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COVID Stats - India VIEW FULL COVERAGE
ACTIVE CASES
17,36,628
TOTAL RECOVERED
3,53,94,882
TOTAL DEATHS
4,86,761
OMICRON CASES
8,891
TOTAL VACCINATIONS
1,58,04,41,770
Source: COWIN | MOHFW
Last Updated: 18-01-22, 9:56 AM IST

Covid-19: Is it time to upgrade from cloth and surgical masks to respirators?

It’s hard to show evidence to support respirator use in the community, but lack of randomised controlled trials does not mean they are not effective.
It’s time to rethink and upgrade masks for you and your family.(Pixabay)
It’s time to rethink and upgrade masks for you and your family.(Pixabay)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 09:30 AM IST
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PTI | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal

Coronavirus digest: Fourth booster 'not enough' to fight Omicron, study shows

  • Israeli researchers found that a fourth COVID-19 booster provided "only partial defence" against Omicron. Meanwhile, US drug maker Moderna plans to have a vaccine ready for the variant this spring. Follow DW for more.
Israel's Sheba Medical Centre said it carried out the first study on fourth boosters and the Omicron variant(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Israel's Sheba Medical Centre said it carried out the first study on fourth boosters and the Omicron variant(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 09:04 AM IST
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4th vaccine dose provides limited defence against Omicron, shows Israel study

  • Sheba Hospital last month began administering a fourth vaccine to more than 270 medical workers — 154 who received a Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and 120 others who received Moderna's.
The clinical trial found that both groups showed increases in antibodies “slightly higher” than following the third vaccine last year. But it said the increased antibodies did not prevent the spread of omicron. (Representational image)(AFP)
The clinical trial found that both groups showed increases in antibodies “slightly higher” than following the third vaccine last year. But it said the increased antibodies did not prevent the spread of omicron. (Representational image)(AFP)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 05:20 AM IST
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AP | , Jerusalem

China toughens Covid-19 response as Omicron hits ahead of Lunar New Year holiday

China has detected locally-transmitted Omicron infections in the capital Beijing, the financial center Shanghai and Guangdong, where the southern technology center of Shenzhen is located
People wearing face masks, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, walk outside Beijing Railway Station as the travel rush starts ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Tiger, also known as the Spring Festival, in Beijing, China  (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
People wearing face masks, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, walk outside Beijing Railway Station as the travel rush starts ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Tiger, also known as the Spring Festival, in Beijing, China  (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 08:10 PM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron

Thailand reopened to vaccinated international travellers in November to help a vital tourism industry that collapsed during nearly 18 months of strict entry policies. Now, it mulls resuming quarantine waiver for foreign visitors
Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron  (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo)
Thailand may resume quarantine waiver for foreign travellers amid Omicron  (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 08:01 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Bangkok

India's overall economic activity remains strong, says RBI article

“Expectations that Omicron may turn out to be more of a flash flood than a wave have brightened near-term prospects,” according to a RBI article. 
Amidst upbeat consumer and business confidence and an uptick in bank credit, aggregate demand conditions stay resilient while on the supply front, rabi sowing has exceeded last year's level and the normal acreage, it noted.(Livemint file photo )
Amidst upbeat consumer and business confidence and an uptick in bank credit, aggregate demand conditions stay resilient while on the supply front, rabi sowing has exceeded last year's level and the normal acreage, it noted.(Livemint file photo )
Published on Jan 17, 2022 07:43 PM IST
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PTI | , Mumbai

India's first mRNA vaccine may be effective against Omicron, human trials soon

The officials said the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) is likely to review the data soon. The mRNA vaccine has also been developed for the Omicron variant, and it will soon be tested on humans for efficacy and immunogenicity.
India's first homegrown mRNA vaccine to be tested amid Omicron spike. (ANI)
India's first homegrown mRNA vaccine to be tested amid Omicron spike. (ANI)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 05:18 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Oxfam: 10 richest men in the world doubled wealth amid Covid pandemic  

The world's 10 richest men doubled their fortunes during the Covid-19 pandemic as poverty and inequality soared, an Oxfam study revealed.
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are two of the richest people in the world.
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are two of the richest people in the world.
Published on Jan 17, 2022 01:45 PM IST
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Covid-19: Marriage registration service temporarily stopped in Mumbai

Mumbai civic body said that the service will be restarted soon with the facility of appointment, date, and time.
Marriage registration service in Mumbai has been temporarily stopped due to the current Covid-19 situation in the state.
Marriage registration service in Mumbai has been temporarily stopped due to the current Covid-19 situation in the state.
Published on Jan 17, 2022 01:15 PM IST
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ANI | , Mumbai

