Omicron Highlights: No furthers curbs in Maha, says deputy CM; unvaccinated kids in 15-18 age group won't be allowed inside Haryana schools

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Omicron news Live Updates: India saw a single day jump of 2,68,833 new coronavirus infections, over 4,000 more than yesterday, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,68,50,962 which includes 6,041 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

  • Over 160 fresh infections push Meghalaya's COVID-19 tally to 86,147

    Meghalaya recorded 162 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the caseload to 86,147, a health official said. The state had reported 189 fresh cases on Friday. Meghalaya's coronavirus death toll remained at 1,490, with no reports of any more fatalities, he said. With the new infections, the number of active coronavirus cases has increased to 991, Health Services director Dr. Aman War said.

  • Tamil Nadu sees 23,989 new cases, 11 deaths

    Fresh coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu reached the grim milestone of 24,000 infections in a single day and the new cases in Chennai neared the 9,000-mark. The state on Saturday recorded 23,989 new cases and 11 fatalities. This took the total number of cases reported so far to 29,15,948 and the death toll to 36,967. On Friday, there were 23,459 cases and 26 fatalities. Chennai recorded 8,963 new infections.

  • Haryana reports 9,050 fresh COVID-19 cases, 7 fatalities

    Haryana on Saturday reported another surge of COVID-19 cases with 9,050 fresh infections and seven fatalities, taking the active cases in the state to 46,720. Of the seven deaths, two were reported in Sonipat district and one each in Gurugram, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Bhiwani and Kaithal. With these, the total number of deaths in the state rose to 10,098, according to the health department's daily bulletin. With these fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 8,37,998. Gurugram, the worst-hit district, reported 3,349 fresh cases on Saturday, followed by Faridabad (1,764), Panchkula (510), Karnal (389), Sonipat (403), Ambala (522), Hisar (262), Panipat (271) and Rohtak (239) among others. The recovery rate was 93.22 percent, the bulletin said, while the cumulative recoveries so far were 7,81,157.

  • Fourteen cases of Omicron variant found in Jharkhand today. 87 samples had been sent to Bhubaneswar for genome sequencing. Out of 87, 14 are confirmed cases of Omicron and 1 Delta variant detected: Arun Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary

  • 15,795 new cases and 4 deaths in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours; active cases stand at 95,148

  • Kerala health minister warns of spike in cases within 3 weeks

    Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Saturday said the COVID clusters in the state were increasing and warned that there are chances of a rapid spread of coronavirus within the next three weeks. George said there are currently 78 COVID clusters in the state. "There are chances that within the next three weeks, the COVID-19 cases in the state will witness a major spike. There is a chance of rapid spread of the virus in the state. Every day, the COVID-19 cases are increasing in the state. There are Delta, Omicron variants on top of that," George said.

    The minister also said 51 percent of children in the 15-18 age group have received the COVID-19 vaccine in the state. The health department had earlier in the day said 99.68 percent (2,66,24,042) of the targeted population (18 years and above) of the state have received the first dose of vaccine whereas 82.27 percent (2,19,73,681) received both the doses.

  • Goa reports 3,274 new cases & 4 deaths today; active caseload at 20,078

  • 59 new cases push Nagaland's COVID-19 tally to 32,834

    Nagaland on Saturday reported 59 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the caseload to 32,834, an official of the health department said. The state's coronavirus death toll remained at 703, with no patients succumbing to the disease for the eighth consecutive day. Nagaland now has 404 active COVID-19 cases, while 30,495 people have recovered from the disease, including 15 in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus recovery rate has decreased to 92.87 percent from 92.99 percent on Friday, the official said. Altogether 1,232 COVID-19 patients have migrated to other states to date. As many as 16,014 beneficiaries in the age group of 15-18 years have been inoculated in Nagaland till Friday. A total of 13,65,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 7,73,407 people in the state thus far, the official said.

  • Uttarakhand reports 3,848 new COVID cases, 1,184 recoveries and 2 deaths in last 24 hours; active case stand at 14,892

  • Assam logs 44 percent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases in single day

    Assam on Saturday registered a 44 percent jump in fresh COVID-19 cases in a single day as 3,390 more people tested positive for the infection, which is the biggest single-day spike since June 19 last year, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said. The state's positivity rate increased to 9.87 percent as 34,355 samples were tested for COVID-19, he said.

