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Coronavirus News Highlights: Delhi reports nearly 500 new Covid cases, test positivity rate jumps to 0.89%

Covid-19 Active Cases India Dec 28 Updates, New Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus 3rd Wave, Covid-19 Booster Vaccine Dose: Active cases currently stand at 75,456 while the recovery rate is at 98.90 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk
Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2021 9:28:12 am
boosterWith Omicron threat looming over the festive season, Kerala became the latest state to impose a night curfew. (Express Photo by Narendra Vaskar)

Coronavirus Omicron Highlights: Delhi on Tuesday reported 496 new Covid-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 0.89 per cent. The national capital also recorded one related death. With this, the active coronavirus infection rose to 1,612. Delhi has so far reported 165 Omicron cases. The Delhi government has implemented a Yellow alert for Covid-19 from Tuesday. Cinemas, banquet halls, auditoriums, spas, gyms and entertainment parks will remain shut. Restaurants, bars will be opened at 50 per cent capacity till 10 pm and there will be a complete ban on all kinds of gatherings.

People aged 60 years and above with co-morbidity will not be required to produce or submit any certificate from doctor at the time of administration of precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Centre told states and union territories on Tuesday. Such persons are expected to obtain the advice of their doctor before deciding to avail of the precaution dose or third dose. In a letter to states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said personnel to be deployed in election duty in the poll-bound states will be included in the category of frontline workers.

Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on Tuesday gave emergency use authorization approval to Covovax and Corbevax covid-19 vaccines along with anti-viral drug Molnupiravir in a single day, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. “All these approvals will further strengthen the global fight against the pandemic,” he added.

India’s Omicron cases went up to 653 on Tuesday, with the highest being reported from Maharashtra at 167, followed by Delhi with 165 cases, Kerala 57, Telangana 55 and Gujarat at 49. Meanwhile, the country recorded 6,358 new covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. Active cases currently stand at 75,456 while the recovery rate is at 98.90 per cent.

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22:07 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Tripura ready to start vaccination for those aged between 15 and 18 years: Minister

Tripura has 6,64,319 Covid-19 vaccines in stock and is ready to commence vaccination for individuals between 15-18 years of age from January 3 along with the rest of the country, Tripura Information and Cultural Affairs (ICA) Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat in Agartala, the minister said the overall Covid situation in Tripura is “under control” and satisfactory. Read More

21:16 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Gujarat sees 394 Covid-19 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.

Of the new cases, Ahmedabad city accounted for 178, followed by Surat with 52, Rajkot 35, and Vadodara 34 cases, among others. (PTI)

21:09 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Karnataka: 269 of 356 new Covid cases in Bengaluru; state steps up preparedness

Karnataka recorded 356 new cases of Covid on Tuesday of which, 269 were from Bengaluru Urban, which a day earlier had seen 172 cases.

The state health department also informed about two deaths, one each in Bengaluru and Hassan. The total active cases in the state now stands at 7,456 of which 6,122 are in Bengaluru Urban. The day also saw 347 recoveries. Read More

20:15 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Today's Covid-19 cases in major cities

Today's Covid numbers: Delhi (496 cases), Mumbai (1377 cases), Kolkata (217 cases), Bengaluru (269 cases), Chennai (194 cases)

20:00 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Maharashtra reports 2,172 new Covid-19 cases; 1377 in Mumbai alone

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 2,172 new Covid-19 cases with 1,377 fresh infection from Mumbai alone. 

19:53 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Night curfew at JNU from Dec 27 between 11 pm to 5 am

Night curfew imposed at Jawaharlal Nehru University from December 27 between 11 pm to 5 am, until further orders; no restrictions on the movement of emergency services, like medical emergency & supply of goods: JNU Administration

19:45 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Delhi reports nearly 500 new Covid cases, test positivity rate jumps to 0.89%

Delhi on Tuesday reported 496 new Covid-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 0.89 per cent. The national capital also recorded one related death. With this, the active coronavirus infection rose to 1,612.

