Coronavirus Highlights: 3.47 Lakh New Covid Cases In Last 24 Hours, Positivity Rate At 17.94%

Coronavirus Highlights: With a tally of 3.91 crore cases, India is the second worst-hit country after the US.

Coronavirus Highlights: 3.47 Lakh New Covid Cases In Last 24 Hours, Positivity Rate At 17.94%

Covid-19 Cases India: The active cases now comprise 5.23 per cent of the total infections.

New Delhi:

India added nearly 3.50 lakh new Covid cases today, a nine percent jump from yesterday's 3.17 lakh cases which was also the highest in eight months. With a tally of 3.91 crore cases, India is the second worst-hit country after the US.

The active cases now comprise 5.23 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.50 per cent. The daily positivity rate is up from 16.41% to 17.94% while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.56 per cent.

Here are the Highlights on coronavirus cases in India:

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Jan 21, 2022 23:48 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Punjab Reports 7,792 New Cases, 28 Deaths
Twenty-eight more people died due to COVID-19 in Punjab on Friday while 7,792 fresh coronavirus cases took the infection tally to 7,00,222, according to a medical bulletin. So far, 16,913 people have died from the infection in the state. The number of active cases was 48,183 while the state's positivity rate stood at 17.95 per cent. A total of 6,882 people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have recovered to 6,35,126, the bulletin said.

Jan 21, 2022 23:13 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Gatherings Of Over 50 People Banned In Kerala's Kasargod
The Kerala High Court has banned gatherings of more than 50 people in the Kasargod district for one week. The court issued the interim order on a plea challenging the revocation of the Kasargod District Collector's order imposing restrictions in the wake of COVID-19.

Jan 21, 2022 23:03 (IST)
COVID-19 News: Study Finds Non-Neutralising Antibodies Might Protect Against Covid
A new study has found that non-neutralising antibodies may also be important in providing protection against COVID-19. The study has been published in the 'Frontiers in Immunology Journal'.

"Our results indicate that non-neutralising antibodies could also provide protection. This would mean that we have broader protection from antibodies than previously thought, making us less vulnerable to mutations of the virus. It warrants further investigation," said Pontus Nordenfelt who led the study and is a researcher at Lund University.

Jan 21, 2022 22:59 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Assam Bans Cultural Functions, School Celebrations On R-Day
The Assam government has banned all cultural programmes, award functions and participation of school children in the ensuing Republic Day celebrations in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Issuing an order, Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua said the Republic Day programme will be limited to National Flag hoisting, speech by the guest of honour and ceremonial parade only.

Jan 21, 2022 21:54 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Maharashtra Reports 48,270 New Cases, 52 More Deaths
48,270 new coronavirus cases were reported in Maharashtra today, the highest so far during the Omicron variant-driven third wave. Besides, 52 COVID-19 deaths were also reported in the state today. Yesterday, the state had reported 46,197 cases and 37 deaths. Moreover, 144 patients with Omicron variant have also been reported in the state today. The Omicron count in Maharashtra now stands at 2,343.
Jan 21, 2022 21:41 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Chhattisgarh Reports 5,029 New Cases, 8 More Deaths
Chhattisgarh's COVID-19 count reached 10,86,207 on Friday with the addition of 5,029 cases, while eight deaths took the count to 13,705, an official said. The state's positivity rate, which is cases detected per 100 tests, was 10.67 per cent on Friday, he said. The number of recoveries reached 10,41,746 after 193 people were discharged from hospitals and 5,808 completed home isolation during the day, leaving the state with an active tally of 30,756, he said.

Jan 21, 2022 21:06 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Gujarat Reports 21,225 New Cases, 16 More Deaths
Gujarat reported 21,225 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a drop from its all-time high recorded a day ago, taking the tally to 10,22,788, while 16 more patients succumbed to the infection, the state health department said. The tally was lower than the all-time high of 24,485 cases reported on Thursday but still the second highest spike since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020. A total of 16 COVID-19 patients died during the day, increasing the tally of fatalities to 10,215, said the department in a release. The state's tally of active cases rose further to 1,16,843 after crossing the 1-lakh mark a day ago.

