Coronavirus Highlights: India Confirms 23 Omicron Cases Across 5 States

Coronavirus Live: India's Omicron tally is steadily rising with fresh cases of the Covid variant in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Coronavirus Highlights: India Confirms 23 Omicron Cases Across 5 States

COVID-19 in India: A total of 127.93 crore vaccine doses have been administered till now. (File)

New Delhi:

India recorded a daily spike of 8,306 Covid cases on Monday, taking the total active caseload of cases to 98,416 -- lowest in 552 days.

India's Omicron tally is steadily rising with fresh cases of the variant in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi. Seven in Maharashtra, nine in Jaipur and a man in Delhi were found positive with the variant, taking the total count in the country to 21.

A total of 127.93 crore vaccine doses have been administered till now in India under Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The daily positivity was recorded at 0.94 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was 0.78 per cent.

Omicron, first detected in South Africa on November 25, has been described as a "variant of concern" by the WHO.

International airports across India are intensively screening and testing all passengers from 'at-risk' countries. In line with central guidelines, all passengers from such countries have to take RT-PCR tests on arrival. The test result has to be negative in order to leave the airport.

Here are the Highlights on Coronavirus cases:

Dec 06, 2021 23:57 (IST)
Omicron Cases In India: 5 Merchant Navy Ship Crew Isolated In Goa, Samples Sent For Genome Test
Five people, including two Russian nationals, who arrived in Goa on board a merchant navy ship were isolated after they tested Covid positive and their samples have been sent for genome sequencing to detect the presence of Omicron, an official said.
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Coronavirus News: SC Upholds RBI Regulations For Export Ban On PPE Kits
"Democratic interests that secure the well-being of the masses cannot be judicially aborted to preserve the unfettered freedom to conduct business, of the few," the Supreme Court said upholding the ban on export of PPE kits.
Dec 06, 2021 20:54 (IST)
New York Announces Private Sector Vaccine Mandate Over Omicron Fears
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a blanket Covid-19 vaccine mandate for the private sector in the United States' biggest city, starting from late December.
Dec 06, 2021 20:46 (IST)
Omicron Cases In India: Omicron Alert At Chennai Airport Sees Special Screening Corridor
In compliance with the revised travel guidelines issued by the Centre and Tamil Nadu government over Omicron, Chennai Airport has created an exclusive corridor at the T4 terminal to screen arriving passengers from at-risk countries.
Dec 06, 2021 19:22 (IST)
As per the report given by the National Institute of Virology, two more people have been found to be infected with the Omicron variant. The state tally of Omicron cases has gone to 10 now.
Dec 06, 2021 19:11 (IST)
Announce Additional Dose For Healthcare, Frontline Workers: Medical Body To Centre
The Indian Medical Association today urged the government to announce "additional" doses of Covid vaccine for healthcare, frontline workers, and immunocompromised individuals amid concerns over Omicron, 21 cases of which have been detected in India.
Dec 06, 2021 18:00 (IST)
South Africa Readies Hospitals As Omicron Variant Drives New Covid Wave
South Africa is preparing its hospitals for more admissions, as the Omicron coronavirus variant pushes the country into a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
Dec 06, 2021 16:59 (IST)
Omicron Cases In India: After Delhi Airport Pics Show Crowds, Union Minister J Scindia Intervenes
Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has asked the Delhi airport operator DIAL to improve crowd management after passengers complained of chaos at the airport as the Omicron-related travel guidelines came into effect.
Dec 06, 2021 15:38 (IST)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Says Don't Panic, Follow Norms
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged people not to panic in the wake of detection of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Delhi, but asked them to follow social distancing and use face masks to ward off the disease.
Dec 06, 2021 15:27 (IST)
Italy imposes new Covid rules on unvaccinated

People in Italy unvaccinated against Covid-19 can no longer go to the theatre, cinemas, live music venues or major sporting events under new rules that came into force Monday.

Only those who have recently recovered from Covid-19 are exempt from the rules, which represent a significant tightening of restrictions in the face of rising infections.

New measures are also being enforced on public transport, with a so-called Green Pass showing proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative Covid-19 test now required even on local services.

A man in his 50s was fined 400 euros for not having his pass on Monday morning as he got off a bus near Piazza del Popolo in Rome, according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
Dec 06, 2021 15:26 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 1 new Covid cases in Ladakh, 34 recover

Ladakh has reported 31 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 21,714, while the number of active cases in the Union Territory has come down to 295, officials said on Monday.

Of the total 31 fresh cases, all of these cases were reported in Leh, they said.

The Union Territory has registered 215 coronavirus-related deaths -- 157 in Leh and 58 in Kargil -- since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, they said.

Thirty-four more patients were discharged from hospital from Leh after they recovered from the infection. The recovery count has reached 21,204 in the UT, they said.

Dec 06, 2021 15:26 (IST)
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Dec 06, 2021 15:25 (IST)
Coronavirus LIVE Updates: No fresh COVID-19 case in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands did not record any new COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours while two more persons recuperated from the disease, a health department official said on Monday.

The COVID-19 tally in the union territory remained at 7,688, he said.

