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Omicron Variant: Global COVID caseload tops 397 mn

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: February 08, 2022 23:49 IST
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India saw a single-day rise of 67,597 new coronavirus infections, raising its tally to 4,23,39,611, while the active cases fell below 10 lakh after around 27 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The death toll has climbed to 5,04,062 with 1,188 fresh fatalities, data updated by the ministry at 8 am stated. The active Covid cases have declined to 9,94,891, comprising 2.35 per cent of the total infections. The national recovery rate improved to 96.46 per cent, the ministry said.

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  • 11:01 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Governors in 4 US states plan for end to school mask mandates

    The governors of four states announced plans Monday to lift statewide mask requirements in schools by the end of February or March, citing the rapid easing of COVID-19′s omicron surge.

    The decisions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon were announced as state and local governments grapple with which virus restrictions to jettison and which ones to keep in place. The changes also come amid a growing sense that the virus is never going to go away and Americans need to find a way to coexist with it.

  • 10:17 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Maha logs 6,107 new COVID-19 cases, 57 deaths; active tally drops below 1 lakh

    Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 6,107 new coronavirus cases, 329 less than the day ago, and 57 fresh deaths linked to the infection, while 16,035 more patients recovered from the disease, the state health department said. With these additions, the overall tally of COVID-19 cases increased to 78,16,243, while the death toll jumped to 1,43,155, the department said in a bulletin. As per the bulletin, the number of recovered cases in Maharashtra increased to 75,73,069 after 16,035 patients were discharged during the day, leaving the state with 96,069 active cases.


  • 10:16 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Lab issuing fake Covid reports raided in Gurugram

    The Haryana Chief Minister's Flying Squad has raided a diagnostic lab accused of preparing fake coronavirus reports, officials said on Tuesday. The team nabbed a lab assistant while the operator managed to flee. The lab allegedly charged Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 to issue COVID-19 positive or negative reports.

  • 10:16 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Over 3K fresh COVID-19 cases, 16 more deaths in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan on Tuesday reported 3,479 fresh COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths due to the viral disease, according to health department data. Jaipur reported 1,140 fresh cases, Jodhpur 300, Udaipur 221, Ganganagar 174, Alwar 120, Kota 119 and Bhilwara 112, the data showed. Of the latest deaths, four were reported from Jaipur; two each from Bikaner and Jodhpur; and one each from Ajmer, Alwar, Baran, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Kota, Sikar and Sirohi.

  • 8:44 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    COVID-19 restrictions to be eased in Kerala

    The Kerala government on Tuesday decided to ease COVID-19 restrictions and asked schools and colleges in the state to prepare for functioning in a full-fledged manner from the end of February. The COVID-19 evaluation meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has instructed the schools to get ready by this month's end.


  • 8:01 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Meghalaya logs 158 new COVID cases, 4 more fatalities

    Meghalaya on Tuesday recorded 158 new COVID-19 cases, 86 more than the previous day, with the tally mounting to 92,521, a health department official said. The death toll rose to 1,552 as four more people succumbed to the disease, he said. Of the fresh cases, 52 were reported from East Khasi Hills, 35 from West Garo Hills, 21 from West Jaintia Hills and 17 from Ri Bhoi. The remaining infections were registered in eight other districts.

  • 8:01 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    COVID-19: 4,452 new cases in Karnataka, 51 deaths

    Karnataka on Tuesday reported 4,452 new cases and 51 fatalities, taking the tally to 39,06,761 and toll to 39,447. There were 19,067 discharges today, pushing the total number of recoveries to 37,94,866, a health bulletin said. Of the new cases, 2,139 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 8,604 people being discharged and 17 virus-related deaths. The total number of active cases across the state is now 72,414.

  • 7:14 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Census 2021 postponed due to Covid 19: Nityanand Rai

    Due to the outbreak of Covid19, the conduct of Census 2021 & related field activities have been postponed until further orders. Till now, the Govt has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian citizens at the National level, said MoS Home Nityanand Rai in Parliament. 4,844 people have been granted Indian citizenship during the last five years, he said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.


  • 6:44 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    5.33 lakh deaths from COVID-19 pandemic so far: Mandaviya

    Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said there has been 5.33 lakh deaths so far from the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. He also informed that insurance claims worth Rs 808 crore have been paid under the 'Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package' (PMGKP) insurance scheme, launched on March 30, 2020, to families of 1,616 healthcare workers who died while being involved in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Replying to a supplementary question asked by Congress MP K C Venugopal related to Covid deaths in Rajya Sabha, Mandaviya said health is a state subject and the related data is collected by the states and then reported to the central government.

  • 6:43 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Over 28 lakh covid vaccine doses have been administrated to pregnant women till Feb 2: Govt

    As per the information on Co-WIN, 28,22,459 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to pregnant women till February 2, Rajya Sabha was informed Tuesday. Out of 28,22,459 vaccine doses, 16,53,768 beneficiaries have received first dose and 11,68,691 women have received both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written reply.

  • 5:10 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Omicron is dominant COVID-19 variant in country: Govt

    Omicron variant is the dominant variant in the country presently and the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country is showing a sustained declining trend since January 21, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

    With the reporting of Omicron, a highly mutated variant of SARSCoV-2 virus and its classification as a Variant of Concern (VoC) by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Union Ministry of Health revised its 'Guidelines for international arrivals', Mandaviya said in a written reply.

