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

Census unlikely anytime soon as fear of 3rd wave of COVID-19 looms large

India’s Covid tally rose to 3,49,22,882 with 33,750 fresh cases, while the active cases increased to 1,45,582, according to the data updated at 8 am on Monday. The decennial census, supposed to be held in 2020-21 but postponed due to the Covid pandemic, will not be held anytime soon. The Centre has directed the states … Read more

Covid-19: Centre rings alarm over breakthrough cases as Omicron evades vaccine-induced immunity — Here’s latest advisory

Dr VK Paul, chief of India’s Covid-19 task force, warned that Omicron had a higher risk of transmission within households when compared against the Delta variant. At least 90% of all patients infected by the highly transmissible Omicron variant were fully vaccinated, a Union Health Ministry analysis of 183 cases showed. Sharing the results, the … Read more

Half of India’s adult population fully vaccinated against COVID-19

“Congratulations India.It is a moment of great pride as over 50% of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated. We will win the battle against COVID-19 together,” Mandaviya said in a tweet. Over 50 per cent of India’s eligible adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Sunday … Read more

6 flyers arriving from ‘at-risk’ countries test positive for Covid

leven international flights landed at various airports from midnight to 4 pm on from “at-risk” countries. (Representational image: AP) Six Covid-19 cases were reported on Wednesday after screening 3,476 passengers from 11 international flights that arrived from “at-risk” countries, the Union health ministry has said. Samples of the passengers have been sent for genomic sequencing. … Read more

Omicron: Review plans to ease travel: PM

During the meeting which lasted for about two hours, the PM spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the new variant and urged people to be more cautious and take proper precautions like masking up and maintaining social distance, the PMO said. Amid mounting global concerns over the new coronavirus strain ‘Omicron’, … Read more

India’s population stabilising, fertility rate falls below replacement level

The fifth series of the Union Health Ministry’s National Family Health Survey shows a fertility rate of 1.6 in urban India and 2.1 in rural areas. (Representative image) India’s Total Fertility Rate has declined to 2.0 from 2.2 in 2015-16, according to the latest National Family Health Survey data, on the back of decades-long family … Read more

Health Ministry rushes expert teams to 9 states and UTs amid surge in dengue cases

A Union Health Ministry statement pegged the total number of dengue cases at 116,991 across the country. (File/PTI) The Union Health Ministry has rushed high-level expert teams to nine states and Union Territories with a high dengue caseload, the government announced today. The expert teams will assist the state and Union Territories in public health … Read more