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Omicron News Highlights: Haryana extends COVID curbs till Jan 28; third wave may peak in next 3 weeks

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Omicron News Highlights: With 2,38,018 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,76,18,271, which includes 8,891 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The active cases have increased to 17,36,628, the highest in 230 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,86,761 with 310 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. Catch live updates here

Omicron News Highlights: Haryana extends COVID curbs till Jan 28; third wave may peak in next 3 weeks
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  • Haryana extends Covid curbs till Jan 28, but gyms, spas can operate with 50 pc capacity

     The Haryana government on Tuesday extended Covid restrictions in the state till January 28, but allowed gyms and spas to operate with 50 per cent capacity while liquor vends can now open till 10 pm. Initially, various restrictions imposed by the January 5 order in "Group A" districts, which had witnessed a big spike in cases, were imposed in all districts, the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (HSDMA) had said in an earlier order issued on January 13

  • 8 deaths, 8,388 fresh Covid cases in Haryana

     Eight more people died from coronavirus in Haryana on Tuesday as 8,388 fresh cases surfaced, pushing the state's infection count to 8,64,490, according to a Health Department bulletin. So far, 10,124 people have died from the infection in the state.

  • Vaccines must be central strategy to fight COVID-19 pandemic: WHO official

    Amid concerns about COVID-19 vaccines not reaching all parts of the world, especially to poor countries, a top WHO official on Tuesday said vaccination must be central to any strategy to fight the pandemic and equitable distribution is a must. While some of the developed nations are talking about the fourth dose of the vaccine, a large number of people in Africa and some other regions are yet to get their first one.

  • Pak says no to lockdown despite spurt in COVID-19 cases

    Pakistan on Tuesday decided against imposing a nationwide lockdown amidst the rising number of coronavirus cases due to the omicron variant. Planning Minister Asad Omar, the chief of the National Command and Operation Center on COVID-19, told the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Imran Khan that the number of current cases increased to 5,000 per day, the hospitalisation rate increased by 2.5 times and the ICU rate by 30 per cent.

  • Bengal logs 10,430 new Covid cases, 34 more deaths

    West Bengal on Tuesday registered 10,430 new coronavirus cases, 1,045 less than the previous day's count, pushing the tally to 19,17,514, the health department said in a bulletin. Altogether 34 fresh fatalities due to Covid-19, including 10 from Kolkata, took the toll to 20,155, it said. In the last 24 hours, 13,308 patients recovered from the disease taking the total number of cured people in the state to 17,41,648.

  • Gujarat records 17,119 new COVID-19 cases, its highest one-day rise so far, says health department

  • Healthcare workers are requested to ensure that only COVAXIN is administered to individuals in 15-18 age group: Bharat Biotech

  • Mumbai reports 6,149 new cases 

  • Delhi reports 11,684 new cases & 38 deaths in last 24 hours

  • Delhi reports 11,684 new cases & 38 deaths in last 24 hours

  • COVID impact on jobs: Unemployment likely to increase to 207 million in 2022

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations body mandated with labour standards, has recently downgraded its outlook for the labour market recovery in 2022. Read more

  • Israel sticks with 4th vaccine shot, sees Omicron wave waning next week

    Israel will continue to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot despite preliminary findings that it is not enough to prevent Omicron infections, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, predicting contagions stoked by the variant will wane in a week.

  • Third wave may peak in next three weeks

    The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to peak much earlier than anticipated and may take a maximum of three more weeks, even though the share of rural districts in new caseloads has increased significantly since December, says a report. The optimism comes from the massive decline in new caseloads in the top 15 districts which had the maximum infections, SBI Research said in a report on Tuesday.

  • Revised clinical guidance for COVID patients advises testing for TB

    The Union health ministry has advised COVID patients to go for tests for tuberculosis and other conditions if cough persists for more than two-three weeks.
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  • Centre flags decline in Covid testing, asks states to enhance it

    Flagging a decline in the number of COVID-19 tests in many states and union territories, the Centre on Monday asked them to enhance testing so that an effective track of the spread of the pandemic can be kept and immediate citizen-centric action can be initiated. In a letter to states and UTs, Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Arti Ahuja advised them to pay attention to this aspect immediately and increase the testing in a strategic manner keeping in view the trend of case positivity in specific areas.