Jan 21, 2022 20:39 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Assam Reports 6,897 New Cases, 15 More Deaths
Assam reported 6,897 new COVID cases and 15 deaths on Friday. According to the Chief Minister's Office, out of the total new cases, 1,561 cases were reported from the Kamrup district. With 56,849 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the positivity rate in Assam remained 12.13 per cent on Friday. The recovery rate from the disease has been at 92.31 per cent in the state.

Jan 21, 2022 20:37 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: 4,416 New Cases, 2 More Deaths In Telangana
Telangana on Friday reported 4,416 new COVID-19 cases and pushed the tally to 7,26,819 while two fatalities took the death count to 4,069. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most cases with 1,670 followed by the districts of Medchal Malkajgiri (417) and Ranga Reddy (301), said a bulletin providing details as of 5.30 PM today. It said 1,920 people recovered from the infection during the day. The cumulative number of recoveries till date was 6,93,623. The number of active cases was 29,127, the bulletin said.

Jan 21, 2022 20:36 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Night Curfew In 17 More Gujarat Towns With High Positivity Rate
In light of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat government has announced night curfew for 17 more towns with high positivity rate and extended the implementation in eight metros and two cities till January 29. While the timing of the night curfew remains unchanged from 10 pm to 6 am, 17 more towns have been added to the list of places where it will be enforced from January 22 till January 29, a government release stated. At the same time, the government has relaxed home delivery services for hotels and restaurants to 24 hours, while permitting these establishments to operate with 75 per cent capacity till 10 pm, it was stated.

Jan 21, 2022 20:34 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Mumbai Reports 5,008 New Cases, 12 More Deaths
Mumbai on Friday reported 5,008 new coronavirus cases, 700 less than the previous day, and 12 fresh fatalities linked to the infection, the city civic body said. With this, the city's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,28,715, while the death count jumped to 16,512, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin said. This was the third day in a row when daily COVID-19 cases have dropped in the financial capital.

Jan 21, 2022 20:26 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Bengal Reports 9,154 New Cases, 35 More Deaths
West Bengal's COVID-19 tally rose to 19,49,074 on Friday as 9,154 people tested positive for the infection, 1,805 less than the previous day, a health bulletin said. The death count rose to 20,265 as 35 more patients succumbed to the infection, it said. The number of active cases dipped by 9,993 to 1,34,816, the bulletin said.

Jan 21, 2022 20:18 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: 29,870 New Cases In Tamil Nadu, 7,038 From Chennai Alone
Tamil Nadu today reported 29,870 new positive cases of coronavirus as against yesterday's 28,561 cases, a rise of around 4.5 per cent. The positivity rate is 20.3 per cent. Besides, 33 virus-related deaths and 21,684 recoveries were also reported. Of the new cases, Chennai accounted for 7,038 new infections as against yesterday's 7,520 cases. Coimbatore reported 3,653 new cases, Kanyakumari 1,248, Salem 1,009, Thiruvallur 1,016 and Virudhunagar 629. Currently, there are 1,87,358 cases cases in the state.
Jan 21, 2022 19:59 (IST)
COVID-19 News: 16,878 New Cases In Rajasthan, Biggest Single-Day Jump In 8 Months
Rajasthan on Friday recorded 16,878 fresh COVID-19 cases, the sharpest single-day rise in eight months, and 15 deaths due to the viral disease, according to a health department bulletin. While Jaipur reported 4,035 fresh cases, Jodhpur logged 2,222, Alwar 1,371, Bharatpur 898, Udaipur 857, Chittorgarh 682, Ajmer 657, Kota 594 and Pali 504, the bulletin stated. Of the latest deaths, three were reported from Jaipur, two each from Ajmer and Bikaner, and one each from Barmer, Bharatpur, Dausa, Nagaur, Pali, Rajsamand, Sikar and Tonk, it said. So far, 9,059 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Rajasthan. According to the bulletin, 84,787 COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment in the state. As many as 10,175 more people have recovered from the viral disease.

