This Article is From Dec 19, 2021

Coronavirus India Highlights: India Reports 7,145 New Cases In Last 24 Hours

With 8,706 recoveries recorded over the 24-hour period, the total recovery count has increased to 3,41,71,471.

Coronavirus India Highlights: India Reports 7,145 New Cases In Last 24 Hours

COVID-19 Cases India:  The active cases in India currently stand at 84,565 (File)

India reported 7,145 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, marginally lower than yesterday's 7,447 infections, according to the health ministry. Besides, 289 related deaths were also recorded.

The active cases in the country currently stand at 84,565, which account for 0.24% of the total cases. 

With 8,706 recoveries recorded over the 24-hour period, the total recovery count has increased to 3,41,71,471. The recovery rate currently stands at 98.38%. 

The daily positivity rate currently stands at 0.57% and weekly positive rate at 0.62%.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 136.66 crore.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus cases in India:

Dec 19, 2021 04:49 (IST)
COVID-19: Delhi govt converts 4 private hospitals into Omicron dedicated centres

The Delhi government on Saturday converted four private hospitals into dedicated centres for the treatment of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. 

These four hospitals are Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Max Hospital in Saket, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj and Batra Hospital in the Tughlakabad area of the national capital.

Earlier, only government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital was designated for the Omicron treatment.

India has so far reported over 100 cases of the Omicron. The country detected its first Omicron case on December 2 in Karnataka.
Dec 19, 2021 03:11 (IST)
Kerala reports 4 new cases of Omicron, total rises to 11

Kerala reported four new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, taking the overall cases of the new variant to eleven in the state on Saturday, Health Minister Veena George said. 

A 17-year-old, who tested positive for the new variant, had returned to Trivandrum from the UK on December 9 along with his parents and sister. His grandmother is also on his contact list.

The Health Minister said that those coming from countries other than in the high-risk category are also testing positive. People who come from abroad should follow strict self-isolation and they shouldn't visit public places for 14 days.

A new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.
Dec 19, 2021 02:25 (IST)
COVID-19: One death, 28 fresh cases in Punjab

One more person died from coronavirus in Punjab on Saturday as 28 fresh cases surfaced, taking the state's infection tally to 6,03,917, according to a medical bulletin. So far, 16,628 people have died from the infection in the state.

The death count includes a fatality, which was not reported earlier.

Ludhiana, Pathankot and Mohali reported five cases each followed by three each in Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar. The number of active cases was 306.

Forty-two more people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,86,983, as per the bulletin.

Union Territory Chandigarh reported 17 cases, taking its total count to 65,695.

Dec 19, 2021 01:41 (IST)
Bengal logs 556 fresh COVID-19 cases, eight deaths

West Bengal on Saturday reported 556 new COVID-19 cases, 24 less than the previous day's figure, pushing the overall tally to 16,26,511, a health department bulletin said. 

Eight more people died in the last 24 hours, increasing the deaths to 19,660. The number of fatalities due to coronavirus was seven on Friday.

Of the fresh fatalities, three each were registered in Kolkata and neighbouring North 24 Parganas district while two COVID-19 deaths were reported in Nadia.

As many as 560 people were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 15,99,350. The discharge rate stood at 98.33 per cent.
Dec 19, 2021 01:28 (IST)
Six New Omicron Cases Confirmed In Karnataka, Taking Total To 14

The new cases of Omicron have been detected after five cases were reported in the state on Thursday. Read here
Dec 19, 2021 00:46 (IST)
Netherlands PM Announces Christmas Lockdown From Today Over Omicron Scare
The Netherlands will go into "lockdown" over the Christmas period to try to stop a surge of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Saturday. Read here
Dec 19, 2021 00:03 (IST)
Nashik Covid tally reached 4,13,206 today after 42 were cases were detected, while the death of one patient took the death count to 8,745, an official said, reported news agency PTI. So far, 4,04,041 people have been discharged post recovery, including 55 on Saturday, he said.
Dec 18, 2021 21:10 (IST)
151 Covid Cases In J&K In 24 Hours, One Related Death
With 151 fresh cases, Jammu and Kashmir's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 3,39,691, while the death count due to the viral disease has gone up to 4,511 with one more fatality, officials said on Saturday, reported news agency PTI

Of the fresh cases, 42 were reported from the Jammu division and 109 from the Kashmir division of the Union Territory, they added.

Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 55 cases, followed by 17 cases each in Baramulla and Jammu districts, the officials said.
Dec 18, 2021 20:32 (IST)
Maharashtra Couple, 13-Year-Old Daughter Found Infected With Omicron On Return From Uganda
A couple and their 13-year-old daughter have been found infected with Omicron after returning to Maharashtra's Satara from Uganda, officials said today. Their other daughter, who is five, tested positive for Covid but not for the variant, reported news agency PTI. All of them returned on December 9, state health department officials said.
Dec 18, 2021 18:54 (IST)
Use Masks Properly, Get Fully Vaccinated: Mumbai Civic Chief Ahead Of Christmas, New Year
Amid the scare from the new Omicron variant of coronavirus and the Christmas-New Year festival season around the corner, Mumbai civic chief IS Chahal said people in the metropolis must avoid crowding in hotels, restaurants, cinemas, malls and asserted that attendance caps in place for marriages and other functions will have to be adhered to strictly, reported news agency PTI.

"Use a mask properly, get fully vaccinated. A new variant of the coronavirus called Omicron is spreading rapidly around the world, putting a strain on the health system. Despite repeated appeals by the government and administration to prevent a probable third wave, it has been observed that guidelines are not being followed properly in most places, especially in wedding functions and other ceremonies," he said.
Dec 18, 2021 16:05 (IST)
Omicron Cases Doubling In Nearly 3 Days In Areas With Local Spread, Says WHO
The Omicron coronavirus variant has been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.
Dec 18, 2021 14:16 (IST)
Drone Used For Transporting Vaccines To Remote Village As Part Of Trial
The district administration of Palghar in Maharashtra carried out an experiment, in which it used a drone to deliver COVID-19 vaccine doses in a remote village situated in a rugged terrain, its top official said. The experiment, which was successfully carried out on Thursday, is probably the first of its kind in the state, district collector Dr Manik Gursal, who coordinated in the trial, said.

"As part of the exercise, a batch of 300 vaccines was transported from Jawhar to Zaap village. The task, which would have otherwise taken more than 40 minutes, was completed in just a little over nine minutes. The vaccines were delivered at the local public health centre," the district administration said in a release issued on Friday.

The distance between the two points is around 20 kms, an official said.
Dec 18, 2021 14:14 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Ladakh Records 17 New Cases, 1 Death
One person died of coronavirus in Ladakh, while 17 new cases pushed the infection tally to 21,903, officials said on Saturday, according to news agency PTI. The fatality was reported from Leh on Friday, pushing the death count in the Union Territory to 217 -- 159 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, they said. Of the new cases, 15 were reported from Leh and two from Kargil, officials said, adding that Leh accounts for 18,237 of the total cases, while Kargil has so far recorded 3,666 infections. They said 10 coronavirus patients were discharged after successful treatment in Leh, taking the number of cured patients in Ladakh to 21,513. There are 173 active cases in the Union Territory -159 in Leh and 14 in Kargil.
Dec 18, 2021 13:39 (IST)
18 Students Found Covid Positive In School Near Mumbai
Eighteen students have tested positive for coronavirus in a school in Maharashtra's Navi Mumbai after a student was found infected with the virus. Read here.
Dec 18, 2021 13:26 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: Puducherry Reports 17 New Cases, No Death
Puducherry registered 17 fresh cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours ending 9 am on Saturday, raising the total positive cases to 1,29,309, reported news agency PTI. Puducherry registered six out of the 17 new cases while Karaikal recorded 10 cases and Mahe reported one. The active cases were 171 of whom 29 patients were in hospitals and remaining 142 were in home isolation, Director of the Department of Health G Sriramulu said in a release. Twenty- three patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours while overall recoveries were 1,27,259. No fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam during the last 24 hours and the death count remained 1,879.
Dec 18, 2021 12:45 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: 30 Active Cases In Arunachal Pradesh
Thirty COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment at various hospital in Arunachal Pradesh, a senior health official said on Saturday, according to news agency PTI. The coronavirus tally of the state remained unchanged at 55,320 as no new case was reported.

