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Omicron Variant LIVE Updates: Kerala schools closed for up to class 9 amid rising Covid cases

Meanwhile, Maharashtra continues to record the maximum Omicron cases followed by Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka, and Kerala. Also, several states have imposed restrictions and night curfew, to curb the spread of the infection.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: January 15, 2022 6:36 IST
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Govt health workers collect swab samples for COVID test of passengers arriving from outstation at Hatia railway station in wake of recent surge in Coronavirus cases in Ranchi. 

 

Omicron Variant LIVE updates: As India reports COVID-19 infection in children like other countries, considering the importance of the topic, an interactive webinar session on 'Managing Children with Covid-19' is being organised by the Union Health Ministry in collaboration with All India institute of medical sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, with regional and state centre of excellence and Indian Medical Association on Thursday. AIIMS, New Delhi, Director Dr Randeep Guleria said, "It is important for us to understand that children are not like adults and we cannot translate what we are doing in adults to children. They need to be treated separately and that is why this webinar that we are having today is very, very important." "There is also been a lot of concern about the severity of illness in children in this current wave with some reports from hospitals in the US claiming that they are seeing an increased number of children being admitted. So I think it is important to clarify, how is the current Omicron behaving as far as children are concerned? The concern has always been there as the younger children are not vaccinated and they are really getting more severe diseases. What is the management for children who are having COVID 19, what can we give, what should we not give and how should we treat these children depending on their age group and their presentation?" The purpose of the webinar was to re-emphasise all the important information and management of paediatric COVID. "Omicron does affect the children but it is a mild disease. So we also need to keep in mind that the fear and the panic which is getting created among the families, we must be able to curtail it," said Dr Prof Ashok Deorari, AIIMS, Delhi. Meanwhile, in India, Maharashtra continues to record the maximum Omicron cases (1,367) followed by Rajasthan- 792, Delhi- 549, Karnataka- 486, and Kerala- 479 on Thursday. Also, several states have imposed restrictions and night curfew, to curb the spread of the infection. 

 

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  • 10:49 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 8:50 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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

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  • 7:02 PM (IST) Posted by Sri Lasya

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  • 5:56 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 5:55 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 5:25 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 4:34 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 3:26 PM (IST) Posted by Poorva Joshi

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  • 2:02 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 1:57 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 1:19 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 12:50 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 12:26 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 12:16 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 11:52 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 11:47 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 11:44 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 11:37 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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  • 10:56 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Africa's 4th Covid wave flattening: WHO

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  • 10:21 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Daily rise in COVID cases highest in 239 days

    India saw a single day jump of 2,64,202 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 239 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,65,82,129 which includes  5,753 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. There has been a 4.83 per cent increase in Omicron cases since Thursday. The  active cases have increased to 12,72,073, the highest in 220 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,85,350 with 315 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The  active cases comprises 3.48 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 95.20 per cent, the ministry said. A total 2,76,110 coronavirus infections were reported in a single day on May 19. An increase of 1,54,542 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of  24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 14.78 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 11.83 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to3,48,24,706, while the case fatality rate  was recorded at 1.33 per cent. The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 155.39 crore. 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 crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

  • 9:57 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    After six-week surge, Africa’s Omicron-driven fourth pandemic wave flattens: WHO

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  • 9:33 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    India logs over 2.64 lakh new cases in last 24 hours; active cases rise to 12.72 lakh

  • 8:36 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Global Covid caseload tops 319.8 million

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  • 8:13 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

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

    COVID: 14,765 new cases, 6 deaths reported in Uttar Pradesh

    Uttar Pradesh reported 14,765 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising the tally of active cases in the state to 71,022 while six more fatalities pushed the death toll to 22,946, an official statement said. While two deaths were reported from Hardoi, one death each was reported from Jaunpur, Kanpur, Lakhimpur Kheri and Pilibhit, it said. In the past 24 hours, a maximum of 2,213 cases were reported from Lucknow, 1,678 from Ghaziabad, 1,626 cases from Gautam Buddh Nagar and 390 from Mathura, it added. In the past 24 hours, 1,062 COVID-19 patients recovered from the infection, taking the number of recoveries to 16,91,288, the statement said.

