India's Covid curve showed marginal improvement today as the country recorded 2,38,018 new cases in the last 24 hours -- 7 per cent lower than Monday's reported 2.58 lakh daily cases, according to the Health Ministry.
310 people have died due to Covid during the past 24-hour period, taking the total death count in the country due to the infection to 486,761.
The country's caseload now stands at 3.75 crore. This includes 8,891 cases of the Omicron variant. The active cases now comprise 4.62 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 94.09 per cent.
Meanwhile, the cumulative vaccination coverage across the country crossed 158 crore doses today.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus cases in India:
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.
Now, the guidelines released through orders on January 5, 10 and 13 will continue as before with modification of allowing gyms and spas to now operate with 50 per cent capacity utilisation while liquor vends will be allowed to open till 10 pm as against 6 pm earlier, as per the HSDMA order.
The Central government on Tuesday busted the claims made in a video on the social media platforms raising questions over the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine being administered in 15-18 years age group and said that the vaccines administered to the children are recommended by experts.
Sharing a video in which a group of people claimed that the children are dying after taking COVID-19 vaccine, PIB Fact Check, a handle for countering misinformation on the Government policies/schemes on Twitter said, "Several #fake claims are being made in a video related to the efficacy of #Covid19 vaccines in children. #PIBFactCheck All vaccines administered in the country are safe Vaccines administered in children have been recommended by experts."
Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday informed that over 50 per cent of children between the 15-18 age group have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far in the country, since January 3 when vaccination drive for the age group commenced.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Mandaviya said, "Big day for India's fight against COVID-19! Over 50 per cent of our youngsters between 15-18 age group have received their 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Well done, my Young Friends! Your enthusiasm for vaccination is inspiring people all over India. Sabko Vaccine Muft Vaccine."
The state had registered 6,982 infections on Monday, which held the record for the highest single day spike for one day.
The new cases were detected from 63,944 sample tests conducted on Tuesday, Mahanta said.
The positivity rate has gone up to 12.62 per cent from 10.75 per cent on Monday.
A total of 15,414 people, including 2,736 healthcare workers, got their "precautionary doses" of COVID-19 vaccine in the national capital on Tuesday, according to government data.
On Monday, 18,795 people aged above 60, frontline and healthcare workers had taken their third dose.
The total number of active cases across the state is now 2,50,381.
Just a week after issuing a new advisory that said contacts of COVID-19 patients, unless identified as high-risk, don't need to be tested, the government on Tuesday said the number coronavirus tests in the country had fallen and needed to be ramped u
Chandrababu Naidu is now in home isolation at this riverfront residence at Undavalli.
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy wished Chandrababu a speedy recovery.
"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.
Israel will continue to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot despite preliminary findings that it is not enough to prevent Omicron infections, a senior health official said on Tuesday, predicting contagions stoked by the variant will wane in a week.
The fastest country to roll out vaccinations a year ago, Israel last month started offering a fourth shot - also known as a second booster - to its most vulnerable and high-risk groups.
The Assam government has decided to exclude all unvaccinated people from public places amid record numbers of COVID-19 infections driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant in the state.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that vaccination is not mandatory, but people who are not willing to get vaccinated must stay at home. "Vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory but the unvaccinated can't attend meetings, enter offices and restaurants. People not willing to get vaccinated can stay back at home," he said on Monday.
The state on Monday registered the sharpest-ever single-day spike it has seen since the start of the pandemic with 6,982 fresh coronavirus infections.
#COVID19 | "These numbers are not the true reflection...the number of hospitalisations, oxygen beds, etc. are the true yardsticks of the current wave: Dr Shashank Joshi (@AskDrShashank), Member, #Maharashtra Covid Task Force, on the cases being reported across the country. pic.twitter.com/f0vcOLxMHx- NDTV (@ndtv) January 18, 2022
China's postal service has ordered workers to disinfect international deliveries and urged the public to reduce orders from overseas after authorities claimed mail could be the source of recent coronavirus outbreaks.
China, where the virus first emerged in late 2019, has stuck to a strict policy of targeting zero Covid cases even as the rest of the world has reopened.
But the country is now battling multiple small outbreaks, including one in Beijing as the capital prepares to host the Winter Olympics.
Doctors should avoid giving steroids to COVID-19 patients, the government has said in its revised clinical guidelines for coronavirus treatment, days after its task force chief expressed regret for the overuse of the drug during the second wave.
The revised guidelines said that drugs like steroids can increase the risk of a secondary infection like invasive mucormycosis or 'black fungus', when used too early, at a higher dose or for longer than required.
Spelling out the doses for the drugs if necessary for three kinds of infections - "mild, moderate and severe", the guidelines said that if cough persists for more than two-three weeks, patients should be tested for tuberculosis and other conditions.
Hong Kong police said they have arrested and charged two former flight attendants over allegations they broke the city's coronavirus rules.
The statement, which was published late on Monday, did not name the airline but the announcement comes after Cathay Pacific said in January it had fired two aircrew who were suspected of breaching COVID-19 protocols.
Police said the two had returned to Hong Kong from the United States on Dec. 24 and 25 where they had "conducted unnecessary activities" during their home isolation period.
Australia on Tuesday suffered its deadliest day of the pandemic as a fast-moving Omicron outbreak continued to push up hospitalisation rates to record levels, even as daily infections eased slightly.
UN chief Antonio Guterres told the all-virtual Davos forum on Monday that the world must vaccinate everybody against Covid-19 to ensure a way out of the pandemic.