Monday, January 24, 2022

Omicron in community transmission - The impact explained

NEW DELHI: Covid's Omicron variant is now in community transmission stage in India, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) said in its latest bulletin on Sunday, noting become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially.

3 doses of mRNA Covid vaccines very effective against Omicron, Delta: Study

NEW YORK: Three doses of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines, either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, are effective in protecting against emergency department visits (ED) and hospitalisations associated with Omicron and Delta variations of the virus, claims a new study.

WHO warns Covid pandemic not over amid Europe case records

GENEVA: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has issued a warning to world leaders that the Covid-19 pandemic "is nowhere near over".

Mobile Covid testing lab launched for Northeast starting Mizoram

NEW DELHI: Beginning with Mizoram, the Centre on Thursday launched a Mobile Covid testing facility -- a first of its kind Mobile Diagnostic Laboratory (I-LAB) capable of performing both RT-PCR and ELISA tests -- for Northeast India.

'Reservation not at odds with merit': SC uphold OBC quota in medical courses 

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday, delving into the binary created between merit and reservation, where the usual perception is that latter becomes antithetical to establishing meritocracy, held that reservation is not at odds with merit but furthers its distributive consequences.

Dolo pill breaks sales record in pandemic as manufacturer makes a fortune

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 pandemic has made several healthcare and pharma players billionaires and the makers of Dolo-650 -- the most prescribed medicine during the pandemic having sold more than 350 crore pills since the Covid outbreak in March 2020 -- are raking in the moolah too.

Omicron causing hospitalisations, deaths worldwide: WHO

NEW DELHI: In a fresh warning, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that Omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing hospitalisations and deaths the world over, and the narrative that it is a mild disease is misleading.

140 Engineering students test positive for Corona in K'taka

MANDYA: As many as 140 engineering students have tested positive for Covid-19 in Mandya district of Karnataka on Tuesday causing panic among the people

India sees slight dip at 2.58L new Covid cases, 385 deaths

NEW DELHI: India on Monday reported marginal decline in fresh Covid cases at 2,58,089 in the last 24 hours. In the same time span, total 385 deaths have also been reported, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Study finds evidence of community transmission of Omicron in Delhi

NEW DELHI: There is a definite shift from Delta predominance to Omicron along with its community spread in Delhi, a study revealed on Saturday.

Canada's Covid-19 cases surpass 2.7mn

OTTAWA: Canada reported 20,036 new Covid-19 cases, raising its national total to 2,706,977 cases with 31,306 deaths, according to local media CTV.

Omicron less severe even for unvaccinated, claims S.African study

ADDIS ABABA: In a ray of fresh hope as the world grapples with the surge in Covid infections, a new South African study, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, has claimed that the Omicron variant is even less severe for the unvaccinated.

WHO recommends two new drugs to treat patients with Covid-19

GENEVA: A World Health Organization (WHO) panel on Friday strongly recommended baricitinib, a drug used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, for patients with severe or critical Covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids.

Lucknow University defers exams as 50 students test Covid positive

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow University (LU) has deferred the examinations scheduled to take place from Friday after 50 students have tested positive for Covid-19.

Covaxin booster can neutralise Omicron: Bharat Biotech

NEW DELHI: Covaxin's booster dose is able to neutralise the vaccine evading Omicron variant of Covid-19, according to a study conducted at US' Emory University, Bharat Biotech announced on Wednesday.

At 1,68,063, India sees slight decline in fresh Covid cases

NEW DELHI: India registered a slight decline in daily Covid-19 cases, with 1,68,063 people testing positive for the virus while 277 succumbed to the infection in the past 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.

68 students test Covid positive in girl's residential hostel in K'taka

BELAGAVI: As many as 68 girl students on Monday tested positive for Covid-19 at Kitturu Channamma Sainik Residential hostel in Karnatakas' Belagavi. Ten staff members have also tested positive, raising concerns with parents and district authorities.

Rajnath Singh tests positive for Covid

NEW DELHI:  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that he had tested positive for Covid.

Omicron: Germany to study reliability of rapid antigen-test

LONDON: German researchers are set to study how far rapid antigen tests are able to detect the highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19, media reports said.

