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Mumbai logs over 20,000 fresh cases

Mumbai reported 20,181 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a fresh all-time high daily count and up 5,015 from a day ago, while four more patients succumbed to the infection, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. With these additions, the financial capital's coronavirus tally jumped to 8,53,809, while the death toll climbed to 16,388, the BMC said in a bulletin.

On Wednesday, Mumbai had logged 15,166 new coronavirus infections, surpassing the previous all time-high of 11,163 logged in April 2021 during the second wave of the pandemic. As many as 10,860 cases were reported in the metropolis on Tuesday.

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Maharashtra reports 36,265 cases, 79 cases of Omicron

Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 36,265 new coronavirus infections including 79 cases of the Omicron variant, the state health department said. Thirteen fatalities due to the pandemic were also reported in the state since previous evening.

The active cases in the state stood at 1,14,847. The case fatality rate in the state is 2.08 percent. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, 20,181 new cases were reported in Mumbai alone.

As many as 8,907 patients were discharged, taking the tally of those recovered in the state so far to 65,33,154. The recovery rate in the state is 96.17 percent. Currently 5,85,758 people are in home quarantine and 1,368 people are in institutional quarantine

20:30 (IST)

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Omicron's mildness a 'mistake', COVID not getting milder: UK expert

The reduced severity of the Omicron variant is good news for now, but it is the result of an "evolutionary mistake" and does not indicate that the virus which causes COVID-19 is becoming less virulent, a leading Indian-origin scientist from the University of Cambridge warned on Thursday.

Ravindra Gupta, Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases (CITIID), led a recent study on the Omicron variant and was among the first globally to describe the modified fusion mechanism of cells at play which might make Omicron more visible to the body’s immune defences. While the study showed that the new variant, dominant in the UK and now sweeping parts of India, is infecting the cells found in the lungs less, the virus itself is not intending to become milder.

"There is this assumption that viruses become more benign over time but that's not what's happening here because those are long-term evolutionary trends," Prof. Gupta told PTI in an interview. "SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) does not have that issue because it is transmitting very efficiently so it doesn't have any reason to become milder, especially in the era of vaccination with plenty of susceptible hosts. So that's why I think it's an evolutionary mistake. It's not something intentional that the virus is trying to do to change its biology," he explained.

20:14 (IST)

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SC to hear matters in vIrtual mode from Friday

Amid the sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear all matters in virtual mode from Friday.

According to a circular issued by the apex court administration, with effect from January 7, the benches will sit at the residential offices. “Only extremely urgent ‘mentioned’ matters, fresh matters, bail matters, matters involving stay, detention matters and fixed date matters will be listed before the courts w.e.f (with effect from) January 10, 2022 till further orders,” the circular said.

It said transfer petitions will be listed before the regular benches, instead of single judge bench, till further orders. The circular said till further orders, applications for exemption from surrendering will also be listed before the regular benches, instead of chamber judge. While hearing a matter on Thursday, Chief Justice N V Ramana, who was heading a bench which also comprised Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, said unfortunately, again the problem of COVID-19 has started.

“Unfortunately, again the problem has started and we are also conscious of this…. It seems, we may not be able to hear cases through physical mode for the next four to six weeks,” the CJI said.

19:54 (IST)

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Goa reports 971 fresh cases, positivity rate at 20%

 Goa reported 971 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 1,84,766, while the case positivity rate rose to more than 20 percent, an official said. Two more patients succumbed to the infection in the state, pushing the death toll to 3,528, as per a bulletin issued by the state health department. After 971 new COVID-19 infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, the state's cumulative tally increased to 1,84,766, it said.

On Wednesday, the tiny coastal state had registered 1,002 coronavirus cases and a positivity rate of 17.72 per cent. The positivity rate rose to 20.46 per cent on Thursday. The rate indicates the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested. The number of recovered cases in the state rose to 1,76,625 after 74 patients were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.

Given the wide gap between new and recovered cases, Goa's active tally shot up to 4,613, the official said. "With 4,744 new tests, the number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 16,51,749,” he added. Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 1,84,766, new cases 971, death toll 3,528, discharged 1,76,625, active cases

19:39 (IST)

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Nashik records 583 new cases, two casualties

At least 538 fresh cases of coronavirus were detected in Maharashtra's Nashik district, raising the tally of infections to 4,15,801 on Thursday, an official said.

