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COVID-19 News Updates

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.

New COVID Variant Omicron Scare: PM Modi Calls For Review Of Plans For Easing Of International Travel Curbs
New COVID Variant Omicron Scare: PM Modi Calls For Review Of Plans For Easing Of International Travel Curbs

Officials briefed the prime minister about the new Variant of Concern Omicron along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.

WHO Urges Countries To Be Vigilant About Omicron Covid Variant
WHO Urges Countries To Be Vigilant About Omicron Covid Variant

Countries must enhance surveillance and sequencing. They should assess the risk of importation through international travel based on updated information on circulating variants and response capacities, and take measures accordingly.

Create Authentic Covid-19 Death Register, Hike Ex-Gratia;  Narasingha Mishra Urges Odisha CM
Create Authentic Covid-19 Death Register, Hike Ex-Gratia; Narasingha Mishra Urges Odisha CM

In the letter, Mishra stated that the Ministry of Home Affairs in March, 2020 made a commitment for disbursement of ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh per deceased. Later, the Central government revised the notification and reduced the ex-gratia amount to Rs 50,000.

 New Covid Variant: Odisha Issues Advisory To Collectors Across State
New Covid Variant: Odisha Issues Advisory To Collectors Across State

The variant which has been detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong has now forced several countries including India to initiate precautionary measures to prevent its spread.

Measuring viral RNA may help predict which Covid patients will die
Measuring Viral RNA May Help Predict Which Covid Patients Will Die

To confirm its effectiveness, Kaufmann and Brunet-Ratnasingham tested the model on two independent cohorts of infected patients from during the first wave of the pandemic and then during the second and third waves.

India Covid-19 Cases
India Adds Over 8K Fresh Covid Cases, 465 Deaths In 24 Hrs

With 10,967 recoveries, the total recoveries have surged up to 3,39,88,797. The recovery rate is currently at 98.34 per cent, the highest since March 2020, whereas the active cases stand at 1,07,019 after falling by 3,114 cases since Friday.

Global Covid-19 Cases
Global Covid Caseload Tops 260.5 Million

The second worst-hit country in terms of cases is India (34,555,431 infections and 467,468 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,067,630 infections and 613,957 deaths).

VIMSAR To Conduct Genome Sequencing
VIMSAR To Conduct Genome Sequencing To Detect New Covid Variants Among Infected Students

Of the 57 infected, swab samples of 21 students will be collected today and sent to Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswar tomorrow for genome sequencing

Covid-19 Positive
26 Girl Students Of Residential School In Odisha's Mayurbhanj Test Covid-19 Positive

Covid test of the students were conducted after majority of them showed symptoms of cold and cough

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WHO Designates New Covid Strain As Variant Of Concern, Names It Omicron

Based on the evidence presented indicative of a detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, the TAG-VE has advised WHO that this variant should be designated as a Variant of Concern, and the WHO has designated B.1.1.529 as a VOC, named Omicron.

Serum Institute Resumes Export Of Covishield To COVAX
Serum Institute Resumes Export Of Covishield To COVAX

According to the source, the Union government has allowed the commercial export of both vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin - in view of sufficient stock of the vaccines available with the states and Union Territories, and also with the manufacturers.

Why New Covid Strain 'B.1.1.529' Is More Lethal Than Delta
Why New Covid Strain 'B.1.1.529' Is More Lethal Than Delta

First identified in South Africa this week, the strain has spread to nearby countries, including Botswana. Israel has identified a case of a Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations "in a person who returned from Malawi".

New Covid Variant
New Covid Variant: Odisha Top Health Official On Preventing Entry & Spread

Amid reports of new COVID variant, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday (Nov 23) issued an advisory for all states and union territories.

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'Worst-Ever Covid Variant Will Make Vaccines 40% Less Effective'
'Worst-Ever Covid Variant Will Make Vaccines 40% Less Effective'

The variant, which could be named 'Nu' by the World Health Organization in the coming days, has caused an "exponential" rise in infections in South Africa and has already spread to three countries, including Hong Kong and Botswana, where it is believed to have emerged.

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