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Coronavirus Vaccine Registration, Coronavirus Omicron Variant Cases in India Live Updates: Uttar Pradesh polls to be postponed due to Omicron wave? This is what CEC says

Covid-19 India Live News, New Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus Vaccine Statistics and Registration Latest Update Live, December 24 Live News: The Omicron wave is showing its early contours as India saw a sharp single-day increase in the fresh infections related to the variant first detected in South Africa. The official data says that India has 358 confirmed Omicron cases as of Friday morning. Tamil Nadu topped the national tally for daily Omicron cases. However, Maharashtra is still the worst-affected state. Latest reports say that the Uddhav Thackeray government is set to announce new measures to contain the spread of the virus sometime later in the day. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a key meet on Thursday. The PM has asked the state officials to remain vigilant. Madhya Pradesh has become the first state to announce night curfew. In South, Karnataka has reported first Omicron cluster due to a flyer who arrived in state capital Bengaluru recently.

While numerous studies have shown that the Omicron wave of infections is likely to be milder in comparison to the Delta variant. However, health experts say that this should not result in any sort of laxity on part of either general public of local officials.

Add to this is the question of booster jabs. While 60 per cent of the total population in India is fully vaccinated, there is still a larger pool of unvaccinated people. Also, the six month period has lapsed, which means that many of those who got their first dose at the start of the vaccination programme are vulnerable to coronavirus infection.

Plus lack of enough genome sequencing infrastructure in India means that we won’t know the true extent of the spread of the Omicron variant.

Watch this space for more updates on Omicron cases, fresh curbs from India and around the globe:

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3:15 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in biblical Bethlehem

The biblical town of Bethlehem is gearing up for its second straight Christmas Eve hit by the coronavirus — with small crowds and gray, gloomy weather dampening celebrations Friday in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. A ban on nearly all incoming air traffic by Israel — the main entry point for foreign visitors heading to the occupied West Bank — kept international tourists away for a second consecutive year. The ban is meant to slow the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant, which has shaken Christmas celebrations around the world. Instead, local authorities were counting on the Holy Land’s small Christian community to lift spirits. – AP

2:58 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Puducherry adds 20 fresh COVID-19 cases; no fatalities for 5th straight day

The union territory of Puducherry clocked 20 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours as the overall tally to 1,29, 394, a senior official of the Department of Health said on Friday. The union territory did not record any fresh fatality for the fifth straight day, Director of Health G Sriramulu said in a release here. The fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 2,466 samples were spread over Puducherry (11), Karaikal (8) and Mahe (one). Yanam region, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, did not report any fresh case, the Director said. The number of active cases stood at 154 which included 33 patients in hospitals and the remaining 121 in home isolation. Sriramulu said no fresh fatality was reported from any of the four regions of Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam and the death toll remained at 1,880. – PTI

2:32 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Elephant Santas pass out face masks, hand gel in Thai school tradition

Elephants in Thailand wearing Santa hats and surgical masks passed out hand gel, face masks and balloons to students at a school’s annual Christmas party, a COVID-era twist on a 15-year tradition in the Buddhist majority country.”I’m so excited because an event like this only happens once a year and I think my school is the only place with elephant Santas,” said elementary school student, Beyapha Mhonsuwan.The celebration at the Jirasartwitthaya school in Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, has run for more than 15 years and was especially important the last two years amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its virtual learning and lockdowns. Reuters

2:10 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: COVID-19 spike worsens Africa’s severe poverty, hunger woes

Outside a foreign currency exchange in Zimbabwe’s capital, hordes of people desperate for US dollars are pushed up against each other. ‘That’s it, keep it tight,’ some shout, trying to prevent others from jumping the line to buy the money that could get them a discount on goods pegged to a quickly devaluing local currency. Nearly two years into a global pandemic, a new spike in coronavirus cases driven by the omicron variant is once again shuttering businesses, halting travel, reviving fears of overwhelmed hospitals and upending travel and holiday plans in countries around the world. But in Zimbabwe and other African nations, the virus’s resurgence is threatening the very survival of millions of people who have already been driven to the edge by a pandemic that has devastated their economies. – AP

