Coronavirus updates highlights: Himachal Pradesh to keep eye on tourist inflow in state using drones

Updated on Dec 26, 2022 04:43 AM IST

Coronavirus news updates, December 25, 2022: India has made a negative RT-PCR test mandatory for passengers entering the country from China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea in wake of global infection spike.

Experts have, however, assured that India's situation may not deteriorate like that of China's since the primary variant that's driving the spike in cases in the neighbouring nation is not a novelty here.
Experts have, however, assured that India's situation may not deteriorate like that of China's since the primary variant that's driving the spike in cases in the neighbouring nation is not a novelty here.(PTI)
By, New Delhi

With a global surge in Covid-19 cases in China and several other countries, India has begun to maintain a close watch on its pandemic situation, especially as the Christmas and New Year's holiday season kicks off on Sunday. Though the government - Centre or states - have not imposed any restriction on celebrations during the festive week, it has urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks in crowded places, physical distancing and also getting vaccinated.

India has also started random sampling of 2 per cent international arrivals at all airports in an attempt to check any infection spike in the country. The central government has made negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for individuals coming from five countries, including China and Japan. Furthermore, in a fresh advisory issued to all states and Union territories, the Centre asked to ensure that medical oxygen supply is adequate. A countrywide mock drill at all hospitals and healthcare centres will be conducted on Tuesday (December 27), a move also aimed at bettering Covid-19 preparedness amid a fresh outbreak in China, which is reportedly the worst in three years of the pandemic.

Experts have, however, assured that India's situation may not deteriorate like that of China's since the primary variant that's driving the spike in cases in the neighbouring nation is not a novelty here. The BF.7 variant - sublineage of Omicron BA.5 - was earlier detected in India and four persons were found to be infected with it as well, but they have since recovered.

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  • Dec 25, 2022 10:57 PM IST

    'Safe to wear mask in crowded places': Tamil Nadu health min

    "Wearing a mask, hand hygiene are already covered under COVID-19 protocols. We have not announced any kind of relaxation. All the COVID-19 standard operating procedures still remain. It is safe to wear a mask in crowded places like malls, air conditioned environments," Tamil Nadu health minister told reporters on Sunday.

  • Dec 25, 2022 10:26 PM IST

    Several regions in China face blood shortage amid surge in COVID-19 cases

    China is calling on residents to actively donate blood under strict personal protection guidelines as they face a shortage of blood caused by many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged cold weather, ANI reported.

  • Dec 25, 2022 09:21 PM IST

    Mumbai reports nine new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 50

    Mumbai on Sunday recorded nine new coronavirus positive cases, which pushed the city's infection count to 11,55,093, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said. There are now 50 active cases in the metropolis, PTI reported.

  • Dec 25, 2022 08:18 PM IST

    China health body to stop publishing daily Covid-19 data amid backlash over inaccurate reporting

    China’s National Health Commission will stop publishing daily Covid-19 case numbers, amid questions of its authenticity millions were infected nationwide and the official tally remained strikingly low, Bloomberg reported.

  • Dec 25, 2022 07:36 PM IST

    Himachal to map tourist inflow in state using drones

    The Himachal Pradesh Police will use drones at the entry points including Shimla, Parwanoo and Pandoh for accurate estimation of the number of visitors entering the state.

  • Dec 25, 2022 06:26 PM IST

    Covid positive China-returnee isolated at home in Agra: UP official

    “A 40-year-old man, who returned from China two days back, has tested positive for COVID-19 following which he has been isolated at his home in Agra, Uttar Pradesh,” said the chief medical officer of UP, PTI reported.

  • Dec 25, 2022 06:11 PM IST

    Agra health dept begin screening of foreign tourists at Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Akbar's Tomb

    The health department in Agra begins screening and collecting samples of foreign tourists at Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Akbar's Tomb.

  • Dec 25, 2022 05:26 PM IST

    Covid concerns fail to dampen Christmas spirit

    Hundreds thronged churches across Delhi for Christmas festivities on Sunday after two years of muted celebrations in the shadow of the Covid pandemic amid fresh concerns surrounding Covid-19, PTI reported.