Nutritionists share diet, indoor exercise tips to stay in shape amid Omicron

Your fitness journey need not stall in the current scenario of Omicron spread and Covid-19 related restrictions including work from home. Check out these health tips on diet and indoor exercise routine to stay in shape amid coronavirus pandemic, as revealed by nutritionists
Nutritionists share diet, indoor exercise tips to stay in shape amid Omicron  (Photo by Windows on Unsplash )
Nutritionists share diet, indoor exercise tips to stay in shape amid Omicron  (Photo by Windows on Unsplash )
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 01:00 PM IST
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Australia PM blames Omicron for testing woes as Covid cases hit downward trend

Australia is facing a shortage of at-home rapid antigen test kits after asymptomatic close contacts were told to bypass government-funded testing hubs, where high volumes delayed results by several days, and take their own tests.
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison.(AFP)
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison.(AFP)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 11:21 AM IST
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Reuters | , Sydney

Are you pregnant amid ongoing Omicron wave? Tips to follow

  • Getting jabbed for Covid-19 can reduce the severity of infection in pregnant women. Here are other tips that pregnant women should follow amid pandemic.
A person infected with Omicron showcases symptoms such as sore throat, cough, body pain, fever, runny nose, sneezing, and fatigue.(File photo)
A person infected with Omicron showcases symptoms such as sore throat, cough, body pain, fever, runny nose, sneezing, and fatigue.(File photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 11:10 AM IST
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India's vaccine for Omicron could be ready in a month or two: Source

India's Gennova Biopharmaceuticals is working on an Omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine candidate that could be ready in a month or two, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
Pfizer Inc said last week a redesigned COVID-19 vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron coronavirus variant could be ready to launch by March. (REUTERS/File)
Pfizer Inc said last week a redesigned COVID-19 vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron coronavirus variant could be ready to launch by March. (REUTERS/File)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 10:21 AM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal

India logs 258,089 new Covid-19 cases, positivity rate rises to 19.65%

  • India Covid-19 update: Highest number of Omicron cases were recorded at 1,738 from Maharashtra, followed by 1,672 from West Bengal.
Workers wearing protective suits arrive to a building under lockdown.(REUTERS/Representative image)
Workers wearing protective suits arrive to a building under lockdown.(REUTERS/Representative image)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 10:03 AM IST
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By | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

Omicron: These simple habits will help you stay healthy

  • While Covid-related restrictions can play a havoc with one's physical and mental health, one can make appropriate lifestyle changes to sail through these unprecedented times.
Developing a routine where you give priority to your mental health and happiness by staying connected to your loved ones apart from staying active is the way to go forward.(Pixabay)
Developing a routine where you give priority to your mental health and happiness by staying connected to your loved ones apart from staying active is the way to go forward.(Pixabay)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 09:58 AM IST
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'Vaccines are our biggest weapon': PM Modi hails inoculation campaign

PM PRAISES SCIENTISTS AS COVID VACCINATION DRIVE COMPLETES 1 YEAR
PM PRAISES SCIENTISTS AS COVID VACCINATION DRIVE COMPLETES 1 YEAR
Published on Jan 17, 2022 12:53 AM IST
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3rd wave: What are the projections for other states as Delhi, Mumbai cases dip?

India has already entered the third week of January when the peak of the Omicron-driven third wave was projected. As daily cases in Delhi, Mumbai dip, other states are likely to see a surge in the coming day. 
People flout Covid-appropriate behaviour at Sadar Bazar market in Gurugram on Sunday. 
People flout Covid-appropriate behaviour at Sadar Bazar market in Gurugram on Sunday. 
Published on Jan 16, 2022 10:54 PM IST
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By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Less than 10,000 cases recorded in Mumbai; 7,895 infections in 24 hours

Mumbai's daily caseload fell below 10,000 on Sunday as 7,895 fresh Covid infections were recorded in the last 24 hours.
People crowd up at Dadar station flouting social distancing norms as they wait to board a local train as Central Railways operate Mega Block on its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work, in Mumbai on Sunday. 
People crowd up at Dadar station flouting social distancing norms as they wait to board a local train as Central Railways operate Mega Block on its suburban sections for carrying out maintenance work, in Mumbai on Sunday. 
Published on Jan 16, 2022 07:23 PM IST
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By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Can stress lead to Covid-19? Here's what a study says

A new study has found that people who went through extreme stress, anxiety, and depression at the beginning of the pandemic had an increased risk of getting Covid-19.
Previous research has shown that psychological factors such as stress and social support are associated with increased susceptibility to viral respiratory illnesses and more severe symptoms.(Unsplash)
Previous research has shown that psychological factors such as stress and social support are associated with increased susceptibility to viral respiratory illnesses and more severe symptoms.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 05:27 PM IST
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ANI | | Posted by Parmita Uniyal

Covid-19: From pandemic to endemic; can 2022 succeed where 2021 failed?

