French Health Minister Olivier Veran says country could reach close to a record 300,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday – Reuters
Swedish King and Queen test positive for Covid-19
Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have tested positive for Covid-19, the palace said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The King and Queen, who are fully vaccinated with three injections, have mild symptoms and are feeling well, given the circumstances,” the palace said in a statement. – Reuters.
Mizoram logs 347 new Covid-19 cases, 6 fresh fatalities
Mizoram’s Covid-19 tally rose to 1,42,248 on Monday as 347 more people, 195 more than the previous day, tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
The northeastern state’s coronavirus death toll rose to 552 as six more patients succumbed to the disease, he said.
The single-day positivity rate dipped to 15.66 per cent from 23.40 per cent on the previous day. – PTI.
Vaccinated individuals detected with Omicron variant advised home isolation: TN Minister
Individuals affected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and have received two doses of vaccination are advised to be under home isolation and the health department has issued necessary guidelines in this connection, Tamil Nadu Minister Ma Subramanian said on Tuesday.
As of Monday the number of Omicron cases in Tamil Nadu was at 121.
After inaugurating a Covid-19 Siddha Centre in the city, Subramanian said those patients affected by the Omicron variant and have received two vaccine doses are advised home isolation and can receive treatment at home. – PTI.
Cordelia cruise ship with 66 Covid-19 patients on board reaches Mumbai from Goa: BMC officials
Mumbai reports 10,860 Covid-19 cases; active caseload reaches 47,476
Nepal intensifies Covid testing, vaccination amid spike in cases in Delhi
Nepal on Tuesday stepped up its Covid-19 testing and vaccination campaign across the regions bordering India following the highest number of fresh coronavirus cases reported in New Delhi since May 16.
Delhi reported 5,481 fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest number of such cases since May 16, with a positivity rate of 8.37 per cent, and three more fatalities due to the viral disease, according to data shared by the city health department. – PTI.
A fine of Rs 500 will be imposed for not wearing a face mask in public places and Rs 1,000 for spitting in open from tomorrow in Pune: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar
Physical classes for 1 to 8 standard will be closed till 30th January in Pune district including limits of municipal corporation Pune city and Pimpri Chinchwad. The school classes will continue in online mode: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar
West Bengal Additional Chief Secretaray BP Gopalika informs Civil aviation ministry that flights from Mumbai and Delhi will be allowed thrice weekly – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, w.e.f January 5; situation to be reviewed depending on COVID cases in the state. pic.twitter.com/5LjbpdmQGf
— ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2022
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala tests positive for Covid-19
After experiencing symptoms like mild fever and cold last night, I got myself tested and am Covid positive.
I would request everyone who came in contact with me over last 24 hours to take appropriate precautions and get themselves tested.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 4, 2022
19 people, including 14 students found positive for Covid-19 at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. It is quite alarming: Dr Sanjay Mallick, Medical Superintendent and Vice Principle, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital – ANI
Chhattisgarh bans processions, rallies, public gatherings, social, cultural & sports events in every district
Ban imposed on processions, rallies, public gatherings, social, cultural & sports events in every district. Random testing for Covid-19 at railway stations & borders of the state. Daily reporting of hospital beds, stock of medicines, and availability of oxygen. In districts with a positivity rate of 4% or more all schools, Anganwadi centers, libraries, swimming pools, malls, cinemas, marriage palaces, hotels, restaurants, auditoriums should be closed. Night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am should be implemented: CMO Chhattisgarh – ANI.
Positivity rate shoots up to 2.59% in Karnataka with 2,479 new cases
Positivity rate shoots up to 2.59% in Karnataka with 2,479 new cases reported today:
◾New cases in State:2,479
◾New cases in B’lore: 2,053
◾Positivity rate: 2.59%
◾New Omicron cases today: 00
◾Total Omicron cases: 77
◾Tests: 95,391#Covid_19 @BSBommai
— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) January 4, 2022
All passengers coming to the Jharkhand need to undergo a free Covid-19 test on arrival at the airport: Ranchi Airport – ANI
All passengers coming to the Jharkhand need to undergo a free Covid-19 test on arrival at the airport. If a traveller is carrying a negative RT-PCR report (within 72 hrs)/full vaccination certificate (at least 15 days earlier), they’ll be exempted from RT-PCR test: Ranchi Airport.
A fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine boosts antibodies fivefold a week after the shot is administered, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday, citing preliminary findings of an Israeli study – Reuters
Covid cases doubling in 2-3 days in Karnataka, says Health Minister K Sudhakar
Data shows us that cases are doubling every 2-3 days in Karnataka!
