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Omicron Updates: Ensure adequate stock of drugs used for clinical treatment of Covid, Centre tells states

The new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 09, 2021 23:08 IST

Reviewing the public health preparedness for the Omicron variant and the progress of vaccination via video conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged the health Secretaries and NHM MDs of states and UTs to ensure that all health facilities have functional ventilators, PSA plants and oxygen concentrators. Meanwhile, UK announced tougher measures such as work from home where possible, expanded face mask rules and use of COVID-19 vaccination certificates for entry to venues, as another 131 cases of the new Omicron variant were recorded, taking the total to 568. The new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.

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    Mumbai COVID-19 genome sequencing: Only 2 of 211 samples show Omicron presence

    The Mumbai civic body on Thursday said the genome sequencing of 211 COVID-19 samples showed that two of them had the newer Omicron variant, while some 89 per cent had the Delta derivative and 11 per cent the Delta variant. This was the fifth batch of samples sent for genome sequencing, and none of the patients from whom the samples were collected was deceased, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation release said.

    The overall results of the test make it clear the COVID-19 outbreak in Mumbai is completely under control as a result of vaccination, but, in the light of warnings by experts on the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, people must ensure they adhere to pandemic protocols like wearing masks, following hand hygiene and maintaining social distancing, the release said.

  • 5:13 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    China grants emergency approval for its first Covid drug

    China's drug authority has granted emergency approval for the country's first specialised treatment against Covid-19, found in clinical trials to significantly reduce hospitalisations and deaths among high-risk patients. 

    The move comes as regulators around the world give the green light to treatments -- particularly for high-risk groups -- amid worries over the new Omicron variant.

     

  • 5:12 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    Moscow ranked first among European cities in the ranking of innovations against Covid-19

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  • 4:44 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    Hospital in Houston reports 8 cases of Covid variant Omicron

    A prominent hospital in the US state of Texas has confirmed that they have identified eight cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
    Medical Director of Diagnostic Microbiology at the Houston Methodist Hospital, Scott Wesley Long, tweeted to say that the samples detected on Wednesday were collected earlier this month. “We remain in hyper-vigilant mode,” he said. “Our outstanding team is sequencing samples as rapidly as possible to uncover additional Omicron cases.”

    According to a Houston Methodist press release, the COVID-19 genome sequencing surveillance project used by the hospital to track the virus showed the Delta variant to be the dominant mutation in Houston at 100 percent until Wednesday’s announcement. "We’re in a race against the variants," said Long. 

    "To stop the COVID-19 virus dead in its tracks, we can’t stress enough how critically important it is for everyone in the community to get completely vaccinated as soon as possible. Remember, this includes boosters or a third shot if you are eligible. Continue to take extra precautions in the meantime, such as wearing masks, socially distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and if you feel sick, self-isolating until you can be tested for COVID-19."

  • 3:57 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    Natural infection and vaccination provide maximum protection against Covid variants, suggests study

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  • 3:56 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    Pakistan reports first suspected case of Omicron variant

    Pakistan has reported its first suspected case of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron in a woman in Karachi, Sindh province Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho said on Thursday. She said that a genomic study was being carried out for confirmation. 

    "Although the genomic study of the coronavirus patient's sample has not been completed but the way the virus is behaving, it seems like it is Omicron,” she told the media. She said the patient was 57 years old but local news channels have reported that the woman who had gone to a private hospital for treatment was around 65 with no history of travelling. According to health officials, the patient is not showing any symptoms of the virus and has been sent home to be isolated.

  • 3:18 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

    Center reviews public health response to COVID-19 in light of emergence of Omicron and progress of vaccination with states

  • 2:32 PM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

    Pfizer says COVID booster offers protection against omicron variant

    Pfizer said Wednesday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine may offer important protection against the new omicron variant even though the initial two doses appear significantly less effective. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said that while two doses may not be protective enough to prevent infection, lab tests showed a booster increased by 25-fold people's levels of virus-fighting antibodies against the omicron variant.

  • 2:19 PM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

    25 RAS officers transferred in Rajasthan

    In an administrative reshuffle, 25 Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) officers have been transferred. The department of personnel issued the transfer order late Wednesday night.

    Five officers –Laxmikant Balot, Mahendra Kumar Sharma, Ashok Kumar, Sanjay Sharma and Rakesh Kumar---have been given a new posting as special assistant to ministers while Matadeen Sharma was made the new excise officer in Jaipur. 

  • 2:07 PM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

    Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai after Cabinet meeting on Omicron

  • 8:57 AM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

    No need to panic, severity of Omicron is low: Maharashtra Health Minister

     Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday said people do not need to panic about Omicron as the severity of the coronavirus variant is low.

    "There is a total of 10 Omicron cases in Maharashtra till today. About 65 swabs have been sent for genome sequencing, their reports are awaited. Screenings are being conducted at International airports. The Omicron variant is spread over 54 countries so far. Transmissibility is higher. But, the severity or virulence is low. So we do not need to panic.," Tope said.

  • 8:39 AM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

    No cases of Omicron variant in Andhra Pradesh: Health Official

    In view of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, Andhra Pradesh government hospitals are preparing to combat this new variant as per the instructions of the district collector and government, said Dr Y Kiran Kumar, Superintendent at Government General Hospital, Vijayawada.

    Speaking to ANI, Kumar said, "As of now, there is no case of Omicron variant in Andhra Pradesh. But still, the state is preparing to combat the new variant as per the instructions of the district collector and government."

    "As a precautionary measure, we have reserved 300 beds to handle COVID cases. I appeal to all to follow the COVID appropriate behaviour," Kumar added.

  • 8:33 AM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

    Maharashtra first Omicron case patient discharged from hospital after testing negative

    Maharashtra's first patient of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, who resides in Thane district, was on Wednesday discharged from a hospital after testing negative for the infection, a civic official said.

    The patient, a 33-year-old marine engineer from Kalyan Dombivli municipal area, had arrived at the Delhi airport from South Africa via Dubai in the last week of November.

  • 8:30 AM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

    No case of Omicron variant in Punjab, precautionary measures are being taken: State Health Minister

    With the emergence of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, all the precautionary measures are being taken by the Punjab government in the state, said Punjab Health Minister Om Prakash Soni.

    "There is no case of Omicron variant in the state. As per guidelines, testing is done at airports. All precautions are being taken by the state government," Om Prakash Soni said.

    The minister further informed that the health officials are doing door to door COVID vaccination in the less vaccinated areas.