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LIVE Updates | Coronavirus Outbreak: 30 lakh new cases of COVID in 7 days worldwide, 10 thousand deaths - Reports

Corona Virus BF.7 Outbreak, COVID Cases Surge in China, Coronavirus In India LIVE Updates: The recent surge of Covid-19 infections in China has triggered warnings across the world. This comes after the country began dismantling its zero-Covid policy earlier this month, which involved mass testing and strictly targeted lockdowns. The surge in cases of Covid-19 in several parts of the world, especially China, has left India anxious. Experts say that while India has better herd immunity as compared to China, it needs to follow Covid protocols like wearing masks.

  • Government of India asked the concerned departments and officials to remain on alert mode.
  • Necessary instructions have already been issued to the authorities for proper health arrangements in the hospitals.
  • Along with this, new guidelines have also been issued for passengers coming from abroad.

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BF.7 variant scare Live Updates: Vigilance regarding Corona has been increased in the country. In many countries, including China and Japan, the virus has again started wreaking havoc. For the last few days, the cases of corona have increased rapidly in these countries. Keeping this in mind, the Government of India asked the concerned departments and officials to remain on alert mode. Necessary instructions have already been issued to the authorities for proper health arrangements in the hospitals. Along with this, new guidelines have also been issued for passengers coming from abroad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned against complacency, called for a strict vigil, and directed that the ongoing surveillance measures, especially at international airports, be strengthened.

03 January 2023
11:41 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: COVID-19 infection cases increases worldwide

In the last 7 days, the number of people infected with the corona virus has increased significantly worldwide. During this period, about 3 million new infected have been found in different countries of the world. On the other hand, about 10 thousand people have also lost their lives.

 

13:45 PM IST

Manufacturing in China drops to a three-year low due to Covid surge

The media reported that the coronavirus pandemic has greatly impacted manufacturing in China, causing it to reach its worst level in almost three years in December. According to South China Morning Post, citing data from the National Bureau of Statistics, the manufacturing purchasing managers' index dropped to 47 in December, the lowest it has been since a reading of 35.7 in February 2020.

10:30 AM IST

Covid scare: Half of the arrivals from China test positive at Milan airport in Italy

Covid spread LIVE updates: Italy has reinstated mandatory COVID-19 testing for airline passengers arriving from China, according to The Guardian. This decision comes in response to an increase in infection rates in China. Over 50% of individuals screened upon arrival at Milan's Malpensa Airport tested positive for the virus, leading the Lombardy region to require a negative test result for entry from China, as per reports.

10:23 AM IST

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expresses concern over Covid situation in China

Covid in China LIVE updates: The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has expressed concern about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in China after restrictions were lifted. Tedros stated that the WHO will continue to offer support for clinical care and assist in protecting China's healthcare system. He also encouraged China to monitor the virus and prioritize vaccination for high-risk individuals.

16:57 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: A new variant of concern emerge in China? Experts say THIS

As the coronavirus sweeps through China after it abandoned its zero-Covid policy, there are fears that a new variant of concern could emerge. But despite China’s low immunity and 1.4 billion population, some health experts believe a more severe version of the virus is unlikely to appear – though they say it is critical to stay vigilant and closely monitor the situation. According to Chen Xi, a global health expert at Yale University, the major Covid-19 outbreak that is ripping through China could have unpredictable effects on the virus.

16:42 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Japan eases Hong Kong flight curbs, adds 3 more airports for arrivals

Japan on Thursday eased flight curbs on Hong Kong to allow travellers from the city who have not been to mainland China in the week before their departure to land at three more airports in the country on top of an earlier four. Flights from Hong Kong and Macau can still arrive at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, Fukuoka Airport and Naha Airport in Okinawa after restrictions come into force on Friday. Japanese authorities on Tuesday announced the limits on flights from Hong Kong, mainland China and Macau, allowing arrivals only at Narita and Haneda airports in Tokyo, Kansai International airport in Osaka and Chubu airport in Nagoya. They also asked airlines not to increase the number of flights.

13:33 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Italy makes THIS compulsory after 50% of passengers on two flights from China tests COVID positive

Italy has made coronavirus testing compulsory for flights from China. The decision comes after more than 50% of passengers on two flights from Beijing to Milan tested positive for the virus. India and Japan have already started RT-PCR testing at airports for passengers from China, while the United States has made testing compulsory for Chinese travellers. The United States is the fifth country in the world to do so.

12:28 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: No changes to rules regarding travellers from China, says Australia

Australia is making no changes to its rules around allowing travellers from China into the country, despite measures by some countries to require mandatory COVID-19 tests. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Thursday, "There is no change in the travel advice at this point in time but we are continuing to monitor the situation, as we continue to monitor the impact of COVID here in Australia as well as around the world."

