Omicron Coronavirus India Live: Vaccination drive to protect children in the age group of 15 to 18 years from the coronavirus began on Monday in many parts of the country including Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Kerala. Long queues were also witnessed outside the vaccination centres.
The states where the vaccination drive is going on include UP, Gujarat, Assam, Delhi, West Bengal, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala etc.
About 10 lakh children registered
Registration for vaccination started on January 1. According to the CoWin website, so far around one million children between the ages of 15 and 18 have registered for the vaccination. On Monday, about one lakh children have also taken a dose of the vaccine. Apart from registering on the CoWin portal, children can register directly by visiting the vaccination centre and they will also be vaccinated immediately.
UP Chief Minister Yogi took stock
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took stock of Lucknow’s Civil Hospital on Monday after the vaccination campaign for children started. During this, Yogi said that the number of 15-18 year old children in the state is about 1 crore 40 lakh. Children have been asked to give the vaccine. Yogi said that from today, vaccination has started in 2,150 centres in the state. 39 centres have been set up in Lucknow, where 15-18-year olds are given vaccine doses.
Campaign started in Delhi too
Children’s vaccination campaign has also started in Delhi. Apart from RSKV Hospital in Laxmi Nagar, vaccines are being administered to children at many centres.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar started the vaccination drive
Covid vaccination started for children in Bihar from today. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched the vaccination drive at the Vaccination Center in Patna. Nitish Kumar said that the work of vaccination will be done expeditiously.
Assam CM inaugurated the centre
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the vaccination centre in Dibrugarh district.
MP, Gujarat join the drive
Vaccine doses are being given to children in Gujarat as well. Covaxin doses are being given here too. On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan posted on Koo and said that the launch of the vaccination campaign for the children of 15 to 18 years.
Omicron gradually spreading, warns Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain
Raising the concern over soaring Omicron cases, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday that the new variant is spreading in the community gradually. Addressing a press conference he also said that 46 per cent samples out of the total that have been taken so far have turned positive in the national capital. He also said that people having no travel history are also tested positive for the Omicron variant. A total of 115 samples have been taken for the test so far.
“According to latest genome sequencing report, 46 per cent cases are of Omicron variant which includes both international travellers and those who came into their contact,” the Health Minister said.
He further added that total 200 Covid patients are in hospitals that includes 102 patients from Delhi, and remaining 98 are from outside.
Of the 200 patients in hospitals, 115 were brought from the airport. As of now, no Omicron patient has required oxygen support, he added further.
Talking about preventive measures to curb infection, Minister Jain said that Delhi is the first to have taken initiatives to stop the spread of the infection. Stage one of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) has been implemented in the city.
Schools, college gyms, spas have been shut, he said, adding that the seating capacity in metro and buses has been reduced to 50 per cent. “We have imposed restrictions on large scale,” the minister said.
On Omicron triggered third Covid wave, Jain said: “We have to wait for next two to three days to get a clearer picture. He said that the result of any restrictions become visible after six to seven days. In the next DDMA meeting, we will decide on further restrictions if required,” he added.
India reports 7,495 new Covid cases, Omicron infections reach 236
India recorded 7,495 new Covid-19 cases and 434 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. With the addition of fresh fatalities, the death toll has mounted to 4,78,759.
Meanwhile, the Omicron infection tally has climbed to 236 across the nation. However, out of the total Omicron positive, 104 have been discharged after they recovered. So far, 16 states have reported Omicron infection, the Ministry added.
The recovery of 6,960 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,42,08,926. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.40 per cent, the highest since March 2020. India’s active caseload is presently at 78,291. Active cases constitute 0.23 per cent of the country’s total positive Cases, which is the lowest since March 2020.
Tamil Nadu reports 33 new Omicron cases, tally jumps to 34
Tamil Nadu recorded 33 new Omicron cases in the past 24 hours, State Health Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday. With this, the total number of Omicron variant cases in the state mounted to 34, he told the media, adding that a person had tested positive a few days ago.
He said that of the 33 new cases, 26 are from Chennai. The state Health Minister and Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan called upon the people not to panic and said that the contacts of those who turned positive are being traced and the results of genome sequencing of a few more people are awaited.
Gujarat reports 9 new Omicron cases
Gujarat on Wednesday reported nine new Omicron cases, taking the state’s tally for the new variant to 23. Out of the 9 new cases, Ahmedabad reported five, while two cases each were reported from the districts of Mehsana and Anand. According to the state government’s figures, four patients have recovered from Omicron and discharged so far, while 19 patients are under treatment. Till now, there has been no casualty due to the new variant.
