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COVID-19 News Updates

Covid19 Vaccination
Over 125 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Administered In India So Far: Health Ministry

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.

COVID Sampling, International Passengers, Omicron
Int'l Passengers Subject To Random COVID Sampling Can Leave Airport After Giving Samples: MoCA

"Now, the random sampling would be limited to 2 per cent as per latest MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) guidelines and it would be on self-paid basis. Airlines/Airports may coordinate with the officials of State/UT governments to select the passenger at random sampling," the ministry said in a release.

Omicron Scare: Reactivate Protocols, Put Facilities & Personnel On High Alert; Directs Odisha CM
Omicron Scare: Reactivate Protocols, Put Facilities & Personnel On High Alert; Directs Odisha CM

Highlighting that Odisha was able to control the first and second waves of Covid-19 successfully despite the challenging situations, Naveen Patnaik said it was due to its cautious approach towards the pandemic since outbreak.

Omicron Situation Being Monitored, Final Decision On Int'l Flights Resumption Soon: DGCA
Omicron Situation Being Monitored, Final Decision On Int'l Flights Resumption Soon: DGCA

Earlier, India had decided to allow resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services from December 15. However, the government said there will be a calibrated resumption of operations from the countries recognised as "at risk" by the Union Health Ministry.

Global Covid Caseload
Global Covid Caseload Tops 262.73 Million, Deaths Over 5.21 Million

The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (34,587,822 infections and 468,980 deaths).

India Covid-19 Cases
Active COVID-19 Cases In Country Below One Lakh After 547 Days

A decrease of 1,520 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Blanket Travel Bans Will Not Prevent Int'l Spread Of Omicron Variant: WHO
Blanket Travel Bans Will Not Prevent Int'l Spread Of Omicron Variant: WHO

Meanwhile, the WHO advises that "persons who are unwell or at risk of developing severe Covid-19 disease and dying, including people 60 years of age or older or those with comorbidities such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes," should postpone travel plans.

Omicron Tracing & Tracking
Omicron Update: Top Odisha Health Official On Airport Screening, Tracking, Testing

Chief of the Odisha Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET), Rama Raman Mohanty on Tuesday (Nov 30), shared details regarding the tracing and tracking process of persons coming to India from countries with detected cases of the virus.

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Keeping Close Watch
Omicron Threat: Top Odisha Health Official On What We Know So Far

Amidst the threat of the new variant of Covid-19, called ‘Omicron’, Odisha Health Services Director, Bijay Mohapatra on Tuesday (Nov 30) informed that the technical team is inspecting the same as per NCDC (National Centre For Disease Control) & CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines.

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Track, Test, Treatment Emphasised To Win Battle Against Omicron
Track, Test, Treatment Emphasised To Win Battle Against Omicron

At a time when Omicron, which is said to be six times more contagious, has sparked a global fear, the Central government Tuesday said it is well prepared to tackle the situation. 

Omicron Threat: No Zero Night Celebration, Picnic On New Year Eve Across Odisha
Omicron Threat: No Zero Night Celebration, Picnic On New Year Eve Across Odisha

Congregation in public places including hotels, restaurants, clubs, parks, convention halls and Kalyan Mandaps for Zero Night Celebration/ Welcome to New Year and similar other functions on December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022 shall remain prohibited throughout the State.

Odisha Unlock Guidelines For December, Night Curfew To Continue
Odisha Unlock Guidelines For December, Night Curfew To Continue

Night curfew will continue in all urban areas of the State from 10 PM to 5 AM every day. Similarly, there will be no weekend shutdown in Odisha

People With A, B Blood Groups, Rh+ More Susceptible To Covid: Study
People With A, B Blood Groups, Rh+ More Susceptible To Covid: Study

The study also claimed that blood group A and Rh + types are associated with a decrease in recovery period, whereas blood group O and Rh- are associated with increase in recovery period, according to the statement.

Omicron Variant Does Not Escape RT-PCR And RAT, Centre Tells States As It Asks Them To Ramp Up Testi
Omicron Variant Does Not Escape RT-PCR And RAT, Centre Tells States As It Asks Them To Ramp Up Testing

India has so far not reported any case of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed Parliament on Tuesday, noting that the government has taken measures to ensure that it does not reach the country.

Covishield Found 63% Effective In Fully Vaccinated Individuals During 2nd Surge
Covishield Found 63% Effective In Fully Vaccinated Individuals During 2nd Surge

The study provides comprehensive data on the real-world vaccine effectiveness and immunological response to vaccination which should help guide policy. The study thus implies that the vaccines continued to be effective in protecting against severe disease and death regardless of the variants.

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