LIVE: Delhi, Mumbai report sharp uptick in daily Covid cases

Delhi sees 50% jump in cases from yesterday, while Mumbai reports nearly 70% rise

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A health worker arranges an oxygen cylinder at a Covid Care Centre, as part of preparedness against the new variant Omicron, in New Delhi, Thursday, Dec 23, 2021. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)

A health worker arranges an oxygen cylinder at a Covid Care Centre, as part of preparedness against the new variant Omicron, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Latest Live News: India has approved Merck's Covid-19 pill and two more vaccines for emergency use as the world's second most populous country braces for a possible spike in coronavirus cases due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Molnupiravir will be manufactured in India by 13 companies for restricted use under emergency situation for treatment of adult patients with Covid-19, said Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday.

Merck's anti-viral pill molnupiravir was authorised by the United States last week for certain high-risk adult patients and has been shown to reduce hospitalisations and deaths by around 30 per cent in a clinical trial. 

Two other Covid-19 vaccines, Serum Institute of India's version of Novavax Inc's shot, Covovax, and homegrown drugmaker Biological E's Corbevax were also granted emergency use approval, Mandaviya said on Twitter.

New restrictions with a "yellow alert" will take effect in Delhi amid a rise in Covid cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said, adding that a "detailed order" will be shared soon.
12:10 AM

BJP will return to power in UP with more than 300 seats: Anurag Thakur

Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday said the BJP will return to power in Uttar Pradesh with more than 300 seats on the back of a positive public mood due to action against "gundaraj", "unprecedented" development and public welfare schemes under the Yogi Adityanath government.
Thakur, who was the chief guest at the first edition of the Kashi Film Festival here, said people migrated from Uttar Pradesh due to rampant "gundaraj and mafiaraj" in the state during the tenure of the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government.
He alleged that development work took a hit under the SP government as it was busy protecting goons.
Women in Uttar Pradesh can now step out of their house in the dark and businessmen have developed confidence due to the Adityanath government's action against "gundaraj and mafiaraj", he told reporters.
"We will return to power with more than 300 seats due to a positive public... we brought development to every nook and corner of the state even after Covid-induced problems in the last two years," Thakur said.
10:45 PM

ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad FC thrash Odisha FC 6-1

Hyderabad FC recorded an emphatic 6-1 win over Odisha FC in the Hero Indian Super League at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Tuesday.
Hyderabad FC striker Bartholomew Ogbeche scored in the 39th and 60th minute. Edu Garcia (54th), Javier Siverio (72nd), and Joao Victor (86 P) too got on the scoresheet for Hyderabad in a mind-blowing second-half display.
For Odisha, Juanan scored an own goal in the 16th minute to make it 1-1, but after that, it was one-way traffic till the final whistle.
The result means Hyderabad remain second in the points table with 15 points from eight games while Odisha are seventh in the table having 10 points from eight matches. Ogbeche is now the top scorer with eight goals to his name.
The game got off to an eventful start as Hyderabad FC went ahead in the ninth minute. Edu Garcia swung in a delightful free-kick at the near post with Joao Victor flicking it on as the ball took a deflection off Hector Rodas and went in.
10:20 PM

Govt unveils 27 border infrastructure projects

The possibility of any kind of conflict cannot be ruled out in today's uncertain environment, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday as he listed the development of critical border infrastructure as a key priority to boost India's overall military preparedness to confront any security challenge.
The defence minister was speaking after virtually dedicating to the nation 24 bridges and three roads, built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in four states and two union territories.
Of the 24 bridges, nine are in Jammu and Kashmir, five each in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh, three in Uttarakhand and one each in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
Of the three roads, two are in Ladakh and one is in West Bengal. In his address, Singh said strong infrastructure in border areas is essential in today's uncertain times as it strengthens strategic capabilities.
9:53 PM

Only fully vaccinated to be allowed at markets, other public places in Punjab from January 15

