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5,326 New Covid Cases In India, Nearly 19% Lower Than Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases: India’s total Omicron tally has now hit 165 cases. (File)

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India reported 5,326 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today, taking the total caseload in the country since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,47,52,164.

Today’s daily spike in cases is nearly 19 per cent lower than yesterday’s spike of 6,563 coronavirus cases. India’s active caseload currently stands at 79,097, the lowest in 572 days.

The country also reported 453 new Covid-related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total death count to 4,78,007. The number of fatalities today is significantly up from yesterday’s spike of 132 deaths.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the active cases in the country account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.24 per cent which is the lowest since March last year.

Amid rising concerns surrounding the Omicron variant, India’s total Omicron tally has now hit 165 cases.

Here are the LIVE Updates on Coronavirus cases in India:

Covid News Updates: Global Spread Of Omicron Prompts Renewed Lockdowns, Delayed Reopenings

New Zealand delayed the planned reopening of its international border because of the sweeping spread of Omicron around the world on Tuesday, as several other countries reimposed social distancing measures.

Many nations are on high alert just days ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, as the latest health crisis also takes a toll on financial markets, which fear the impact on the global economic recovery.

Omicron infections are multiplying rapidly across Europe, the United States and Asia, including in Japan where a single cluster at a military base has grown to at least 180 cases.

Coronavirus News Updates: As Omicron Rises, UK PM Holds Off On Tougher Rules Before Christmas

Boris Johnson held off introducing stricter UK coronavirus rules to clamp down on a surging new wave of the virus, but left open the prospect they’ll be needed soon.

“We will not exclude going further if we have to do things to protect the public,” Johnson said in a pooled television interview. For now, “there are still some things that we need to be clearer about before we decide to go further.”

With the government’s scientific advisers urging for new rules sooner rather than later to stave off a surge in hospitalizations, Johnson’s comments leave the U.K. in limbo just 5 days before Christmas as daily Covid cases remain near record levels due to the fast-spreading omicron variant. Earlier on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab refused to rule out a Christmas lockdown.

Just In | Total Omicron cases in India jump to 200, reported across 12 states so far. Of this total, 77 people have recovered.

Coronavirus Live Updates: India Reports 5,326 Covid Cases, 453 Deaths In 24 Hours

India reported 5,326 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today, taking the total caseload in the country since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,47,52,164. India’s active caseload currently stands at 79,097, the lowest in 572 days.

The country also reported 453 new Covid-related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total death count to 4,78,007. The number of fatalities today is up from yesterday’s spike of 132 deaths.

Just In | Total Omicron cases in India rises to 165.

Coronavirus News Updates: Unvaccinated Texas Man Becomes First Omicron Death In US, Says Report
US’ Texas on Monday reported its first death related to the Omicron COVID-19 variant, a man who was unvaccinated, the Harris County health department said.

It is believed to be the first known recorded Omicron death in the United States, ABC News reported. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the issue.

The victim, aged between 50-60 years old, was at higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19 as he was unvaccinated, the health department said in a statement.

Coronavirus Live Updates: 4 more positive Omicron Covid cases in Kerala take case tally to 15
Four more tested positive for Omicron in Kerala on Monday. The total number of Omicron cases in Kerala stands at 15. Of the four new cases, three were foreign returnees (two from UK, one from Nigeria), while one of the infected was a primary contact of a UK returnee.

Covid India News: Gujarat extends night curfew in eight districts till December 31
Gujarat government has extended night curfew till December 31 in eight major cities of the state amid rising COVID-19 variant Omicron cases in the state.

The curfew timing will be 1 am to 5 am, reads the official order.

The eight cities which continue to witness night curfew are Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Junagarh.

Meanwhile, Business can continue their operations till 12 at night.

As per the order, Restaurants can only fill 75 per cent of their sitting capacity in order to maintain social distancing.

The limit of 400 people for a wedding has not been changed in the order.

Omicron Variant News: 73% Of New Covid Cases In US Are Omicron As Strain Now “Dominant”
The fast-spreading Omicron variant is now the dominant strain of Covid-19 in the United States, health authorities reported Monday, as the WHO called for greater efforts to ensure the pandemic ends next year.

The new variant has helped fuel record case surges, forcing a return to harsh restrictions in some countries. But in the United States, President Joe Biden does not plan on “locking the country down,” press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier in the day.

Omicron now accounts for 73.2 percent of new US cases over the past week ending Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. In some regions of the country — the Pacific Northwest, South and parts of the Midwest — it already comprises more than 90 percent of new infections.

Omicron Cases In India: No Evidence On Omicron’s Transmissibility, Severity, Says Centre’s Research Body
There is no clear evidence yet on the transmissibility, immune evasion or severity of Omicron in India, said Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) in its latest bulletin while noting that the variant continues to grow rapidly as a variant of concern globally.

The bulletin, dated December 13 and published on Monday, said public health measures and investigations are being conducted to look into the new variant.

“At this time, there is no clear evidence regarding transmissibility, immune evasion, or severity in India,” INSACOG said.


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