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December 28, 2021 / 10:43 PM IST

Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | 143 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in country: Govt

Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | "For those Health Care Workers (HCWs) & Frontline Workers (FLWs) who have received two doses, another dose of COVID-19 vaccine would be provided from January 10," the ministry said in its guidelines.

Coronavirus Omicron India Highlights | Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will discuss the existing COVID-19 situation with top officials at a high-level meeting on Tuesday during which a decision is also likely to be taken on implementing the Graded Response Action Plan in Delhi, officials sources said. The chief minister will chair the meeting at 12 noon. It will discuss the rising number of COVID-19 cases and threat posed by its new variant Omicron. Besides, the meeting may decide

on sounding the 'Yellow' alert and restrictions according to the GRAP, according to the sources.

BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been admitted to hospital after having tested positive for COVID-19. "BCCI President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19," PTI has quoted BCCI sources as saying.

India has reported as many as 653 Omicron cases across 21 states and union territories in India so far and 186 of these people have recovered or migrated, Union health ministry said on December 28.

Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of Omicron cases at 167, followed by Delhi at 165, Kerala 57, Telangana 55, Gujarat 49, Rajasthan 46, Tamil Nadu 34 and Karnataka 31.
  • December 28, 2021 / 10:43 PM IST

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  • December 28, 2021 / 10:42 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Telangana logs 7 new Omicron, 228 fresh COVID-19 cases; achieves 100% first dose vaccination 
    Telangana on Tuesday reported seven new Omicron variant of COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 62, the Health department said, as the State achieved a key milestone in the battle against the pandemic by administering the first dose of COVID vaccines to 100 per cent of eligible beneficiaries. Of the seven cases, four were passengers who arrived at the international airport from countries other than those declared 'at risk' by the Centre, while three were contacts of patients who tested positive for the variant earlier, a department bulletin said.

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  • December 28, 2021 / 09:01 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | 143 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in country: Govt 
    The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country reached 143 crore on Tuesday, the Union health ministry said. More than 57 lakh (57,76,358) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said. 

  • December 28, 2021 / 08:01 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Andhra Pradesh logs 141 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths 

    Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday reported 141 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative infections to 20,76,687, while the toll rose to 14,492 with two more fatalities. Active cases stood at 1,073, a health department bulletin said, providing details of the last 24 hours ending 9 AM today. 

  • December 28, 2021 / 06:02 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | In view of the Covid19 guidelines, travel will be allowed only up to 50% seating capacity inside the trains. No standing passenger will be allowed. Entry into Metro stations will be regulated by restricting the number of gates to ensure compliance with the guidelines. Out of 712 metro gates, only 444 will be kept open as of now : DMRC, Delhi


     

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  • December 28, 2021 / 05:56 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | 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.

  • December 28, 2021 / 05:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Ban New Year eve celebrations, revellry as Omicron threat looms large: AIADMK
    The Puducherry unit of the AIADMK on Tuesdaty urged the Chief Minister of the Union Territory N Rangasamy to ban New Year eve celebrations here as there was possibility of a fast-spreading Omicron, a new variant of Covid-19. Secretary of the east wing of the AIADMK Anbalagan submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Chief Minister today. "We should not eye the revenue to the Exchequer alone but should have concern for the health of the people," the AIADMK leader said and referred to the ban on the celebrations in neighbouring States.

  • December 28, 2021 / 03:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | 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

  • December 28, 2021 / 03:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Biological E aims to produce 100 million doses/month of Corbevax from February 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. ''Biological E. Limited plans to complete production at a rate of 75 million doses per month, anticipating over 100 million doses per month from February 2022. These capacities will enable the Hyderabad-based company to deliver 300 Million doses as promised to the Government of India,'' it said.

    The vaccine has been developed by Biological E. Limited in collaboration with the Texas Children's Hospital Centre for Vaccine Development (Texas Children's CVD) and Baylor College of Medicine (Baylor) in Houston, Texas. Mahima Datla, Managing Director, BE limited said, ''Over the years, we have worked to make quality vaccines and pharmaceutical products accessible to families around the world. With this as our backdrop, we resolved to develop an affordable and effective COVID-19 vaccine. It has now become a reality.

    Corbevax has completed two Phase III clinical trials involving more than 3000 subjects between the ages of 18 and 80 at 33 study sites across India. The vaccine was found to be safe, well-tolerated, and immunogenic, the company said. In the pivotal Phase III study conducted with an endpoint of immunogenic superiority, Corbevax demonstrated superior immune response in comparison with the Covishield vaccine when assessed for Neutralizing Antibody (nAb) Geometric Mean Titers (GMT) against the Ancestral-Wuhan strain and the globally dominant Delta variant, the release said.

    ''Our scientists at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine are thrilled to help in the development of this vaccine, possibly the first covid vaccine specifically designed for global health,'' Peter Hotez, professor and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor and co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Centre for Vaccine Development said.

  • December 28, 2021 / 03:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | COVID-19 restrictions under Yellow alert of Graded Response Action Plan in Delhi: Night curfew 10pm-5am, Delhi Metro, restaurants, bars to operate at 50% capacity; Cinema halls,spas,gyms,multiplexes, banquet halls, auditoriums & sports complexes to be closed,with immediate effect

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  • December 28, 2021 / 03:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Precautionary dose different from boosters, mixing vaccines unlikely

    The central government may opt for prescribing the same Covid-19 vaccine — that was given for the first and second dose — as the precautionary dose due to lack of data on vaccine mixing in India, a top bureaucrat has said. While there is not much evidence right now in India that mixing of Covid-19 vaccines, especially Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin works, a separate deliberation is going on regarding booster doses for the adult population which is different from the precautionary dose, the official told News18.com.

    However, the official insisted that it is still under deliberation and the final decision will be taken “anytime soon". “We need to keep this in mind that our Prime Minister has named the dose as ‘precautionary’ and not booster doses. The panels are still deliberating over boosters for other population,” said the government official from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. “Precautionary dose is the third dose or additional dose which doctors and medical practitioners can prescribe to people who are frail. In most likelihood, it is going to be the same vaccine. The discussions are still on, but no final call has been taken yet.”

  • December 28, 2021 / 02:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Sourav Ganguly admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19

    BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has been admitted to a city hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 but the former India captain is "stable", the medical institution, where he is undergoing treatment, said on Tuesday. Ganguly, who is double vaccinated, was rushed to Woodlands Hospital on Monday evening as a precautionary measure after his RT-PCR test returned positive. The 49-year-old Ganguly had undergone an emergency angioplasty earlier this year and given the history, a panel of the doctors is keeping a close watch on his health status.

    "He received Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail therapy on the same night and is currently haemodynamically stable," Dr Rupali Basu, MD & CEO of Woodlands Hospital, said in a statement. "A medical board comprising Dr Saroj Mondal, Dr Saptarshi Basu and Dr Soutik Panda in consultation with Dr Devi Shetty and Dr Aftab Khan is keeping a close watch on his health status," Basu added. Ganguly has been travelling extensively, taking part in all professional activities. His elder brother Snehasish had also tested positive for COVID early this year.

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