Coronavirus India Live: Over 2.8 lakh fresh cases in 24 hours, positivity rate jumps to 15%

Coronavirus India Live: Over 2.8 lakh fresh cases in 24 hours, positivity rate jumps to 15%

India reported over 2.82 lakh new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday taking India's total tally of cases to nearly 3.8 crore, which includes 8,961 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The death toll climbed to over 4.87 lakh with 441 fresh fatalities while the active cases increased to over 18.3 lakh, the highest in 232 days.

The active cases comprise 4.83 percent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.88 percent, the ministry said.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 15.13 percent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 15.53 percent.

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.

Meanwhile, the cumulative total of the vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 158.88 crores.

Jan 19, 2022 17:49

Delhi: Increase in daily cases, positivity rate

Delhi recorded 13,785 new Covid-19 cases on January 19, with a positivity rate of 23.86%. A day earlier, 11,684 fresh infections were reported with a positivity rate of 22.47%.

Jan 19, 2022 16:53

Covishield, Covaxin closer to full market approval?

Serum Institute of India's Covishield, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin have been cleared for regular market approval by a government expert panel, said news reports quoting sources. The two Covid-19 vaccines had received emergency use authorisation when India's immunisation drive began.

Jan 19, 2022 14:40

Mumbai sees slight dip in daily new cases

Mumbai recorded 6,032 new Covid cases on January 19 - a slight dip from 6,149 seen a day earlier. However, the daily death toll climbed higher with 12 deaths on Jan 19 versus 7 on Jan 18.

Jan 19, 2022 10:28

WHO on 'healthy kids' and booster shots

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan reportedly said that there is 'no evidence' that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses.

Jan 19, 2022 06:40

Covid-19 cases decreasing in Maharashtra: state health minister

The number of daily new Covid-19 cases is decreasing and the overall situation is under control; Hospitalisations are less in number. We are using our full potential to increase testing and vaccination coverage: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope

Jan 19, 2022 05:18

Over 158 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses provided to states: Centre

More than 158.46 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states/UTs. Over 12.84 crore balance & unutilized vaccine doses are still available with States/UTs to be administered: Union Health Ministry

Jan 19, 2022 04:30

Over 1,200 Mumbai cops have caught Covid so far

Mumbai Police says 28 of its personnel tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the number of active cases in the force to 1,273

Jan 19, 2022 02:00

Covid-19 health emergency could be over this year, WHO says

The worst of the coronavirus pandemic — deaths, hospitalisations and lockdowns — could be over this year if huge inequities in vaccinations and medicines are addressed quickly, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.

Dr. Michael Ryan, speaking during a panel discussion on vaccine inequity hosted by the World Economic Forum, said “we may never end the virus” because such pandemic viruses “end up becoming part of the ecosystem.” But “we have a chance to end the public health emergency this year if we do the things that we've been talking about,” he said.

WHO has slammed the imbalance in Covid-19 vaccinations between rich and poor countries as a catastrophic moral failure. Fewer than 10% of people in lower-income countries have received even one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Jan 18, 2022 17:14

Haryana extends Covid curbs till Jan 28

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.

Haryana has witnessed a huge spike in Covid cases over the past three weeks.

To check the spread of the viral infection, the state government has banned people eligible for vaccination but not fully vaccinated from entering shopping malls, cinema halls, restaurants and grain markets, among other crowded places, starting January 1.

A night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am is already in force in the state. 

Jan 18, 2022 15:51

Over 50% youngsters in the 15-18 age group vaccinated with 1st dose: Govt

Jan 18, 2022 14:10

Delhi's daily positivity rate drops by 5.52%

Delhi logged 11,684 fresh Covid-19 cases and 38 more deaths due to the viral disease on Tuesday, while the positivity rate declined by 5.52% to 22.47%, according to a bulletin issued by the city health department.

Jan 18, 2022 11:19

India should adopt risk-based approach not blanket bans: WHO India head

Blanket approaches such as complete restriction on the movement of people and travel bans can be counterproductive in containing Covid in a country like India, says WHO’s India representative Roderico H Ofrin while advocating target, risk-based strategies to counter the pandemic.

Stressing on the need to protect both lives and livelihoods, he said public health action in India and across the world must be continually guided by evidence from four key questions -- how transmissible is the variant, severity of the disease it causes, how well vaccines and prior SARS-CoV-2 infection protect and how common people perceive risk and follow control measures

Jan 18, 2022 11:00

Over 50 lakh healthcare, frontline workers have 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.

"Another Day, Another Milestone Over 50 lakh healthcare & frontline workers and citizens aged 60 years or above have received precaution Dose, since 10th January. I request all those who are eligible to get their precaution dose at the earliest," Mandaviya tweeted.

