As per the guidelines, Christmas celebrations shall be limited to churches with a maximum of 50 persons joining the mass by strictly following the Covid protocols and in the specific conditions as imposed by district magistrates/ municipal commissioners while permitting such mass, if any.
According to the researchers, the levels of neutralising potency are within the range of titres found in individuals who have been previously infected with and recovered naturally from Covid-19.
The study also suggests that all of the monoclonal antibody therapies currently in use and most in development are much less effective against Omicron.
Pfizer has said that Paxlovid reduces the risk of hospitalisation or death in Covid-19 patients by 89 per cent.
The fact that wild deer can become infected leads toward the idea that we might actually have established a new maintenance host outside humans.
India recorded 6,650 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally of cases to 3,47,72,626, while the count of active cases has declined to 77,516.
The team used a statistical tool called the Gaussian Mixture model to predict the third wave.
In a similar incident in Cuttack's Ravenshaw University, students were seen carelessly flouting the COVID norms during the Annual Athletic Meet held at the varsity campus.
US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 51,814,125 and 815,343, according to the CSSE.
The PM directed the officials to ensure that the health systems in the states, beginning from the district level, are strengthened to meet any challenge posed by the new variant. It is important for states to ensure that the oxygen supply equipments are installed and fully functional, he said.
The study showed that the prevalence in children aged 12 to 17 years more than halved from 5.35 per cent to 2.31 per cent. As of December 14, 76.6 per cent children at ages 12 to 17 years had received at least one vaccine dose.
Israel and Germany have also announced the roll out of a booster shot to tackle, while the UK may soon follow with recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Two days after detection of first Omicron cases, Odisha reported 2 more cases of the new Covid variant on Thursday (Dec 23).
The study analysed blood samples taken from individuals infected with Covid-19; those who had been vaccinated with a two-dose schedule and a third dose booster; and those who had reported previous infection from other Covid-19 variants of concern. The study included samples from 41 individuals who had received three doses of Vaxzevria.
Omicron Threat: Key Developments From Around The World.