As many as 130 patients were discharged from hospitals, while two dies of the infection during the day, taking the count of recoveries to 4,05,171 and toll to 8,763, he said.

Of the total number of cases registered so far, 2,34,422 were from Nashik city, 1,58,577 from other parts of the district, 12,728 from Malegaon and 6,158 patients were from outside the district, it was stated. A total of 30,47,189 swabs have been tested till date, of which 4,790 were tested on Thursday, the official added.

19:19 (IST)

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Rajasthan CM tests COVID-19 positive again, has mild symptoms

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Thursday said he has tested positive for coronavirus, the second time that he contracted the virus. "This evening I got my Covid test done which came positive. I have very mild symptoms and no other problems. All the people who came in contact with me are requested to isolate themselves and get their Covid test done," Gehlot tweeted.

This is the second time that the 70-year-old has been infected with the virus. Recently his son Vaibhav Gehlot has also been tested positive for Covid.

19:16 (IST)

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Kerala clocks 4,649 new cases, 221 deaths

Kerala on Thursday logged 4,649 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths which increased the caseload to 52,58,939 and the fatalities to 49,116.

With 2,180 more people recovering from the virus since Wednesday, the total recoveries reached 51,93,093 and the active cases 25,157, the release said. As many as 68,325 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

18:34 (IST)

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Delhi adds over 15,000 COVID-19 cases, 41% higher than yesterday's daily spike

Delhi on Thursday reported over 15,000 cases of coronavirus - the highest single-day rise since 8 May. The National Capital's daily COVID-19 count saw an increase by 41.5 percent from Wednesday when the city recorded 10,665 cases, its biggest spike in nearly eight months.

18:21 (IST)

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Delhi logs 15,097 COVID-19 cases and six deaths

Delhi recorded 15,097 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday taking the cumulative positive cases in the National Capital to 14.89 lakh, according to the health department.

The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the past 24 hours were 98, 434, as per the latest bulletin. With this, the positivity rate increased to 15.34 percent in Delhi.

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Andhra Pradesh registers 547 more COVID-19 cases

Active coronavirus cases went past the 2,000 mark to 2,266 in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday as 547 fresh infections were reported in the past 24 hours.

The cumulative Covid-19 positive count now increased to 20,78,923, as per the latest bulletin. The total recoveries touched 20,62,157, while the toll reached 14,500.

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Kerala reports 50 new Omicron cases

Omicron cases continued to increase in Kerala with the state on Thursday reporting 50 fresh cases of this new variant of COVID-19, taking the tally to 280, the health department said.

A day ago the state had logged 49 cases of Omicron.

Of the 50 new patients, 18 were from Ernakulam, 8 from Thiruvananthapuram, 7 from Pathanamthitta, 5 each from Kottayam and Malappuram, 3 from Kollam and 1 each from Alappuzha, Thrissur, Palakkad, a health department release said.

17:46 (IST)

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Mansukh Mandaviya meets COVID-19 affected doctors in AIIMS Delhi

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday met doctors and health workers who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at AIIMS Delhi, "Many of our doctors, health workers have been affected with COVID-19 while serving patients, I pray for their good health," the minister said.

Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya meets doctors and health workers who have tested positive for COVID19 at AIIMS Delhi

Many of our doctors, health workers have been affected with COVID19 while serving patients, I pray for their good health, the minister says. pic.twitter.com/C3uGVyXYfw

— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2022

16:37 (IST)

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Bengal: Next 15 days important, will increase COVID-19 restrictions, says Mamata Banerjee

No. of daily COVID19 cases have increased to 14,022 & active cases to 33,042. I will attend a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/UIbzJv4Qy0

— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2022

16:07 (IST)

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Ambulances queue outside Amritsar airport after 125 returnees test Covid positive

Punjab | 125 passengers of an international chartered flight from Italy have tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival at Amritsar airport pic.twitter.com/YGBpArLC0T

— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2022

15:34 (IST)

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Third wave of COVID-19 to pose risk to asset quality of banks: Report

The threat of third wave of COVID-19 poses high risks to banks asset quality, especially the restructured loan book, according to a report by domestic rating agency ICRA.