Jan 21, 2022 19:55 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: 48,049 New Cases In Karnataka, Says Minister
Jan 21, 2022 19:44 (IST)
COVID-19 News: Isolation Facility Not Must For Arrivals From 'At-Risk' Countries: Centre
The health ministry has issued new guidelines for international arrivals under which isolation facility is not mandatory for people arriving from 'at-risk' countries from Saturday. The guidelines further stated, "If tested negative they (international travellers) will follow home quarantine for seven days and shall undertake RTPCR test on the 8th day of arrival in India."

Jan 21, 2022 19:28 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Delhi Reports 10,756 New Cases, 38 Deaths In Last 24 Hours
Delhi reported a slump in new coronavirus cases as well as positivity rates in the last 24 hours, with the city recording 10,756 new virus cases during this period. The positivity rate was 18.04 per cent. During this period, 38 virus-related deaths were also reported. There are now 61,954 active cases in the city. The death count has now risen to 25,541.
Jan 21, 2022 18:33 (IST)
COVID-19 News: Meghalaya Chief Minister Tests Positive Day After Meeting Amit Shah
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday tested positive for COVID-19, a day after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Delhi. Mr Sangma urged everyone who has come in contact with him to isolate themselves and get tested if necessary. "I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am isolating myself for the required time. I have mild symptoms. All those who came into contact with me last few days are requested to observe their symptoms and test if necessary," he tweeted.

Jan 21, 2022 18:30 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Kerala Reports 41,668 New Cases, 106 More Deaths
Kerala today reported 41,668 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to 55,29,566, a day after registering 46,387 cases, the highest single day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020. The health department said the state tested 95,218 samples in the last 24 hours and there are 2,23,548 active COVID-19 cases. However, in a relief to the state's health sector, only 3% are admitted to the hospitals. Kerala on Friday reported 106 deaths, taking the death count to 51,607.