400 Parliament staffers test Covid positive

NEW DELHI: Some 400 Parliament staffers have tested positive for Covid-19 during random testing, sources said here.

TN vaccinates 17.34 lakh people in 18th mega vaccine camp

CHENNAI: Amid the rising Covid-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu health department have vaccinated 17,34,083 people in the 18th mega vaccine camp.

Vietnam reports 16,553 new Covid-19 cases

HANOI: Vietnam has reported 16,553 new Covid-19 cases, including 16,513 locally transmitted and 40 imported, according to its Ministry of Health.

New Covid variant detected in France not a threat yet: WHO

GENEVA: The new Covid-19 variant called B.1.640, which was detected by French researchers and is probably of Cameroonian origin, is not "circulating widely at the moment" and has so far been identified in less than 1 per cent of the samples sequenced in France, the World Health Organization (WHO) said

Asymptomatic infection may lead to long Covid: Study

NEW YORK: Covid infection, even if mild, can trigger an immune response that lasts longer than the initial infection and recovery, according to a new study.

Covid vax during pregnancy not linked to preterm birth: US CDC

WASHINGTON: Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy was not associated with complications at birth such as preterm birth or babies born underweight, according to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

India reports 58,097 fresh Covid cases, Omicron tally reaches 2,135

NEW DELHI: India registered a single-day rise of 58,097 Covid cases, a spike of 20,718 over the previous days total, and 534 deaths in a span of 24 hours, said the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Wednesday. The Omicron tally has also climbed to 2,135.

India logs 37,379 new Covid cases, active infections reach 1.71 lakh

NEW DELHI: In another significant single-day spike amid the ongoing resurgence, India logged 37,479 new Covid-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the overall active infection tally to 1,71,830, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on Tuesday.

Manoj Tiwari tests positive for Covid-19

NEW DELHI: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday said he has tested positive for Covid-19.

14 Covid cases detected in Janata Darbar of Bihar CM

PATNA: As many as six visitors who had arrived in Patna to attend the Janata Darbar of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, have tested positive for Covid-19.

Covid vaccination for 15-18 age group begins at 3,456 centres in Raj

JAIPUR: The Covid vaccination drive for 15-18 year old adolescents started from Monday in Rajasthan at 3,456 centres in the state.

India's Omicron tally reaches 1,700, Maharashtra & Delhi worst-hit

NEW DELHI: With 175 new cases of the highly-transmissible Omicron Covid-19 variant detected in last 24 hrs, India's tally on Monday rose to 1,700, with Maharashtra and Delhi continuing to be the worst-hit, said the Union Health Ministry.

US Secretary of Defense tests Covid positive

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and also having received a booster dose.

Long Covid still a risk with Omicron despite mild illness: Fauci

WASHINGTON: Even after causing mild illness, people infected with Omicron are likely to suffer from long Covid, top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said.

WHO chief optimistic that pandemic will be beaten in 2022

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he is optimistic that the Covid-19 pandemic will be defeated in 2022, provided countries work together to contain its spread.

33.2 lakh students in TN to be given Covaxin from Jan 3

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu health department will be inoculating 33.2 lakh students with Covaxin from January 3 onwards.

No science behind night curfews in India: WHO's Swaminathan

NEW DELHI: There is no science behind night curfews when it comes to tackling the spread of Covid variants, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan has stressed.

India reports 16,764 new Covid cases, Omicron tally reaches 1,270

NEW DELHI: India registered 16,764 new Covid-19 cases and 220 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

New "surge hubs" to be set up in UK amid Omicron wave

LONDON:A number of new "surge hubs" are to be set up in Britain as the country's National Health Service (NHS) goes on a "war footing" in preparation for a wave of Omicron hospital admissions, health authorities have said.

WHO warns of "tsunami of cases" from Omicron, Delta

GENEVA:The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned that the more transmissible Omicron together with the currently circulating Delta variants might lead to "a tsunami of cases," putting immense pressure on national health systems.

Rapid antigen tests have reduced sensitivity against Omicron: US FDA

WASHINGTON:Although rapid antigen tests can detect the Omicron variant it may be less sensitive, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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