Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights: Even as the daily Covid-19 cases continue to surge rapidly, the Centre on Monday said only five to 10 per cent of the active Covid cases this time needed hospitalisation so far. However, the situation is dynamic and may change rapidly, it added. During the second wave, the percentage of active cases requiring hospital care was in the range of 20-23 per cent, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states and Union territories.
The country on Monday began administering the third ‘precautionary dose’ to priority groups — health care and frontline workers and those aged over 60 years with comorbidities. According to the Centre’s directions, the third dose will be of the same vaccine as the first two jabs and will be given to those who were vaccinated nine months ago.
In other news, Kerala has reduced the number of attendees at weddings and funerals to a maximum of 50 people, after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. It was also decided that reunions, ceremonies, and general social, political, cultural and community events should be conducted online, except in urgent situations, a government release said.
Meanwhile, India on Monday recorded 1,79,723 fresh Covid-19 cases, pushing the active caseload to 7,23,619. The daily positivity rate stood at 13.29 per cent, while 146 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.
The Omicron tally, meanwhile, stood at 4,033, with Maharashtra (1,216) continuing to top the count.
# extends lockdown till Jan 31. Places of worship to remain closed from Jan 14 -18. The state will observe a complete lockdown on Jan 16. Busses will be permitted to run with 75% seating capacity to benefit those travelling to other cities for #.
#TN extends lockdown till Jan 31. Places of worship to remain closed from Jan 14 -18. The state will observe a complete lockdown on Jan 16. Busses will be permitted to run with 75% seating capacity to benefit those travelling to other cities for #Pongal. @IndianExpress
Covid-19 cases more than double in a single day to 2,198 in Assam on Monday, highest tally in six months
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took to Twitter and said, “India began administering Precaution Doses. Kudos to those who have got vaccinated today. I would request all those who are eligible to get vaccinated. As we all know, vaccination remains among the most effective means to fight Covid-19”.
India began administering Precaution Doses. Kudos to those who have got vaccinated today. I would request all those who are eligible to get vaccinated. As we all know, vaccination remains among the most effective means to fight COVID-19.
Mumbai on Monday reported 13,648 new Covid-19 cases and five related fatalities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said in a health bulletin. With 59,242 samples tested, the test positivity rate was recorded at 23 per cent. The new cases are 5,826 less than previous day and the positivity rate has come down by 5 per cent from 28 per cent to 23 per cent.
The city also logged 27214 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,05,333. There are 1,03,862 active Covid cases in Mumbai. This is the third day in a row that the COVID-19 cases in Mumbai have dipped. However, Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary, said that with the TPR still high, it is too early to stay that cases are plateauing, and data of at least seven days is needed to confirm it.
Maharashtra has recorded 33,470 new Covid-19 cases on Monday.
BJP chief JP Nadda tests Covid-19 positive
शुरुआती लक्षण दिखने पर मैंने अपना कोविड टेस्ट करवाया।मेरी रिपोर्ट पॉज़िटिव आई है।अभी मैं स्वस्थ महसूस कर रहा हूँ। डॉक्टर्स की सलाह पर मैंने खुद को आइसोलेट कर लिया है।
पिछले कुछ दिनों में जो लोग भी मेरे संपर्क में आए हैं, उनसे अनुरोध है कि अपनी जाँच करवा लें।
More than 9 lakh precaution doses were administered to the eligible age group on the first day. Overall 82 lakh vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm today, taking India’s total vaccination coverage to 152.78 crores: Union Health Ministry
➡️More than 9 lakh Precaution Doses administered.
➡️India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 152.78 crore.https://t.co/fOIzIfePrQ pic.twitter.com/Cq1T5VTmHU
Delhi sees 17 more deaths due to Covid, 19,166 new cases in a day. Positivity rate soars to 25 per cent: Health bulletin
😷 Today’s Covid numbers: Delhi (19,166), Mumbai (13,648 cases), Bengaluru (9,221 cases), Kolkata (5,556 cases), Chennai (6,190 cases)
In fresh advisory for testing Covid samples, ICMR says contacts of Covid patients do not need testing unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities.
In fresh advisory for testing COVID samples, ICMR says contacts of COVID patients do not need testing unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities pic.twitter.com/iv3TmH0yHs
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai tests positive for Covid-19
I have tested positive for COVID -19 today with mild symptoms. My health is fine, I am under home quarantine. I request everyone who have recently come in my contact to isolate themselves and get tested.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has tested positive for COVID 19 and is in home isolation, his office said on Monday. The chief minister’s office shared the information on its Twitter handle, adding that the septuagenarian has urged people of the state to follow all measures which are part of the Covid protocol.
Notably, on Monday last, several attendees of his ‘Janta Ke Durbar Mein Mukhyamantri’ programme had tested positive for the contagion. A day later, many ministers, including both Deputy CMs had tested positive just ahead of a cabinet meeting. This had prompted Kumar to suspend many of his programmes including the state-wide ‘Samaj Sudhar Abhiyan’ against alcohol consumption, and social evils like dowry and child marriage.
In the past one week, several staff members deployed at the Chief Minister’s 1, Anne Marg, residence have been found infected with the coronavirus.
माननीय मुख्यमंत्री श्री नीतीश कुमार कोरोना जाँच में पॉज़िटिव पाये गए हैं। चिकित्सकों की सलाह पर वह होम आइसोलेशन में हैं। उन्होंने सभी से कोविड अनुकूल सावधानियां बरतने की अपील की है।
Restaurants and bars in Delhi will be shut from tomorrow onward. Only ‘take away’ and home delivery to be allowed.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday decided not to impose lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 and discussed further restrictions such as closing dine-in facility in restaurants and scaling down seating capacity in Metro trains and buses, officials said.