10:50 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: Jokhang Temple in Lhasa reopened to the public amid COVID-19 scare

The Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, reopened to the public on Tuesday after being closed for more than four months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of regular religious practice, hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims walked clockwise around ancient Barkhor Street, a scenic spot in Lhasa, and around the Jokhang Temple. At the left side of the main entrance of the temple, pilgrims and visitors lined up to visit on Wednesday morning. They were reminded by workers to wear face masks.

10:42 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hong Kong asks Japan to withdraw airport curb

Hong Kong's government has asked Japan to withdraw a COVID-19 restriction that requires passenger flights from the financial hub to land at only four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision will impact about 60,000 passengers. Japan, which is a top travel destination for Hong Kong people, said it would limit flights from Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China to Tokyo's two airports, plus Osaka and Nagoya from Friday. The decision comes during a peak travel season and ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday which begins Jan. 22.

10:19 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tough COVID guidelines for Chinese travellers around the world

Several places around the world have imposed curbs on travellers from China amid a COVID-19 surge after Beijing relaxed strict "zero-COVID" measures. They cite a lack of information from China on variants and are concerned about a wave of infections.

List of rules for travellers from China:

INDIA: Our country has mandated a COVID-19 negative test report for travellers arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, the health minister said. Passengers from those countries will be put under quarantine if they showed symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive.

JAPAN: This country will require a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival for travellers from mainland China. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for seven days. New border measures for China will go into effect at midnight on Dec. 30. The government will also limit requests from airlines to increase flights to China. Hong Kong's government has asked Japan to withdraw a restriction that requires passenger flights from the financial hub to land at four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision will affect about 60,000 passengers.

UNITED STATES: The U.S. will impose mandatory COVID-19 tests on travelers from China beginning on Jan. 5. All air passengers 2 and older will require a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Americans should also reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

ITALY: The country has ordered COVID-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travellers coming from China. Milan's main airport, Malpensa, had already started testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai.

TAIWAN: Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre said all passengers arriving on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, will have to take PCR tests upon arrival. Taiwan will test arrivals from China for COVID-19 starting Jan. 1.

Source: Reuters

09:53 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pakistan on high alert, takes THIS step amid COVID rise in China

Seeing the devastation caused by Corona in China, the government of Pakistan has also come on alert. The Pakistani Health Authority said on Wednesday that in view of the threat of Corona's BF.7 Omicron variant, a surveillance system has been started at the entry points to monitor passengers coming to Pakistan. Not only this, ICUs have been put on active mode in hospitals. Hospitals have been asked to supply medicine.

08:12 AM IST

Uruguay detects presence of new Omicron subvariants

Uruguay's Public Health Ministry has said that experts had detected the presence of two new Omicron subvariants in the country, amid a wave of new Covid-19 cases. The Epidemiology Division of the Public Health Laboratory Department "has recently detected the low-frequency presence of two new Omicron subvariants: XBB.1 and DL.1," the Ministry added on Wednesday in a statement. The predominant variant globally continues to be Omicron and viruses change over time, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, according to the statement as quoted by Xinhua news agency report.

08:12 AM IST

Uruguay detects presence of new Omicron subvariants

Uruguay's Public Health Ministry has said that experts had detected the presence of two new Omicron subvariants in the country, amid a wave of new Covid-19 cases. The Epidemiology Division of the Public Health Laboratory Department "has recently detected the low-frequency presence of two new Omicron subvariants: XBB.1 and DL.1," the Ministry added on Wednesday in a statement. The predominant variant globally continues to be Omicron and viruses change over time, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, according to the statement as quoted by Xinhua news agency report.

07:32 AM IST

US makes COVID-19 testing mandatory for travellers from China

The US announced new COVID-19 testing requirements on Wednesday for all travellers from China, joining other nations imposing restrictions because of a surge of infections. The increase in cases across China follows the rollback of the nation's strict anti-virus controls. China's "zero COVID" policies had kept China's infection rate low but fuelled public frustration and crushed economic growth.

 

18:23 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: China will be hit by three waves of COVID-19 this winter, warns expert

Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the country will be hit by three waves of COVID-19 this winter, with the first centering on urban areas until the middle of next month. The second wave will be triggered by increased movement during the Spring Festival from late January to mid-February, while the third, from late February to mid-March, will be linked to migrant employees returning to their workplaces.

18:11 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: Focus now on vulnerable groups and patients in serious condition

The shift of focus in China's COVID-19 containment strategy signals a new dawn in the battle against the virus, according to officials and experts. The nation has switched from prompt and precise containment of domestic outbreaks of the disease to shielding the most vulnerable groups and dedicating all-out efforts to treating patients in serious condition.

17:22 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: US considers restrictions on Chinese arrivals

The US is considering imposing new Covid restrictions on Chinese arrivals, after Beijing announced it would reopen its borders next month. American officials say this is due to a lack of transparency surrounding the virus in China, as cases surge. Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan - worried at importing Covid cases - have already outlined tighter measures for Chinese travellers, including negative tests.