Besides bad loans, lenders are likely to see challenges on profitability and solvency fronts due to the disruption caused by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the agency said. It also sees a 15-20-basis point uptick in restructuring requests from the borrowers.

The agency's Vice-President (Financial Sector Ratings) Anil Gupta said, "With the increased spread of the new COVID-19 variant, i.e. Omicron, there is a high possibility of the occurrence of a third wave."

He added that a third wave poses a high risk to the performance of the borrowers that were impacted by the previous waves and hence poses a risk to the improving trend of asset quality, profitability and solvency.

Gupta also said banks restructured most of the loans with a moratorium of up to 12 months. "Hence, the restructured book is likely to start exiting the moratorium from Q4 FY2022 and Q1 FY2023."

15:17 (IST)

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Punjab: 125 passengers on board Air India flight test Covid positive

As per news agency ANI, 125 passengers of Air India's Italy-Amritsar flight have tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival at Amritsar airport, VK Seth, Airport Director said

15:03 (IST)

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EC reviews COVID-19, law and order situation in poll-bound states

The Election Commission on Thursday reviewed the Covid  situation with the Union health secretary and health experts and emphasised the need for vaccination of all eligible people in five poll-bound states, sources said.

In a separate meeting, the poll panel also discussed the law and order situation in the five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur -- with Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.

Besides Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, the meeting to assess the Covid situation was also attended by AIIMS director Randeep Guleria and ICMR's Balram Bhargava, sources aware of the interactions said.

The poll panel carried out a "complete review" of the Covid status and took inputs from medical experts on safety measures to be ensured during campaigning and polling. It stressed to the health secretary the need to ensure complete vaccination for all eligible persons, the sources said.

14:50 (IST)

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Over 300 healthcare workers test positive in Delhi

Over the past few days over 300 healthcare workers and doctors from Delhi, including 90 from the government-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, have tested positive and are in isolation, reports NDTV. As per India Today, 20 healthcare workers including 11 doctors have tested positive for Covid-19 at Delhi’s LNJP Hospital. They are either in home isolation or at separate facilities.

14:01 (IST)

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Centre asks 9 states, union territories to step up testing

Underlining the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and the preponderance of asymptomatic cases, the Centre has urged nine states and union territories to ramp up COVID-19 testing to ensure that infected people do not spread the virus to others.

In a letter to Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar, Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry Arti Ahuja pointed out a considerable decline in COVID-19 testing amid rising cases and positivity rate and said it is a "cause of concern".

In the absence of sufficient testing, it is rather impossible to determine the true level of infection spread in the community, Ahuja said in her letter dated January 5.

"With the increased detection of the Variant of Concern (VOC), Omicron, and a majority of countries seeing multiple surges in cases despite high levels of vaccination, there is a need for continued vigil and efforts to prevent any deterioration of the COVID-19 scenario.

13:31 (IST)

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Puducherry sees jump in new cases; COVID-19 tally now at 1,29,821

The union territory of Puducherry witnessed a jump in the number of fresh coronavirus cases with 129 being added in the last 24 hours, a senior Health Department official said on Thursday.

The union territory had clocked 73 new infections on Wednesday and 66 on Tuesday. 

The 129 new cases in the last 24 hours ending 10 AM on Thursday pushed the overall tally to 1,29, 821, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services G Sriramulu said in a release here. 

While Puducherry region (the capital of the union territory) reported 84 fresh cases, Karaikal logged 36, Mahe (8) and Yanam (1), he added. There was however, no fresh fatality in the last 24 hours and the death toll remained at 1,881.

13:21 (IST)

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Computer model predicts Omicron may evolve to increase transmission, immune escape

Mutations in Omicron can strengthen the affinity of the coronavirus variant for the human cells, which could increase its infectivity and evasion of antibodies, according to researchers. The scientists from Boston College in the US developed a computer model that can predict mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and provide insights into future variants of concern before they emerge.

The team used the model to develop an initial set of predictions about the role of mutations on infectivity and immune response evasion of Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants with human host cells.

"We find that Omicron has not reached its full potential to bind human host cells," said Babak Momeni, Assistant Professor at Boston College.