Karnataka on Monday reported 11,698 new Covid-19 cases and four related deaths. The test positivity rate shot to 7.77 per cent. 9,221 of the new cases and two deaths were reported in Bengaluru.Meanwhile, Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar said that 146 new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Bengaluru today taking the overall tally of the new Covid variant in Karnataka to 479.
#Karnataka reports 11,698 #COVID19 cases today. Positivity rate goes up to 7.77%
◾New cases in #Bengaluru: 9,221
◾Positivity rate in State: 7.77%
◾Active cases State: 60,148 (B’lore- 49k)
◾Deaths:04 (B’luru- 02)
Five to 10 per cent of the active Covid cases this time so far needed hospitalisation but the situation is dynamic and may change rapidly, the Centre said on Monday and asked states to keep a watch on cases under home isolation and in hospitals.
During the second surge of Covid infections in the country, the percentage of active cases that needed hospital care were in the range of 20-23 per cent, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states and Union territories. –PTI
The Tamil Nadu government on Monday permitted the conduct of Jallikattu, a popular traditional bull-taming sport in the State, during the Pongal festival with stringent Covid-19 safety norms in place.
The government made it mandatory for both the bull owners and their assistants who register their animals for the sport and the tamers, as well, to produce a fully vaccinated certificate besides RT-PCR test negative report at least 48 hours before the event. They would be provided identity cards to participate in the event, a government order passed on Monday said. –PTI
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise rapidly across the country, the Jharkhand government, much like other states, on Monday began administering the third shot or the precautionary dose to its frontline workers and senior citizens with comorbidities. The state has around 6.5 lakh people who are above 60 years of age and have comorbid conditions, the additional chief secretary of the health department, Arun Kumar Singh, said. “We will ensure that precautionary doses are administered to all healthcare and frontline workers, besides elderly with comorbidities,” he told PTI. –PTI
University semester exams in Tamil Nadu slated for later this month have been deferred indefinitely due to the Covid-19 situation in the state, the government said on Monday.
Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi said the decision has been taken in consultation with Chief Minister M K Stalin who was keen about students’ welfare. “All university exams are being deferred indefinitely due to the surging covid numbers. The revised schedule will be announce later,” he told reporters. (PTI)
Senior citizens get vaccinated with the third dose at Ward 5 Market Char Rasta in Vadodara. (Express Photo by Bhupendra Rana)
A senior citizen received a dose of Covishield at Kolkata’s Dakuria Amri Hospital. (Express photo by Partha Paul)
Booster dose for frontline workers and citizens above 60 year old commenced at Pune’s Kamala Nehru hospital on Monday. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)
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In view of the rising numbers of Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed that the number of attendees at weddings and funerals be limited to a maximum of 50 people.
The decision was taken at the Covid review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, a state government release said. Last week, the government had directed that the number of people at marriages, funerals, political, social and cultural events in closed rooms be restricted to 75 and in open spaces to 150.
Now in the latest decision, it has been further reduced to 50 without specifying whether it is for closed rooms or open spaces or both. In the meeting, it was also decided that reunions, ceremonies, and general social, political, cultural and community events should be conducted online, except in urgent situations, the release said. (PTI)
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday said it has decided to close its 67 training centres across the country due to rising Covid-19 cases.
“The decision also comes in the wake of directives issued by various states to suspend sporting activities for the safety of athletes,” it added. Read more
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that there are no plans to impose lockdown in the national capital yet, stating that the Delhi government wants to “impose as few restrictions as possible so that people’s livelihoods are not impacted.” Delhi is expected to record over 22,000 daily cases Sunday. On Saturday, it had breached the 20,000-mark, along with Mumbai, which reported 20,318 new cases.
In other news, an IIT-Kanpur professor and mathematician, Manindra Agrawal, has predicted that in major cities like Delhi and Mumbai, the sharp rise in Covid cases could be arrested very soon, perhaps by the middle of this month. He also stated that the peak of the ongoing third wave in the country could go as high as 8 lakh cases in a day — almost twice the peak of the second wave. “The third wave (for the country) is expected to peak somewhere in the beginning of next month or even slightly earlier…By middle of March, the third wave of the pandemic should be more or less over in India,” Agrawal said.
With the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to children in the 15-18 age-group crossing the two-crore mark on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged everyone to “maintain momentum” and follow appropriate protocol.
“Excellent! Well done my young friends. Let us continue this momentum. Urging everyone to follow all Covid-19 related protocols and get vaccinated, if you haven’t already,” Modi tweeted.
More than two crore children between the ages of 15 and 18 have received their first dose of the Covid vaccine since January 3, when the vaccination drive for this age group was rolled out, a Health Ministry statement said.
Even as the union health ministry said bookings for the “precaution dose” will open on Saturday, the slots for Delhi did not become available till late evening. The precaution dose will be administered to all healthcare and frontline workers, and those above the age of 60 years with co-morbidities at existing centres starting Monday, according to a Delhi government official.
“The slots will open up tonight; a separate option called precaution dose will become available on the CoWIN portal along with the option of Dose 1 and Dose 2. Those who received their second dose nine months ago will be able to book these slots. The vaccines will be administered at the existing sites; the capacity of the sites will be increased by 20% for precaution dose,” the official said.