16:31 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Taiwan to test arrivals from China for COVID from Jan 1

Taiwan will test arrivals from China for COVID-19 from Jan. 1 in response to a surge in cases there, the government said on Wednesday, joining other countries in stepping up controls on people coming from China. The government will conduct virus sequencing for those who arrive from China and test positive to track new variants of the coronavirus, it said in a statement. However, the measures, which will run until the end of January, do not include those arriving from Hong Kong or Macau.

16:12 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Conditions worsen in Chinese hospitals

China reported three new COVID-related deaths for Tuesday, up from one for Monday- numbers that are inconsistent with the experience of the current scenario there. Chinese hospitals were under intense pressure on Wednesday because of a surge of COVID-19 infections. There were long queues inside and outside the hospital’s emergency department on Tuesday evening. Most of those arriving in ambulances were given oxygen to help with their breathing. The hospital has no stocks of COVID-specific medicine and can only provide drugs for symptoms such as coughing.

15:56 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak Japan: Many govt offices mark last business day of 2022 amid COVID surge

Japan's government offices and many companies marked their final business day of 2022 on Wednesday, with public health centers declaring a "desperate situation" amid an eighth wave of coronavirus infections. Japan on Wednesday reported 216,209 new coronavirus cases, up 13,356 from Tuesday. Tokyo reported 20,243 new cases, down 1,820 from Tuesday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 49, down three from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 577, down five from Tuesday. The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was a record high 415.

15:50 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Japan restricts Hong Kong flights

Japan announced that from this Friday (December 30), passenger flights from Hong Kong will only be able to use the four airports in Narita, Haneda, Kansai and Central Nagoya for the time being. Airlines are also not allowed to increase flights from Hong Kong to Japanese airports.

15:35 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Japan records highest-ever single day Covid deaths count today

Japan on Wednesday recorded 415 Covid-19 deaths, the highest-ever count for a single day, health ministry data showed. The country counted 216,219 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, up 4% from a week earlier, the data also showed, approaching the record high of some 260,000 a day in August. In the past seven days, Japan had the world's largest confirmed Covid-19 infections and the second-most deaths after the United States, according to a tally by the World Health Organization. 

14:43 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: Huge shortage of medicines like Paracetamol and Ibuprofen

The sudden abandonment of China’s zero-Covid policy has caught many off guard and unprepared for the surge in demand for common fever and pain treatments. The Chinese authorities say they have taken measures to increase manufacturing capacity, but it will take time. Paracetamol, ibuprofen and other pain relief medications are the most sought-after items, along with vitamins and rapid antigen test kits.

14:12 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: No freebies for non-residents, priority healthcare access for Hongkongers

According to Chinese media, Hong Kong authorities had procured sufficient vaccine stock, adding the bivalent jabs by BioNTech and its toddler version were in greater demand than first-generation doses. Non-Hong Kong residents will have to stay at least 30 days to be eligible for booster shots. China has decided not to allow non-residents who are staying for a short period of time to get jabbed for free. Hong Kong residents will have priority access to the city’s healthcare system, while non-residents will be charged for emergency ward services in public hospitals. 

13:56 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: China drops mandatory vaccine pass checks at theme parks and museums

From January 8, all incoming travellers to mainland China are only required to present a negative PCR test or Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) conducted within 48 or 24 hours respectively, within 48 hours, without undergoing any quarantine or post-arrival test. Infected individuals will still be required to undergo a five-day isolation and can only be released after showing negative results on rapid antigen tests (RAT) on the fourth and fifth days. The current 12-person ban on public gatherings will be scrapped. Chinese authorities also dropped mandatory vaccine pass checks at certain venues, including theme parks and museums.

13:44 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hong Kong takes most dramatic steps amid COVID surge in China

Hong Kong has taken the most dramatic steps to drop almost all Covid-19 measures from Thursday, including axing mandatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 tests for inbound travellers, the vaccine pass scheme and quarantine requirements for close contacts following similar action by mainland China. The mask mandate, however, will stay in place, Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said on Wednesday.

13:38 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: China set to cancel all social distance measures and vaccine passports from tomorrow

Xi Jinping's Chinese govt are set to cancel the vaccine pass, and more targeted measures will be taken, especially to promote the vaccination of the elderly and the young. They also canceled all mandatory nucleic acid tests for entry. People arriving from overseas, the Mainland, Macau, and Taiwan no longer need to undergo mandatory nucleic acid tests after arriving in Hong Kong or on the day of arrival. There will be no social distance measures, such as gathering restrictions, 1.5-meter table distance, etc., from tomorrow. There will only be 'maintain the mask order'.

11:38 AM IST

Coronavirus In Delhi: 16 new Covid cases registered in the last 24 hours

According to the data released by the Delhi Health Department, 16 new Covid cases have been registered in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 0.44 percent. Now the total active cases in Delhi has increased to 39. In the last 24 hours, three Covid patients have defeated Corona, due to which the total number of people recovering has increased to 1,98,0615. At the same time, the situation of Corona in the country has not deteriorated at the moment. On the previous day, also less than 200 cases were registered.

