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Omicron Coronavirus India Highlights: Mumbai reports 7 new Omicron cases; state’s tally rises to 28

🔴 Covid-19 Active Cases India Dec 14 updates, New Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus Vaccine Statistics and Registration: The total number of cases of Omicron variant in Maharashtra is now at 28.

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New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2021 8:34:20 am
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Coronavirus Highlights: Eight more cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus were detected in Maharashtra on Tuesday, out of which seven were reported in Mumbai city. One case was detected in Vasai Virar. The total number of cases of Omicron variant in Maharashtra is now at 28.

Earlier in the day, four new Omicron cases were also detected in Delhi, taking the tally in the national capital to six. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that of the six cases, one has been discharged from hospital. Officials said that all six are stable and have mild to moderate symptoms.

The other states to have reported the new Covid-19 variant are Gujarat (4), Rajasthan (9), Delhi (6) Karnataka (3), Kerala (1) and Andhra Pradesh (1) and Union Territory of Chandigarh (1).

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The World Health Organisation Tuesday said that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is spreading at an "unprecedented rate" and is "probably in most countries".

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom also said that evolving evidence suggests a small decline in efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines in protecting against severe disease and deaths and that boosters can play an important role in the coming days.

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Pfizer confirms Covid-19 pill’s results, potency versus omicron

Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant.

The company also said full results of its 2,250-person study confirmed the pill’s promising early results against the virus: The drug reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89 per cent among high-risk adults when taken shortly after initial COVID-19 symptoms.

Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. More details here.

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19:47 (IST)14 Dec 2021
8 cases of Omicron variant detected in Maharashtra

Eight new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus were detected in Maharashtra, including 7 in Mumbai on Tuesday. According to the health department, none of the patients had a history of international travel as per preliminary info.

16:32 (IST)14 Dec 2021
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16:12 (IST)14 Dec 2021
LS members ask govt to prepare to deal with challenges posed by Omicron 

Lok Sabha members on Tuesday cautioned the Modi government on the challenges posed by the rising cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 and asked it to spell out plans for administering a booster dose of vaccination.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said India has already reported 41 cases of Omicron variant and the government should begin preparations of every kind to deal with the challenge.

Chowdhury also wanted the government to spell out its plans for vaccination of children and adolescents, noting that European Union nations have already started giving jabs to children. (PTI)

14:45 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Over 55 per cent of India's adult population fully vaccinated

Union Health Minister on Tuesday tweeted that over 55 per cent of India's eligible adult population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

According to Health Ministry officials, 55.52 per cent of the eligible population has been fully vaccinated with 87 per cent people receiving the first dose of the vaccine, PTI reported. 

14:40 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Omicron: Lok Sabha members ask govt to plan for booster shots, vaccine for children

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said India has already reported 41 cases of Omicron variant and the government should begin preparations of every kind to deal with the challenge.

Chowdhury also wanted the government to spell out its plans for vaccination of children and adolescents, noting that European Union nations have already started giving jabs to children.

Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy wanted the government to start administering booster doses immediately. "Booster doses for Covid-19 should be started. Because of some differences within the expert committee, booster dose is not being given," Roy said. He added that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already declared Omicron as an emergency and cases were on the rise in London. (PTI)

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"Though he was asymptomatic he and his six close contacts - mostly relatives - were admitted to the government facility at the King Institute, Guindy, for treatment," he said. Their samples have been sent to Bengaluru lab for whole genome sequencing.

13:38 (IST)14 Dec 2021
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13:30 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Two doses of Covid vaccines induce lower antibody levels against Omicron: Oxford study

A yet to be peer-reviewed study by the researchers from the University of Oxford showed that two doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines generate lower levels of antibodies against the Omicron variant of coronavirus, suggesting that those previously infected or vaccinated may be at an increased risk of infection. The researchers, however, noted that there is currently no evidence of increased potential to cause severe disease, hospitalisations or deaths in vaccinated populations.

"Importantly, we have not yet assessed the impact of a 'third dose' booster, which we know significantly increases antibody concentrations, and it is likely that this will lead to improved potency against the Omicron variant," said Matthew Snape, a professor at the University of Oxford and co-author of the study.