19:29 (IST)28 Dec 2021
7 more Omicron cases in Kerala takes tally to 64

With seven more people testing positive for Omicron in Kerala, the total number of infections by the new variant of Covid-19 in the state has reached 64, the Health Department said on Tuesday. Of the seven cases, four were detected in Pathanamthitta, two in Alappuzha and one in Thiruvananthapuram, the department said in a release.

Of these, two persons had returned from the UAE and one each from Ireland, Qatar, Italy and Tanzania, while one person got infected via contact, it said. The state government, which had put in place night restrictions -- between 10 pm to 5 am -- from December 30 to January 2, said that in view of the possible increase in spread of Omicron, theaters have been asked not to screen films after 10 pm. (PTI) 

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19:16 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Personnel to be deployed for poll duty entitled for precaution Covid-19 vaccine dose: Health Ministry to states

Personnel to be deployed on election duty in the five poll-bound states will be included in the category of frontline workers and would be entitled to the precaution dose of Covid-19 vaccine, amid growing indications that the elections may be held on time. The Election Commission is likely to announce the dates of assembly elections for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur early next month.

In a letter to states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday that personnel to be deployed in election duty in the poll-bound states will be included in the category of frontline workers. "As a matter of abundant precaution, for those healthcare workers and frontline workers who have received two doses, another dose of Covid-19 vaccine would be provided from January 10, 2022. The prioritisation and sequencing of this precaution dose would be based on the completion of nine months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose," he said in the letter.

Separately, the Union health ministry issued a statement later on Monday, saying the Centre has reviewed public health response measures and vaccination status with the poll-bound states. The ministry has advised ramping up vaccination of all eligible population through a district-wise weekly plan with daily review, according to the statement. The health ministry statement said testing is to be "exponentially accelerated" to curb the sudden surge of COVID cases. "While Uttarakhand and Goa have reported vaccination coverage for the first and second doses higher than the national average, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Manipur have COVID-19 vaccination coverage numbers below the national average," it said. (PTI)

18:48 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Kerala reports 2,472 new Covid-19 cases, 38 deaths

Kerala recorded 2,474 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, according to the data shared by the health department. Along with 38 more Covid-related deaths, the health department also reported 206 deaths that are newly certified as Covid-19 deaths based on the revised rules. With this, the death toll in the state climbed to 47,066.

A total of 60,597 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. The test positivity rate was jumped to 4.08 per cent.

Meanwhile, 3,052 recoveries were also reported in the state.

17:55 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Gujarat govt to set up COVID-19 vaccination camps at schools

The Gujarat government will set up camps at schools to inoculate as many as 35 lakh children in the 15 to 18 years age group, a senior official said here on Tuesday. Online registration for vaccination will start from January 1.

As per the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry, children in this age group will receive only Covaxin doses. "Online registration will begin from January 1, but on-site registration is also available. We will approach schools in coordination with the education department to cover an estimated 34-35 lakh beneficiaries," said Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Manoj Aggarwal. (PTI)

16:42 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Puducherry reports first two cases of Omicron

Samples of two persons returned positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Puducherry on Tuesday. The health department said that one of the patients is an 80-year-old elderly person, whereas the other is a 20-year-old woman.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, G Sriramulu, the director of the Department of Health, said special teams have been formed to trace the contacts of the infected persons. He added that the infected persons don’t seem to have any travel history as per initial reports. Read More

16:04 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Those aged above 60 yrs and with comorbidities need not produce/submit any certificate from doctor for precautionary dose: Union Health Ministry

All persons aged 60yrs&above with co-morbidities will not be required to produce/submit any certificate from the doctor, at the time of administration of precaution dose, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. However, it recommended such persons to obtain the advice of their doctor before deciding to avail of precaution dose.

16:00 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Covid vaccine appointments for those aged 15-18 can be booked online or onsite

Covid-19 vaccine for aged 15-18 years | Appointments can be booked online or onsite (walk-in). Services in the on-site (walk-in) mode will be available subject to the availability of vaccination slots: Union Health Ministry

15:18 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Biological E aims to produce 100 Mn doses/month of Corbevax from Feb 2022

Biological E. Limited plans to complete production at a rate of 75 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax per month, anticipating over 100 million doses per month from February 2022 which will enable the city-based company to deliver 300 Million doses as promised to the Centre, BE said on Tuesday.