11:30 AM IST

Coronavirus In India: 13 foreigners taken directly from Delhi airport to the hospital

A random investigation is being done continuously at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) amid the Covid-19 surge in China. 13 passengers from the airport were brought to Safdarjung Hospital on suspicion of being infected with Coronavirus today. All these passengers were isolated after thermal screening and their samples were sent for examination. Sources said that all the passengers were from different countries. A hospital official said that they are suspected of having asymptomatic corona.

11:05 AM IST

Nasal Dose: Needle-free vaccine protects from any virus that ATTACKS the respiratory system, says Expert

According to National Technical Group on Immunization (NTAGI) chief NK Arora, this vaccine will be successful in building immunity in the body not only against Covid but also against any virus that attacks the respiratory system. Anyone above 18 years of age can get this vaccine. But this vaccine is for those who have not yet received the booster vaccine. There are no other side effects of this vaccine other than nasal congestion for some time after receiving this vaccine.

10:49 AM IST

BEWARE! Covid nasal vaccine is not for everyone, expert says THIS

Those who have already taken the booster vaccine cannot take Bharat Biotech's nasal covid vaccine Incovacc. National Technical Group on Immunization (NTAGI) chief NK Arora told the media, "The nasal covid vaccine can be taken as the first booster vaccine. If someone has already received a booster vaccine, they will not be given the nasal covid vaccine. This vaccine is for those who have not yet received the booster vaccine. Anyone booking nasal vaccination for the fourth time on Co-Win portal will not be accepted."

10:38 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: India reports 188 new cases of COVID infections

Amid growing concerns over rising Covid-19 cases in China, India on Wednesday reported a rise in active cases of coronavirus to 3,468, according to the latest Union Health Ministry data. With 188 new cases of coronavirus infections, the Covid tally has been recorded at 4.46 crore (4,46,77,647). The death toll stands at 5,30,696, the data updated at 8 am stated. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.14 per cent, while the weekly positivity was pegged at 0.18 per cent, the ministry said. It said 1,34,995 tests for the detection of Covid have been conducted in the last 24 hours. 

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10:26 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: 25 crore people become corona positive in China in last 20 days - Reports

According to all the media reports, 25 crore people have become corona positive in China in the last 20 days. However, Zee News English does not confirm these claims. On the one hand, there has been huge devastation in China, while on the other hand, China has decided to give relaxation of the Corona rules from 8th January. According to the new rule, passengers coming from abroad will be exempted from quarantine.

10:07 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: India Logged news active covid cases

According to data updated on Wednesday by the Union Health Ministry, 188 new coronavirus infections were reported in India, and the number of active cases rose to 3,468.

10:05 AM IST

Coronavirus Updates: China hospitals 'very busy' as covid spreads

This month, China started to dismantle the tightest COVID programme in the world, which included lockdowns and thorough testing. This sudden change in policy has left China's shattered economy on track for a full reopening next year.

10:03 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: Dead bodies kept tied in underground parking lots, garage temporarily converted into a morgue -WATCH

Corona cases are continuously increasing in China. In many places, it was also seen that dead bodies were kept tied in underground parking lots. The second video shared by Twitter user Jennifer Zeng told of Anshan City, Liaoning Province. Jennifer wrote in its caption, "They all say [this] doesn't kill people, see how many have died. Full of people. Mortuaries are all full. The underground garage was temporarily converted into a morgue. See how many. I am not exaggerating."

Note: Although Zee News English has not verified the Video.

09:47 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: Dead bodies kept tied with polythene in a hospital in Shanghai- WATCH

Once again, Corona is creating an outcry in China. Corona cases are continuously increasing there. The biggest reason for the devastation here is the BF.7 variant of Corona, which is considered very dangerous. In the videos that are surfacing on social media, it is visible that the hospitals are full of dead bodies. In many places, it was also seen that dead bodies were kept tied in underground parking lots. China is grappling with a lack of doctors, hospitals and medical facilities. There are long queues outside the crematoriums and numbers are not available for the last rites of deadbodies. The government is taking these dead bodies to the crematorium by filling them into containers. Twitter user Jennifer Zeng has shared some videos of China on her Twitter handle, which are quite intimidating. It is seen in a video that dead bodies are kept tied with polythene in a hospital in Shanghai.

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Note: Although Zee News English has not verified the video.

14:00 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: In view of the rapidly increasing cases of Omicron's BF.7 variant in China, the concern of the people in India has also increased a lot. People are afraid of increasing corona cases and getting locked down again. However, experts say that Indians will not face the threat of this variant. For more updates follow this LINK

12:46 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: Nasal Vaccine will be available from the fourth week of January

Nasal Vaccine is not being installed yet, although approval has been received from the government to list it on the Co-win portal. In a few days, this vaccine will be available on the Covin platform and it can be booked. It is being told that the vaccine is likely to reach private centers by next week and the nasal vaccine will be available from the fourth week of January.

