Coronavirus LIVE: A decision on lockdown in Mumbai is likely to be taken by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray today.
India reported more than 141,986 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday. In order to deal with the surge, the government is speeding up vaccination drives across the country. Those in the age group 15-18 are now being inoculated.
A total of 3,007 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far, out of which 1,199 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry’s data updated on Wednesday.
Pondy sees big jump in daily COVID-19 cases, test positivity rate rises
Puducherry witnessed a big jump in the number of fresh coronavirus cases with 280 infections being reported during the last 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Saturday pushing up the overall tally to 1,30,278.
The new cases identified at the end of examination of 3,554 samples were spread over Puducherry 234, Karaikal 27 and Mahe 19.
Yanam an enclave in Andhra Pradesh reported no fresh case.
No need for 4th Covid jab yet: UK experts
A fourth Covid jab is not yet needed, say UK experts, because booster doses continue to provide high protection against severe disease from the Omicron variant among older adults. UK Health Security Agency data show three months after boosting, protection against hospitalisation remains at about 90 per cent for people aged 65 and over, the BBC reported. Protection against mild symptomatic infection is more short-lived, the data revealed.
26 new cases push Arunachal’s COVID-19 tally to 55,462
Arunachal Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally rose to 55,462 on Saturday as 26 more people, including two returnees from Assam and Bihar, tested positive for the infection, a health official said.
Over 20 mn children in 15-18 age group vaccinated with first dose so far: Mandaviya
Over 20 mn teenagers in the age group of 15-18 years have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in less than a week of the inoculation drive being launched for children, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday. With the administration of more than 9 million (9,059,360) vaccine doses in the past 24 hours, the cumulative number in the country has exceeded 1.5 billion (1,506,192,903), according to provisional reports updated till 7 am.
Bengal govt relaxes Covid curbs; allows salons, parlours to operate with 50% capacity
The West Bengal government Saturday relaxed its COVID-19 curbs in the state, allowing salons and beauty parlours to operate with 50 per cent capacity till 10 pm. An official order to this effect said the owners should ensure that the staff and customers are fully vaccinated and they follow all health protocols.
COVID-19: Health dept intensifies testing at Jammu airport
Amid a surge in cases of COVID-19, the health department has ramped up the testing and samples collection of tourists and pilgrims coming to the state.
Nasal and swab samples of pilgrims coming to Mata Vaishno Devi temple and international travellers, who are not fully vaccinated, are being collected.
Several states have announced restrictions like night curfew and weekend curfew. Delhi’s daily Covid cases shot up by 15 per cent today after 17,335 fresh cases were detected in 24 hours. Karnataka today reported 8,449 fresh cases of coronavirus in 24 hours. Corona Virus is very harmful Virus.
A decision on lockdown in Mumbai will be taken by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray as Mumbai crossed 20,000 fresh Covid cases – the threshold limit for more restrictions.
Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had cancelled her major poll rallies due to the Covid-19 surge, will start campaigning for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls virtually from today.