  • Dec 25, 2022 04:33 PM IST

    China-returnee tests positive for Covid-19 in Agra; sample sent for genome sequencing

    A 40-year-old man who returned from China on Friday tests positive for COVID at private lab in Agra on Sunday. He was working in China and came on leave to Agra and is asymptomatic at present and good in health at his house in Shahganj locality in Agra.

  • Dec 25, 2022 04:17 PM IST

    Delhi govt hospitals to be assessed for Covid preparedness starting Monday

    "From Monday onwards, we are going to physically assess the situation at the government hospitals with regard to the availability of beds, oxygen cylinders, ventilators etc. These details will be available on a Delhi government portal for public viewing from Tuesday," another official said to ANI.

  • Dec 25, 2022 03:43 PM IST

    K'taka govt likely to decide on guidelines on Monday

    Amid the Covid-19 scare, the Karnataka government on Monday is likely to decide on the guidelines to be followed ahead of new of celebrations.

  • Dec 25, 2022 03:07 PM IST

    Delhi zoo visitors advised to follow ‘Covid-appropriate behaviour’

    For the people visiting Delhi Zoo, while they may not be asked to wear masks strictly but people visiting such public places are being advised to follow “Covid-appropriate behaviour” as preventative measures.

  • Dec 25, 2022 02:33 PM IST

    Bihar on alert: CM Nitish Kumar on Covid-19 scare

    While talking to the media, Nitish Kumar said, “We are conducting COVID tests and administering vaccines. Every day almost 45,000-50,000 tests are being conducted,” as per ANI. "Bihar is on alert, and patients are being provided treatment. The Centre is also careful. We have to be careful with those coming from outside," he added.

  • Dec 25, 2022 01:44 PM IST

    110 RT-PCR tests at Delhi IGI on day 1 of random sampling

    On the first day of random tests of 2 per cent international arrivals, 110 were tested at Delhi Airport on Saturday, Genestrings Diagnostic Center said. The Center is the official Covid-19 testing facility at IGI.

  • Dec 25, 2022 12:54 PM IST

    ‘Covid is increasing in many countries, need to take precautions’: PM

    In the last episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’ on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Covid-19 cases are increasing rapidly in several countries and in wake of that, Indians need to be alert and take precautions such as wear masks and follow other appropriate behaviour to stay safe.

  • Dec 25, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    At 227, India's daily caseload sees jump for second straight day

    India on Sunday saw yet another spike in daily Covid-19 case count after 227 people were found to be infected with the virus in the past 24 hours, the Union health ministry's 8am bulletin said. With this, the cumulative tally of the country stands at 4,46,77,106. The active caseload stands at 3,424, comprising 0.01 per cent of the total tally, the bulletin added. Sunday's fresh cases were 27 more than Saturday. The marginal increase comes amid a fresh outbreak in neighbouring China and other countries, which has seen India strengthening its surveillance and preparedness to combat any future crisis.

  • Dec 25, 2022 08:32 AM IST

    China's National Health Commission to stop releasing daily Covid data

    China's National Health Commission said on Sunday that it will no longer release daily Covid-19 case figures, Reuters reported citing a statement. “Relevant Covid-19 information will be published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for reference and research,” the NHC statement added.


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Dharmendra Pradhan reviews measures for mental wellness of students in educational institutions

Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:52 AM IST

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday chaired a high-level meeting to review the steps being taken by educational institutions to ensure mental health wellness of students and zero tolerance towards discrimination

Union Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan also directed the ministry to prepare a framework to further safeguard the mental and emotional well-being of students. (ANI)

Centre may overhaul key PMSYM pension scheme

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 02:11 AM IST

The PM Shram Yogi Maandhan (PMSYM), launched in 2019, is a voluntary, contribution based pension scheme to offer assured pension of ₹3,000 a month for informal workers who have no safety nets.

PMSYM is intended for the bulk of the workforce unlikely to have any form of insurance cover.(Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

Coded diary revealed PFI’s terror acts, funding: NIA charge sheet

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 03:52 AM IST

A charge sheet filed by NIA in its larger probe into the activities of the PFI mentions the “recovery of a diary containing coded text in Malayalam on rioting, bomb blasts etc”.