12:30 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: Nasal vaccine price disclosed- Check the cost of needle-free COVID dose

In view of the increasing infection of corona virus (Coroanvirus) in many countries around the world including China, the Government of India has come on alert mode and instructed people to be vigilant. In order to fight the Covid-19 epidemic, the government has included Bharat Biotech's nasal vaccine as a booster dose in the vaccination program. Along with this, the government has also fixed its prices. Bharat Biotech's Nasal Vaccine (Bharat Biotech Nasal Vaccine) will cost Rs 800 + 5 percent GST. However, hospitals can add their own charges to this. It is being told that the government has fixed the price of the nasal vaccine and approved it as a booster dose. At the same time, the price of the vaccine has been fixed at Rs 325 at government centres, although at present this vaccine will be available only at private centres. The company wanted to keep the price of this vaccine at Rs 1200 at private centres. The scientific name of this vaccine is BBV154 and Bharat Biotech has named it iNCOVACC.

12:27 PM IST

Teachers of government schools will not be posted on Covid duty at Delhi airport

The District Disaster Management Authority in Delhi has withdrawn its order to deploy government school teachers on Covid duty at Delhi airport from December 31 to January 15. The authority says that if needed, civil defense personnel/staff will be deployed at the airport.

12:00 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: TN State Health Minister reaches Rajiv Gandhi Hospital to review mock drill

Tamil Nadu Health Minister M.A. Subramaniam visited the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Chennai to review the Covid mock drill. Today, a mock drill is going on in hospitals across the country to take stock of the preparations for Corona.

11:32 AM IST

Coronavirus In India: Mock drill in hospitals of UP & Jammu and Kashmir

In Uttar Pradesh, Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak conducted a mock drill on Covid-19 at Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow and inspected the management. On the other hand, a mock drill has been organized at MCS (MCH) Hospital in Gandhinagar, Jammu and Kashmir regarding the preparedness of Covid. During this, all the health officials reviewed all the preparations. 

11:25 AM IST

Coronavirus In India: Mock drill on Covid at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad

A mock drill was conducted regarding Covid at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana. Medical Education Director Ramesh Reddy said that the purpose of this mock drill is to know whether whatever arrangements we have are correct or not. This mock drill is being done in all the hospitals.

11:21 AM IST

Coronavirus In India: 157 new cases of corona in the country in last 24 hours

Today, on December 27, 157 new cases of corona have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours. According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, there are 3421 active cases of infection in the country. Today the cases are less than the previous day. On 26 December, 196 new cases were registered. 

10:54 AM IST

Covid In India: 'Mock Drill' updates

India conducted a 'mock drill' today to check the preparedness of hospitals to deal with any surge in COVID-19 cases. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Monday that health ministers of all states will participate at their level in the 'mock drill' to be organized in all Covid hospitals across the country as a precautionary measure amid the increase in infection cases in China and other countries. However, experts say that India need not worry too much about the BF.7 subtype as many people have developed immunity against the virus.

10:46 AM IST

Coronavirus In India: RTPCR and Repeat Antigen test begins at Gorakhpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh

After a person who recently returned from China tested positive in Uttar Pradesh, state Health Minister Brajesh Pathak on Monday appealed to those who had recently returned from foreign travel to stay at home till they do not get Covid-19 investigated. Special arrangements have been made for the RTPCR and Repeat Antigen test at Gorakhpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh. RTPCR and antigen tests are being done there.

10:44 AM IST

Coronavirus In India: Arvind Kejriwal's govt approves THIS huge budget for hospitals

The Delhi government has approved a budget of Rs 104 crore for hospitals to purchase generic medicines as part of preparedness to deal with emergency situations. In a review meeting, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed the heads of government hospitals to share details of beds, ventilators, ICUs, human resources, oxygen plants and medical equipment with the health department by evening. During the second wave of Covid last year, there was a shortage of oxygen in many hospitals in the country.

10:39 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Union Health min Mandaviya statement

To make sure there isn't Covid surge in country, PM Modi has asked us to be careful. Govt is also preparing, if at all covid cases increase. Today mock drills are conducted across covid hospitals in the country to make sure people get proper treatment: Union Health min Mandaviya

10:19 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to ascertain Covid preparedness

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will be present at the state-run LNJP Hospital during the mock drill to ascertain Covid preparedness of the facility, official sources said.
 

10:19 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Covid mock drill begins

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya visits Safdarjung Hospital to review Covid Mock drill.

09:37 AM IST

Corona Outbreak: Kerala cases

83% of cases and 38% of cases in December are from Kerala.

09:35 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Covid test compulsory for travellers

The National Health Commission announced on Monday that travellers entering China will simply need to have negative Covid test results within 48 hours of departure. Comparatively, the current isolation requirement is eight days, with five days spent in a designated quarantine hotel or central facility and three days spent at home.