Only fully vaccinated people will be permitted at public places such as markets, malls, hotels and cinema halls in Punjab with effect from January 15, according to a state government order.
The government ordered private and public sector banks, hotels, bars, restaurants, malls, shopping complexes, cinema halls, gyms and fitness centres to allow only fully vaccinated adults.
All government, board and corporation offices located in Chandigarh will allow only fully vaccinated people, according to the order issued by the state's home affairs and justice department.
9:23 PM

Telangana logs 7 more Omicron cases, 3 have no travel history

Telangana has reported seven more Omicron cases including three who have no travel history, Health Minister T. Harish Rao said on Tuesday.
The fresh cases pushed the tally of Omicron infections in the state to 62. Those who tested positive on Tuesday included three individuals in Hyderabad who have no travel history. They include a dialysis technician, a pregnant mother and a software engineer.
The minister told reporters that of the 62 cases reported so far, 46 had come from various countries including other than "at risk" countries.
Omicron positive cases, who are under isolation at Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), are all asymptomatic and safe, he said quoting the TIMS Director.
9:05 PM

Gujarat sees 394 Covid cases, highest daily addition since June 14

Gujarat reported 394 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, its highest single-day addition since June 14 when the figure was 405, raising the state's tally to 8,29,957, an official said.
The last time the number of cases crossed 300 was on June 15, when 352 people were detected with the infection, he pointed out.
So far 8,18,422 people have been discharged post recovery, including 59 during the day, leaving the state with 1,420 active cases, of which 16 patients are critical, he said. One death took the toll in the state to 10,115, he added.
8:43 PM

PM Modi to visit Uttarakhand on Dec 30

8:14 PM

Maharashtra reports 2,172 new cases in 24 hrs

8:11 PM

Punjab bans entry of not fully vaccinated people from Jan 15 in public places

7:55 PM

1,377 new Covid cases in Mumbai today

7:53 PM

Night curfew imposed at Jawaharlal Nehru University

7:40 PM

496 new Covid cases in Delhi today

7:33 PM

All services to be continued as normal, says AIIMS Delhi RDA

7:11 PM

Nirmala Sitharaman to meet state finance minister for budget consultation

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will on Thursday meet with state finance ministers, continuing to seek opinion as she prepares the union budget for next year.
7:01 PM

Omicron estimated to be 58.6% of coronavirus variants in US

The Omicron variant was estimated to be 58.6% of the coronavirus variants circulating in the United States for the week ending December 25, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The fast-spreading variant was first detected in southern Africa and Hong Kong in November, with the first known case in the United States identified on December 1 in a fully vaccinated person who had travelled to South Africa, said Reuters.
6:32 PM

Delhi Metro trains to halve seating capacity

Delhi Metro says it will keep half of seats unoccupied and won’t allow standing passengers on its to prevent Covid-19 infections. Entry to Metro stations will be regulated by restricting the number of gates.
6:26 PM

India must go for basic model for central bank digital currency: RBI

India must first take up a basic model of central bank digital currency (CBDC) and use the payment system architecture as a backbone, the Reserve Bank said on Tuesday. In its basic form, a CBDC provides a safe, robust, and convenient alternative to physical cash. Depending on various design choices, it can also assume the complex form of a financial instrument.
6:13 PM

Dr Reddy's names Covid-19 drug as Molflu

Dr Reddy's Laboratories on Tuesday said it will soon introduce antiviral drug Molnupiravir capsules (200mg) for the treatment of adult patients with Covid-19 across the country. The Hyderabad-based will introduce the drug under the brand name Molflu in India, PTI reported.
5:43 PM

Bumrah sprains ankle, leaves field

An ankle sprain forced India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah off the field on the third day of the first Test against South Africa, here on Tuesday. Bumrah, whose 14-run cameo helped India get past the 325-run mark, dismissed skipper Dean Elgar before walking off the field, PTI reported.
5:17 PM

Haryana CM inducts 2 new ministers

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday inducted an MLA each from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) to his ministry, marking the second cabinet expansion in two years. The new ministers are BJP's Hisar MLA Kamal Gupta and JJP MLA Devender Singh Babli, who represents Tohana.

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First Published: Dec 28 2021 | 8:03 AM IST

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