Police attempt to detain PFI and SDPI workers during a protest against NIA raids in Karnataka’s Hubballi on September 22. (PTI)
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In letter to Om Birla, Rahul Gandhi cites 2015 case to give reply in Lok Sabha

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 01:14 AM IST

In his letter, Gandhi said the BJP was throttling the right to speak and said it would be fair if he was given time to speak too.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)
By, New Delhi

Welfare measures in focus as DMK govt presents budget

Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:42 AM IST

The budget pushed the envelope on welfare measures, a hallmark of Dravidian politics, while seeking to improve rather than worsen the state’s public finances.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin with state finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan before the state budget presentation, in Chennai. (PTI)
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Time to look at manufacturing aerospace products in India: Scindia

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 12:41 AM IST

The Union minister said domestic airlines are together projected to have a fleet of around 2,000 aircraft in the next five to seven years. India currently has a fleet of around 700 planes.

The minister said the government has increased air traffic controllers (ATCOs) to around 3,600 personnel, which is set to see an increase of 500 by August this year. (PTI)

Protests over action against Amritpal Singh erupt in 4 countries, India objects

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 03:53 AM IST

In recent weeks, India has registered strong protests with Canada and Australia over activities of pro-Khalistan groups, including the holding of a so-called “Khalistan referendum”.

The Indian flag was later hoisted at the Indian High Commission in London. (PTI)
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‘Averse to sealed cover notes’: CJI to govt over OROP arrears

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 03:52 AM IST

During the proceedings on Monday, the bench returned the confidential documents submitted by the AG but allowed the Centre’s request for additional time to clear OROP arrears.

The Supreme Court. (PTI)

Strongly suspect ISI’s role in Amritpal’s ascent: Punjab Police

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 01:37 AM IST

The crackdown on Amritpal Singh and his supporters began on Saturday when a police cavalcade intercepted his car near Mehatpur town.

CRPF personnel patrol a street during a hunt for Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh, in Jalandhar on Monday. (ANI)
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Bishop’s remarks spark political slugfest in Kerala

Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:36 AM IST

Thalassery (north Kerala) Arch Bishop of Mar Joseph Pamplani had given an open offering on Sunday that if the Union government raises the natural rubber’s price to ₹300 per kilogram believers will help the Bharatiya Janata Party to elect its first MP from the state. It stirred a hornet’s nest after the Congress and CPI(M) joined hands to list out recent attacks on minority institutions and fate meted out to Stan Swamy, an 84-year-old Jesuit priest, who died in judicial custody two years ago.

Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan criticised Congress and CPI(M) leaders for attacking Christian leaders (ANI)
By, Thiruvananthapuram

TDP, YSRCP members come to blows in House

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 12:34 AM IST

Speaker Tammineni Sitaram, who later suspended 11 TDP members for the day, ruled that hereafter any member who would storm the Speaker’s podium and “behave in an unruly manner” would be automatically suspended from the House.

Members of the TDP and the ruling YSRCP came to virtual blows, after the opposition-held protests in the Andhra Pradesh assembly (PTI)
By, Hyderabad

T’gana orders detailed probe into paper leak case

Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:34 AM IST

Speaking to reporters, KTR, as the chief minister’s son is called, said the TSPSC had lodged a complaint with director general of police (DGP) Anjani Kumar to conduct a deep probe into the question paper leakage issue, as one of the accused who was arrested in connection with the incident turned out to be an active Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker.

Telangana government has ordered a detailed police inquiry into the TSPSC exam question paper leak (ANI)
By, Hyderabad

Kerala HC annuls CPI(M) MLA’s election from Devikulam

Updated on Mar 21, 2023 02:30 AM IST

Devikulam is a reserved constituency and the court observed that Raja is a Christian convert from the scheduled tribe community and he is ineligible to contest from the seat.

The petitioner had submitted Raja’s wedding album and other details to buttress his claim.
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Hospital staff held for sexual assault of patient: Police

Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:32 AM IST

Police said the incident occurred on Saturday in the women’s surgical ICU of the hospital. The woman, who was semi-conscious when the incident took place, informed the duty nurse and doctors about this after she regained consciousness, police said, adding that the hospital immediately filed a police complaint.

The Kerala police arrested an employee of the medical college hospital in Kozhikode for alleged sexually assaul of a woman patient (Agencies/Representative use)
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