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Coronavirus India Highlights: Only Covaxin approved for beneficiaries aged less than 18 years


Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 31

Twelve students of Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology tested positive on Friday while reports of hundreds of students are still awaited.

With this development, 27 students of the institute have already tested positive over the past three days.

Subsequently, Hostel J has been converted into a containment zone.

Sources said the health department would conduct mass testing on the university campus.

Meanwhile, the health department has already sent the samples of positive students to the Genome Sequencing Lab at Government Medical College, Patiala, to ascertain the new strain.

Coronavirus Omicron Highlights: While cases of Omicron variant have been rising in India, the country recorded nearly 1.3 lakh fresh cases of Covid-19 during the week (December 27-January 2). Meanwhile, India has started the Covid-19 vaccination of children of 15-18 years age-group.

Several states have been forced to impose restrictions in an order to contain the spread of the virus. Punjab on Sunday reported 417 Covid-19 cases and 3 fatalities. The infection tally in Punjab rises to 6,05,509 while the death toll has climbed to 16,648. The number of active cases now stands at 1,369.

Coronavirus Omicron Highlights:

15:23 pm | South Korea on Monday confirmed its first two deaths linked to the Omicron COVID-19 variant amid rising worry about the highly transmissible variant.

15:00 pm | Film director and producer Ekta Kapoor tests positive for Covid-19.

14:48 pm | A total of 14 people including 3 police constables, who were to attend Bihar CM’s ‘Janta Darbar’, tested positive for Covid-19.

14:10 pm| ’84 percent of the Covid-19 cases reported in Delhi in the past 2 days were of the Omicron variant. Delhi’s expected to report around 4,000 cases on Monday with the positivity rate rising to 6.5%. Currently, 202 patients are admitted to Delhi hospitals,” said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

13:22 pm | Omicron: Bombay High Court’s principal seat to hear matters through hybrid mode (virtual/physical) from Tuesday.

12:33 pm| Six people, who were in Patna to attend Bihar CM’s ‘Janta Darbar’, tested positive for Covid-19.

11:48 am| Number of registrations for COVID vaccination of children aged 15-18 crosses 12 lakh, CoWIN data sated.

11:39 am | “Omicron has emerged as a new threat. Everyone should take precautions against the coronavirus. Experts say Omicron causes mild disease in vaccinated persons…I appeal to all families to make sure that everyone in your family above 60 is fully vaccinated,” Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin said.

11:28 am | Delhi Govt stated that Rs 1.15 crore was collected in penalty and 45 FIRs were lodged for offenses related to violation of Covid norms in Delhi on January 2.

11:15 am | “Only Covaxin is approved for beneficiaries aged less than 18 years. Beneficiaries aged 18 & above are eligible for all vaccines. Validations have been put in place in the Co-WIN system to ensure that vaccination is carried out as per government policy,” said Union Health Ministry.

10:45 am | “Precautionary dose program to begin from Jan 10 for frontline workers & senior citizens with comorbidities. Assam’s 1st dose coverage is almost complete &2nd dose is 70% covered. I’m hopeful that all citizens will get fully vaccinated by this month,” said Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.

10:30 am| COVID vaccination for children in the 15-18 age group has started. “We’ve seen a very good response from parents & children so far. We’ve 15 lakh, such children, in Kerala and we hope to vaccinate them within 10 days,” State Health Minister Veena George said.

10:15 am | Chandigarh: Vaccination begins for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years at Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Manimajra. “All arrangements are in place and dose supplies are adequate,” says Sonia, a vaccinator.

10:06 am| Telangana Congress president Revanth Reddy tests positive for COVID-19.

09:59 am| The number of confirmed Omicron cases in India reached 1,700, the Union Health Ministry stated.

09:52 am | Vaccination starts for children in the age group of 15-18 years in Sukiyaki Savoyard Kenya Himalaya, Lax mi Nagar. “Children are excited to take the vaccine. All the children are being kept in the observation room for 30 minutes,” said vaccination Jyoti Grewal.

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