Covid-19 Omicron Cases and Deaths in India Highlights: To tackle a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, the Centre advised all states and Union territories to initiate the process of setting up makeshift hospitals and to constitute special teams to monitor patients in home isolation.
In a letter to all chief secretaries, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said it is imperative to re-emphasise the significance of timely and swift upgradation of health infrastructure in all states and UTs. “This becomes all the more important since with the sudden increase in cases, we may start seeing a stressed health infrastructure,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Haryana government closed cinema halls, sports complexes, swimming pools and entertainment parks in Gurugram, Faridabad and three other districts. Government and private offices will function with 50% staff attendance, the government said. The restrictions will remain in effect till January 12.
The sharp spike in Covid-19 cases across cities continued on Saturday, with 6,347 fresh cases being reported in Mumbai, 2,716 in Delhi, 2,398 in Kolkata, 810 in Bengaluru and 682 in Chennai. India’s Omicron tally on Saturday reached 1,431 even as the country reported 22,775 new coronavirus cases and 406 deaths, Union Health Ministry’s data updated till 8 am stated. Active caseload currently stands at 1,04,781 while recovery rate currently is 98.32%.
In another development, India on Saturday opened the registration for Covid-19 vaccines for children between the age of 15 to 18 years on the CoWin portal. “If the children are safe, then the future of the country is safe. I request the family members to register the eligible children for vaccination, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
Officials are trying to contact at least 18 percent (Four lakh) of the eligible population who hasn’t taken the second dose of Covid vaccine in Tripura, said  Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal, Director of NHM. He said the government has set up 354 centres for vaccinating 2.13 lakh children aged 15-18 in the state.

In Tripura, there are more than 4 lakh people (or 18%) whose second dose of COVID vaccine is due but have not taken the shot. We are trying to contact them… Govt has set up 354 centres for vaccinating 2.13 lakh children aged 15-18: Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal, Director, NHM, Tripura pic.twitter.com/0sGSBNCFJw
Officials are trying to contact at least 18 percent (Four lakh) of the eligible population who hasn’t taken the second dose of Covid vaccine in Tripura, said  Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal, Director of NHM. He said the government has set up 354 centres for vaccinating 2.13 lakh children aged 15-18 in the state.
In Tripura, there are more than 4 lakh people (or 18%) whose second dose of COVID vaccine is due but have not taken the shot. We are trying to contact them… Govt has set up 354 centres for vaccinating 2.13 lakh children aged 15-18: Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal, Director, NHM, Tripura pic.twitter.com/0sGSBNCFJw
Goa’s COVID-19 tally touched 1,81,182 on Saturday after 310 cases were detected, while the death toll remained unchanged at 3,522, an official said.
So far, 1,76,322 people have been discharged from hospitals, including 18 during the day, leaving the state with an active tally of 1,338, he said.
With 4,959 samples being examined in the last 24 hours, the number of tests in Goa went up to 16,31,100, he added. (PTI)
The national capital’s South district has reported the highest number of Covid cases in a single day at 372 while the northeast district had the least at 52, according to official data shared on Saturday, as Delhi sees a major spurt in cases with each passing day.
Delhi has so far logged 351 cases of Omicron with it emerging as the dominant variant among samples being genome sequenced here. Out of the 11 districts of the national capital, barring one, all other areas have case figures in three digits.
In a massive surge, Delhi recorded 2,716 fresh Covid cases, the highest single-day rise since May 21, and one death while the positivity rate mounted to 3.64 per cent, according to data shared by the city’s health department on Saturday.
The daily case count on Saturday breached the 2000-mark after a gap of over seven months.
This rise is the highest since May 21 when 3,009 cases were recorded with a positivity rate of 4.76 per cent, while 252 deaths were also reported on that day.
Out of 2,716 cases reported the previous day, only northeast district had a case count of less than 100.
South district had the highest number of cases at 372, followed by west (356), northwest (323) and southeast (314). Shahdara (104) and East districts (173) had cases below 200. Central had 278 cases, New Delhi (263), North (219), and Southwest (262) logged less than 300 cases in a single day. (PTI)
Haryana government closes cinema halls, sports complexes, swimming pools and entertainment parks in Gurugram, Faridabad and three other districts. Government and private offices will function with 50% staff attendance. Restrictions to remain in effect till January 12.