  • 4:27 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    COVID: Curbs eased in Lakshadweep islands

    With COVID-19 cases declining, the Lakshadweep administration has decided to ease some restrictions imposed in the islands. The administration said no COVID-19 test result was now required for inter-island travel for those who have taken both vaccine doses 14 days prior to movement. Inter-island travel was hitherto restricted to those carrying RT-PCR/True Nat negative certificates from the health department.

  • 4:20 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    3rd wave of COVID-19 appears to have ended in Telangana: Health official

    The third wave of COVID-19 triggered by the Omicron variant appears to have come to an end in Telangana, a senior health official said on Tuesday, even as he stressed on COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination. "In the third wave, cases started rising from December 28, 2021. We have seen the peak on January 28. We are witnessing a decline in number of cases since then," state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao told reporters

  • 3:07 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Vaccine protection better maintained against severe COVID-19: Lancet study

    The vaccine-induced protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection wanes within a few months, but protection against severe COVID-19 appears to be better maintained, according to a study published in The Lancet journal. Researchers noted that the protection wanes at different speeds depending on the type of vaccine used. "The bad news is that the protection against infection seems to be diminished by seven months after the second dose of vaccine," said Peter Nordstrom, a professor at Umea University in Sweden.

  • 3:06 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

    Odisha logs 21 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,503 new infections

    Odisha recorded 21 more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, including a three-month-old infant, pushing the toll to 8,775, the health department said. The caseload rose to 12,69,811 with 1,503 fresh infections, it said. The state had logged 1,497 new cases and 22 deaths on Monday.

  • 1:57 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Russia's daily Covid-19 cases drop for 1st time in nearly one month

    Russia registered 171,905 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, fewer cases for the first time since January 10, taking the national tally to 12,982,023, the official monitoring and response center said.

    The nationwide death toll grew by 609, the lowest increase since June 27, 2021, to 336,023, and the number of recoveries increased by 55,683 to 10,624,954 on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

    Moscow, Russia's worst-hit region, reported 15,442 new cases, taking its total to 2,511,333.

  • 1:56 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Global Covid caseload tops 397 mn

    The global coronavirus caseload has topped 397 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.74 million and vaccinations to over 10.07 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and the death toll stood at 397,053,590 and 5,749,136, respectively, while the total number of vaccine doses administered has increased to 10,071,840,408.

  • 1:55 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Bell at Washington National Cathedral tolls for 905k Covid victims

    The Washington National Cathedral paid tribute to the over 905,000 lives claimed by the Covid-19 pandemic in the US.

    On Monday evening, the funeral bell at the cathedral tolled 900 times, once for every 1,000 people who had died since the pandemic started in early 2020, reports Xinhua news agency.

    The mourning, also livestreamed on social media, took nearly 90 minutes.

  • 1:54 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Greece invalidates 324,000 Covid vax certificates

    The Covid-19 vaccination certificates of 324,000 people in Greece who did not take their booster shots have became invalid, the government announced.

    According to current regulations in Greece, the vaccination certificates are valid for seven months from the day of the second vaccination for those who received the double-dose vaccines, and three months for those with single-shot vaccines, reports Xinhua news agency.

    Booster shots may be administered three months after a completed vaccination.

  • 1:16 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Mumbai will be unlocked by the end of this month

    There is good news for Mumbaikars. Mumbai will be unlocked by the end of this month. We have made up our minds, but it is essential for the people to wear masks and observe social distancing: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar

  • 12:53 PM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Wockhardt gets CDSCO approval to export Russian COVID vaccine Sputnik

    Homegrown pharmaceutical firm Wockhardt on Tuesday said it has received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to export up to 10 crore doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik. The approval is for the export of up to 8 crore doses of Sputnik Light and up to 2 crore doses of Sputnik V Component I vaccines, Wockhardt Ltd said in a regulatory filing.

    The company's bulk vaccine and fill-finish manufacturing facilities at Waluj and Shendra, Aurangabad, were "jointly inspected and approved by Drug inspectors from CDSCO (West zone) and Aurangabad State FDA and expert from CDL (Central Drugs Laboratory) Kasauli" to receive the export NOC (no objection certificate), it added.

  • 11:56 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Covid-associated strokes link to higher disability, death risk

    Among the many hard lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic is that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid infections, can affect every organ system in the body, including the brain.

    Approximately one third of all patients with Covid may develop neurological complications from infection, and many patients present to hospitals with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) or "brain attack", caused by the sudden blockage of blood flow to or within the brain.

    Clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and 29 other stroke centres across the US and Canada report that patients with Covid-19 who experience AIS appear to be at higher risk for severe disability and death compared with stroke patients treated in the pre-Covid era.

  • 11:54 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Arunachal reports 139 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

    Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday reported 139 new COVID-19 cases, taking its tally to 63,619, a senior health official said.
    The toll rose to 292 after a 65-year-old woman from the Capital Complex Region died due to acute respiratory distress syndrome with COVID pneumonia, he said.

    Capital Complex Region reported 22 of the new cases, followed by Lower Subansiri (21), Lohit (19), Namsai (13) and Tawang (12), the official said.

    Among the new patients, 78 have Covid symptoms, the official said.

  • 9:56 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    India's COVID-19 tally today

    India reports 67,597 fresh COVID cases, 1,80,456 recoveries and 1,188 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

    Active cases: 9,94,891 (2.35%)
    Death toll: 5,02,874
    Daily positivity rate: 5.02%

    Total vaccination: 1,70,21,72,615

  • 7:08 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Delhi: Night curfew remains in place from 11 pm-5 am

  • 7:03 AM (IST) Posted by Vani Mehrotra

    Mizoram reports 2239 recoveries