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COVID-19 News Updates

Niranjan Mishra
Week Long Quarantine For Int’l Travelers Even With Negative Covid Result: Odisha Top Health Official

The Government of India has issued revised guidelines for international travelers in view of Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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India COVID19 Cases
India Reports 8,309 New Covid Cases; Active Cases Decline To 1,03,859

A decrease of 1,832 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Global Covid Caseload
Global Covid Caseload Tops 261.46 Million, Deaths Over 5.19 Million

The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (34,572,523 infections and 468,554 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,080,906 infections and 614,278 deaths).

WHO
Not Yet Clear If Omicron More Transmissible, Causes Severe Disease, Says WHO

It said the number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant, but epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors.

Covid: Govt Revises Guidelines For Int'l Arrivals 
Covid: Govt Revises Guidelines For Int'l Arrivals 

According to the new guidelines, the passengers travelling from countries that are categorised as 'at-risk' will have to undergo testing on arrival. If the passengers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic sequencing, and they will be sent to institutional quarantine.

COVID Omicron Scare In Odisha: High Alert For Schools, Colleges Over Possible 3rd Wave
COVID Omicron Scare In Odisha: High Alert For Schools, Colleges Over Possible 3rd Wave

While the scare of a possible third wave is looming over schools across the State, the number of positivity has witnessed a spike recently; especially in the residential institutions and hostels.

Hope COVID Vaccine Proves Effective Against Omicron Variant: ICMR Scientist
Hope COVID Vaccine Proves Effective Against Omicron Variant: ICMR Scientist

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the new Covid variant detected in South Africa this week as the 'Variant of Concern' -- VOC, following the Technical Advisory Group meetings.

Omicron Alert
Omicron Covid Variant: Odisha Brings New Advisory For Travelers

As the COVID Omicron strain scare has gripped several countries, Odisha government has issued fresh guidelines for the travelers with a view to contain the spread of the virus. State Health Services director Bijay Mohapatra informed that quarantine along with Covid testing and genome sequencing would now be mandatory for foreigners and returnees from other countries.

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COVID Omicron Scare: Odisha Preps Up To Tackle Possible Third Wave
COVID Omicron Scare: Odisha Preps Up To Tackle Possible Third Wave

He also emphasised on door-to-door vaccination drive and directed to ensure that everyone adheres to the COVID guidelines released by the government. Mahapatra also ordered to take the violators into tasks and take stern action against them. 

Congress Press Conference
Odisha Congress Demands Rs 4 Lakh Ex-Gratia Each For Covid Victims' Families

AICC launched a "Covid justice campaign" with its chief Rahul Gandhi sharing a video of the affected families on Twitter and demanding a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for every household that has lost at least a member to Covid-19.

 Omicron Strain: Genome Sequencing, Quarantine Mandatory For Those Coming From Foreign Countries
Omicron Strain: Genome Sequencing, Quarantine Mandatory For Those Coming From Foreign Countries

Cases of the new variants have been detected in the last one week in countries like Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong and Israel.

India COVID19 Cases
Active COVID-19 Cases In India Decline To 1,05,691, Lowest In 543 Days: Govt

A decrease of 1,328 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Global Covid19 Update
Global Covid Caseload Tops 261.02 Million

US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 48,201,840 and 776,517, respectively according to the CSSE.

Scientists On Alert Over Heavily Mutated Omicron Covid Variant
Scientists On Alert Over Heavily Mutated Omicron Covid Variant

Many of the changes have been found in variants such as Delta and Alpha, and are linked to heightened infectivity and the ability to evade infection-blocking antibodies.

2 cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in UK
2 cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in UK

Also, the government said four more countries are being added to the travel ban red list from 4 AM on Sunday: Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. This adds to the six countries on the ban list since Friday South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

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