India began administering precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers, frontline workers including personnel deployed for election duty and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10 amid the country witnessing a spike in coronavirus infections fuelled by Omicron variant of the virus.

Jan 18, 2022 10:58

Get tested for TB if cough persists: Covid-19 guideline

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.

The revised guidelines for clinical management of Covid-19 issued by AIIMS and ICMR also warned against over use of steroids. 

Jan 18, 2022 08:05

Some Covid-19 patients may be infectious even after ten days: Study

One in ten people may still be infectious for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, after the 10 day quarantine period, according to a study.

The research, published recently in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, used a newly adapted test which can detect whether the virus was potentially still active.

The test was applied to samples from 176 people in Exeter, UK, who had tested positive on standard PCR tests.

The team led by researchers at the University of Exeter found that 13 per cent of people still exhibited clinically-relevant levels of virus after 10 days, meaning they could potentially still be infectious.

Some people retained these levels for up to 68 days, the researchers found.

Jan 18, 2022 08:01

India Covid update: 2.38 lakh new cases in 24 hours, active cases highest in 230 days

India recorded 2.38 lakh new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, government data released on Tuesday morning showed.

While there has been a decline of 20,000 in fresh daily Covid cases, the number of active cases recorded on Tuesday morning is the highest in 230 days, the health ministry data showed. The active cases have increased to 17.36 lakh. An increase of 80,287 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

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.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 14.43 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 14.92 per cent.

Jan 18, 2022 05:08

Over 158 crore Covid vaccines administered so far: govt

India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 158.04 crores, as nearly 80 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry

Jan 18, 2022 04:49

Active Covid-19 cases in country highest in 230 days

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.

Jan 18, 2022 04:47

Vaccination for 12-14 age group likely from March

India may begin inoculating children in the 12-14 age group against Covid-19 in March as the 15-18 population is likely to get fully vaccinated by then, Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, said on Monday.

Of the estimated 7.4 crore population in the 15-18 age bracket, over 3.45 crore have received the first dose of Covaxin so far and their second dose is due in 28 days, he said.

Jan 18, 2022 02:31

J&K's Pulwama gets first RT-PCR testing lab

J&K: Pulwama gets first RT-PCR testing lab amidst the third wave of Covid pandemic "Earlier, we had to send samples to Srinagar & reports would come after two days. Now, people can get their test report within a day," an official of the health department said on Monday

Jan 17, 2022 17:08

Covid-19 | Maharashtra sees sharp fall in cases at 31,111

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.

 

Jan 17, 2022 15:45

Covid-19 | Mumbai's COVID-19 cases drop below 6,000-mark

Mumbai on Monday reported 5,956 new COVID-19 cases, down by 1,939 from a day ago, taking its overall tally above the 10-lakh mark, while 12 more patients succumbed to the infection, the highest single-day deaths after July 29, 2021, the city civic body said.

This was also the fifth consecutive day when Mumbai has witnessed a dip in daily coronavirus infections.

Mumbai's 12 fatalities in the last 24 hours were the highest since July 29, 2021, when it had registered 13 deaths linked to coronavirus.

Jan 17, 2022 13:23

Covid-19| Delhi reports 12,527 new cases & 24 deaths in last 24 hours

Jan 17, 2022 12:35

Vaccination for 12-14 age group likely from March: top govt expert

India may begin inoculating children in the 12-14 age group against Covid-19 in March as the 15-18 population is likely to get fully vaccinated by then, Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, said on Monday.

Of the estimated 7.4 crore population in the 15-18 age bracket, over 3.45 crore have received the first dose of Covaxin so far and their second dose is due in 28 days, he said.

He added that once the 15-18 age group is covered, the government is likely to take a policy decision for initiating the vaccination drive for the 12-14 age group in March, he said.

According to him, there is an estimated 7.5 crore population in the 12-14 age group.

Jan 17, 2022 12:35

Blame game will not eradicate COVID-19: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that indulging in a blame game over the pandemic situation will not eradicate the coronavirus and it should be eliminated from the entire country. His remarks came in response to Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij's statement that "increasing coronavirus cases in Delhi have affected the NCR (National Capital Region) and the infection rate has increased in Gurugram, Faridabad and Sonipat districts". Asked about Vij's remarks, Kejriwal said, "I won't indulge in blame game. It's not going to eradicate the disease. Wherever there is coronavirus in the country it should be eradicated." He said the number of COVID-19 cases is reducing in Delhi and around 12,000-13,000 fresh cases are expected on Monday, down from over 18,000 cases recorded on Sunday. 

