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Omicron Variant Highlights: Delhi reports 6 cases of new Covid strain, India's tally crosses 160

Omicron Variant Latest News Updates: The World Health Organization stressed on urgent scale-up of public health and social measures to curtail the further spread of the Omicron variant.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: December 20, 2021 23:37 IST

Omicron Variant Latest News Updates: India's Omicron cases count rose to 168 on Monday after Delhi reported six, Karnataka logged five, and Kerala recorded four more cases of the new coronavirus variant, respectively. Amid rising cases of Omicron in the national capital, three private hospitals have been directed by the Delhi government to set up isolation units for patients coming from ‘at risk’ countries. The Centre has warned it is likely that the spread of the new variant will outpace the Delta variant where there is community transmission. It has advised people to avoid non-essential travel and mass gatherings and keep New Year celebrations at low intensity. The World Health Organization stressed on urgent scale-up of public health and social measures to curtail the further spread of the Omicron variant. The COVID-19 omicron variant is “just raging around the world,” the White House's top medical adviser said Sunday, and President Joe Biden is planning to give “a stark warning of what the winter will look like” for unvaccinated Americans.

 

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  • 11:04 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    COVID-positive couple in Dehradun suspected of Omicron

  • 9:07 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    'It's quite transmissible', says doctor who was first to detect Omicron

    South African Medical Assn Chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee on Monday called Omicron 'quite transmissible'. However, she said that cases detected in South Africa were mostly mild. "I've seen 100 patients myself. It's quite transmissible; if I look at Delta, it seems less but it's very transmissible. In South Africa we don't see severe cases, it's mostly mild cases", she told ANI.

  • 9:02 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    No new Omicron case reported from Maharashtra

  • 7:32 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    One Omicron case reported in Vadodara

    A new Omicron variant case from Gujarat's Vadodara has taken the state's tally to 14. This is Vadodara's third Omicron case. On Sunday, 4 new cases were reported in the state.

  • 4:02 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Buffer stock of important medicines arranged to fight Omicron: Health Minister

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said that India will use the experience during the 1st & 2nd waves to ensure than Omicron variant doesn't spread. He said, "As of now, India has 161 Omicron cases...We're monitoring the situation daily with experts. With our experience during the 1st & 2nd waves, to ensure that we don't face problems when variant spreads, we've arranged a buffer stock of important medicines".

  • 3:21 PM (IST) Posted by Nivedita Dash

    So far no Omicron cases in our state: Bihar CM

    Bihar CM Nitish Kumar claimed that no Omicron variant cases exist in the state. He said, "There is alertness in the state. We are prepared...arrangements have been made. Though there are no cases...you never know. Most number of per day tests are happening in the state- over 5 lakh tests being done", news agency ANI reported.

  • 2:05 PM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    All Covid positive cases to be sent for genome sequencing: Arvind Kejriwal

    Amid Omicron threat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said all new positive cases of coronavirus being reported in the city will be sent for genome sequencing even as he appealed to the Centre to allow booster dose for health workers and others. He said there is no need to panic in view of the Omicron variant.

  • 2:04 PM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    No evidence Omicron has lower severity than Delta variant: UK study

    There is "no evidence" that Omicron has a lower severity than the Delta strain, according to a study in the UK which also found that the new variant of coronavirus largely evades immunity from past infection or two vaccine doses.

    The study by researchers from Imperial College London in the UK estimates that the risk of reinfection with the Omicron variant is 5.4 times greater than that of the Delta variant.

  • 1:42 PM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Israel to add US, Canada to travel ban over omicron variant

    Israeli ministers on Monday approved putting the United States and Canada on its coronavirus travel red list as the omicron variant spreads around the globe.

    The rare move to red-list the U.S. comes amid rising infections in Israel. The U.S. will join a growing list of European countries and other destinations to which Israeli are barred from travelling, and from which returning travellers must remain in quarantine.

  • 1:13 PM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Delhi reports 4 new Omicron cases

    The national capital on Monday recorded four new Omicron cases, taking the total number of cases of the variant to 28. The four people, found to be infected with the variant, are admitted to Max hospital in Delhi's Saket.

  • 1:11 PM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Four new Omicron cases confirmed in Kerala

    Four new Omicron cases have been confirmed in Kerala on Monday, taking the tally of new Covid-19 variant cases to 15, the state Health Minister's Office said.

     

  • 11:24 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Two new Omicron cases reported in Delhi

    Delhi reported two new Omicron cases on Monday, taking the tally of new Covid variant in the national capital to 24, the Health Department said.

  • 10:54 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Bangladesh begins Covid booster drive

    The Bangladesh government has started administering Covid-19 booster shots on a trial basis. The country's Health Minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the program in Dhaka on Sunday, while a nurse Runu Veronica Costa, who had received the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country, was also administered the first booster dose, reports Xinhua news agency.

  • 10:36 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    UK researchers developing new COVID-19 vaccines

    Researchers in the UK are using new ways to rapidly develop and mass manufacture mRNA vaccines and therapeutics at low cost against COVID-19 and a range of other diseases. The research project will boost the UK’s and the world’s ability to rapidly develop new vaccines in response to new variants of COVID-19 and also future pandemics.

  • 10:20 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Omicron scare: Mumbai civic chief appeals to people to avoid Christmas & New Year parties

    Amid the fear of spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has appealed to citizens to avoid gatherings and parties during the upcoming Christmas festival and New Year, and warned of stringent action against those who flout rules.

  • 8:19 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Karnataka reports five new cases of Omicron variant

  • 8:15 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Omicron becomes dominant strain of Covid-19 in Ireland

    The Irish Department of Health has reported 5,124 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, saying that about 52 per cent of them were due to the Omicron variant.

    "It has taken less than two weeks for Omicron to become the dominant strain of Covid-19 in Ireland, revealing just how transmissible this virus is," Xinhua news agency quoted Tony Holohan, chief medical officer with the department, as saying in a statement on Sunday.

  • 7:40 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Omicron in Delhi: DDMA to hold review meet today

    The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has called a virtual meeting on Monday for a discussion and presentation in wake of Omicron cases in the capital.

  • 7:15 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Gujarat reports four new Omicron cases; tally rises to 11

    Four new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus were reported in Gujarat on Sunday, which took the state's count of the persons infected with this strain to eleven, officials said.

  • 7:14 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Omicron variant is 'just raging around the world': Fauci

    The COVID-19 omicron variant is “just raging around the world,” the White House's top medical adviser said Sunday, and President Joe Biden is planning to give “a stark warning of what the winter will look like” for unvaccinated Americans.

  • 7:13 AM (IST) Posted by Rashi Hardaha

    Kids must be vaccinated as omicron spreads: Israeli PM

    Israel's prime minister on Sunday called on parents to vaccinate their children against the coronavirus as the new omicron variant showed signs of spreading, while authorities prepared to expand a travel ban to include the United States.

    In a prime-time televised address, Naftali Bennett said the number of cases of the new variant remains relatively low — in part thanks to earlier moves to ban most foreigners from entering the country. But he said it was just a matter of time before the numbers begin to rise.