A total of 2,135 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 24 states and UTs, out of which, 828 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday.
Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 653 cases followed by Delhi at 464, Kerala 185, Rajasthan 174, Gujarat 154 and Tamil Nadu 121 cases. India saw a single-day rise of 58,097 new coronavirus infections, the highest in around 199 days, taking the total tally of cases to 3,50,18,358. The active cases were recorded above 2 lakh after around 81 days, according to the data updated at 8 am.
India on Wednesday recorded the first death linked to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus after the samples of a man in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, who died last week, showed the presence of the variant, sources in the Union health ministry said.
The 73-year-old man, who was found infected with Omicron in genome sequencing and who had tested negative for the infection twice, died in a Udaipur hospital on December 31, they added.
The country’s Covid death toll has climbed to 4,82,551 with 534 daily fatalities, the data stated. The active cases have increased to 2,14,004, comprising 0.61% of the total infections. A total of 58,419 new infections were reported on June 20 last year.
The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 147.72 crore, it said. PTI
Same vaccine to be administered as ‘precaution’ 3rd dose
New Delhi : The Centre on Wednesday said the same vaccine will be administered as the third dose of booster or precaution dose of vaccine and no mix and match will be allowed as of now. This means those who have received Covishield as their first and second dose will receive Covishield as their third dose. Similarly, those who have received Covaxin in their first two doses will receive Covaxin in the third dose, Niti Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul said during the press briefing of the health ministry.
The government has not taken any decision on the mix and match of vaccines in India though Dr Paul had earlier said that there was no problem in principle to mix and match.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 announced the major upgrade of the Centre’s vaccination policy which has included teenagers aged 15 to 18 for their first two doses and frontline staff and senior citizens with comorbidities for Covid-19 booster doses. Agencies
‘13 fishermen held by Sri Lankan Navy being released’
Colombo : Indian High Commission here on Wednesday announced that 13 Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on the charge of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, are being released.
“Happy to learn from our lawyer in Mannar that 13 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu are being released,” the High Commission tweeted.
“Soon after the Court verdict, our official from @CGJaffna met with the #Indian fishermen and offered sweets. We are taking steps for early return,” it added. In December, the ministry of external affairs said that India has taken up the issue of early release of Indian fishermen and boats with the Sri Lankan government.
Responding to media queries regarding the detention of Indian fishermen, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi had said that India is concerned about the detention of Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan authorities between Dec 18-20. ANI
Covid-19: India witnesses single-day rise of 58,097 cases; Omicron count jumps to 2,135