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    Omicron Highlights: 'Precautionary dose' for elderly 9 months after 2nd shot; mixing of vaccines unlikely

    Omicron Highlights: 'Precautionary dose' for elderly 9 months after 2nd shot; mixing of vaccines unlikely

    Omicron Highlights: 'Precautionary dose' for elderly 9 months after 2nd shot; mixing of vaccines unlikely
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    India on Monday saw the highest single day rise of Omicron infections with 156 fresh cases, taking the total tally of such cases to 578. The Centre issued a fresh advisory to all States and UTs to deal with the pandemic situation. Here're the key highlights

    India saw the highest single day rise of Omicron infections with 156 fresh cases, taking the total tally of such cases to 578, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
    The 578 cases have been detected across 19 states and UTs with Delhi recording the maximum number of 142 cases followed by Maharashtra at 141, Kerala 57, Gujarat 49, Rajasthan 43 and Telangana 41. With 6,531 people testing positive for coronavirus infections in a day India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,47,93,333, while the active cases declined to 75,841, according to the data updated at 8 am. The death toll has climbed to 4,79,997 with 315 fresh fatalities, the data stated.
    The Centre issued a fresh advisory to all States and UTs to deal with the pandemic situation. In the advisory, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said States and Union Territories may consider imposing need based, local curbs and restrictions, to control the crowd during the festive season.
    Here're the key highlights 
    #Maharashtra reports 26 new cases of Omicron: Maharashtra on Monday reported 26 new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the state tally of those infected with the new strain to 167, the health department said. As many as 11 of the new cases of Omicron, marked as a 'variant of concern' by the WHO, were detected in Mumbai.
    #'Precautionary dose' 9 months after 2nd shot: The prioritization and sequencing would be based on the completion of 9 months (39 weeks) from the date of administration of second dose.
    #Covaxin only vaccine option for children in 15-18 years age group: The vaccine option against COVID-19 for children in the age group of 15-18 years, who will be inoculated from January 3, would be Covaxin only, according to new guidelines issued by the Union health ministry on Monday.
    #Night curfew imposed in Kerala: In view of the rising Omicron cases, Kerala government imposed night curfew (10 pm to 5 am) from December 30 till January 2
    #Delhi: Night curfew kicks in from today
    EC directs Health Department to speedup vaccination in 5 poll bound states: The Election Commission took a stock of progress over vaccination and situation of Omicron from Ministry of Health today
    #Only Covaxin, ZyCov-D to be available for adolescents:  Only two COVID-19 vaccines - Covaxin and ZyCov-D- will be available for adolescents between the age of 15 and 17 years, said RS Sharma, CEO at National Health Authority
    #Govt unlikely to allow inter-changeability of vaccines for “precautionary” doses: 
    #Goa reports 1st Omicron case: An eight-year-old boy, who arrived in Goa from the United Kingdom, has been found infected with Omicron, making it the first case of the new coronavirus variant in the coastal state. State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told .
    #Omicron tally climbs to 578: The 578 cases have been detected across 19 states and UTs with Delhi recording the maximum number of 142 cases followed by Maharashtra at 141, Kerala 57, Gujarat 49, Rajasthan 43 and Telangana 41.
    #MHA issues fresh advisory for COVID-19 management: In the advisory, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said States and Union Territories may consider imposing need based, local curbs and restrictions, to control the crowd during the festive season.
     
     
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