  • Bihar logs 6,325 new COVID-19 cases, 4 fresh fatalities

    Bihar's COVID-19 tally rose to 7,81,716 on Saturday as 6,325 people tested positive for the infection, while four fresh fatalities pushed the state's toll to 12,127, a health bulletin said. Patna registered 2,305 fresh infections, 189 more than the previous day. The capital city also accounted for 14,131 of the 35,916 active cases in the state. The state's positivity rate increased to 3.67 per cent from 3.58 per cent on Friday. The state has administered the booster dose to 18,555 people during the day.

  • Tennis: Tata Open to be held behind locked doors in Pune

    The Tata Open Maharashtra, country's only ATP 250 event, will be held in empty stadia and within a strict bio-bubble, the organisers said on Saturday. The tennis tournament is scheduled to begin at Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune from January 31. It will be first time that the fans will not be allowed to watch matches from the venue with the third wave of coronavirus pandemic forcing the government and the organisers to have the tournament behind closed doors. "We are following the state government's guidelines. Fans are not allowed inside the venue this year. Players' health is paramount. At least we have our tournament going on with the help of the government," Sunder Iyer, MSLTA Secretary said.

  • Chhattisgarh reports 5,525 new cases and 8 deaths; active caseload at 32,139

  • Gujarat logs 9,177 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

    Gujarat on Saturday reported seven COVID-19 fatalities, the highest rise in a single day in the last few months, taking the overall toll to 10,151. However, the new cases in the state dropped for the second consecutive day on Saturday with the registration of 9,177 infections, raising the overall tally to 9,16,090, the Gujarat health department said.

  • No further restrictions as of now: Maha Deputy CM; says cases spiked due to irresponsible behaviour

    Expressing concern over the rise in COVID-19 cases in Pune and the rest of Maharashtra, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said that as of now no new restrictions will be brought in but a decision will be taken next week depending upon the scenario. "Coronavirus cases are rising every passing day. But in today's meeting, we decided not to bring in further restrictions. At the same time, existing curbs will not be relaxed soon. But, if needed, a decision will be taken in the next week," he said.

    The Maharashtra government recently imposed new restrictions on the movement of people. As per the new guidelines, the movement of people in groups of five or more has been restricted from 5 am to 11 pm and no movement has been allowed from 11 pm to 5 am, except for essential services. Pawar said the cases rose rapidly because people are not following COVID-19 norms. "Recently, many people returned from foreign countries. At the same time, no norms were followed in public events, especially in marriages that were attended by people coming from other states. If we have to control the spread of infection, we must follow rules," he added.

  • Pune reports 5,705 new cases and 2 deaths

  • J&K reports over 3,200 coronavirus cases, 4 deaths

    Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 3,251 fresh COVID-19 cases, its highest single-day spike in infections so far this year, taking the virus tally to 3,55,874, while four related deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 1,129 were from the Jammu division and 2,122 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, the officials said. The new fatalities raised the death toll from the pandemic to 4,561 in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • MP logs 5,315 new COVID-19 cases

    The COVID-19 tally in Madhya Pradesh rose to 8,24,543 on Saturday with the addition of 5,315 fresh cases but no fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, a state health official said. The case positivity rate in MP stood at 6.6 percent as against 5.9 percent on Friday, when the state had recorded 4,755 infections, he said. The recovery count in MP stood at 7,88,484 after 1,186 people were discharged from hospitals during the day, he said. MP is now left with 25,516 active cases, the official said.

  • Uttar Pradesh adds 15,795 Covid cases, 4 deaths

    Uttar Pradesh on Saturday reported 15,795 fresh coronavirus infections that pushed its active caseload to 95,148, while four more fatalities pushed the death toll to 22,953, an official statement issued here said. Lucknow reported the highest number of fresh cases at 2,769, followed by 1,873 from Gautam Budh Nagar, 1,371 from Ghaziabad and 1,135 from Meerut, among other districts, it said. With the new infections, Uttar Pradesh's coronavirus tally stands at 18,16,974. The latest deaths were reported from Lucknow, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Mainpuri, the statement said.