 "Real-world effectiveness data has shown us that vaccines continue to protect against severe disease with previous variants of concern. The best way to protect us going forward in this pandemic is by getting vaccines in arms," said Teresa Lambe, a professor at the University of Oxford, and an author on the paper. (PTI)

13:21 (IST)14 Dec 2021
All Omicron patients in Delhi stable with mild symptoms: Officials

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said that all six patients -- four of whom were reported on Tuesday -- tested positive at the Delhi airport and were sent to Lok Nayak Hospital, where their samples were sent for genome testing.

“Four new cases of the Omicron variant have been recorded in Delhi. There are a total of six such patients now. A total of 74 people who either tested positive at the airport or were suspected cases/contacts have been sent to the hospital since the end of last month. Of these, 36 have been discharged and six have been infected by the Omicron variant. One has been discharged,” Jain said.

Officials said that all six are stable and have mild to moderate symptoms. read more

13:16 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Appropriateness or necessity of Covid-19 booster dose yet to be decided: Centre to Delhi HC

The Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) are deliberating and considering scientific evidences related to dose schedule of Covid-19 vaccines as well as the need and justification of booster doses.

The current priority of National Covid-19 Vaccination Program is to cover the entire eligible population with full vaccination and at present there are no guidelines regarding administration of booster doses from the two expert bodies, it added. Read more

12:45 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Patient infected with Omicron in Andhra Pradesh tests negative after 14 days

Director of Health in the Andhra Pradesh government stated that an international traveller from Ireland, who had tested positive for the Omicron variant on December 11, has tested negative for Covid-19 after 14 days. "He is under home quarantine. All his contacts have tested negative," the director was quoted as saying by ANI.

The patient had arrived in India on November 27.

11:40 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Delhi's first patient of Omicron variant of COVID-19 discharged from hospital: Officials

Delhi's first patient of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a 37-year-old man, has been discharged from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital, officials said on Tuesday.

The man, a resident of Ranchi, had travelled from Tanzania to Doha and from there, to Delhi on a Qatar Airways flight on December 2. He stayed in Johannesburg in South Africa for a week and had mild symptoms. (PTI)

10:42 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Covid-19 Numbers Explained: UK reports first Omicron death; Norway tightens restrictions

Amidst news of the death of one person infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus, there has been a rush to get vaccine booster doses in the United Kingdom, with more than half a million people booking their slots on Monday. The United Kingdom had, on Sunday, announced that booster doses would be made available to everyone above the age of 18 years.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the death of one person infected with Omicron variant. It was not immediately clear whether the infection happened to be the cause of death or was incidental.

Meanwhile, Norway tightened restrictions on movement of people amidst record high number of coronavirus infections in the last few days, powered by the spread of the Omicron variant. Read more

10:38 (IST)14 Dec 2021
Bengaluru: 4 held for helping SA traveller fly back from India

Bengaluru Police on Monday arrested four people who allegedly helped a South-African national obtain a fake Covid-19 negative certificate to facilitate his departure.

The 66-year-old, who works for a pharmaceutical firm, tested positive on arrival on November 20. He was supposed to be quarantined at the Shangri La Hotel for 14 days, but left for South Africa on November 27 after showing a Covid-negative report.

His samples were later found to be infected with the Omicron variant on December 2. 

10:29 (IST)14 Dec 2021
India reports daily positivity rate of 0.58%

India's daily Covid positivity rate was recorded at 0.58 per cent. It has been less than two per cent for the last 71 days, PTI reported.

The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 0.68 per cent. It has been below one per cent for the last 30 days, according to the health ministry.

10:04 (IST)14 Dec 2021
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Gujarat’s fourth case: Diamond trader who travelled to South Africa turns Omicron positive

Gujarat has reported 58 new Covid-19 cases and a death in Valsad on a day when it registered its fourth case of the Omicron variant on Monday. A health official at the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has confirmed the sample of a 42-year old man, who returned from South Africa earlier this month, returned positive for the variant Monday.

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Alarm bells as Panchkula records a Covid death

More than a month after Panchkula last reported a death due to Covid-19, a 67-year-old man, resident of village Dhamala, who had been suffering from diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease, succumbed to the virus on Monday.

This addition to the death tally raises concerns as the Covid-19 cases continue to rise, with positivity percentage crossing 0.1 percent after a gap of several months. The positivity rate on Monday stood at 0.6 percent.

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First published on: 13-12-2021 at 10:43:09 am
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