  • Over 50 lakh healthcare, frontline workers taken precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine

    Over 50 lakh healthcare, frontline workers and citizens aged 60 years and above have been administered the precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine since January 10, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Tuesday. With the administration of nearly 80 lakh vaccine doses in a span of 24 hours, the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 158.04 crore as per provisional reports till 7 am.

  • Cyberattacks surge amid accelerating pace of COVID-driven digitalisation

     The accelerating pace of digitalisation, fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a record-breaking year for cybercrime with ransomware attacks rising 151 per cent in 2021, and an average of 270 cyberattacks per organisation being faced, a new study showed on Tuesday. The World Economic Forum's 'Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2022', released during its online Davos Agenda summit, further said that each successful cyber breach cost a company USD 3.6 million (nearly Rs 27 crore) last year, while the average share price of the hacked company underperformed NASDAQ by nearly 3 per cent even six months after the event in case of the breach becoming public.

  • China urges caution opening overseas mail after Omicron case

    China is urging people to wear masks and gloves when opening mail, especially from abroad, after authorities suggested the first case of the Omicron coronavirus virus variant found in Beijing could have arrived via a package from Canada. Read More

  • 63 more Omicron confirmed in Kerala 

    63 more Omicron confirmed in Kerala today, taking the case tally to 591. Of 591 cases, 401 persons arrived from 'low-risk' countries,  101 persons from 'high-risk' countries, 70 persons were contacts of patients and 19  reached from other States: Kerala Health Minister's Office

  • Chhattisgarh sees 4,574 COVID-19 cases; surge leaves 200 security personnel infected in Bastar

    Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 count reached 10,64,290 on Monday with the addition of 4,574 cases, while the toll rose to 13,664 after 10 patients succumbed to the infection, an official said. The state's positivity rate was 12.02 per cent, he said, adding that the recovery count stood at 10,18,666 after 179 people were discharged from hospitals and 5,217 completed home isolation during the day.       "The active tally is 31,960. Raipur saw 1,208 cases, taking the count to 1,75,560, including 3,164 deaths. The district has 8,270 active cases. Durg recorded 751 cases followed by Korba 385, Raigarh 354, Bilaspur 244, Rajnandgaon 231, Janjgir-Champa 142 and Jashpur 136, among other districts," he said.

  • Beijing to offer Olympic tickets to 'selected' spectators

    Only selected spectators will be permitted at next month's Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Monday. Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be permitted at the events, and had not offered tickets to the general public. Monday's announcement posted on the organizing committee's website confirmed expectations that the Winter Games would have few onlookers at the venues, under even more strict conditions than imposed during last year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

  • Haryana adds 9,204 Covid cases, 12 deaths

    Haryana on Monday reported 9,204 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 8,56,102, while 12 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 10,116. The number of active cases in the state stands at 54,814, up from 51,253 a day ago, according to the health department's daily bulletin. Gurgaon, which is the worst-hit district in the state, reported 3,448 fresh cases, followed by 1,435 in Faridabad, 799 in Sonipat, 649 in Panchkula, 401 in Ambala, among others.

  • Maharashtra sees sharp fall in COVID-19 cases at 31,111; 24 more die

    Maharashtra on Monday recorded 31,111 fresh coronavirus positive cases, 10,216 less than the day before, and 24 new deaths linked to the infection, the state health department said. With these additions, the state's overall tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 72,42,921, while the death toll jumped to 1,41,832, it said. Also, 122 new Omicron cases have come to light in the state, raising their tally  to 1,860, the department said. The number of recovered cases in Maharashtra increased to 68,29,992 after 29,092 patients were discharged during the day, leaving the state with 2,67,334 active cases, the department said.