We identify mutations that can strengthen the virus affinity for the human cell, which could increase infectivity and evasion of antibodies," said Momeni, lead researcher on the project. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is suspected to be the most infectious yet by binding to human receptors better than the Delta variant.

The yet-to-be peer-reviewed research posted on the preprint repository bioRxiv found that Omicron may have the potential to continue to evolve even stronger binding to increase transmission and infectivity.

13:03 (IST)

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No proposal to impose lockdown in Madhya Pradesh: Narottam Mishra

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Dr Narottam Mishra on Thursday announced that there is no proposal with the Home Ministry to impose lockdown or shut down markets in the state as of now. Instead, the state authorities are planning to increase the penalty amount for not wearing face masks and also set up open jails for violators. 

12:56 (IST)

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Gujarat postpones Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit

The Gujarat government has postponed the 10th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which was to be held from 10 to 12 January, in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases, ANI reported.

12:38 (IST)

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71 Mumbai Police personnel tested positive

As many as 71 Mumbai Police personnel have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking active cases in the force to 265, ANI reported.

12:36 (IST)

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Delhi likely to log in 14,000 COVID-19 cases today: Satyendar Jain

Delhi is expected to record 14,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. Speaking to reporters, the minister also said the city is in a comfortable position in terms of hospital bed occupancy and there is no need for a lockdown right now.

Jain said the number of cases in Delhi is high due as a large number of people are being tested for COVID-19 in the city. “We have been conducting a large number of tests. If we don’t do that, the new cases can reduce to 500-1,000. A lot of people (states) don’t conduct tests and say they don’t have cases. We have been transparent,” he said.

12:28 (IST)

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Odisha logs 1,897 new COVID-19 cases, highest one-day tally in 5 months

Odisha on Thursday recorded its biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases in around five months as 1,897 more people tested positive for the disease, the health department said. The fresh infections raised the tally in the coastal state to over 10.6 lakh, it said.   

The daily positivity rate rose to 2.62 percent from 1.77 percent a day ago. At least 258 children were among those newly infected, the department's bulletin said. 

The number of fresh cases jumped more than six-fold from 298 infections on January 1. The state had logged 1,216 new COVID cases on Wednesday, while there were 1,917 infections on July 23.

12:15 (IST)

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Grammy Awards postponed due to Omicron threat

The Grammy Awards were postponed Wednesday weeks before the planned Los Angeles ceremony over what organisers called “too many risks” from the omicron variant, signaling what could be the start of another year of pandemic upheaval for awards season.

The attempt at a back-to-normal show had been scheduled for 31 January at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena with a live audience and performances, but no new date is on the books. The Recording Academy said it made the decision to postpone the ceremony “after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners.

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant, holding the show on 31 January simply contains too many risks,” the academy said in a statement.

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12:03 (IST)

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Haryana orders closure of cinema halls, multiplexes till 12 Jan

Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in Haryana, authorities have ordered the closure of cinema halls, multiplexes and sports complexes in six more districts till January 12, according to an official order. The six districts where the restrictions will be applicable are Karnal, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Rohtak and Jhajjar.

The restrictions were imposed in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat from January 2 to 12.

According to the latest order issued by the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday, the restrictions will be applicable in all 11 districts till 5 am on January 12.

Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes shall remain closed, the order stated. Malls and markets will be allowed to open till 6 pm. However, shops selling essential items like milk and medicine shops will be allowed to open at all times to enable them to serve the public at large, it said.

11:35 (IST)

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Health secretary to brief EC on COVID-19 situation in poll-bound states

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan will on Thursday brief the Election Commission on the latest COVID-19 situation in the five poll-bound states, sources said.

This will be the second time when Bhushan will brief the EC top brass on the emerging COVID-19 situation in the country and in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur in particular.

Earlier, he had briefed the poll panel on December 27. During the interaction, the EC had asked the government to ramp up the vaccination programme in the poll-bound states. The EC could announce the dates for elections in these five states in the next few days. 