2:08 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: BTS member Suga tests positive for coronavirus

K-pop band BTS member Suga has tested positive for coronavirus. The news was shared by their management company Big Hit Entertainment in a statement on Friday. The company said 28-year-old Suga tested positive for COVID-19 during his self-quarantine after taking the PCR test upon his return to South Korea on Thursday. “Suga completed his second round of the COVID-19 vaccination in late August and is not presenting any symptoms as of today. He is currently administering self-care at home per the guidelines of the healthcare authorities,” the statement read. “Suga, who has had a number of personal engagements in the US during BTS’ official time off, had tested negative for the PCR test taken before travelling to the US, and began his self-quarantine after taking the PCR test upon his return to Korea,” it added. – PTI

1:24 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: What happens to UP polls?

Next week we’ll go to UP and review the situation there and then take an appropriate decision: CEC Sushil Chandra on Allahabad High Court requesting Election Commission of India to immediately ban election rallies & postpone the Assembly polls – ANI

12:58 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Two more Omicron cases in Andhra, tally rises to 4

Andhra Pradesh on Friday reported two more positive case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 taking the tally of the new strain to four. The two new cases were reported from Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, an official said, adding both persons arrived from foreign countries. A 39-year old woman who recently arrived from Kuwait, tested positive for the Omicron variant, East Godavari District Medical and Health Officer K V S Gowriswara Rao said. The woman who landed at Vijayawada on December 19 tested positive for COVID-19 and her samples were sent to CCMB Hyderabad for genome sequencing and the result was declared as Omicron positive on December 23, the official said. “She is presently in home isolation and doing well. Her primary contacts tested negative,” the DMHO told PTI.

12:45 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Omicron can evade protection offered by Covid vaccines, antibody therapies: Study

Omicron can evade the immune protection conferred by COVID-19 vaccines and natural infection, according to a peer-reviewed study which also suggests that the new variant of coronavirus is completely resistant to antibody therapies in use today. The study, published in the journal Nature on Thursday, also highlights the need for new vaccines and treatments that anticipate how the SARS-CoV-2 virus may soon evolve. The researchers from Columbia University in the US and the University of Hong Kong noted that a striking feature of Omicron is the alarming number of changes in the variant’s spike protein that could pose a threat to the effectiveness of current vaccines and therapeutic antibodies. – PTI

12:44 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: US waives in-person interviews for range of visas, including H-1B, for 2022: State Dept

Amid growing concerns of surging COVID-19 cases, the US has announced that it will waive the in-person interview requirement for a range of visa applicants during the entire year in 2022, including for H-1B workers and students, many of whom are from India. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. – PTI

12:37 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: NFL doc says asymptomatic people aren’t spreading COVID

The NFL’s chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, said Thursday that the league’s amended COVID-19 protocols were based on findings that show asymptomatic people are not spreading the virus.Speaking in an interview with NFL Network, Sills said the league had reason to believe that it is wise to halt weekly testing of vaccinated players and instead target those who voluntarily report symptoms.”We’ve really not seen this phenomenon that people have discussed, which is asymptomatic people in the facility spreading the virus to others,” Sills said. “As we’ve gone back and looked throughout the entire season, what we’ve seen consistently is that when people have symptoms, that’s when they seem to be contagious to others. And that’s why we’re asking people to come forward and acknowledge symptoms because that’s the point at which they’re vulnerable and the point at which they expose themselves to others.”Sills went on to say the data’s findings held “particularly true” with regards to the Omicron variant. – Reuters

12:18 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Vietnam aims to vaccinate adult population with booster by end-March

Vietnam aims to vaccinate all of its adult population with a coronavirus booster shot by the end of the first quarter of next year, the health ministry said on Friday.The Southeast Asian country has seen a surge in daily infections since it lifted most of its movement restrictions in October, but has not reported any cases of the Omicron variant.”The COVID-19 situation has been evolving in a complicated manner recently, with a rising trend in new infections,” the ministry said in a statement.The country reported 16,377 infections on Thursday, raising its overall caseload to 1.6 million, with 30,500 deaths.More than 62% of its population of 98 million have received at least two vaccine shots. Reuters