09:21 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: China to cancel quarantine from THIS DATE

China will no longer require international travellers to undergo quarantine beginning on January 8, 2023, according to the National Health Commission

09:20 AM IST

Corona Outbreak: China to end the quarantine

After three years of self-imposed global isolation under the Covid Zero policy, which devastated the economy and stoked long-standing public unrest, China will no longer require inbound travellers to undergo quarantine as of January 8. This will put the nation on track to finally leave this period of isolation.

08:42 AM IST

Corona Outbreak: Japan require COVID test

Due to the virus's rapid spread in the nation, Japan will require a negative COVID-19 test from visitors from China upon arrival, according to Tuesday's report by Japan's FNN. According to FNN, the government intends to introduce the bill as soon as this week.

08:26 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hyderabad-based Hetero Group 

The WHO's prequalification of medicines program has been awarded to Hyderabad-based Hetero Group for its generic version of the oral Covid treatment, Nirmatrelvir, which is used in combination with Ritonavir in Pfizer's oral medication, Paxlovid, at a time when cases of the disease are on the rise in several countries.

08:21 AM IST

Corona Outbreak: Mock drill to be held today

In addition, cautious authorities encouraged the use of masks, with Karnataka making them mandatory in schools, colleges, and other locations where large crowds congregate for New Year's celebrations. On Tuesday, India will conduct a mock drill to assess the readiness of healthcare facilities to handle any spike in Covid-19 cases.

07:24 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Corona sub-variant

Mumbai's city body announced on Monday that it was preparing for the possibility of an increase in Covid-19 cases by setting up special wards, refilling medical supplies, and upgrading oxygen facilities. A rise in cases is being observed in countries like China, Japan, and the United States of America, and it is thought that BF.7, a subvariant of Omicron, is to blame.

07:21 AM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Bars, restaurants and pubs, new year celebrations to end at 1 am in Karnataka

Two doses of the COVID vaccine are required in Karnataka, where bars, restaurants, and pubs will only be open during the New Year's celebrations, which must stop by 1 am on January 1st, and only to the extent of their seating capacity.

 

07:03 AM IST

Covid outbreak: Mumbai death toll

As per media reports, Five Covid-19 cases were registered in Mumbai on Monday, bringing the total to 11,55,098, while the number of fatalities remained at 19,746, said civic official.

07:00 AM IST

Corona Outbreak: Delhi hospitals to conduct mock drill today

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Monday that hospitals all around Delhi will conduct simulated drills on December 27 to evaluate their readiness, including the availability of beds and manpower, to handle any spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. On Monday, the Center released an alert to that effect in response to an increase of Covid-19 instances in various nations.

00:21 AM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates

Mumbai on Monday reported five Covid-19 cases, which took the tally to 11,55,098, while the death toll remained unchanged at 19,746, a civic official said.

23:46 PM IST

Covid-19 live updates: Delhi logs 7 fresh Covid-19 cases, positivity rate 0.39 percent

Delhi logged seven fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday with a positivity rate of 0.39 percent, according to data shared by the city health department. With the fresh cases, the national capital's Covid-19 tally has risen to 2,007,159. The death toll remained unchanged at 26,521, the data showed. The fresh cases came out of 1,800 tests conducted the previous day, the health department bulletin stated.

23:33 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: Mumbai reports five Covid-19 cases, active tally at 49

Mumbai today reported five Covid-19 cases, which took the tally to 11,55,098, while the death toll remained unchanged at 19,746, a civic official said. The recovery count increased by six in the last 24 hours and reached 11,35,303, leaving the metropolis with 49 active cases, he said. As per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation data, the recovery rate was 98.3 percent and the caseload doubling time was 1,09,165 days.

22:51 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: No need to panic but wear masks in public places says Rajasthan CM Gehlot

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said the people of Rajasthan need not panic but they should wear masks in public places. Speaking at a Covid review meeting at his residence, he said face masks also protect against other diseases like TB.

22:20 PM IST

Covid- 19 Live Updates: Women more likely than men to develop long Covid

Many studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that women are more likely than men to develop long COVID, reports AP citing a study.

21:59 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: 

After five foreigners were found Corona positive in Bodh Gaya, the district administration has directed the officials of the Dalai Lama trust to make Covid test mandatory for those who want to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader during the Kaal Chakra Puja.
 

21:44 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: 

Random Covid-19 testing has started at various airports across the country. 

21:20 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates

Four foreigners test positive at Bodh Gaya. Two are from Mayanmar and two from Bangkok.

20:49 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya holds a virtual meeting with Indian Medical Association regarding Covid 19 situation and preparedness. He tweeted, 'Today, interacted with about 100 public health experts and clinicians from across the country regarding Covid-19 management.'

 

20:23 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates

Today a meeting regarding (Covid) situation was held under CM's leadership. We have 19,535 (Covid) beds, 122, and 27 RTPCR labs, out of which 8 are functional and 12 will be functional soon. Thermal screening will be done at airport, railway stations and other entry points: Jharkhand health minister

 

19:51 PM IST

COVID-19 Live Updates: Govt teachers to be deployed at Delhi airport from Dec 31 to Jan 15 to ensure Covid behaviour

The Delhi government issued a notice on Monday to deploy government teachers at IGI airport from December 31 to January 15 to ensure that passengers arriving from abroad behave appropriately. Due to winter vacations, schools in Delhi will be closed during this time.