The death count also remained unchanged at 280 as no fresh fatality was registered, State Surveillance Officer Dr Lobsang Jampa said.

As many as 55,010 people have been cured of the disease so far, including three on Friday, he said, adding that the recovery rate slightly improved to 99.44% from 99.43% on the previous day.
Dec 18, 2021 09:41 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: India Reports 7,145 New Cases In Last 24 Hours
India reported 7,145 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. There are now 84,565 active cases in the country, the lowest in 569 days, according to the health ministry. Over the 24-hour period, 8,706 recoveries were reported, which pushed the recovery count to 3,41,71,471.
Dec 18, 2021 09:15 (IST)
COVID-19 India News: 2 Active Cases In Andamans Now
Two COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a health bulletin said on Saturday, accordingly to news agency PTI. The COVID-19 cases count of the Union territory remained unchanged at 7,700 as no fresh infection was detected. A total of 7,569 people have been cured of the disease so far, including one on Friday, and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date, it said.
Dec 18, 2021 08:24 (IST)
COVID-19 News: Australia's New Cases Hit Record High For Third Day
Australia reported record high new COVID-19 cases on Saturday for a third day, with outbreaks growing in the two most populous states, however Prime Minister Scott Morrison continued to downplay the risks as the country eases pandemic curbs, reported news agency Retuers.

New South Wales state reported 2,482 new cases, Victoria state reported 1,504 new cases and Queensland state reported 31 new cases on Saturday, together topping Australia's previous high of 3,820 cases a day earlier.
Dec 18, 2021 06:11 (IST)
Sikkim reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 32,452

Sikkim's COVID-19 caseload rose to 32,452 on Friday, with three new infections reported in the past 24 hours, a health department bulletin said. East Sikkim reported all the new cases.

The state's coronavirus deaths stood at 406, with no fatalities reported in the past 24 hours.

Sikkim now has 177 active cases, while 31,528 people recovered from the disease. Altogether 341 patients have migrated to other states.

The Himalayan state has conducted 2,76,104 sample tests for COVID-19 so far.

Dec 18, 2021 06:02 (IST)
Delhi records 69 new covid cases

Delhi recorded zero death due to COVID-19 and 69 fresh cases of the infection with a positivity rate of 0.12 per cent on Friday, according to data shared by the city health department. 

On Thursday, the national capital logged 85 cases, its highest in over four months, with a positivity rate of 0.15 per cent. The number of cumulative cases of the disease now stands at 14,42,004. Over 14.16 lakh patients have recovered from the infection.

The deaths due to the coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,100.

Meanwhile, the Centre on Friday said 101 positive cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected across 11 states and union territories so far, and advised people to keep new year celebrations at low intensity.

According to the government, 22 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in the national capital till date.
Dec 18, 2021 05:50 (IST)
Omicron Covid Variant, Omicron Covid Variant In Maharashtra: 8 New Omicron Variant Cases In Maharashtra, 6 Of Them Are In Pune

Maharashtra on Friday recorded eight new cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus which took the total of such cases in the state to 48, the health department said. 
Dec 18, 2021 05:46 (IST)
Pfizer To Test Third Dose Of Covid Vaccine For Children Below 5 Years

Pfizer announced Friday that it wants to test a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the under-fives, as the low dosage such small children can handle may not offer the same protection that older children enjoy from just two shots. Read Here