analysis into the infections in the past seven days from January 1 to 7 has revealed that unvaccinated people are 30 times more likely to land in the Intensive Care Unit than the vaccinated, an official said on Saturday. Karnataka COVID-19 War Room chief Munish Moudgil said unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to have manifested COVID infection than vaccinated. "The unvaccinated people are 30 times more likely to land in ICU or High Dependency Unit (HDU) as compared to the vaccinated," he said in his analysis.

  • 45 new cases push Sikkim's COVID-19 tally to 32,649

    Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 32,649 on Saturday as 45 people, 11 more than the previous day, tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. Twenty-three cases were registered in East Sikkim, followed by 13 in South Sikkim and nine in West Sikkim. The state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 409, as no fresh fatality was registered. Sikkim now has 152 active COVID-19 cases, while 31,736 people have been cured of the disease, and 352 patients have migrated to other states so far. The recovery rate stood at 98.3 percent. The state has thus far tested over 2.81 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 424 in the last 24 hours, it said adding that the positivity rate stood at 10.6 percent.

  • 2 lakh adolescents get jabbed for COVID-19 in national capital; northeast Delhi takes lead

    Over two lakh adolescents in the age group of 15-18 have been administered the first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 in the national capital, with the northeast district vaccinating the highest number of beneficiaries. According to official data, there are 10.14 lakh beneficiaries in the 15-18 age group in Delhi. The inoculation exercise commenced on January 3 with 20,998 people getting jabbed. Northeast Delhi had recorded the highest figures on the first day and the trend has continued in the subsequent days.

    Of the over 33,000 beneficiaries vaccinated on the second day of the exercise, 6,237 were from northeast district alone. Similarly, on January 5, 6,848 of the total 36,301 adolescents inoculated were from the northeast district. As many as 55,979 people were vaccinated in the national capital on January 6, with northeast Delhi again taking the lead by vaccinating 8,199 beneficiaries. Another 8,012 people in the district were jabbed on Friday. Geetika Sharma, northeast district magistrate, said it was possible due to good planning by the district immunisation officer.

  • Delhi reports 20,181 fresh COVID cases, 11,869 recoveries, and 7 deaths

  • Mumbai logs 20,318 fresh COVID cases and 5 deaths today

  • Nagaland reports nine fresh coronavirus cases, tally at 32,264

    Nagaland on Saturday reported nine new COVID-19 cases, one more than the previous day, pushing the tally in the state to 32,264, a health department official said. The state's coronavirus death toll remained at 703 for the second consecutive day as no patient succumbed to the disease during the last 24 hours. Nagaland now has 79 active COVID-19 cases, while 30,401 people have recovered from the disease, including eight in the last 24 hours, the official said. Altogether 1,081 coronavirus patients have migrated to other states to date.

  • UK government advisers recommended against 4th vaccine dose

    UK government advisers have recommended against giving a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and people over 80 because data shows that a third shot offers lasting protection against admission to the hospital. For people over 65, protection against hospitalisation remains at about 90% three months after the third dose, according to data compiled by the UK Health Security Agency. As a result, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on Friday advised the government that there was no need to offer a fourth dose, or second booster, to vulnerable people at this time.

  • Hundreds in Lebanon protest measures targeting unvaccinated

    Hundreds of people rallied in Beirut on Saturday to protest measures imposed against the unvaccinated, saying individuals should have the right to decide whether to be inoculated or not. Vaccination is not compulsory in Lebanon, but in recent days authorities have cracked down on people who are not inoculated or don't carry a negative RT-PCR test. Saturday's protest by nearly 300 people in downtown Beirut came a day after the daily number of new COVID cases hit a record 7,974.