Our Covid-19 booster appears effective against Omicron, claims Moderna
American biotechnology company Moderna has announced that preliminary data suggests its Covid-19 booster shot appears to increase antibody levels against the Omicron coronavirus variant. The currently authorised 50-microgram booster of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine mRNA-1273 increased neutralising antibody levels against Omicron about 37-fold compared to pre-boost levels, and a 100-microgram booster dose increased neutralising antibody levels about 83-fold, Xinhua news agency quoted the company as saying. A 100-microgram booster dose was “generally safe and well tolerated,” according to the company. But there was a trend toward slightly more frequent adverse reactions following the 100-microgram booster dose relative to the authorised 50-microgram booster dose, said the company.
Two fresh Omicron cases in Delhi; tally reaches 24
Delhi on Monday reported two fresh cases of Omicron variant, taking the tally to 24 in the city. According to Delhi Health Department, of the 24 cases, 12 have been discharged from the hospital and the remaining 12 are under treatment. Following the rise in the new Covid variant Omicron infection in the city, Delhi government has prepared 65 oxygen beds operational at Commonwealth Games Villages Covid centre. Meanwhile, the capital city has also reported substantial rise in the daily Covid caseload. Delhi on Sunday reported 107 fresh Covid cases which is the highest single-day case in the last six months. According to the health department, the city had reported highest of 115 cases on June 25. The Covid infection rate in the city has also climbed to 0.17 per cent.
विशेषज्ञों का मानना है कि कोरोना का ऑमिक्रॉम वेरिएंट इतना ख़तरनाक नहीं है लेकिन ये फैलता तेज़ी से है। किसी भी स्थिति से निपटने के लिए दिल्ली में हमने पर्याप्त इंतज़ाम कर लिए है।
आप सभी से निवेदन है कि बाहर मास्क पहन कर ही निकलें और कोरोना को फैलने से रोकें।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 20, 2021
Karnataka reports 5 new Omicron cases, tally reaches 19
Five more Omicron cases have been detected in Karnataka, which took the overall tally of infections caused by the new Covid-19 variant to 19, state Health Minister K. Sudhakar said on Monday. According to the Minister, the new cases were reported from Dharwad, Bhadravathi, Udupi and Mangaluru districts. Even though the new patients are stable, the health department is on high alert as the new variant has been found among hostel students with no travel history. So far, 49 samples have been sent for genomic sequencing tests and their reports are awaited.
4 more Omicron cases confirmed in Kerala, taking total to 15
With the samples of four more Covid positive cases getting confirmed for Omicron variant on Monday, Kerala now has 15 such cases, said State Health Minister Veena George. All the four have been under the close watch of the health authorities and were in quarantine. Hence, there was no reason to suspect a further spread, said the minister. All the four new cases were in the state capital district, and of these three are from the same family. All the 15 cases were reported to be stable.
Sinopharm’s booster dose found weaker against Omicron, reveals study
A Covid booster dose developed by China’s Sinopharm has shown to generate weaker immune responses against the new highly transmissible Omicron variant, known to evade vaccine efficacy. The hyper mutated Omicron variant of concern is spread so far to about 90 countries, raising serious concerns about the reduced vaccine efficacy and the increased risk of reinfection. In a study, researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a Shanghai-based lab specialising in respiratory infectious diseases, compared the activity of Sinopharm’s booster vaccine against an older coronavirus strain from Wuhan.
New Zealand detects 9 new Omicron cases at border
New Zealand had detected nine fresh Omicron cases in international arrivals, taking the country’s overall tally of people infected with the new variant to 22, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. Of the total Omicron cases to date, all remain in managed isolation with the exception of one case who has now recovered and been released, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying. Another 69 new community cases were reported on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 13,495.
Omicron hits 41 states in US; Experts warn of viral blizzard
Health experts have warned of “viral blizzard” in the US as the new Omicron variant is spreading rapidly nationwide and has already been detected in at least 41 states. In recent weeks, Covid-19 cases, deaths and hospitalisations have all surged in the country, with many parts experiencing high levels of community transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The current seven-day daily average of Covid-19 cases is about 122,000, a 1.5 per cent increase from the previous week, latest CDC data show.
➡️ India’s Cumulative #COVID19 Vaccination Coverage exceeds 137.46 Cr (1,37,46,13,252).
