As schools in the national capital reopened once again from today for all classes, students seem excited to attend the school while parents expressed fear of air pollution and COVID-19.
There’s no information to suggest that symptoms associated with omicron differ from those caused by other variants, the Geneva-based WHO cautioned Sunday.
The World Health Organisation has dubbed Omicron a variant of concern after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from past infection or vaccination
On Sunday, officials said that 55 people were found to be infected at the old age home. The district administration has already declared Sorgaon village in Bhiwandi Taluka, where the facility is located, as a containment zone.
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Officials said the man’s sample was taken at the Delhi airport and later allowed to board a flight. After arriving in Mumbai, he went home in a cab while his sample tested positive for Covid-19
- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Monday that Japan will reinstate tough border measures and bar all new foreign arrivals over the Omicron Covid variant.
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- It comes as the Southeast Asian nation on Monday launched a three-day vaccination drive targeting nine million people as young as 12 in an effort to accelerate the roll-out of jabs.
“Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of Covid-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement on Sunday.
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Randeep Guleria has said that all vaccines against Covid-19 will have to be reviewed globally since most of them form antibodies against the spike protein and since Omicron has many mutations in the spike protein, it might render many vaccines less effective
The first cases related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Canada, with two such infections identified in Ottawa, the country’s capital.
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- India's active caseload stood at 1,03,859, the highest since March 2020 and accounting for 0.30 per cent of the total cases.
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- Some German politicians insist a COVID-19 vaccine mandate would divide society. Others argue it would be unconstitutional. Ines Eisele believes these are weak arguments and an excuse to do nothing.
Different states in Australia have introduced new travel restrictions in response to the latest Covid-19 variant.
A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain - later identified as Omicron - said on Sunday that its symptoms were so far mild and could be treated at home.
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- The WHO says, “There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants.”
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"The widely-used PCR tests continue to detect infection, including infection with Omicron, as we have seen with other variants," the World Health Organization said in an update on what is known so far about the new variant.
The Omicron variant, first detected in southern Africa, has a higher number of mutations and has been spreading very quickly. The variant has prompted several countries to shut down their borders and renew Covid-19 restrictions.
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During the second Covid-19 wave earlier this year, CNG and electric crematoriums were used. Since then, however, people have returned to traditional wood-based cremations.
It is not confirmed whether the patient was carrying the Omicron variant of coronavirus, which was identified as the variant of concern by the WHO, the official said.
Besides reserving isolation wards and intensive care units for Covid-19 patients, government hospitals in Chandigarh have decided to scale up testing by screening all people visiting the out-patient departments (OPDs) of the hospitals.
The Basvaraj Bommai-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government said that after the recent clusters of Covid-19 in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Dharwad, certain restrictions are being imposed.
Director of public health Dr G Srinivasa Rao said there was no need for the people to panic over the new variant of Sars-Cov-2, as the government machinery was fully prepared to handle the surge in the Covid-19 infections.
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The Pune Jumbo centre at COEP grounds has been shut for patients since July as the number of Covid-19 cases fell, however, the structure has not been dismantled
The rules are meant to contain the spread of Omicron variant, which was dubbed a variant of concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization on Friday after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from a past infection or vaccination.
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The government’s expert panel, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, is likely to meet sometime next week to take up key issues regarding Covid-19 vaccination, including the matter of immunising children against Covid-19 and a policy on administering booster doses
A high alert has been sounded at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, though there are no direct flights from South Africa to Hyderabad.