Covid-19: Omicron is dominant variant in country, says Mansukh Mandaviya

The Union Health Ministry continues to provide support to states and UTs to enhance preparedness and response capacities against COVID-19. Omicron variant is the dominant variant in the country presently and the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country is showing a sustained declining trend since January 21, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed … Read more

Covid-19: As home isolation cases surge, Mansukh Mandaviya directs states, UTs to bolster teleconsultations

State health ministers who joined the high-level review meeting included Anil Vij from Haryana and Uttarakhand’s Dhan Singh Rawat. In view of a substantial number of COVID-19 patients recuperating in home isolation, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday asked states to focus on expanding the reach of teleconsultation services to provide timely healthcare. He … Read more

Covid-19 third wave update: Omicron in community transmission stage; variant dominant in Delhi, Mumbai, says INSACOG

It has been confirmed that BA.2 lineage, an infectious sub-variant of Omicron, has been detected in a substantial fraction in the country. Covid-19 Omicron variant in community transmission stage: The Omicron variant of coronavirus has become dominant in multiple metros and is in a community transmission, confirms INSACOG. The cases have also been rising exponentially … Read more

‘India witnessing exponential rise in no. of Covid cases; R naught value higher than 2nd wave peak’

Addressing a press conference here, ICMR Director General said the spike in the number of Covid cases is being witnessed in cities and “the Omicron variant is the predominant circulating strain”. India is seeing an exponential rise in the number of coronavirus cases, which is believed to be driven by its Omicron variant, the Centre … Read more

Vaccinated individuals detected with Omicron variant advised home isolation: TN Minister

Subramanian said similar to last year’s initiative by the Government to treat Covid-19 patients using traditional Indian medicines, a Siddha Centre to treat Covid-19 individuals was inaugurated in the city today. Individuals affected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and have received two doses of vaccination are advised to be under home isolation and the … Read more

Vaccination drive: Nearly 40 lakh teens get first Covid jabs amid rising Omicron cases

Bharat Biotech on Monday said they had augmented production and were well prepared to support the inoculation programme. India began administering Covid-19 vaccines to children in the age group of 15-18 years (those born in 2005, 2006 and 2007) on Monday. Till late evening, nearly 40 lakh children received the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine. … Read more

Covid-19: Centre asks 19 states, UTs to ramp up testing to identify cases, restrict spread

A decline of over 50 per cent has been seen in testing in Arunachal Pradesh (68 per cent), Assam (58 per cent) and Nagaland (52 per cent), it noted. The Centre on Thursday urged 19 states and union territories to ramp up Covid testing “in a big way” to identify cases promptly and restrict its … Read more

Covid-19: Infection with Omicron may also protect against Delta variant, suggests South African study

The latest data released by the Union Health Ministry shows India’s overall tally of Omicron cases rose to 781 on Wednesday i.e. December 29, 2021. Omicron: A recent South African study has concluded that an infection with Omicron not just induces an immune response against the new covid variant but also offers protection against the … Read more

Covid-19: Centre rings alarm over breakthrough cases as Omicron evades vaccine-induced immunity — Here’s latest advisory

Dr VK Paul, chief of India’s Covid-19 task force, warned that Omicron had a higher risk of transmission within households when compared against the Delta variant. At least 90% of all patients infected by the highly transmissible Omicron variant were fully vaccinated, a Union Health Ministry analysis of 183 cases showed. Sharing the results, the … Read more

Madhya Pradesh: Night curfew imposed amid Omicron threat

Madhya Pradesh has so far not reported any case of Omicron, classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the WHO. Amid growing concern over the new coronavirus variant Omicron, the Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday imposed a night curfew in the state from 11 pm to 5 am as a precautionary measure and advised people … Read more