19:29 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: Karnataka: In bars, restaurants and pubs, new year celebrations to end at 1 am

In Karnataka, two doses of covid vaccination is compulsory at bars, restaurants and pubs, which will operate only up to the seating capacity for the New Year, celebrations for which should end by 1 am on January 1, the Karnataka government has mandated.

19:08 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: Mock drill across many health facilities in several states and UTs TOMORROW

Mock drill to be held on Tuesday across a number of health facilities in several states and Union territories to ensure readiness to deal with any eventuality related to COVID-19 following advisory by central government, reports.

18:50 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: Delhi authorities to take stock of arrangements in hospitals starting today

Officials on Monday began physically visiting all government hospitals in Delhi to ascertain their preparedness in view of the surge in Covid cases in some countries, authorities said.

18:26 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates

Amid Covid scare, Karnataka has made masks mandatory for theatres, schools, colleges and New Year celebrations, reported ANI citing state health minister.

 

18:26 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates

Amid Covid scare, Karnataka has made masks mandatory for theatres, schools, colleges and New Year celebrations, reported ANI citing state health minister.

 

17:50 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia chairs high-level Covid review meet

Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia held a high-level review meeting to take stock of the preparations in view of Covid scare

17:47 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates: West Bengal to hold meeting on state's Covid preparedness

West Bengal Health Department has scheduled a virtual meeting with all hospitals in the State on Monday, to assess their preparedness in tackling Covid 19

17:27 PM IST

Covid-19 Live Updates

Random COVID-19 testing has started at various airports across the country in the wake of rising cases of #COVID globally,' tweets Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya

17:13 PM IST

COVID-19 Live Updates Karnataka: Masks mandatory to enter public places, says Health Minister

Karnataka Health Minister stated on Monday that as a precautionary measure it will be mandatory for people to wear masks while celebrating new year in movie theatres, restaurants, pubs or bars. He also said that masks will be mandatory inside schools and colleges.

17:09 PM IST

Covid 19 Live Updates: 2 passengers detected Covid positive at Kolkata Airport

Officials at Kolkata Airport have reported of detecting 2 passengers Covid positive. One passenger came from Dubai on 24 December while the other came from Malaysia. Officials also mentioned that the samples of both the passengers have been sent for gnome sequencing.

16:53 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: More than 2 lakh cases in a week, huge jump in COVID cases in Britain

The Corona virus is once again being talked about all over the world. At present, everyone's eyes are on China (Covid in China) where exact figures are not available, but if we believe the news received from the sources, millions of people in China are falling prey to Corona every day. Yes, the situation is such that thousands of people are dying here every day. But the worrying thing is that this situation is not only in China but also in Europe, Britain, France, Italy and Germany. For the time being, if we talk only about Britain, there has been a huge jump in the cases of corona in Britain in the past. Actually, there is news that the 5th wave of corona has started in Britain. Let us tell you that the cases of corona have increased so fast in Britain in a week that more than 2 lakh cases are being reported every day. It is believed that the situation may worsen in the coming days and these cases may reach close to 4 lakhs. Apart from this, many reports related to the corona virus are indicating that if the situation does not improve, then in the coming days, the condition of Britain may become similar to that of China.

16:08 PM IST

How is Uttar Pradesh preparing to fight Covid-19? Deputy CM gives instructions before 'Mock Drill'

The health department of UP has been alerted regarding Corona. In view of the danger of the new variant, the treatment system in all the hospitals of the state will be tested on Tuesday. On the instructions of the Central Government, the UP Government has also issued instructions to the administrative and medical officers of all the divisions. Deputy Chief Minister Brijesh Pathak have instructed the medical officers of all divisions and districts that on Wednesday at 10:00 am, the arrangements for treatment in hospitals will be tested. Along with this, the response time for the treatment of serious patients will also be checked. During this, doctors and paramedical staff will also rehearse, keeping Covid protocol in mind.

15:50 PM IST

Covid 19 Live Updates: Packed ICUs, crowded crematoriums: Covid roils Chinese towns

As China grapples with its first-ever nationalCovid-19 wave, emergency wards in small cities and towns southwest of Beijing are overwhelmed. Emergency rooms are turning away ambulances, relatives of sick people are searching for open beds, and patients are slumped on benches in hospital corridors and lying on floors for a lack of beds.

15:48 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: Karnataka govt issues guidelines for New Year celebrations

Corona virus has once again started scaring people. In view of the worsening situation in China, the central government has instructed the states to be alert. After this, the Karnataka government has also been alerted. In the midst of the Corona crisis, the Karnataka government has issued a guideline regarding the celebration of the new year. According to the guidelines issued by the Government of Karnataka, the New Year can be celebrated only till 1 am. Apart from this, now wearing masks has also been made mandatory in many places in the state. 

