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Omicron three times more transmissible than Delta; 11 other variant cases in Maharashtra

India recorded 5,326 new cases of coronavirus infections, the lowest in 581 days, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 3,47 52,164, while active cases declined to 79,097, the lowest in 574 days. the health ministry said. The death toll climbed to 4.78,007 with 453 new deaths, according to data updated at 8 a.m. The number of active cases fell to 79,097, or 0.23% of total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national recovery rate from COVID-19 improved further to 98.40%, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

Here are the highlights of the day:

#Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 tally reached 10 07,446 on Tuesday as 34 new cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 13,595, an official said. The affected state has also administered more than three crore vaccines. The number of recoveries amounted to 9 93 547,

#Delhi has a buffer stock of 421 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases, government data shows. The Delhi government has beefed up the medical oxygen infrastructure to deal with a possible third wave and given the threat posed by Omicron.

#Countries across Europe have considered new travel restrictions as US President Joe Biden called on military medics to support hospitals and combat the Omicron variant. Omicron infections are on the rise in Europe, the United States and Asia, including Japan, where a single cluster of COVID-19 cases at a military base has risen to at least 180.

#The number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh reached 7 93,532 on Tuesday after 23 people were found infected, while one death brought the toll to 10,530, an official said.

The #Rajasthan on Tuesday recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death. With that, the state’s total number of cases rose to 9,555,273 and the death toll rose to 8,961, according to an official report.

#Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic said she tested positive for COVID-19 after her trip to Abu Dhabi and had “severe symptoms,” she said on Tuesday, a day after Rafael Nadal announced that he had also tested positive.

#Two people in Odisha have tested positive for Omicron. These are the first two cases of the new COVID-19 mutation in the state. A person who returned from Nigeria is fully vaccinated. The other person recently returned from Qatar. Both are stable in the hospital.

#Three cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in a locality in Jammu. Locally-wide RT-PCR tests have been ordered.

#Maharashtra has recorded 11 new cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s count to 65, the health department said. Eight of the new cases were from screening at Mumbai airport, while one case each was found in Navi Mumbai, Pimpri Chinchwad and Osmanabad.

#Japan will keep its recently reimposed strict border controls in place, which ban most foreign entrants, until more information is known about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.

#India’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage crossed 138.89 crore (138.89,29,333) today. More than 51 lakh (51 30 949) doses of vaccine have been administered until 7 p.m. today: Union Ministry of Health

#Union Health Secy Rajesh Bhushan writes to All States / UT: “Omicron is at least 3 times more transmissible than Delta. Therefore, even greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision-making, and strict and rapid containment action are needed at the local and district level. “

India has provided 983,068 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 94 countries and two United Nations entities as a grant, commercial export or through COVAX until December 15 since the start of the Vaccine Maitri program in January 2021, the Rajya Sabha was said on Tuesday.

#The total number of cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 recorded in the nation’s capital has risen to 54, according to data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.

#There is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, although some of the mutations reported on the spike gene may decrease the effectiveness of existing vaccines, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. . “There is limited data available and no peer-reviewed evidence on the efficacy or efficacy of the vaccine to date for Omicron,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a written response.

#Countries across Europe were considering further restrictions on movement on Tuesday as the rapidly evolving Omicron variant swept the world days before Christmas, throwing travel plans into chaos and baffling financial markets.

#The protection offered by the Oxford-Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine decreases after three months of receiving two doses of the preventive, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet.

#Lok Sabha MP Kunwar Danish Ali has tested positive for COVID-19

#The Ministry of Health ready with its COVID vaccine booster dose strategy. The ministry gives priority to booster doses for caregivers and people suffering from co-morbidities. The Home Office has called a meeting with the Ministries of Health and External Affairs following the spread of Omicron.

# So far there are 34 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID19 in Delhi. Of these 34 patients, 17 patients were discharged from the hospital. CM ordered all positive cases in Delhi to be sent for genome sequencing for Omicron: Delhi Minister of Health Satyendar Jain

# New Zealand announces measures to prevent omicron variant from entering

New Zealand will close the gap between second COVID-19 vaccine doses and recalls and push back the gradual reopening of its borders in measures announced on Tuesday to keep the omicron variant at bay. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkin said the government has agreed to a series of precautionary measures in light of the threat posed by the omicron strain of the coronavirus. The gap between a second vaccine dose and a booster will be reduced from six to four months, meaning that 82% of New Zealanders vaccinated will need to be boosted by February.

# India’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage topped 138.35 crore (1,38,34,78,181) according to provisional reports until 7 a.m. today. More than 64 lakh doses have been administered in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry.

# Omicron’s Indian total stands at 200

# Highlights of today’s data

– 5,326 new cases, 453 new deaths, 8,043 new recoveries, 3,170 decrease in active cases

– New cases at the lowest in 581 days

– Lowest active cases in 575 days. Below 80,000 for the first time in 575 days

– New cases below 10k for the 25th day. Below 8,000 for the 11th day

– Kerala reports 2,230 new cases, Tamil Nadu 605, Maharashtra 544

– Kerala reports 419 new deaths (including 405 pending), West Bengal 7, Tamil Nadu 6

– 11 new Omicron boxes. Omicron total: 173, recovered: 65, active: 108

– Active cases in Kerala are now below 30,000

– 11 states / TU report an increase in active cases

– The difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the previous 7 days in India is -12% (the global average is + 8%)

– 64.57 lakh new vaccinations. 138.35 crores in total. 14.63 lakh received their first dose yesterday, 49.94 lakh the second dose. 55.5 crore fully vaccinated

– 10.14 new lakh tests. Test positivity rate: 0.53% (0.75% the day before)

– Test positivity rate less than 1% for the 22nd day

– Test positivity rate (weekly average): Mizoram 6.82%, Kerala 5.99%, Ladakh 2.62%

# Madhya Pradesh government has been criticized for underreporting deaths from COVID-19

The government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh has faced fire from the opposition for allegedly underreporting coronavirus cases, even though it has performed well in the polls of Lok Sabha and the United Kingdom. ‘Assembly held in the state during the year. Blaming the state government for the underreporting of Covid-related deaths, former chief minister Kamal Nath claimed more than a lakh of people had died from the infection in March and April across the country. State. Bhopal police have filed an FIR against Kamal Nath, leader of the opposition in the Assembly, for his controversial remark on the Indian Variant coronavirus. The ruling BJP accused Kamal Nath of spreading misleading information through his remarks on the B.1.617 variant, which he called the Indian variant.

# India is reporting 5,326 new cases of COVID-19, 8,043 recoveries and 453 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Active cases: 79,097

Total recoveries: 3 41 95 060

Number of deaths: 4 78,007

# Madhya Pradesh: Six other international travelers tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Indore, bringing the total number of such foreign returnees to 12 in the city since December 1. Indore CMHO said Dr Bhure Singh Setia, adding that their samples had been sent for genome sequencing. .

# Omicron infections do not appear to be any less serious than Delta; COVID-19 reduces sperm count, motility

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the results and that has not yet been peer-certified. Omicron infections are no less serious, according to early UK data. Infections caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus do not appear to be any less serious than infections from Delta, according to initial data from the UK.

# UK registers 91,743 COVID cases, PM says, data under constant review

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Cabinet is monitoring COVID-19 data hourly as the country sets a new record for daily coronavirus infections at 91,743. Speaking after a lengthy Cabinet meeting, Johnson said told reporters the government would not hesitate to introduce tougher lockdown measures before Christmas amid a continuing rise in coronavirus cases. But he said some things need to be clearer around the Omicron variant before further action is taken.