  • 2.5 lakh healthcare and frontline staff in Karnataka trained through online platforms to fight COVID

    Karnataka has effectively leveraged technology in COVID battle and so far about 2.5 lakh healthcare and frontline staff have been trained through online platforms, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said on Saturday. The Minister today inaugurated the virtual training programme being conducted in association with StepOne for about 10,000 medical, dental and Ayush students to train them in home isolation care and addressed the students.

  • In 2 weeks, over 250 doctors, paramedics test positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir

    At least 250 doctors and paramedics of various hospitals across Kashmir have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last fortnight, an official said on Saturday. He said with such a large number of members from the medical fraternity getting infected with the virus, the valley was finding the situation challenging.Several hospitals in the valley, including the SMHS and Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences SKIMS, have either shut down services at the outpatient department or put on hold non-essential elective surgeries in view of the surge in coronavirus cases in the union territory, he said.

  • Odisha logs 10,856 new COVID-19 cases, Omicron tally mounts to 202

    Odisha's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 11,22,735 on Saturday with 10,856 fresh infections, while two more fatalities pushed the death toll to 8,478, the Health Department said in a bulletin. The state also reported 32 new Omicron cases taking the tally of the new strain of coronavirus in Odisha to 202, a health department official said. The daily test positivity rate jumped to 14.49 percent from 13.57 pecent the previous day, when 10,273 coronavirus cases were reported, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, AIIMS Bhubaneswar will suspend the outpatient department (OPD) services from Monday as many staff and students have contracted the virus within a week. The OPD will be functional only for those who have registered online and for all emergency cases, the institute said.

  • Kerala reports 17,755 new COVID-19 cases & 17 deaths today

    Active caseload stands at 90,649, while the death toll increased to 50,674. A total of 89 deaths have been added to the death tally as per the guidelines of the Central government, officials said.

  • Delhi reports 20,718 new cases & 30 deaths in last 24 hours; active cases rise to 93,407; positivity rate remains at 30.64%

  • Twenty more COVID-19 cases reported on IIT Kharagpur campus

    Twenty more people, including eight students, residing on the IIT Kharagpur campus have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Saturday. Twelve faculty members and non-teaching staff of the premier institute are among the new patients, he said. "The fresh infections were reported in the last two-three days as authorities have adopted a strategy of testing and tracing to contain the spread of the disease," IIT Kharagpur Registrar Tamal Nath said.

    Sixty people of the institute, including students and researchers, were found infected with COVID-19 between January 1 and 4. All of them have recovered from the disease and they are now either in isolation or returned to their normal activities, the official said. Most of the newly infected patients have mild symptoms of COVID-19 and the on-campus medical care team is monitoring their condition regularly, he said.

  • ECI reiterates need to comply with COVID guidelines

    The Election Commission of India today directed political parties to adhere to the provisions of the model code of conduct and the broader guidelines on COVID-19. The poll panel also directed state and district administrations to ensure compliance by all the parties. 

  • Mizoram reports 477 new cases today; active case tally at 8,048

  • Delhi HC, district courts to continue virtual hearing till Feb 11

    The Delhi High Court has said that it would continue hearing cases through the virtual mode till February 11. According to an office order dated January 12, the district courts would also hear matters only through the video conferencing mode till then. On December 30, the high court -- which resumed physical hearings from November 22 -- had decided to shift to the virtual mode from January 3 in view of rise in COVID-19 cases and the subsequent 'yellow alert' declared by the government in the national capital. The decision to go back to the virtual system was taken after an office note was placed before Chief Justice D N Patel highlighting the rise in number of cases of COVID-19 infections.

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India saw a single day jump of 2,68,833 new coronavirus infections, over 4,000 more than yesterday, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,68,50,962 which includes 6,041 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday. The active cases have increased to 14,17,820, while the death toll has climbed to 48,57,52 with 402 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 3.85 percent of total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 94.83 percent, the ministry said.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,49,47,390, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.32 percent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive have exceeded 156.02 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.