  • Records show Bihar doctor took 5 Covid vaccine shots, probe ordered

    The Bihar government has ordered an investigation after records showed that a Patna-based civil surgeon was administered five shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. The civil surgeon, Dr Vibha Kumari Singh, however, said she had taken the jab thrice as per rules. Singh also claimed that someone else managed to get vaccine shots using her PAN card details, and called for a probe. According to the CoWIN portal, she received the first dose on January 28, 2021 and was fully vaccinated by March last year. Government records showed Singh was also jabbed on February 6, 2021 using her PAN card information, and for the fourth time on June 17 that year. She then took a precautionary dose on January 13, 2022. Patna District Magistrate Chandrashekhar Singh on Monday said the administration has started an investigation. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty, he said. (Source: PTI)

  • Bata focuses on casual shoe market; expects normalcy to return faster than 2nd wave
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    Omicron News Highlights: Haryana extends COVID curbs till Jan 28; third wave may peak in next 3 weeks
  • Goa adds 2,174 COVID-19 cases to tally, positivity rate crosses 41%

    A total of 2,174 COVID-19 cases were detected from 5,236 tests in Goa on Monday at a positivity rate of 41.52 per cent, an official said. The tally in the coastal state was 2,12,649 and six deaths took the toll to 3,563, he said. So far, 1,87,129 people have been discharged post recovery, including 1,592 on Monday, the official said. The number of coronavirus tests conducted in Goa stood at 17,35,923,  he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 2,12,649, new cases 2174, death toll 3563, discharged 187129, active cases 21957, samples tested till date 1735923.

  • Punjab sees 6,656 COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths

    Punjab's COVID-19 caseload surged to 6,70,460 on Monday as 6,656 more people tested positive for the viral disease, while the death toll climbed to 16,790 with 20 more fatalities, according to a medical bulletin. Jalandhar reported 1,279 fresh cases, followed by 1,041 in Ludhiana and 702 in Mohali, the bulletin stated. Of the latest deaths, four were reported from Patiala, three from Bathinda, two each from Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Moga, Mohali and one from Pathankot, it said.

  • 39 Omicron cases in Manipur

    The number of those affected by Omicron cases in Manipur jumped to 39 on Monday from only seven a day ago, a health department bulletin said. Manipur director of health services,  K Rajo Singh said in release that 32 Omicron cases were detected in various districts of the state. He urged the people to adhere to COVID appropriate behaviour and take both jabs of the vaccine. "Be alert and do not panic", the release added. 

  • 11,086 Covid cases in Odisha, positivity 15.62%

    Odisha reported 11,086 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 597 more than the previous day, while four more patients died, the Health Department said. The daily test positivity rate rose to 15.62 per cent from 14.96 as 70,990 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, a bulletin stated. Khurda district, where Bhubaneswar is located, reported nearly one-third of the new cases at 3,469, followed by 1,416 cases in Sundargarh and 766 in Cuttack, it said. As many as 1,061 children were among the new patients. The daily cases jumped by more than 56 per cent from 7,071 a week ago. The state had logged 10,489 cases on Monday.

Omicron News Highlights:
The Haryana government on Tuesday extended Covid restrictions in the state till January 28, but allowed gyms and spas to operate with 50 per cent capacity while liquor vends can now open till 10 pm. Initially, various restrictions imposed by the January 5 order in "Group A" districts, which had witnessed a big spike in cases, were imposed in all districts, the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (HSDMA) had said in an earlier order issued on January 13
The Bihar government has ordered an investigation after records showed that a Patna-based civil surgeon was administered five shots of the COVID-19 vaccine. The civil surgeon, Dr Vibha Kumari Singh, however, said she had taken the jab thrice as per rules. Singh also claimed that someone else managed to get vaccine shots using her PAN card details, and called for a probe.
With 2,38,018 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,76,18,271, which includes 8,891 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The active cases have increased to 17,36,628, the highest in 230 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,86,761 with 310 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. There has been an 8.31 per cent increase in Omicron cases since Monday, the ministry said. Experts said it is not possible to undertake genome sequencing of each and every sample but stressed that the current wave is largely being driven by the Omicron variant.
The active cases comprise 4.62 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 94.09 per cent, the ministry said. An increase of 80,287 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 14.43 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 14.92 per cent, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,53,94,882, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.29 percent.  The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 158.04 crore.
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.
The 310 new fatalities include 72 from Kerala  and 33 from West Bengal.
A total of 4,86,761 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,41,832 from Maharashtra, 50,904 from Kerala, 38,445 from Karnataka,  37,009 from Tamil  Nadu,25,387 from Delhi, 22,972 from Uttar Pradesh and 20,121 from  West Bengal.
The ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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