People celebrate Republic Day in Delhi while wearing face masks. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)
CoronavirusOmicron India Highlights: An ICMR study has demonstrated that individuals infected with Omicron have significant immune response which could neutralise not only the Omicron, but also other variants of concern, including the most prevalent Delta variant. It suggests that the immune response induced by the Omicron could effectively neutralise the Delta variant, making the re-infection with Delta variant less likely, thereby displacing the Delta as dominant strain, the study said emphasising upon the need for Omicron-specific vaccine strategy.
India reported 2.85 lakh (2,85,914) new Covid-19 cases and 665 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday. The country has 22.23 lakh active cases, 5.55 per cent of its caseload. The daily positivity rate is 16.16 per cent, while the recovery rate is 93.23 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 17.69 lakh tests were conducted. And, India has administered 163.58 crore vaccine doses so far. While a few cities recorded a uptick in infections, may saw a sharp fall as well. Today’s Covid-19 numbers from the major metro cities are: Mumbai (1,858 cases), Delhi (7,498 cases), Bengaluru (22,427 cases), Kolkata (654 cases), and Chennai (5,973 cases)
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Omicron Covid-19 India Latest Update: Students attend a class after schools reopened for students of Classes 1 to 12 from Monday. (Express photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday held a Covid-19 review meeting with officials of nine states and UTs and urged them to focus on teleconsultation and efficient monitoring of patients in home isolation. “In view of a substantial number of Active Cases across the country recuperating from COVID19 in home isolation, it is important to focus on expanding the reach of teleconsultation services for providing timely quality healthcare to the beneficiaries,” Mandaviya told the states.
Kerala on Tuesday reported 55,475 new Covid-19 cases from 1.12 lakh samples tested in the last 24 hours. This is the first time that the test positivity rate (TPR) is almost at 50 per cent, which means one of the two persons tested for the Covid-19 in Kerala is diagnosed with the infection. This is in sharp contrast to the daily positivity rate of 15.52 per cent at the national level. This is the highest ever reported from the state in a single day since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.
The state now has an active caseload of 2.85 lakh, but only 3.8 per cent of them have sought hospital admission.