Corbevax, India's first indigenously developed protein sub-unit vaccine against the virus, received the approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) today, it said.

According to a press release issued by the vaccine maker soon, the company plans to deliver more than one billion additional doses globally. (PTI)

14:06 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Covovax approval to strengthen immunization efforts in India, lower & middle income countries: SII

Vaccine major Serum Institute of India (SII) on Tuesday said the approval for the COVID-19 vaccine 'Covovax' would strengthen immunization initiatives across India and various lower and middle income countries (LMICs) across the world.

'The approval of Covovax by DCGI is a significant milestone in strengthening our immunization efforts across India and LMICs. We are proud to deliver a highly-effective protein-based COVID-19 vaccine of more than 90 per cent efficacy rate, based on clinical data demonstrating a favorable safety profile. 'We are certain that as the repertoire of the COVID-19 vaccine increases, we will be poised strongly to save the lives of millions of people against the pandemic,' SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said in a statement.

13:17 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Delhi: Take a look at restrictions under 'Yellow Alert'

  • Shops in markets and malls dealing with non-essential goods and services will be allowed to open as per the odd-even formula between 10 am to 8 pm, while one weekly market will be allowed per municipal zone at half the capacity of vendors.
  • Restaurants will operate at 50 per cent capacity between 8 am – 10 pm, bars will open between 12-10 pm also at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Cinemas, banquet halls, auditoriums, spas, gyms and entertainment parks will remain shut.
  • Delhi Metro and buses will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity. Delhi government offices will call 100 per cent grade I officers, while private firms will be allowed to call 50 per cent staff between 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Gyms and yoga centres will also shut.
  • There will be a complete ban on social/entertainment/religious/political/festival-related gatherings. Sports complexes, stadiums (except national/international sports events), entertainment parks will shut down.
  • At marriages and funeral-related gatherings, 20 persons each will be allowed. But banquet halls will not be allowed to host weddings.

13:16 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Arvind Kejriwal declarers 'Yellow alert' for Covid-19 in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that due to rising Omicron cases, a Yellow alert for Covid-19 will be implemented and more restrictions will be imposed.

12:11 (IST)28 Dec 2021
Maha minister Varsha Gaikwad tests positive for Covid-19

Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Tuesday said she has tested positive for coronavirus. The minister, who contracted the viral infection last year also, had been attending the ongoing winter session of the state Legislature and replied to various questions pertaining to her ministry in the state Legislative Council on Monday.  

11:59 (IST)28 Dec 2021
TMC MP Dereck O'Brien tests positive for Covid-19

TMC MP Dereck O'Brien tested positive for covid-19, he informed on Tuesday. "Have tested positive for covid. Moderate symptoms. Isolating at home. If you have come into contact with me in the last three days, and have symptoms, please seek medical advice," he said on Twitter.

People receive shots of a Covid-19 vaccine during a special immunisation drive in East Delhi on Saturday. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

The first case of Omicron in Himachal Pradesh was reported in Mandi district a few days ago, state health secretary Amitabh Avasthi said Sunday. A 45-year-old woman tested positive for the new Covid-19 variant on December 12. Her RT-PCR test was conducted at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital.

Meanwhile, Karnataka government decided to ban New Year parties and gatherings in public places, and impose “night curfew” for 10 days from December 28, between 10 pm to 5 am.

India reported 6,987 new Covid-19 cases and 162 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country has 76,766 active cases, while over 141 crore vaccine doses have been administered.

A total of 422 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported across 17 states and Union Territories, of which 130 people have recovered.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that vaccination against COVID-19 for children between 15-18 years will start from January 3, while “precaution dose” for healthcare and frontline workers would be administered from January 10, decisions that come amid rising Covid cases linked to the Omicron variant of the virus.

In an address to the nation, he said the precaution dose will also be available for citizens above 60 years of age and with comorbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10 next year as well.

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First published on: 26-12-2021 at 09:20:32 am
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