    Coronavirus Highlights: Over 2 crore children get 1st vaccine dose; Mumbai & Delhi record over 20,000 cases each
  • Mumbai's Dharavi reports 147 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, taking active cases in the area to 729

  • Test positivity rate crosses 10% in Bengaluru with the city recording 7,113 cases today. Bengaluru continues to be the epicenter of COVID in Karnataka with 79% of the cases: Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar K

  • Union Minister Raosaheb Danve tests positive for COVID-19

    Union Minister of State for Railways, Coal and Mines Raosaheb Danve on Saturday said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and isolated himself as per doctors' advice. Taking to Twitter, Danve said he underwent a COVID-19 test after experiencing symptoms.  The BJP leader from Maharashtra appealed to those who came in contact with him recently to get themselves tested for the infection.

  • The West Bengal government orders the markets that come under the Siliguri Municipal Corporation jurisdiction to stay shut one day per week to check the spread of COVID-19

  • COVID test mandatory for availing treatment in HP's Hamirpur hospitals

    COVID tests have been made mandatory for availing treatment for any ailment in hospitals of Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur district, a district health official said. This order has been issued in the wake of a spurt in COVID-19 cases in the district in general and educational institutions in particular. Hamirpur Medical College Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Ramesh Chauhan said that the new order has led to detection of more positive cases during the last two days and will help the department contain the virus spreading in the community. The number of active cases that had gone below 50 in the district last week is now at 233.

  • 14 new Omicron cases in Odisha, tally rises to 75

    Fourteen fresh Omicron cases were detected in Odisha on Saturday, taking the state's tally to 75, a health official said. Eight new Omicron patients have travel history, while four are local cases, and the travel history of two others are yet to be ascertained, he said.

  • Arrest warrant against US woman for locking up COVID-positive son in boot of car

    A school teacher in the US state of Texas faces arrest and a child endangerment charge after she was found to have locked up her 13-year-old COVID-positive son in the trunk of her car in fear of contracting the disease, according to media reports on Saturday. On January 3, Sarah Beam, 41, was enquiring about getting her child tested for COVID-19 at a screening drive-thru in Harris County, when she told an official that her son was locked in her car boot, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported.

  • Only vaccinated passengers allowed on suburban trains in Chennai: Southern Railway

    In view of the steep rise in new COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, only fully vaccinated passengers will be allowed to use suburban train services with effect from January 10, the Southern Railway said on Saturday. In the latest set of guidelines, the Southern Railway also warned it would fine violators of COVID-19 norms Rs 500. In view of the threat of the Omicron variant, the Tamil Nadu government has imposed several restrictions from January 6.

  • Naqvi calls for precaution, prevention and prayer to make Haj 2022 possible

    The selection process of Haj 2022 pilgrims will be done as per the complete vaccination of both the doses and criteria to be decided by the Indian and Saudi Arabian governments, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Saturday as he called for the precaution, prevention and prayer to eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic and to make the annual Islamic pilgrimage possible this year. Naqvi said that the entire Haj 2022 process has been chalked out with significant reforms and changes giving utmost priority to the health and well-being of the people.

  • Djokovic had COVID-19 a month ago, had clearance to enter Australia: Court filing

    Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic contracted COVID-19 last month but was not experiencing symptoms and had written clearance from Australia's immigration department before travelling to the country with a medical exemption from its vaccination rules, his lawyers said in a court filing on Saturday.

Omicron Highlights:
India’s daily COVID-19 tally surpassed over lakh cases for the second straight day on Saturday. This takes the total COVID-19 cases in the country to 3,53,68,372, which includes 3,071 cases of Omicron reported across 27 states and UTs, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry.
#Only fully vaccinated passengers would be allowed to use the suburban train services in the Chennai region: Southern Railway
#The country saw a single-day rise of 1,41,986 new coronavirus cases, while the active cases increased to 4,72,169, according to Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am.
#The death toll climbed to 4,83,463 with 285 fresh fatalities, the data stated.
#The country last reported over one lakh cases on June 7 last year when 1,00,636 infections were recorded.
#The active cases comprise 1.34 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 97.37 percent, the ministry said.
#An increase of 1,00,806 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.
#India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
#India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.