11:46 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Man Utd need to make sure players are vaccinated-Rangnick

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick said the club had to ensure its players were vaccinated following a COVID-19 outbreak that led to the postponement of their last two Premier League games.”At the club … we have to encourage players to behave in a disciplined way with regards to contact, we also need to make sure we have most of the players vaccinated,” Rangnick told reporters.”As far as I’m aware, we have a high record of vaccinated players here in our club.”United last played in a 1-0 win over Norwich City on Dec. 11 and their fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford could not go ahead after a string of COVID-19 cases left them with just 11 fit players, three of which were goalkeepers. – Reuters

11:33 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Night curfew in Uttar Pradesh

UP Govt: Night curfew to be put in place from December 25 from 11 pm-5am . Not more than 200 people allowed in weddings – ANI

11:18 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Australia shortens booster wait as Omicron explosion turns holidays into chaos

Australia on Friday narrowed the wait time for people to receive COVID-19 booster shots as another record jump in daily infections resulted in cancelled flights and sent Christmas travel plans into disarray.From Jan. 4, the country would offer booster shots to every person aged over 18 who had their second shot four months earlier and the interval would be again reduced to three months by the end of the month, said federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.”These dates have been set out of an abundance of caution to give Australians early continued protection,” Hunt told reporters in Canberra.Most states had been pressing the federal government to make more people eligible for boosters to stem the tide of Omicron cases, which reached 9,100 on Friday, up from the previous day’s record of 8,200. – Reuters

11:13 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Thane district’s COVID-19 count rises by 153, death toll by two

With the addition of 153 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,71,669, an official said on Friday. These cases were reported on Thursday, he said. With the virus claiming the lives of two persons during the day, the death toll in the district rose to 11,603. Thane’s COVID-19 mortality rate is 2.03 per cent, he added. In neighbouring Palghar district, the caseload has gone up to 1,39,080, while the death toll is 3,308 another official said. PTI

10:08 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Four new cases take COVID tally of Andamans to 7,708

Amid rising Omicron cases in the country, four more persons with travel history have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Island, taking the tally in the Union Territory to 7,708, a health department official said on Friday. All the four new patients were dete – PTIcted after they arrived at the airport here, he said. India has recorded 236 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus across 16 states and UTs so far and out of which 104 people have recovered or migrated, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. One more person was cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in the archipelago to 7,573, the official said.- PTI

9:59 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: India reports 6,650 new COVID19 cases, 358 Omicron cases

India reports 6,650 new COVID19 cases, 7,051 recoveries, and 374 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Active cases: 77,516

Total recoveries: 3,42,15,977

Death toll: 4,79,133

Total number of Omicron cases 358

Total Vaccination: 1,40,31,63,063 – ANI

9:50 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Germany adds US, Spain, to ‘high-risk’ areas

Germany is adding the United States, Spain and Portugal to its list of ‘high-risk areas’ but removing neighbouring Austria. Travellers arriving from ‘high-risk areas’ the lower of two risk categories, must self-isolate for 10 days unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. That period can be cut to five days with a negative test. Germany’s disease control center said Thursday that the change of status will take effect on Saturday. Along with the U.S., Spain and Portugal, Finland, Monaco and Cyprus are being added to the list. Belize, Bosnia, Malaysia and Serbia are also being removed. – AP

9:49 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: New Year’s Eve in Times Square still on, with smaller crowd

Next week’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will still go on, just not with as many revelers as usual because of COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. Viewing areas that normally accommodate about 58,000 people will be limited to about 15,000 to allow for more distancing, and everyone in attendance must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. The changes were made as the Big Apple grapples with a spike in virus cases, fueled by the rapid spread of the omicron variant. On Tuesday, the city set a one-day record with 17,200 new cases. The surge has led to the cancellation of concerts, sporting events and Broadway shows, but de Blasio has shown a strong preference for having the annual Times Square ball drop go on as planned. – AP