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15:40 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: 3 times more cases than last year!

China is currently facing such a wave of Coronavirus in China, which no country in the world has seen. It is being told that 3 times more cases are being reported as compared to last year and these cases may also increase in the coming days. But China has decided to throw dust in the eyes of the world and is claiming that Covid is under control in its country.

15:31 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: Xi Jinping's govt using containers to transport dead bodies!

There are continuous reports of Covid-19 death in many cities including Beijing, the capital of China, but the Chinese government is not ready to accept it. The number of people who died of corona virus in China can be gauged from the fact that the Chinese government is now using containers to transport dead bodies. The situation is so bad that it is not known when the bodies kept in the containers will be cremated.

15:25 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak China: 25 crore people infected in 20 days - Reports

The South China Morning Post quoted the leaked document as saying that China's National Health Commission believes that between December 1 and 20, about 25 crores people have been infected in the country. According to this, in just 20 days, about 18 percent of the country's population has been infected with Corona. Experts estimate that in the next 90 days, 60 percent of China and 10 percent of the world's population are expected to be corona infected. If this happens, then in the next three months, about 90 crore people of China will get corona infected. There is also a possibility of lakhs of deaths during this period.

15:11 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: Doctors in China falling sick; 90 crores cases likely to come in 3 months, warn reports

A tsunami of COVID is about to hit China. According to experts, in the coming 3 months, a population of 90 crores will be infected with Corona. On the other hand, the havoc of Corona is so much that with the shortage of beds in the hospital, there is no space left even in the crematorium. At the same time, doctors of the hospital have also started falling ill. According to a report by Bloomberg this week, up to 4 crore cases can be reported in a single day.

14:56 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: 29,818 Covid vaccine doses administered in last 24 hours

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday that the government has so far administered 220.05 crore vaccine doses under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, of which 29,818 were administered in the last 24 hours.

14:45 PM IST

Coronavirus Outbreak: COVID cases will be at its peak in China in January!

The situation with Corona in China is very bad. A report about Corona in China has predicted that it will be at its peak in January. Its effect will be seen all over the world. The situation in China seems to be getting out of control due to Corona. 1 lakh new corona cases are being seen daily in China. From hospitals to crematoriums, the conditions are bad. The staff have to work despite being ill and are not getting leave.

14:37 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: Jharkhand health department on alert amid COVID cases surge

The rapidly increasing cases of corona in China are once again becoming a matter of concern worldwide. The Government of India has also become alert in view of the situation in China, in this episode, a big meeting of the Health Department is going to be held in Jharkhand today.

14:11 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: Punjab govt increases number of Covid tests in THESE districts

Among the districts of Punjab where the maximum number of Covid tests have been conducted, 906 persons have been tested in Jalandhar, 632 in Ludhiana, 570 in Amritsar, 460 in Tarn Taran and 391 in Hoshiarpur. Apart from this, 262 people were tested for Covid in Pathankot and 289 in Ropar, but in all other districts of Punjab, the number of Covid testing ranges from 105 to 177. Talking about Punjab, a total of 7,85,413 positive patients of Corona have been reported and 7,64,863 patients have recovered.

13:57 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: 45-year-old man from Patiala tests COVID positive

Corona (coronavirus) has knocked again in the country due to which now there is an atmosphere of panic among the people. The Government of India is on alert in view of the rising cases of Corona around the world. Meanwhile, the most shocking news has come out that a 45-year-old man from Patiala who returned from Dubai has been found corona positive. Not only Patiala but also a 30-year-old woman from Badshahpur of Shutrana has been found positive for Corona. However, the corona test of the wife and son of the person who returned from Dubai has come negative.

13:43 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: Unnao man tests COVID positive in UP, State govt on HIGH alert

Health authorities in Uttar Pradesh are on alert as a man travelling to Dubai has tested positive for COVID-19 in Unnao. Before travelling to Dubai, the man— a resident of Koraura village of Hasanganj tehsil area of Unnao, got himself tested and his report turned out to be positive. Officials said that his report will be sent for genome sequencing. Meanwhile, Sub-District Magistrate Ankit Shukla, along with the Health Department team, reached the youth’s house and collected samples from 20 people, including the patient’s family members.

13:27 PM IST

Coronavirus In India: 345 international passengers tested for Covid-19 at Delhi airport, some found infected

Passengers coming from abroad are being randomly tested for Covid at Delhi International Airport. In the investigation of the second day, on Sunday, the test report of some passengers has been found positive. However, it is a matter of relief that out of 345 people tested at Delhi airport, less than half percent (0.5 percent) people got positive results. Random Covid testing is being done at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).

12:47 PM IST

COVID-19 India: 196 cases in last 24 hours, one death

In the last 24 hours, 196 cases of corona virus have been reported in India. It is a matter of relief that fewer cases have been reported today than the corona cases (221) that came on the previous day. At the same time, one person died of corona in 24 hours.