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Omicron variant: New Covid cases decreasing in Bihar for 4 days

India reported a total of 9,692 Omicron cases on January 21. There was also an increase of 4.36% cases since Jan 20 (Thursday) so far.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: January 21, 2022 23:35 IST
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A medic attends to a patient at the Covid Care Centre of Commonwealth Games village, in New Delhi, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. 

Omicron variant LIVE Updates: Himachal Pradesh reported eight more cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus Thursday, taking the total number to 15, a senior health official said on Thursday. He said initially, the Omicron variant was reported only from international arrivals, but now it is being recorded among the community also. A total of 156 samples of the patients found COVID positive from December 15 to December 31 were sent for whole genome sequencing (WGS) to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Delhi, he added. Of the 156 samples, 43 reports were received on Thursday confirming mutations in 29 samples, he added. Of the 29 mutations, eight WGS samples have been found positive for the Omicron variant and 21 for the delta variant, he added. The eight new Omicron cases include five from Kullu and one each from Shimla, Solan and Chamba respectively, he said, adding none of them has any ravel history to a foreign country. Of the seven cases reported previously, one was reported from a cluster in Sirmaur district recently, while six had international travel history, he added. Of the six international passengers, three are from Mandi, two from Una and one from Kullu. One of the six cases was reported on December 26, while the rest five on January 17, he added. Meanwhile, India reported a total of 9,692 Omicron cases on January 21. There was also an increase of 4.36% cases since January 20 (Thursday) so far. 



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  • 8:57 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 5:02 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 4:41 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 4:41 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 11:50 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 11:49 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 10:05 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 9:37 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 9:03 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Uttar Pradesh crosses 24 crore vaccination-mark

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  • 8:52 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Global Covid caseload tops 340.4 milion

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  • 7:54 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

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  • 7:41 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    South Korea reports 6,769 new Covid cases amid omicron woes

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  • 7:18 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 7:06 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    As COVID cases surge in J&K, chief secy directs employees to work from home

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  • 7:01 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Indonesia reports 2,116 new Covid cases, 7 more deaths

    Indonesia has confirmed 2,116 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day rise since August 7 last year, amid the spread of the Omicron variant in the archipelago. The increase of infections has brought the total tally in the country to 4,277,644, Xinhua news agency reported, citing country's Health Ministry. In the past 24 hours, the death toll from Covid-19 in the country rose by seven to 144,199, while 577 more people recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,121,117. As the Indonesian government is accelerating its national vaccination programs to curb the spread of the virus, the country has administered over 302.88 million doses, more than 179.15 million people have received their first dose of vaccines, while over 122.37 million have taken the second dose. Indonesia started mass Covid-19 vaccinations in January last year.


  • 7:00 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    German Covid infections hit record high amid Omicron wave

    Germany's seven-day Covid-19 incidence rate exceeded 600 for the first time as 638.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases has said. Due to the more contagious Omicron variant that is spreading across Europe, daily infections in Germany also climbed to a new record as 133,536 cases were registered within 24 hours, around 52,000 more than a week ago, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the RKI. Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach warned that the peak of the Omicron wave in Germany was not reached yet. "The wave will roughly peak in mid-February," Lauterbach told broadcaster ZDF on Wednesday, expecting "several 100,000 cases per day."

  • 6:56 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Himachal Pradesh reports 8 more cases

    Himachal Pradesh reported eight more cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus Thursday, taking the total number to 15, a senior health official said on Thursday. He said initially, the Omicron variant was reported only from international arrivals, but now it is being recorded among the community also. A total of 156 samples of the patients found COVID positive from December 15 to December 31 were sent for whole genome sequencing (WGS) to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Delhi, he added. Of the 156 samples, 43 reports were received on Thursday confirming mutations in 29 samples, he added. Of the 29 mutations, eight WGS samples have been found positive for the Omicron variant and 21 for the delta variant, he added.