Jan 21, 2022 18:27 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: 6 Members Can Now Register Using One Number On Co-WIN
The government vaccination registration platform Co-WIN now allows six members to register using one mobile number. Earlier, it allowed only four members to register using the same number.
Jan 21, 2022 18:24 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Andhra's Daily Positivity Rises To 30%, Active Cases At 64,136
The daily infection positivity rate shot up to 30% as 44,516 tests turned out 13,212 Covid-19 positive cases in Andhra Pradesh in the 24 hours ending 9 am on Friday. Consequently, the number of active cases climbed to 64,136. The state reported five fresh Covid-19 deaths and 2,942 recoveries in 24 hours, the latest bulletin said. The cumulative case count is now 21,53,268, recoveries 20,74,600 and deaths 14,532, the bulletin added.
Jan 21, 2022 17:38 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: All Above 18 In Kerala Given 1st Covid Dose: Health Minister
A day after the Kerala government imposed fresh restrictions to contain rising COVID-19 cases in the state, Health Minister Veena George said 100 per cent of the targeted population above the age of 18 years have been given the first dose of Covid vaccine and 83 per cent of the total population given both doses. Over 5 crore doses have been given to people belonging to various categories and it was significant to achieve this feat at a time when the pandemic is surging, she said.
Jan 21, 2022 17:35 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Reply Sought From Centre On Plea For Booster Dose Policy
The Bombay High Court has directed the Centre, Maharashtra government and the Mumbai civic body to file reply to a petition seeking a policy for administering booster doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines. The advocate appearing for the Centre told a division bench of the high court that guidelines have been framed for administering 'precaution doses' to senior citizens and frontline workers. The bench then asked the Centre, the state and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to file reply affidavits within 10 days. The hearing was adjourned for two weeks. 
Jan 21, 2022 16:47 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Sikkim Reports 323 New Cases, 2 More Deaths
Sikkim's COVID-19 tally rose to 36,421 on Friday as 323 more people tested positive for the infection, 45 less than the previous day, a health bulletin said. The state's coronavirus death count rose to 419 as two more patients died due to the infection. East Sikkim district recorded the highest number of 243 new cases, followed by 42 in West Sikkim, 31 in South Sikkim and seven in North Sikkim, it said. Sikkim now has 2,457 active cases, while 33,023 people have recovered from the disease, and 522 patients have migrated to other states so far.
Jan 21, 2022 16:33 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Sunday Lockdown In Tamil Nadu Amid Covid Surge
Tamil Nadu has announced a lockdown this Sunday amid a surge in Covid cases. Autos and taxis will be allowed to go to airport, bus and rail stations. On Thursday, Tamil Nadu recorded 28,561 new Covid cases to take the state's infection tally to 30,42,796. Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said the health department expects to administer 'precautionary booster dose' to 10 lakh people by end of the month. Read full news here
Jan 21, 2022 16:31 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Karnataka Ends Weekend Curfew, Night Restrictions To Stay
Karnataka has lifted weekend curfew, but night restrictions (10 pm-5 am) will continue as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus. The Technical Advisory Committee said that Covid cases are increasing, but hospitalisation is not significant and hence decided to lift weekend curfew. "If hospitalisations increase we will bring back weekend curfew," said R Ashok, Revenue Minister, after the Covid review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The Minister asked the people to be more responsible. Gyms, malls and theatres will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity. Read full news here
Jan 21, 2022 16:05 (IST)
COVID-19 News: Covid Danger Has Subsided, Situation Under Control: Delhi Minister
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has asserted that the danger of COVID-19 has subsided in the city and the situation is "quite under control". He said that the virus was the primary cause of death in only three of the 43 fatalities recorded the previous day. Delhi is expected to record 10,500 cases on Friday with a positivity rate of 17 to 18 per cent, Mr Jain said.
Jan 21, 2022 14:44 (IST)
105 Nations To Get Cheaper Merck Covid Pill
Generic drug manufacturers will make a more affordable version of Merck's anti-Covid pill for 105 of the world's poorer nations, a UN-backed organisation said on Thursday.

The global Medicines Patent Pool signed agreements with 27 manufacturers to produce the oral antiviral medicine molnupiravir, for supply in low- and-middle-income countries.

"This is a critical step toward ensuring global access to an urgently needed Covid-19 treatment and we are confident that... the anticipated treatments will be rapidly available in LMICs," said MPP executive director Charles Gore.

Merck granted a licence to the MPP in an agreement announced in October. The MPP, in turn, issued sub-licences to the generic drugs makers.
Jan 21, 2022 14:09 (IST)
Delhi Weekend Curfew To Stay, Curbs On Private Offices To Ease: Sources
The weekend curfew in Delhi will stay for now, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal decided has after the Aam Aadmi Party government recommended lifting weekend curfews - ordered from 10 pm Fridays to 5 am Mondays - in view of declining Covid cases. 

The office of the Lieutenant Governor, it is learnt, has said that a decision on lifting weekend curfew will be taken once the pandemic situation improves further. He has also vetoed the recommendation to withdraw the odd-even rule of opening shops in markets.  

The Lieutenant Governor, however, has agreed to the government's recommendation to allow 50 per cent attendance in private offices. 
Jan 21, 2022 12:51 (IST)
Passenger Defies Mask Rule, US Flight Turns Back Mid-Air
An American Airlines jetliner headed from Miami to London turned around in mid-flight Thursday because a passenger refused to wear a Covid mask, the airline said.