  • 7:31 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Chile sees over 7,000 daily Covid cases, a 7-month high

    Chile's Health Ministry has said it registered more than 7,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, after detecting 7,291 infections in one day, the highest figure in seven months. The new cases pushed the country's total caseload to 1,849,465, the Ministry added on Thursday. On Thursday, 41 more patients died of causes related to the disease, bringing the pandemic death toll to 39,331, Xinhua news agency reported. The Covid-19 positivity rate for Wednesday was 6.9 per cent nationwide and 7.39 per cent in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, the Ministry said, adding none of Chile's 16 regions had a positivity rate below 2 per cent. Chile averaged 2,500 daily Covid-19 infections in December 2021, but the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in January has pushed the average to 5,000 cases per day. Meanwhile, Chile began applying a second booster dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 in January, aiming to increase the population's protection against Omicron amid the tourism summer season in the southern Hemisphere.

  • 7:15 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Joe Biden to double free COVID tests, add N95s, to fight omicron

    President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with the most protective N95 masks, as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spike in coronavirus cases. Biden also announced that starting next week 1,000 military medical personnel will begin deploying across the country to help overwhelmed medical facilities ease staff shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Many facilities are struggling because their workers are in at-home quarantines due to the virus at the same time as a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases. The new deployments will be on top of other federal medical personnel who have already been sent to states to help with acute shortages. Speaking at the White House Thursday, Biden acknowledged that, “I know we're all frustrated as we enter this new year" as virus cases reach new heights.But he insisted that it remains “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

     

  • 6:58 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Over 5 lakh people watched as ISKCON Bangalore celebrated Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi on Jan 13

    Over 5 lakh people watched as ISKCON Bangalore celebrated Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi on Thursday. Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the temple was closed to the public. The festivities were streamed live on its official website and social media platforms: ISKCON Bangalore.

  • 6:53 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Croatia reports highest-ever weekly coronavirus caseload

    In the previous seven days, Croatia has recorded over 48,600 new Covid-19 cases, the highest weekly caseload since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at a government session. This is double the number two weeks ago, Plenkovic added on Thursday. The country has also reported more than 13,000 Covid-19-related deaths since the pandemic began, Xinhua news agency reported. The Prime Minister urged his compatriots to get vaccinated, emphasising that the authorities have enough vaccine doses for everyone. On Thursday, Croatia reported 9,157 new Covid-19 infections, the second highest caseload since February 25, 2020, when the first Covid-19 case was identified in the country, and 23 coronavirus-related deaths. On Thursday, the cumulative number of confirmed infections stood at 794,190 and the death toll at 13,006 across the country. The low vaccination rate- 56 per cent- has widely been blamed for the high infection rate in the country.

     

  • 6:48 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Omicron mild, does affect children, say AIIMS experts

    AIIMS, New Delhi, Director Dr Randeep Guleria said, "It is important for us to understand that children are not like adults and we cannot translate what we are doing in adults to children. They need to be treated separately and that is why this webinar that we are having today is very, very important." "There is also been a lot of concern about the severity of illness in children in this current wave with some reports from hospitals in the US claiming that they are seeing an increased number of children being admitted. So I think it is important to clarify, how is the current Omicron behaving as far as children are concerned? The concern has always been there as the younger children are not vaccinated and they are really getting more severe diseases. What is the management for children who are having COVID 19, what can we give, what should we not give and how should we treat these children depending on their age group and their presentation?" The purpose of the webinar was to re-emphasise all the important information and management of paediatric COVID. "Omicron does affect the children but it is a mild disease. So we also need to keep in mind that the fear and the panic which is getting created among the families, we must be able to curtail it," said Dr Prof Ashok Deorari, AIIMS, Delhi.  Dr Rakesh Lodha, Head, Professor, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, AIIMS, Delhi, who was the speaker during the webinar, further explained by showing the data about the infection rate in children but more data is still required. "Now what we see is that our children are more frequently affected. I think we need some data and I think that data is likely to be available soon. But apparently, there doesn't seem to be a dramatic increase in the proportion the absolute numbers are likely to go up as the cumulative or the total number of cases increase in the country."

  • 6:45 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    US takes more actions to cope with soaring Covid cases

    The US has taken more actions to contain the new Covid-19 surge, including offering more free test kits and "high quality masks" to Americans. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday his administration would make "high-quality masks" available to Americans for free. He also announced his administration would purchase an additional 500 million Covid-19 tests on top of the 500 million tests he previously announced, Xinhua news agency reported. The new announcements came as the US struggles to address record high daily cases, hospitalisations, testing challenges and messaging frustration. A total of 1,481,375 new cases and 1,904 new deaths were reported on Monday, according to data of Johns Hopkins University. The single-day increase of cases has set a new record around the globe since the onset of the pandemic. The country is now averaging over 760,000 new Covid-19 cases and over 1,600 new deaths each day, up significantly week by week, according to latest CDC data.