LIVE: Kerala sees 9 more Omicron cases, 4 in Jaipur; India's tally now 226
Meanwhile, Haryana decides to allow only fully vaccinated people at public places; Delhi bans gatherings for Christmas, New Year celebrations
BS Web Team New Delhi
Latest live news: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday hold a meeting on the coronavirus, taking stock of the situation as India records more than 200 cases of the virus’s Omicron strain.
Delhi has the most number of Omicron cases; Maharashtra and Telangana take the second and third places in the list. "Covid always comes with mild symptoms in the initial stages. We're watching any change in the pattern of the presentation of the emerging cases very carefully," said Dr V K Paul, Member-Health in Niti Aayog, referring to Omicron.
India recorded 6,317 new cases of Covid-19 and 318 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the health ministry on Wednesday. The daily number for new coronavirus infections has been below 15,000 for almost two months now.
14 more Omicron cases reported in Telangana
Fourteen more Omicron cases have been reported in Telangana, taking the total number of cases of the new coronavirus variant in the State to 38, the State Health Department said on Wednesday.
Of the 14 cases, 12 are passengers who arrived at the international airport from countries other than those declared at risk by the Centre, while two are from "at risk" countries, it said in a bulletin.
The bulletin said four samples are awaited with regard to their Omicron status.
Woman who travelled from Canada to Faridabad tests positive for Omicron variant: Vij
A woman who travelled from Canada to Faridabad in Haryana has tested positive for Omicron variant, state Health Minister Anil Vij said on Wednesday. He added that the state government was taking all necessary steps to ensure all Covid-related guidelines are strictly followed in the state.
Vij, who was replying to a Calling Attention Motion in the assembly and later interacting with reporters outside the Vidhan Sabha complex, said the woman had returned from Canada on December 13 and tested positive for Covid a day later. She later tested positive for the Omicron variant on December 20, he said.
Her two primary contacts, mother and aunt have also tested positive for Covid and their samples have been sent for genome sequencing. All three have been quarantined at a private health facility in Faridabad, Vij said.
Amid Omicron surge, Delhi bans gatherings for Christmas, New Year
In view of rising COVID-19 Omicron cases, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued orders to all District Magistrates and District Deputy Commissioners of Police to ensure that no cultural event, gatherings, and congregations are taking place for celebrating Christmas or New Year in Delhi.
The DDMA has also issued orders to enforce the 'No Mask, No Entry' rule at shops and workplaces.
The statement advised the residents to follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. Meanwhile, Delhi reported 125 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the biggest single-day spike in the last six months. On June 22 this year, 134 Covid cases were reported in Delhi.
Gujarat reports 91 Covid cases, two deaths in a day
Gujarat on Wednesday reported 91 new coronavirus cases and two deaths.
The rise in cases was highest in the last several months. Notably, on September 19 this year the daily tally had dwindled to singe-digit. The caseload in the state rose to 8,28,794 on Wednesday while death toll reached 10,106. One fatality each was reported from Surat and Devbhumi Dwarka districts. Against this, 41 patients recovered from the infection, taking the total of recoveries to 8,18,051.
Cumulative vaccine doses administered in India reach nearly 140 crore: Health ministry
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country reached nearly 140 crore on Wednesday, the Union health ministry said. More than 62 lakh (62,70,380) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on Wednesday. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, it said.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.
People have become lax in observing Covid-appropriate behaviour: AIIMS chief amid Omicron scare
Amid the rise in cases of the Omicron variant in India, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday emphasised on adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour while observing that people have become lax in following these norms.
Asserting that current data shows vaccines are effective and give protection against severe disease and death, he stressed that those eligible for vaccination should get the jabs promptly and those who have got the first dose should not miss out on the second shot.
"It is observed that laxity has crept in among people in observing Covid-appropriate behaviour.
"Omicron is highly transmissible and therefore adhering to Covid norms is very important. People should regularly wear masks, maintain physical distance and avoid gatherings which can become superspreader events," Guleria told PTI.
Rs 31,298 cr supplementary demands tabled in House; Rs 1000 cr allotted for COVID-19 payout in Maharashtra
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday tabled supplementary demands to the tune of Rs 31,298.26 crore for the current fiscal in the Assembly on the first day of winter session of the state legislature here with Rs 1,000 crore earmarked for compensation to the kin of people who died due to COVID-19 and Rs 1410.81 crore for monetary aid to rain-hit farmers.
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4 new Omicron cases reported in Jaipur
Four more patients infected with Omicron variant of coronavirus have been found in Jaipur out of whom a foreigner is undergoing treatment in Delhi.
Principal of SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Dr Sudhir Bhandari told reporters here that genome sequence test has confirmed four people to be infected with the Omicron variant.
He said three of them have been admitted to the RUHS hospital here for treatment while the foreign national is undergoing treatment in Delhi.
Nine more cases of Omicron detected in Kerala, tally now 24
Nine more cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus were detected in Kerala on Wednesday, taking the tally to 24, state Health Minister Veena George said.
Six people who reached Ernakulam and three who reached Thiruvananthapuram have been detected with the virus, the minister said.
Two from the UK, aged 18 and 47 years, a 43-year-old woman and a 11-year-old from Tanzania, a woman aged 44 from Ghana and a 26-year-old woman from Ireland are those found infected in Ernakulam.
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First Published: Dec 22 2021 | 07:36 AM IST