9:46 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Allahabad HC urges Centre to stop political rallies in election-bound states amid Omicron scare

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday urged the central government to stop political rallies from being held in election-bound states amid rising cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. A Bench of Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav, while allowing the bail application of a petitioner in a case, said the number of patients infected with Omicron are increasing and there is a possibility of a third wave. The court said countries like China, Netherlands, and Germany have imposed complete or partial lockdowns due to the rising cases. During the second wave, the country saw lakhs of people getting infected by coronavirus and many people had died contracting the disease, the HC said. The gram panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal Assembly polls also contributed to a rise in infections that led to many deaths due to COVID-19, it stated. –PTI

9:46 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Huge price reduction for Covid tests in S Africa after Competition Commission’s intervention

After intervention of the Competition Commission, three largest private pathology companies in South Africa have agreed to reduce the price of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests to no more than 150 rands. The new price is less than half of the previous charge of between 320 and 350 rand per test. “This is yet another major victory for South Africans, particularly the vulnerable groups during the time of a devastating and resilient pandemic,” Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele said. “The reduction of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests’ prices will help alleviate the plight of consumers and widen accessibility and affordability of rapid antigen testing which is a critical part of the initiatives to avoid escalation of the pandemic,” Bonakele added. PTI

9:45 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Ecuador: coronavirus vaccination mandatory for most citizens

Ecuador said on Thursday that vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory for most citizens. Only Ecuadorians with a medical condition that could be complicated by vaccination will be exempt from the new rule, the government said in a statement. Those people must have documentation to prove it, according to the statement. The government said it was implementing the requirement because of an increase in coronavirus infections and the circulation of new variants such as omicron. Ecuador has enough vaccines to “immunize the entire population”, the government said. This week, Ecuador’s Special Operations Committee, which runs health policies to combat the pandemic, said vaccination certificates must be shown in order to access places such as restaurants, cinemas and other public areas. – AP

9:14 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Italy tightens rules on unvaccinated, New Year”s festivities

Italy on Thursday again tightened COVID-19 restrictions, focusing on the unvaccinated and on New Year’s Eve celebrations as the new omicron variant pushed recorded infections to the country’s highest one-day total ever. Under the new rules, people who have not been vaccinated will be barred from entering museums, exhibitions, amusement parks, bingo parlours and betting halls – places that until now they could access with a negative test. Already forbidden seating in restaurants, their dining options have now been completely shut down as they can no longer be served standing at a bar. “It is important that we present a series of measures to respond to the growth of cases that we see in the last days, due to the arrival in our country in a significant way of the omicron variant,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza told a press conference. – AP

9:14 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: Florida judge latest to block Biden contractor vaccine rule

A federal judge in Florida on Wednesday blocked President Joe Biden’s requirement for federal contractors to receive coronavirus vaccines, adding to a series of legal setbacks for the mandate. US District Judge Steven Merryday wrote that Florida’s lawsuit against the rule demonstrated a “substantial likelihood” that the White House did not have authority to set the requirement. The preliminary injunction in Florida comes after a federal judge in Georgia this month had already blocked enforcement of the rule nationwide. Judges in Missouri and Kentucky have issued similar rulings. The decision marks the one of the latest victories for Republican-led states challenging Biden’s vaccine mandates, which the White House argues are necessary to protect Americans during the pandemic. – AP

9:13 (IST) 24 Dec 2021

Coronavirus Omicron Live Tracker: US sets shorter COVID-19 isolation rules for health workers

Worried that a new COVID-19 wave could overwhelm understaffed US hospitals, federal officials on Thursday loosened rules that call on health care workers to stay out of work for 10 days if they test positive. Those workers now will be allowed to come back to work after seven days if they test negative and don’t have symptoms. Isolation time can be cut to five days, or even fewer, if there are severe staffing shortages, according to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. “As the health care community prepares for an anticipated surge in patients due to omicron, CDC is updating our recommendations to reflect what we know about infection and exposure in the context of vaccination and booster doses,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. AP

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