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) December 19, 2021
86 new Covid cases in Delhi; highest in 5 months
The national capital on Saturday reported 86 new Covid-19 cases — the highest single-day infections in the last five months, officials said. The city had last reported its highest daily caseload of 93 on July 8. With a steady rise in the new Covid cases amid the Omicron variant threat, the total infection tally has climbed to 14,42,090. However, the national capital has not reported any Covid related death in the last 10 days, and the death toll stands at 25,100. The Covid infection rate in the national capital has gone up to 0.13 per cent while the active cases are 484, as per the health bulletin.
Telangana reports 12 new Omicron cases, tally rises to 20
Telangana on Saturday reported 12 new cases of Omicron variant, taking the state’s tally to 20, a top health official said. Ten of the new cases were reported among passengers who returned from other than ‘at risk’ countries, while two travellers from ‘at risk’ nations also tested positive for the new variant of Covid-19. According to a health official, out of the 12 Omicron positive cases reported on Saturday, nine are of foreign origin and three are of Indian origin. Six of them had come from Kenya, two each from Somalia and the UAE, and one each from Ghana and Tanzania. The total number of cases among fliers from other than ‘at risk’ countries rose to 17. However, the health department officials have put this number at 16 as a seven-year-old boy, who had tested positive, had left for Kolkata after arrival at Hyderabad Airport.
6 fresh cases take Karnataka’s Omicron tally to 14
As many as six persons tested positive for Omicron in Karnataka on Saturday, taking the state’s tally to 14. Of these, five cases were detected in Dakshina Kannada district alone. State Health Minister K. Sudhakar said that two cluster outbreaks of Covid-19 were reported from two educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada on Saturday. Fourteen Covid cases were found in the first cluster, of which four have tested positive for Omicron.
Over 10,000 new Omicron cases confirmed in UK
The UK has reported more than 10,000 new Omicron coronavirus variant cases as the new variant-related death toll rose to seven. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Saturday that an additional 10,059 cases of the new variant, three times as many as Friday and taking the total number detected to 24,968. The country registered 90,418 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, the second time cases have been higher than 90,000, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 11,279,428, according to official figures released Saturday.
Omicron Coronavirus India Live: After seeing the rising Omicron cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research has issued a call to avoid unnecessary gathering and travel and also advised to observe low-intensity festivities. Restrictive measures has also been placed in 24 districts from seven states which also include nine districts of Kerala and eight districts of Manipur.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) December 18, 2021
On the other hand: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday urged countries in the South-East Asia Region to urgently scale-up public health and social measures as well as vaccinations to curtail further spread of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron. According to the global health body, the hyper mutant variant has spread to 77 countries so far. “Countries can, and must, prevent the spread of Omicron with the proven health and social measures. Our focus must continue to be to protect the least protected and those at high risk,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, in a statement.
Eight new cases found in Maharashtra, 40 in the state now
Eight fresh cases of Omicron variant were found in Maharashtra on Friday taking the state’s tally to 40. The development has raised the concern of the authorities. The new cases – all males, fully vaccinated, in the age group of 29-45 – comprise six from Pune, and one each in Mumbai and Thane. Of the new cases, four had travelled to Dubai, one to the US and one to Nigeria, while two are the close contacts of the Dubai returnees who were tested positive in the first week of December. While seven are asymptomatic, one has exhibited mild symptoms and two are hospitalised, with efforts on toAtrack the contacts of all the infectees. Intensive surveillance of passengers arriving at the three international airports – Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur – is currently underway since December 1.
— Rajesh Tope (@rajeshtope11) December 17, 2021
4 more cases in Telangana; national tally reaches 73
Four more cases of Omicron were reported in Hyderabad on Thursday, taking the total number of cases to seven in the state. Three of those tested positive for Omicron were from Kenya while the fourth person is an Indian, who had come from ‘at risk’ country. Three Omicron cases were reported on Wednesday.
10 new cases of #OmicronVariant reported in Delhi, taking the total number of cases of the variant here to 20. A total of 10 people, out of these 20, have been discharged: Delhi Health Minister Sh. @SatyendarJain
— Shaleen (@ShaleenMitra) December 17, 2021
On the other hand, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain confirmed on Thursday that 10 cases of Omicron have been detected in the national capital so far. “A total of 10 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Delhi so far. One of them has been discharged,” Jain said. There are 40 people admitted to the special facility at Lok Nayak Hospital meant for isolating and treating suspected cases of the new Covid variant. Of the 40 people, 38 are Covid-19 positive. The new numbers have taken the national Omicron tally to 73.