"American Airlines flight 38 with service from Miami to London returned to MIA due to a disruptive customer refusing to comply with the federal mask requirement," the airline said

Police were waiting when the Boeing 777 carrying 129 passengers and a crew of 14 landed back in Miami.

When the plane landed police escorted that passenger off the plane without incident, a police official told CNN.
Jan 21, 2022 11:54 (IST)
China Daily Local Confirmed Covid Cases Fall To Nearly 2-Month Low
China reported on Friday the lowest daily tally of local confirmed COVID-19 cases in nearly two months, after a national strategy to quickly curb flare-ups forced worst-hit cities to lock down affected communities and cut business activity.

China reported 23 domestically transmitted infections with confirmed symptoms for Thursday, official data showed, down from 43 a day earlier.
Jan 21, 2022 10:22 (IST)
Delhi Recommends Ending Weekend Curfew, Restrictions On Markets
The Delhi government on Friday recommended lifting of weekend curfews - from 10 pm Fridays to 5 am Mondays - in the national capital in view of declining Covid cases.

In addition, shops and commercial establishments, which had been allowed to operate on the odd-even basis to limit crowds in public spaces, can now open on all days.

Also, private offices, which had been instructed to shift to WFH, or 'work from home', mode where possible, can now function with 50 per cent attendance.
Jan 21, 2022 09:17 (IST)
JustIn | 3.47 lakh new Covid cases in India, 9% more than yesterday; positivity up from 16.41% to 17.94%
Jan 21, 2022 08:44 (IST)
Kerala Orders WFH For Women With Children Age 2 Or Younger As Covid Spikes
The Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala has imposed a series of new restrictions amid all-time high Covid cases that include allowing only essential services on two Sundays, starting January 23. The government has also announced work from home for mothers who have children less than 2 years of age, cancer patients or those with severe illness.

Strict anti-Covid protocols will have to be followed at shops, malls, theme parks, beaches and other tourist spots.

The decisions were taken at a review meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan virtually from the United States.
Jan 21, 2022 08:01 (IST)
There's Possibility Of Increase In Covid Cases, Says Himachal Chief Minister
Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday said that there is a possibility of an increase in the number of COVID-19 as the peak is yet to come in the state.

We have postponed all big public events during the winter, he informed.

"Everyone has to be very serious and no one can take coronavirus lightly. People should follow the guidelines issued by the health department. There is a possibility of an increase in the number of cases as the peak is yet to come in the state. So we need to be careful and we will overcome this situation also. We have postponed all big public events during the winter," Mr Thakur said.
Jan 21, 2022 07:10 (IST)
Masks Not Recommended For Children Below 5 Years, Says Revised Guidelines
Use of antivirals or monoclonal antibodies is not recommended for those less than 18 years of age, irrespective of severity of Covid infection, and if steroids are used, they should be tapered over 10 to 14 days, subject to clinical improvement, the government said on Thursday.

In the 'Revised Comprehensive Guidelines for Management of COVID-19 in Children and Adolescents (below 18 years)', the health ministry also said that masks are not recommended for children aged five years and below.

Those aged 6-11 years may wear it depending on the ability of the child to use a mask safely and appropriately under direct supervision of parents, it said.
Jan 21, 2022 06:44 (IST)
A Research Base In Antarctica Is Now Covid Infected
For the first time since the start of the pandemic the coronavirus has reached an Argentine research base in Antarctica, causing the evacuation of nine unvaccinated staff who tested positive for Covid-19, an official said Thursday.

Twenty-four of the 43 scientists and military personnel resident at Argentina's La Esperanza base have been infected, Patricia Ortuzar of the government's National Directorate of the Antarctic told AFP.
Jan 21, 2022 05:39 (IST)
Coronavirus: Genome Sequencing Delays Due To Lack Of Funds For Reagents, Say Sources
Coronavirus: Delays in genome sequencing samples from Covid patients - to identify the strain of virus in each case - is due to a lack of funds for chemical reagents, top Health Ministry sources have told NDTV.