A total of 7,555 people have recovered from COVID-19 so far, the official said.

The union territory had reported zero COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

The archipelago now has four active COVID-19 cases and all the patients are in the South Andaman district. The other districts - North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar - are coronavirus free, he said.

The COVID-19 death toll remained at 129 as no fresh fatality has been reported in the last 24 hours.
Dec 06, 2021 14:43 (IST)
Dec 06, 2021 14:37 (IST)
Omicron Covid Variant: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Says Don't Panic, Follow Norms
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged people not to panic in the wake of detection of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Delhi, but asked them to follow social distancing and use face masks to ward off the disease.
Dec 06, 2021 13:40 (IST)
Dec 06, 2021 12:52 (IST)
With Covid cases among students, Karnataka Minister says state will stop schools if need arises
With COVID-19 cases rising among students in various schools and colleges, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh said the government will not backtrack from stopping exams and schools if situation arises.

He, however, maintained that the experts were of the opinion that there was no problem in holding regular off-line classes.

"We will not backtrack if a need arises to stop exams and schools. However, in the present situation, all the experts are of the opinion that there is no problem," he said.

The minister said the government was closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation on an hourly basis. He added that the government will make alternative arrangements with a view to avoid any problem.
Dec 06, 2021 12:22 (IST)
Puducherry records 8 new Covid cases
The number of fresh coronavirus cases in Puducherry dipped below 10 with eight infections being reported in the last 24 hours, the first time since the pandemic outbreak.

The overall tally rose to 1,29,093 following the detection of the eight cases, Director of the Health Department G Sriramulu said.

The Puducherry region accounted for just six cases out of the new infections while Karaikal and Mahe regions had one case each. Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh did not report any fresh case.
Dec 06, 2021 11:17 (IST)
43 Medical Students Covid +ve In Telangana Week After College Gala
At least 43 medical students of Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences at Bommakal in Karimnagar district of Telangana have tested positive for COVID-19 forcing the authorities to suspend classes and shutting down the campus.
Dec 06, 2021 11:05 (IST)
2 Newborn Babies In Hospital After Pfizer Covid Vaccine Shots Given By Mistake In Brazil: Report
Two newborns in Brazil were given coronavirus vaccine shots by mistake and had to be hospitalised, Brazilian media report.
Dec 06, 2021 10:58 (IST)
Mizoram records 92 new COVID-19 patients, 2 deaths
Mizoram reported 92 new COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 1,36,454, a Health Department official said. Among the new patients is ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary board vice-chairman C Lalmuanpuia, he said.

The death count rose to 507 as two men from Aizawl district died, he said.

The single-day positivity rate dipped to 5.89 per cent from 10.66 per cent on the previous day as the fresh cases were detected after testing 1,563 samples, he said.

Aizawl district reported the highest new cases at 54, followed by Champhai district (eight) and Serchhip district (seven), the official said.
Dec 06, 2021 10:00 (IST)
Active COVID-19 cases in country lowest in 552 days
With 8,306 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,46,41,561, while the active cases declined to 98,416, the lowest in 552 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The death count climbed to 4,73,537 with 211 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 10,000 for ten straight days and less than 50,000 for 162 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.28 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.35 per cent, the ministry said.
Dec 06, 2021 08:31 (IST)
39 Medical Students Test Positive In Telangana
At least 39 medical students of Chalmeda anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences at Bommakal in Karimnagar district of Telangana have tested positive for COVID-19.

The college had held its annual day fest over a week ago and that could have been the source of spread of the virus.

All the college students and staff are being tested and the college campus premises has been sanitised.
Dec 06, 2021 08:19 (IST)
Omicron has higher risk of reinfection than Delta, says Singapore health ministry: Report
Singapore's Ministry of Health has said that early clinical observations globally suggest that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may be more transmissible and have a higher risk of reinfection compared to the Delta and Beta variants of the virus.

"This means that there is a higher likelihood of individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to be reinfected with the Omicron variant," Channel News Asia quoted the ministry as saying on Sunday in an update on the Omicron variant.

Meanwhile, the city-state reported one more "preliminarily positive" Omicron case on Sunday. The 37-year old vaccinated permanent resident was on the same flight as two other "preliminary positive" cases that landed here from South Africa on December 1.
Dec 06, 2021 08:17 (IST)
Australia Confirms Community Transmission of Omicron Variant
Five people in Sydney, Australia's largest city, have contracted the omicron variant of the coronavirus locally, New South Wales health authorities confirmed. 

The cases are linked to two schools and a climbing gym in Sydney's western suburbs, which may also be the source of a confirmed omicron infection in the Australian Capital Territory, NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said Sunday. Urgent genome testing is underway for a number of other cases linked to the venues and should be available in coming days, she said in a video update. 
Dec 06, 2021 05:26 (IST)
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Reviews RT-PCR Testing Facilities At Delhi Airport As Omicron Covid Variant Spikes
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday reviewed the RT-PCR testing facilities at Delhi's IGI Airport as the tally of cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus reached 21 in the country.
Dec 06, 2021 05:00 (IST)
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