11:18 (IST)

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Aurobindo Pharma launches COVID-19 drug Molnupiravir in India

Aurobindo Pharma Limited has launched COVID-19 treatment drug Molnupiravir under brand name "Molnaflu" in India.Molnupiravir is for treatment of adult patients hospitalised with COVID-19, under certain conditions, a press release from the city-based drug maker said.

Molnupiravir was earlier approved under Emergency Use Authorisation from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation.

Earlier last year, Aurobindo had signed a bi-lateral non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreement with Merck Sharpe Dohme, Singapore (MSD), a subsidiary of Merck & Co. (US) to manufacture and supply Molnupiravir to over 100 low and middle-income countries (LMIC), including India.

11:06 (IST)

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84-year-old man from Bihar at 11 vaccines and counting

An 84-year-old man in north Bihar district has caused a flutter with the claim that he has taken a dozen shots of the COVID-19 vaccine since every jab made him 'feel better.

Brahmadeo Mandal lives in a village in Udakishanganj sub-division of Madhepura and claimed to have taken his 12th dose a few days ago.

"I have used my Aadhaar card and my voter ID card on different occasions to get myself registered," said Mandal who is a retired postal department employee.

Oddly, Mandal is not in possession of any system-generated vaccination certificate for these. With the matter appearing in a section of the press, bewildered health officials have ordered a probe.

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10:55 (IST)

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IIT Guwahati declared as COVID-19 containtment zone

IIT Guwahati in Assam has been declared as a containment zone after 60 Covid-19 cases were detected on its campus. While no entry or exit will be allowed in and out of the campus, all those who had come in contact with those infected will be identified and tested. 

Assam: IIT, Guwahati declared as containment zone after 60 COVID cases detected on its campus pic.twitter.com/2XPajbflsd

— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2022

10:44 (IST)

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Union minister Bharati Pawar tests coronavirus positive

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pawar on Thursday said she has tested positive for coronavirus. "Today my #Covid-19 test report has come out positive and I have quarantined myself at home. All those who came in contact with me in the last few days are requested to get their #Covid test done and follow the rules for prevention of coronavirus," the minister tweeted.

Pawar is the Lok Sabha member from Dindori in Nashik district of Maharashtra. Earlier this week, Lok Sabha member from south Mumbai Arvind Sawant,  Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde and  MLA Vidya Thakur (from Goregaon in Mumbai) had also tested positive.

Last week, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said 10 ministers and 20 MLAs had tested positive for the coronavirus in the state. 

10:36 (IST)

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COVID-19 cases could peak between 6-13 January in Mumbai: TIFR scientist

As coronavirus infections surged in Mumbai, the city could witness a peak between January 6 to 13 and take a month for the cases to see a decline, according to researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Sandeep Juneja, senior professor, School of Technology and Computer Science, at the TIFR, said the peak fatalities could be in February, but it is expected to be around 30 to 50 per cent less than what was recorded during the deadly second wave between March to May last year. The city recorded 10,860 cases, the highest daily count since April 7, 2021, on Tuesday.

"Cases in Mumbai could peak between January 6 to 13 and they are likely to come down to lower levels in around a month. The peak fatalities are expected to be around 30 to 50 percent less than what was witnessed during the second (delta) wave," Juneja , who is involved in COVID-19 modelling for the city, said.

10:23 (IST)

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India records biggest single-day rise of 495 Omicron cases

India on Thursday saw the biggest single-day jump of 495 Omicron cases, taking the total number of infections of the new variant of coronavirus to 2,630, according to Union health ministry data.

Of the total cases, Maharashtra has the maximum at 797, followed by Delhi at 465, Rajasthan 236, Kerala 234, Karnataka 226, Gujarat 204 and Tamil Nadu 121.

Meanwhile, 90,928 new coronavirus infections were reported, the highest in over 200 days, taking India's caseload to 3,51,09,286, the data stated. The toll climbed to 4,82,876 with 325 fatalities, it said.

The number of active cases stands at 2,85,401, comprising 0.81 percent of the total infections, the ministry said.

-PTI 

10:18 (IST)

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Mumbai log highest-ever single-day spike of 15,166 new COVID-19 cases

Mumbai saw an all-time COVID-19 high on Wednesday when the financial capital recorded a whopping 15,166 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours — the highest since the outbreak of pandemic in 2020 — with three related deaths.