While the Government is working on containment measures for the new wave, appeal to everyone to strictly follow 3Ms:
?Maintain social distance
?Maintain hand hygiene#COVID19 #Omicron #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/uaMEYQH9wz
— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) January 4, 2022
Djokovic heading to Aus Open ‘with vaccine exemption’
Novak Djokovic ended speculation over his Australian Open title defence by announcing on Tuesday that he would compete at the season’s opening Grand Slam event after receiving a medical exemption from getting vaccinated against Covid-19.
Mankind Pharma’s Covid drug at Rs 35/ capsule: Report
Mankind Pharma’s Molnupiravir drug for Covid-19 will cost Rs 35 per capsule and the full treatment of Molulife (Mankind’s brand name) is expected to cost Rs 1,400, the company’s chairman RC Juneja said.
Delhi government issues an action plan for smooth running and real-time monitoring of oxygen supply – ANI
Delhi government issues an action plan for smooth running and real-time monitoring of oxygen supply in Delhi. Telemetry devices are being installed on oxygen tanks of 53 government and private hospitals in the city. Live monitoring will be done through govt Covid War Room.
WHO sees more evidence that Omicron affects upper respiratory tract
More evidence is emerging that the Omicron coronavirus variant is affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing milder symptoms than previous variants, a World Health Official said on Tuesday.
Why are so many vaccinated people getting Covid lately?
A couple of factors are at play, starting with the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant. Omicron is more likely to infect people, even if it doesn’t make them very sick, and its surge coincided with the holiday travel season in many places.
Employees vaccinated with at least one dose allowed to enter campus: Jamia
Jamia Millia Islamia has directed that only those employees who have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine will be allowed entry in their offices and departments, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the campus.
In an order issued on December 31, the university said action will be taken against those employees who have not even taken a single dose of vaccine and they shall not be allowed entry in their offices. – PTI.
Delhi reports 5,481 new cases & 3 deaths; active cases 14,889. Positivity rate rises to 8.37%
Checkposts will come up in border regions having village-to-village contact to stop Covid surge: Karnataka CM
With rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra and Kerala, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said checkposts will be set up in places where there are village-to-village contacts between Karnataka and neighbouring states.
He also said the police station under the jurisdiction will be responsible for such checkposts. – PTI.
Chennai Corporation to increase Covid testing to 30,000 per day
As Covid-19 cases are increasing in Chennai, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will ramp up testing from 22,000 to 30,000 per day.
GCC commissioner Gagan Singh Bedi has issued a circular stating that testing is done for employees once every 15 days in commercial establishments, their hostels, banks, restaurants, government and private offices and other possible places where there are possibilities of crowding.
The circular also stated that all those who are working in these places should be fully vaccinated. – IANS.
Publishers hopeful about Kolkata book fair amid Omicron threat
Preparations are underway for hosting the 45th Kolkata International Book Fair from January 31 despite the spike in Covid-19 cases with organisers stating on Tuesday that publishers may have to starve if it is cancelled this year as well.
US sets global record of over 10 lakh daily Covid-19 cases
The United States recorded more than 10 lakh Covid-19 cases on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the Omicron variant continues to spread at a blistering pace.
Johns Hopkins also reported 1,688 deaths for the same period, a day after top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci had said the country is experiencing “almost a vertical increase” in Covid-19 cases but the peak may be only weeks away. – AFP.
Karnataka to decide on curbs, closure of schools today
Ahead of the crucial meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday evening to decide on the stringent measures to contain the surge of fresh cases of Covid-19, Health, Medical Education minister Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday revealed that the CM-led committee along with the experts will discuss various issues including closure of schools and holding of upcoming events.
Lockdown will be imposed in Mumbai if daily Covid-19 cases go over 20,000: Mayor
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday said if the daily Covid-19 cases here cross the 20,000-mark, a lockdown will be imposed in the city as per the Union government’s rules.
Talking to reporters at her office in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, Pednekar suggested that citizens wear triple-layer masks while travelling in public buses and local trains. She also appealed to them to get vaccinated at the earliest and follow all Covid-19-related standard operating procedures (SOPs). – PTI.
Today, Delhi is expected to report 5,500 Covid-19 cases, with the positivity rate rising to 8.5%: Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain – ANI
France detects new Covid-19 variant ‘IHU’, 12 infected
French researchers have detected a new Covid variant, probably of Cameroonian origin, and have temporarily named it as ‘IHU’.The new variant from the lineage named B.1.640.2 is believed to have infected 12 people in the country, according to a yet-to-be peer-reviewed study supported by the French Government. It has 46 mutations and 37 deletions.