Jan 17, 2022 07:22

140 new cases push Arunachal's Covid-19 tally to 56,633

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 56,633 on Monday as 140 people tested positive for the infection, 126 less than the previous day, a senior health official said. Arunachal Pradesh had reported 266 cases on Sunday, the biggest single-day spike in the northeastern state in January. The single-day positivity rate stood at 20 per cent as 700 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday. The death toll remained unchanged at 282 as no fresh fatality was reported.

Jan 17, 2022 07:18

Major breakthrough: Gene variant that protects against COVID-19 identified

Researchers have identified a specific gene variant that protects against severe COVID-19 infection. An international team led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden pinpointed the variant by studying people of different ancestries. The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, shows that genes can influence whether we become severely affected or only suffer mild illness from COVID-19. Previous studies on mainly people of European ancestry have found that individuals carrying a particular segment of DNA have a 20 per cent lower risk of developing a critical COVID-19 infection. This DNA segment encodes genes in the immune system, and is inherited from Neanderthals in about half of all people outside Africa, the researchers said. 

WATCH: Marginal dip, but India reports over 2 lakh Covid-19 cases for 5th straight day

However, this region of DNA is packed with numerous genetic variants, which makes it challenging to disentangle the exact protective variant, they said. Identifying this variant could potentially serve as a target for medical treatment against severe COVID-19 infection, according to the researchers. To identify this specific gene variant, they looked for individuals carrying only parts of this DNA segment.

Jan 17, 2022 06:59

Delhi's daily Covid cases likely to go down by 4,000-5,000 Monday

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday said that the city is likely to witness 4,000-5,000 less COVID-19 cases than the number reported on Sunday. He also said the vaccination drive in Delhi completed one year on Monday and a total of 2.85 crore doses have been administered so far. Jain said that Covid cases in the city have been reducing and Monday will be the fourth straight day when the number of cases will be lesser than the cases reported on the previous day. “Fresh cases today (Monday) are likely to be 4,000-5,000 less than over 18,000 reported yesterday (Sunday). It is expected to be around 13,000-14,000 today,” Jain said in a media byte. On the vaccination drive, he said, "First dose of Covid vaccine has been given to 100 per cent of the eligible population in Delhi while both doses have been given to 80 per cent of the targeted people. As many as 1.28 lakh precautionary doses have been administered to senior citizens, frontline workers and healthcare workers.” He added that out of 1.28 lakh precautionary doses, nearly 36,000 are administered to senior citizens, 60,000 to frontline workers and 32,000 to healthcare workers. According to data provided by the health department, the national capital has recorded 18,286 COVID-19 cases on Sunday with the positivity rate at 27.8 per cent. As many as 28 Covid deaths were reported in Sunday's health bulletin.

Jan 17, 2022 05:56

China anti-virus measures in full-force after Beijing reports first Omicron case

Beijing's first reported case of the omicron variant has prompted stepped-up measures in the nation's capital, just weeks before it hosts the Winter Olympic Games. Following the positive test announced Saturday, more than 13,000 people and all places visited by the patient over the previous days have been tested, according to state media. The person's apartment complex and workplace have been sealed off. The infected person lives and works in the city's northwestern district of Haidian and had no travel history outside of Beijing for the past two weeks, according to state media. State media on Monday reported the capital, with its 20 million residents, was considering stronger restrictions on travel. All transit links with Tianjin have already been severed. International flights have been sharply reduced and domestic travellers have been barred if they transferred to a second location before arriving in Beijing. (AP)

Jan 17, 2022 05:33

Tamil Nadu to pace up Covid-19 vaccination for teens

100% of school students between 15 to 18 years in Tamil Nadu have been inoculated with the first dose: State Health Ministe

Jan 17, 2022 04:41

Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally rises to 4,05,309

Jharkhand's Covid-19 tally rose to 4,05,309 as 2,776 more people tested positive for the infection, while four fresh fatalities pushed the state's death toll to 5,203, a health bulletin said on Monday. Ranchi district registered the highest number of new cases at 888, followed by 621 in East Singhbhum district, it said. Jharkhand has tested over 51,797 samples for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, it added.

Jan 17, 2022 07:12

India reports over 2 lakh Covid-19 cases for 5th straight day

Despite a marginal dip in the number of coronavirus infections, India reported over two lakh Covid-19 cases for the fifth straight day on Monday. 

India’s COVID-19 infections rose by 2,58,089 in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday, taking the tally to 37.38 million. Deaths rose by 385 for a toll of 4,86,451, the ministry added.

Jan 17, 2022 04:26

Maharashtra records over 41,000 new Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 41,327 fresh Covi-19 cases, including eight new Omicron infections, and 29 fatalities, the state health department said. The state had recorded 42,462 cases on Saturday. The health bulletin said that 40,386 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, raising the number of recoveries in Maharashtra to 68,00,900. The recovery rate in the state stands at 94.3 per cent.

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