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December 27, 2021 / 10:18 PM IST

Coronavirus Omicron Highlights | Ramp up vaccination in 5 poll bound states, says Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a high-level meeting

Coronavirus Omicron Highlights | The curb will come into effect from December 27, the government said. The health department reported 290 new cases today, the highest since June 10.

Coronavirus Omicron Highlights | The Delhi government on December 26 announced the imposition of night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am in view of the surge in daily COVID-19 cases. The curb will come into effect from December 27, the government said. The health department reported 290 new cases today, the highest since June 10. One fatality was also recorded in the same period. The night curfew has been reimposed as the positivity rate in the capital city has surged past 0.5 percent.

It was recorded as 0.55 percent as per the latest update issued by the health department. According to Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)'s four-stage Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), a 'yellow alert' will be sounded if the positivity rates remains over 0.5 percent for more than two days.

If the yellow alert comes into effect, restaurants and bars will be forced to operate at 50 percent of their total capacity, shops selling non-essential items would be allowed to remain open only till 8 pm, and cinema halls and theatres would be asked to shut down. This is in accordance to the GRAP which was approved by DDMA in July amid fears of a likely third wave.

Delhi, with 79 Omicron cases, accounts for the second-highest number of infections caused by the new coronavirus variant in the country. The nationwide tally stood at 422, as per the last update issued by the Union health ministry. Since the spread of COVID-19 infections caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant, a number of states including Karnataka, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have imposed night curfews. The government of Maharashtra has imposed Section 144 of CrPC, which bars the assembly of five or more persons, from 9 pm to 6 am.

In a communique to states and Union territories on December 21, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked the respective governments to remain "proactive" and consider imposing curbs in areas which witness a surge in positivity rate. "Omicron is at least three times more transmissible than Delta," the health secretary said, adding, "The decision making at the State/UT and district level must be very prompt and focused and take containment measures and restrictions even before these thresholds are reached."
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    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | 3,481 kids orphaned during Covid pandemic to get benefits under PM CARES for Children scheme

    Of 6,098 applications received under the 'PM CARES for Children' scheme, 3,481 children orphaned during the COVID-19 pandemic have been approved as eligible for its benefits, the government said on Monday. In a statement, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said as per the PM CARES for children portal, total applications registered as on December 24 is 6,098, out of which 3,481 applications have been approved by district magistrates. It also said post office accounts have been opened for 3,275 beneficiaries under the scheme. Under the scheme, a quantum of sponsorship of Rs 2,000 per child per month is available for non-institutional care of children and maintenance grant of Rs 2,160 per child per month for children living in child care institutions. The ministry also said 704 One Stop Centers' or Sakhi Centers' have been set up across 34 states/UTs. Women affected by violence and in need of assistance, medical and legal aid and counseling and psycho-social counseling are being helped and as on December 24, assistance has been provided to over 54 lakh women.

  • December 27, 2021 / 09:41 PM IST

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  • December 27, 2021 / 09:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Ramp up vaccination in 5 poll bound states, says Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a high-level meeting

    Union Health Secy Rajesh Bhushan held a high-level meeting with 5 poll-bound states of Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, UP & Punjab to review the public health response measures for containment & management of COVID19, & the vaccination status in these states, health ministry said. States were advised to speedily ramp up COVID19 vaccination of all eligible population for 1st dose& ensure that those who were due for the 2nd dose are administered the 2nd dose, it said.

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    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Three more test positive for Omicron in Uttarakhand, number rises to four

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    Coronavirus Omicron LIVE Updates | Andhra Pradesh may need 75 lakh booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine-officials

    Andhra Pradesh may need 75 lakh booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine for people, including those between 15-18 age group, a high level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was informed on Monday. The Chief Minister, in the meeting with health department officials on the COVID-19 situation in the state, directed them to be prepared to tackle any eventuality in the wake of the pandemic. "The officials informed the Chief Minister that preliminary estimations revealed that 75 lakh booster doses are need for people including who are between 15-18 age group," an official release said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced that India would start vaccinating children between the ages of 15 to 18 from January 3 next year while healthcare and frontline workers will be provided with "precautionary doses" from January 10. During the review meeting, the Chief Minister said private hospitals, along with government hospitals, should be prepared to tackle any situation. He instructed the officials to expedite the vaccination process by conducting a door to door drive and identify people who had not taken the jabs and administer vaccines to them. 

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