80 doctors, students at Patiala medical college test positive for Covid-19
A total of 80 people, including doctors, students and support staff, of the Government Rajindra Hospital and Medical College in Punjab’s Patiala have tested positive forCovid-19, officials said on Tuesday. Patiala is turning out to be the worst-hit district in Punjab in terms of the rising number of coronavirus cases.
Mumbai cases likely to cross 10,000 today
Mumbai cases expected to cross 10,000 today ,most are mild predominant presumptive Omicron. Most are asymptomatic, but need to identify those are risk,isolate, treat and have zero mortality and less severe disease. BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY, DOUBLE MASK AND VACCINATE ?
— Dr. Shashank Joshi (@AskDrShashank) January 4, 2022
Delhi’s buses and metro services to run at full capacity
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that public transport would run at full capacity to avoid crowding at stations and bus stops, which may lead to further spike in cases.
Public transport systems may lead to spike in cases
Reiterating that people without masks would be denied entry in Metro and bus services, he cautioned people to only step out of their residences if it’s of utmost importance as these may “lead to super-spreader situations.”
Manish Sisodia advices people to stay indoors, work from home
After announcing a weekend curfew, Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia advised people to work from home and only get hospitalised if their oxygen level dips.
UK: Covid-19 patients showing less severe symptoms, vaccine minister says
People being hospitalised withCovid-19 in the United Kingdom are broadly showing less severe symptoms than before, Britain’s vaccine minister Maggie Throup said on Tuesday.”The numbers that are in hospital beds is about half what it was a year ago – and that just shows the power of the vaccine.”
Mumbai may face lockdown if daily Covid-19 spike crosses 20K mark
Addressing concerns over the Covid-19 case spike, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said, “We will have to impose lockdown in Mumbai if daily COVID cases cross the 20,000-mark.”
Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Arvind Sawant test positive for Covid-19
माझी कोरोना चाचणी पॉझिटिव्ह आली असून डॉक्टरांच्या देखरेखीखाली वैद्यकीय उपचार सुरू आहेत.आपणां सर्वांच्या आशीर्वादाने कोरोनावर मात करून लवकरच मी आपल्या सेवेकरीता हजर होईन.गेल्या काही दिवसात माझ्या संपर्कात आलेल्या व्यक्तींनी काळजी घ्यावी व लक्षणे दिसल्यास तात्काळ कोरोना चाचणी करावी
— Eknath Shinde – एकनाथ शिंदे (@mieknathshinde) January 4, 2022
I have tested positive for Covid. Have isolated myself at home. Request all those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested as a precautionary measure. Take care.!
— Arvind Sawant (@AGSawant) January 4, 2022
Delhi announces weekend curfew over Covid-19 case spike
As Covid-19 cases surge in Delhi, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Tuesday decided to impose a curfew on weekends.
Delhi government likely to impose weekend curfew to curb Covid surge
Odisha’s single-day Covid-19 case spike hits three-month high
Odisha recorded the highest single-day jump inCovid-19 cases in over three months on Tuesday, as 680 more people tested positive, the Health Department said. The daily positivity rate jumped to 1.31 per cent and 119 children were among those found positive in the past 24 hours, according to a bulletin.
Surge in cases indicative of third Covid wave in India, says NTAGI chief
In the major Indian cities, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is accounting for more than 50 per cent of the fresh cases of the infection and the massive surge in the number of cases over the past week is indicative of a third wave of the pandemic, as is being witnessed in several countries,Dr NKArora, the chairman of theCovid-19working group of the NTAGI, said Tuesday.
Gujarat High Court places curbs on entry due to Covid-19 case spike
The Gujarat High Court has restricted the entry of people in its premises in the wake of a rise in coronavirus cases in the state, and barred the entry of litigants while making it mandatory for those required to appear in person to carryCovid-19 negative reports. The curbs will come into effect from Wednesday.
AIIMS-Delhi cancels winter offs of faculty, calls for ‘immediate return’
AIIMS, Delhi, cancelled the remaining part of winter vacation — from January 5 to January 10 — asking faculty members to join duty “with immediate effect”
Twenty new cases take Covid-19 tally of Andamans to 7,763
The number of activeCovid-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands jumped to 41 as 20 more people tested positive for the infection, while only three persons were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours, an official said Tuesday.