Mumbai had seen 11,163 cases in a day on 4 April 2021, at the peak of the second wave.

Mumbaikars are now panicking about the sharp rise in coronavirus infections, with many wondering what will happen next.

Read our report to know what experts believe will happen and how the city is prepping for the worst.

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10:10 (IST)

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India records first death due to Omicron variant

India on Wednesday recorded the first death linked to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus after the samples of a man in Rajasthan's Udaipur, who died last week, showed the presence of the variant, sources in the Union health ministry said.

The 73-year-old man, who was found infected with Omicron in genome sequencing and who had tested negative for the infection twice, died in a Udaipur hospital on 31 December, they added.

He died due to post-Covid pneumonia coupled with comorbidities - diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hypothyroidism - Udaipur Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) Dr Dinesh Kharadi had said.

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10:07 (IST)

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Ensure COVID-19 duty of resident docs don't exceed 8 hours: IMA urges Centre, states

The Indian Medical Association on Wednesday requested the Centre and states to ensure that Covid duty of resident doctors do not exceed eight hours a day and after a week there should be a quarantine 10 to 14 day quarantine period in accommodation prescribed by the hospital.

In the event of a Covid duty doctor falling ill, they should be hospitalised at the earliest.

In a statement, the doctors' body said in case of untimely death, the status of Covid martyr and compensation as well as case-wise assistance should be arranged.

There should also be a provision for taking care of the mental health of doctors, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said.

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10:00 (IST)

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Odisha govt issues new guidelines till 1 Feb

The Odisha government issues new guidelines to be effective from 5 am of Jan 7 till 5 am of 1 February. Schools, colleges up to 12th class shall be closed. Online classes to continue for classes 10, 12. Shops to operate from 5 am-9 pm every day. Markets/cinema halls to close at 9 pm

09:57 (IST)

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India logs 90,928 new COVID cases in last 24 hrs

India has logged 90,928 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, and the daily positivity rate is at 4.18 percent the Union Health Ministry informed on Thursday. The active caseload of COVID-19 cases in the country now stands at 2,85,401. As per the health ministry, 2,135 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in India, of which 828 have recovered.

Omicron Variant LATEST Updates: This is the second time that the 70-year-old has been infected with the virus. Recently his son Vaibhav Gehlot has also been tested positive for COVID-19.

The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the past 24 hours were 98,434, as per the latest bulletin. With this, the positivity rate increased to 15.34 percent in Delhi.

Speaking to reporters, the Delhi health minister said that so far no death due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been confirmed in the National Capital. He asserted Delhi is in a comfortable position in terms of hospital bed occupancy.

Satyendar Jain said the number of cases in Delhi is high as a large number of people are being tested for COVID-19 in the city.

CM Mamata Banerjee said that the next 15 days are important and the state will increase restrictions soon.

Underlining the highly transmissible nature of Omicron and the preponderance of asymptomatic cases, the Centre has urged nine states and union territories to ramp up COVID-19 testing to ensure that infected people do not spread the virus to others.

India on Thursday saw the biggest single-day jump of 495 Omicron cases, taking the total number of infections of the new variant of coronavirus to 2,630, according to Union health ministry data.

Of the total cases, Maharashtra has the maximum at 797, followed by Delhi at 465, Rajasthan 236, Kerala 234, Karnataka 226, Gujarat 204 and Tamil Nadu 121.

Meanwhile, India has logged 90,928 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, and the daily positivity rate is at 4.18 percent the Union Health Ministry informed on Thursday. The active caseload of COVID cases in the country now stands at 2,85,401. As per the Ministry, 2,135 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in India, of which 828 have recovered.

As many as 4,82,551 recoveries and 534 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours were also reported by the Ministry. While the cumulative recoveries from the virus stand at 3,43,21,803, the total COVID deaths were reported to be 4,82,551. Further, the Ministry informed that over 147.72 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered across the nation so far.

Maharashtra reported 26,538 fresh COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the state health bulletin on Wednesday. Of the new cases, Mumbai reported the highest number of infections at 15,166. Delhi on Wednesday reported 10,665 new coronavirus cases, almost double the number of infections logged the day before, with the positivity rate shooting up to 11.88 percent, according to health department data.

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