Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe’s public hospitals

In France, Britain and Spain, nations with comparatively strong national health programmes, that window may already be closed. A World Health Organisation official warned last week of a ‘closing window of opportunity’ for European countries to prevent their health care systems from being overwhelmed as the omicron variant produces near-vertical growth in coronavirus infections. In … Read more

Covid-19 Mumbai Update: Highest one-day fatality in 6 months; Third wave peak possibly gone, says Covid task force member

The fresh caseload in the country’s financial capital rose to 9,91,967 while the death toll touched 16,446. Covid-19 Mumbai News: Mumbai reported 10,661 new Covid-19 cases followed by 11 deaths — highest single-day toll in six months, on Saturday. Last year on July 29, the city reported 13 deaths after which mortality numbers started declining.The … Read more

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, say scientists

“The faster omicron spreads, the more opportunities there are for mutation, potentially leading to more variants,” Leonardo Martinez, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Boston University, said. Get ready to learn more Greek letters. Scientists warn that omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world. Every … Read more

Delhi weekend curfew in effect: Exemptions, rules and what is open – everything to know

The curfew, which comes into effect at 10 pm on Friday night and lifts at 5 am on the following Monday, is in effect currently. Delhi weekend curfew: Due to the rising cases of coronavirus in the national capital, Delhi Disaster Management Authority had at the beginning of the month imposed weekend curfew. The curfew, … Read more

India logs 2,68,833 Covid cases, 402 deaths in a day; Omicron tally rises to 6,041

A total of 6,041 Omicron cases have been detected so far, an increase of 5.01 per cent since Friday, the data updated at 8 am showed. India registered 2,68,833 new Covid infections in a day taking the tally to 3,68,50,962, which includes 6,041 Omicron variant cases, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. … Read more

Deadly Delta wave stole 240,000 lives in India between April-June, ‘similar episodes’ could take place in near term: UN report

As per the information by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 1,54,61,39,465 vaccinations have been administered so far. A United Nations report said on Thursday that the deadly wave of COVID-19 Delta variant stole 240,000 lives in India between April and June in 2021 and disrupted economic recovery, and warned that “similar episodes” could … Read more

Is ‘Deltacron’ a newly found Covid variant? Here’s what WHO thinks

WHO technical lead of Covid-19, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove said that ‘Deltacron’ could be a result of “contamination” that might have occurred during the sequencing process. The never-ending list of Covid variants, including the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and of course, Omicron, have caused enough global damage during the on-going pandemic. The damage is not … Read more

Covid-19: Active caseload rising in India, growth slower with low positivity

The sharp slowdown in fresh caseload additions in Mumbai over the past five days had led to hopes that the city had already passed the third-wave peak. India reported over 2.3 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, a big jump from the past few days, indicating that reading too much into the apparent slowdown in … Read more

Covaxin booster jab neutralises Omicron, Delta: Bharat Biotech

Announcing the test results of the study, Bharat Biotech on Wednesday said that 100% of test serum samples showed neutralisation of the Delta variant and more than 90% of serum samples showed neutralisation of the Omicron variant. Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin booster shot can neutralise both Omicron and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus, a … Read more

Mumbai Omicron surge: Drop in cases, positivity rate early indication of flattening of curve, says expert

The Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation reported that the Covid-related death count in the third wave that began on December 21 is 46. After experiencing a surge in cases for a few weeks now, Mumbai apparently is seeing a consistent drop in cases indicating a flattening of the third wave of pandemic . Tuesday witnessed a 14.66 … Read more