Covid-19 Cases India: The country has recorded 8,891 cases of the Omicron variant so far.
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:
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Haryana extends Covid curbs till January 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.
Initially, various restrictions imposed by the January 5 order in "Group A" districts, which had witnessed a big spike in cases, were imposed in all districts, the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (HSDMA) had said in an earlier order issued on January 13.
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.
Centre Fact Checks Video Questioning Vaccine Efficacy In Children
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."
Over 50% children between 15-18 received first dose of COVID vaccine in India so far
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.
The Union Health Minister also lauded "young friends" for their enthusiasm for the vaccination drive.
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."
Assam reports highest single day spike of 8,072 Covid cases
Assam on Tuesday reported 8,072 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic, pushing the tally to 6,61,789, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said.
The minister said 16 more fatalities due to the disease were reported on Tuesday, five more than the previous day's figure, taking the death toll to 6,233.
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.
Case against 3 as hundreds violate COVID-19 norms at marriage function in Gujarat
Three people were booked in Gujarat's Tapi district after a video of a marriage function surfaced in which hundreds of people were seen dancing to music without following social distancing norms or wearing face masks in violation of COVID-19 guidelines, police said on Tuesday.
The function was held on Monday night in Pati village, a senior official said, adding that a sub inspector and a head constable of Dolvan police station have been suspended for dereliction of duty as they had failed to collect information about it and prevent people from gathering.
Over 15,000 people take 'precautionary dose' in Delhi on Tuesday
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.
As many as 4,878 people aged above 60 and 7,800 frontline workers also got their third doses.
On Monday, 18,795 people aged above 60, frontline and healthcare workers had taken their third dose.
COVID-19: 41,457 cases in Karnataka; 25,595 from Bengaluru alone
Active cases in Karnataka crossed 2.5 lakh on Tuesday as the State registered yet another spike logging 41,457 new cases of COVID-19, and 20 fatalities, taking the tally to 32,88,700 and the death toll to 38,465.
The state, which has been witnessing a steady surge in cases since the last week of December, had recorded 27,156 fresh infections on Monday, while it was 34,047 on Sunday.
Of the new cases today, 25,595 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 4,514 people being discharged and 7 deaths.
The total number of active cases across the state is now 2,50,381.
Just In | 6,149 cases in Mumbai today, 3% higher than yesterday; marginal increase in positivity rate
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu down with Covid-19
Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus.
"I've tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions. I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care," the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh said in a tweet.
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.
COVID-19: Over 50 lakh healthcare, frontline workers taken precaution dose of 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.
With the administration of nearly 80 lakh vaccine doses in a span of 24 hours, the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 158.04 crore as per provisional reports till 7 am.
"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.
Coronavirus Updates: Israel Predicts Omicron Will Wane In A Week With Fourth Covid Vaccine Dose
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.
Assam Bans Unvaccinated From Public Places Amid Sharp Spike In Cases
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.
Coronavirus News: China Disinfects Mails, Packages From Abroad Over Omicron Threat
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.
Avoid Steroids, Test If Cough Persists: Government's New Covid Treatment Guidelines
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.
Coronavirus Live Updates: India records 2,38,018 fresh Covid cases in 24 hours, 310 deaths
India's Covid curve showed marginal improvement today as the country recorded 2,38,018 new cases in the last 24 hours, along with 310 deaths in the same time period.
The country's caseload now stands at 3.75 crore. This includes 8,891 cases of the Omicron variant.
Hong Kong Police Arrest 2 Ex-Flight Attendants Over Breach Of Covid Rules
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.
Deadliest Day Of Pandemic In Australia As Omicron Drives Up Hospital Cases
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.
Australia is dealing with its worst COVID-19 outbreak, fuelled by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus that has put more people in hospitals and intensive care than at any time during the pandemic.
Amid rising hospitalisations, Victoria on Tuesday declared a "code brown" in hospitals, typically reserved for shorter-term emergencies, that would give hospitals the power to cancel non-urgent health services and cancel staff leave.
Maharashtra Sees Sharp Fall In Covid Cases
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 count jumped to 1,41,832, it said.
The number of recovered cases in Maharashtra increased to 68,29,992 after 29,092 patients were discharged during the day, leaving the state with 2,67,334 active cases, the department said.
On Sunday, the state had recorded 41,327 cases and 29 fatalities.
Covid-19 updates: Manipur Reports 39 Omicron Cases
The number of those affected by Omicron cases in Manipur jumped to 39 on Monday from only seven a day ago, a health department bulletin said.
Manipur director of health services, K Rajo Singh said in release that 32 Omicron cases were detected in various districts of the state.
He urged the people to adhere to COVID appropriate behaviour and take both jabs of the vaccine.
"Be alert and do not panic", the release added.
Covid-19 Updates: India's vaccination coverage crosses 157.91 crore doses
India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 157.91 crore doses with over 68 lakh shots being administered on Monday, the Union Health Ministry said. The daily vaccination tally is likely to go up when the final numbers for the day are compiled by late night.
More than 50 lakh (50,56,277) precaution doses have been administered to healthcare and frontline workers, and to those aged 60 and above with comorbidities, the data showed.
With the latest update, the cumulative number of doses administered in the country reached 1,57,91,63,478, the health ministry data showed.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2, 2021.