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari tests positive for Covid-19
परसों (2 Jan) रात से ही अस्वस्थ महसूस कर रहा था।हल्का बुखार और ज़ुकाम होने के कारण कल उत्तराखंड – रूद्रपुर प्रचार में भी नहीं जा पाया था..टेस्ट में आज पॉज़िटिव आया हूँ..
सतर्कता बरतते हुए अपने आप को कल ही isolate कर लिया था.
कृपया अपना और अपने परिवार का ध्यान रखें ?
— Manoj Tiwari ?? (@ManojTiwariMP) January 4, 2022
Punjab curbs: Bars, cinemas halls, malls, restaurants, spas to operate at 50% capacity
Bars, cinemas halls, malls, restaurants, spas to operate at 50% capacity subject to staff being fully vaccinated. Gyms to remain closed, the order stated.
50% curb on Delhi Metro seating capacity leads to queue spill outside stations
Long serpentine queues of commuters seen outside Saket Metro Station
“Govt is running the metro at only 50% seating capacity. The decision has surely prevented crowding inside trains & stations. But what about the crowd gathered outside?” a commuter says pic.twitter.com/46uZIMxQUG
— ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2022
Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey tests positive for Covid-19
पिछले 2 दिनों से मैं अस्वस्थ था जिसके चलते मैंने अपनी कोरोना की जांच कराई और COVID रिपोर्ट पॉजिटिव आयी है। उन सभी से अनुरोध है जो भी लोग मेरे संपर्क में गत पिछले दिनों में आयें हैं अपना ध्यान रखें और आवश्यकता अनुसार जांच करायें।
— Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey (@DrMNPandeyMP) January 3, 2022
Teacher in USA’s New York arrested for injecting student with Covid-19 vaccine
Laura Parker Russo, a 54-year-old public-school science teacher in Nassau County, New York, was arrested after being accused of giving a minor aCovid-19 vaccine without parental consent.
No plan to curb suburban train travel in Mumbai amid Covid-19 curbs, say officials
Additional Municipal Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Suresh Kakani said that at present, there is no proposal to curb suburban train travel. If needed, the Maharashtra government will take a decision on the issue as it pertains to the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region, he said.
India logs 37,379 Covid-19 cases, Omicron tally at 1,892
India clocked 37,379 new Covid-19 cases and 124 deaths over the past 24 hours, with the daily positivity rate touching 3.24 per cent. Besides, 11,007 recoveries were also reported.
Arvind Kejriwal tests positive for Covid-19
I have tested positive for Covid. Mild symptoms. Have isolated myself at home. Those who came in touch wid me in last few days, kindly isolate urself and get urself tested
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 4, 2022
Mizoram reports 347 new Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths
Mizoram logged 347 new Covid-19 cases, at a positivity rate of 15.66 per cent. The death toll spiked to 552, while the active caseload was at 2,181.
USA: Oregon reports over 9,000 new Covid-19 cases after holidays
Oregon reported more than 9,700 new cases ofCovid-19 on Monday, after the holiday weekend, smashing a previous record for weekly coronavirus cases, with an average of about 2,400 new daily cases as the Omicron variant took hold.
Hong Kong to expand vaccine bubble from February 24 to combat Covid-19 spread
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the government will expand a ‘vaccine bubble’ from February 24 to include venues such as gyms, cinemas and libraries as the city steps up its fight against the spread of coronavirus.
Australia’s Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations hit new records
New virus cases in Australia surged to record levels on Tuesday, increasing the strain on hospitals and testing centres across the country. In New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, 23,131 new cases were reported, an increase on the record of 22,577 cases on New Year’s Day.
41 lakh teenagers got Covid vaccine shots; cumulative doses given in India crosses 146.61 crore
Over 40 lakh adolescents in the 15-18 age group were vaccinated on Monday as India began vaccinating its teenagers as part of its staggered vaccination programme that started on January 16 last year.
Bengaluru sees biggest single-day jump in number of containment zones
The number of containment zones in Bengaluru rose to 16 on Monday, which BBMP officials said is the biggest single-day spike since September.
As Covid-19 cases spike, Mumbai civic body modifies sealing rules for buildings
With the rise in Covid-19 infections and detection of Omicron cases suggesting an increase in “transmissibility”, the Mumbai civic body on Monday revised the protocol regarding sealing of buildings where coronavirus cases are found.
Controversy over the impact of short-term vacation rentals in Hawaii persists, as the Aloha State continues to contend with post-pandemic overtourism and reassesses how out-of-area travelers affect the communities they’re visiting.On Tuesday, the city of Honolulu’s City Council passed new legislation, which extends the required minimum duration for guest stays...