Health experts are preaching caution, saying there’s too much uncertainty about how the virus will evolve, how much immunity society has built up and potential damage if people stop being careful.
Ajay Parida, the director of Bhubaneswar’s Institute of Life Sciences, said during the genome sequencing of seven samples tested for Covid-19, two came positive for the Omicron variant. ((REUTERS/File))
Ajay Parida, the director of Bhubaneswar’s Institute of Life Sciences, said during the genome sequencing of seven samples tested for Covid-19, two came positive for the Omicron variant. ((REUTERS/File))
Published on Jan 16, 2022 04:26 PM IST
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Proud that over 10.72 cr Covid-19 vaccine doses inoculated in MP: CM Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also expressed gratitude to the healthcare workers for expediting the drive and reaching inaccessible areas to achieve the goal.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan(HT_PRINT)
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 04:10 PM IST
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ANI | , Bhopal

Omicron poses greater risk to kids, adolescents than Delta, say experts

  • Experts say Covid cases in children fuelled by Omicron variant are seeing a worrying rise as overall percentage of symptomatic children are increasing compared to the previous delta variant.
Coronavirus cases are increasing among children. While severe illness from Covid-19 in children remains rare — even with Omicron.(Pixabay)
Coronavirus cases are increasing among children. While severe illness from Covid-19 in children remains rare — even with Omicron.(Pixabay)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 03:56 PM IST
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Vaccination added great strength to fight against Covid: PM Modi

Over 92 per cent of the adult population have received at least one dose while over 68 per cent have been fully vaccinated, according to Health Ministry officials.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(PTI)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 03:24 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

'Omicron a deviant': Virologist says probably 2 pandemics going on side by side

Omicron is a distant relative of Wuhan-D614G but did not come directly from Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Kappa or Mu, virologist Dr T Jacob John said. 
Shops in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar Market remain closed as weekend lockdown is going on in Delhi. (PTI)
Shops in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar Market remain closed as weekend lockdown is going on in Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 02:43 PM IST
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By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

India sees another surge with 2,71,202 new Covid cases, positivity rate dips 

India Covid-19 update: The Union health ministry said 7,743 cases of the Omicron variant that is said to be the cause behind the latest surge have been so far detected in the country.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary. (Aqil Khan /HT Photo)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary. (Aqil Khan /HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 09:43 AM IST
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Covid-19 pandemic cannot go on forever, will end soon: Expert

  • Dr Kutub Mahmoood, Scientist and Virologist from Washington, DC told ANI that vaccination is the strongest weapon, adding that the pandemic cannot go on forever, and its end is pretty near.
Covid-19 pandemic cannot go on forever, will end soon: Expert
Covid-19 pandemic cannot go on forever, will end soon: Expert
Published on Jan 16, 2022 08:44 AM IST
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ANI | , Washington [us]

Delhi, Mumbai may have hit Covid peak, Bengal, TN extend curbs

  • Covid-19 cases in India: Delhi started recording a drop in infections and Karnataka took the second spot among states. On the other hand, West Bengal emerged as a hotbed of Covid cases.
A health worker collects a swab sample from a person for coronavirus (Covid-19) test, at Jangpura in New Delhi. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
A health worker collects a swab sample from a person for coronavirus (Covid-19) test, at Jangpura in New Delhi. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 08:54 AM IST
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By | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Omicron surge: China battles Covid clusters

  • Omicron cases were confirmed earlier on Saturday in Shanghai and Guangdong province, as the National Health Commission (NHC) warned of possible outbreaks in those areas.
Medical workers wearing protective suits swab a woman and a child for a coronavirus test in Huaxian County in central China's Henan Province.(AP)
Medical workers wearing protective suits swab a woman and a child for a coronavirus test in Huaxian County in central China's Henan Province.(AP)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 03:01 AM IST
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A year since jabs drive, nearly 12 million in Delhi fully vaccinated

Till January 15, Delhi administered a total of 28,539,313 doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Nearly 16.5 million people in Delhi have taken the first shot, and nearly 12 million have received both.
New Delhi, India - January 15, 2022: A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at the vaccination centre in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Dispensary in Daryaganj, New Delhi, India, on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - January 15, 2022: A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at the vaccination centre in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Dispensary in Daryaganj, New Delhi, India, on Saturday, January 15, 2022. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 12:10 AM IST
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