#Omicron: Haryana Govt closes cinema halls, sports complexes, swimming pools, and entertainment parks in Gurugram, Faridabad & three other districts; govt & private offices to function with 50% staff attendance

Restrictions to remain in effect till January 12 pic.twitter.com/ILREGZgFn1
Gujarat on Saturday recorded 1,069 COVID-19 cases, the first time the daily addition crossed the 1000-mark since June 4 when the figure was 1,120, taking the state’s tally to 8,32,801, an official said.
The death toll rose by one to touch 10,119, while the discharge of 103 persons took the recovery count to 8,18,755, leaving Gujarat with 3,297 active cases, including 11 critical patients, he said.
Of the new cases, Ahmedabad led with 559, followed by 164 in Surat, 67 in Vadodara, 61 in Rajkot, 39 each in Anand and Kheda, among other districts, the official informed.
The number of vaccine doses administered in the state stood at 8.95 crore as 1.52 lakh people got jabs during the day, a government release said. (PTI)
Himachal Pradesh on Saturday recorded 83 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally to 2,28,940, while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 3,860, a health official said.
The latest fatality was reported from Shimla, he said. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh climbed to 474 from 466 on Friday, the official said. (PTI)
At least 124 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Madhya Pradesh, raising the tally of infections to 7,94,089 on Saturday, an official from the state health department said.
The count of recoveries rose to 7,83,059, after 34 people were discharged from hospitals, while the toll stood at 10,533, as no fresh casualties were reported during the day, the official said. The central state is now left with 497 active cases, he said.
With the addition of 61,440 samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state went up to 2,37,53,449, the official added. (PTI)
Two more people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in West Bengal, taking the total number of cases in the state to 16, a senior health official said on Saturday.
One of the new patients came from Odisha while a local person tested positive for Omicron at the India-Bangladesh international border in Petrapole in North 24 Parganas district, he said.
“The person who came from Odisha, and the one who tested positive at Petrapole are undergoing treatment in Kolkata. The total number of cases has increased to 16,” the official said. (PTI)
The Delhi government will provide free and personalised online yoga classes to COVID-19 patients in home isolation to boost their immunity, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Saturday.
This comes weeks after the Delhi government launched the ‘Dilli Ki Yogshala’ programme to help the city residents practise yoga regularly under the guidance of trained teachers. Sisodia said as soon as a COVID-19 case will be reported, the patient will receive an SMS from the Delhi government with a link to register for a yoga class. Each class will have about 25-35 people who will be taught by trained yoga instructors.
“The number of Covid patients is rising in Delhi, but they are mostly asymptomatic and are being advised to stay in home isolation. Along with medical treatment, we will help them boost their immunity through online yoga sessions,” he said during an interaction with yoga instructors of ‘Dilli Ki Yogshala’. (PTI)
Popular Tamil comedian Vadivelu was discharged on Saturday following complete recovery from COVID-19, a hospital here that treated him said.
Film actor Vadivelu recovered completely and his stay in the hospital was good and ‘uneventful’ with no setbacks, Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre said. 
The actor was discharged on January 1 in good health, SRMC’s medical director, Dr Suhas Prabhakar said in a press release.
The star entertainer, who was admitted on December 23, 2021 after he tested positive for the virus, ‘is recovering well with treatment,’ the hospital had said days ago. (PTI)
Bengali film director Srijit Mukherji tests positive for Covid-19. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “I have tested positive for Covid and am isolating myself. For everyone who has come in contact with me in the last 72 hrs, please test yourself.”
I have tested positive for Covid and am isolating myself. For everyone who has come in contact with me in the last 72 hrs, please test yourself.
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh tested positive for Covid-19 Saturday. Taking to Twitter, he asked all those who came in contact with him to get tested.
“I have tested positive for Covid 19 today with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself and taking all the necessary precautions and medication required. I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest,” the minister tweeted.
Meanwhile, Karnataka breached the thousand-mark in the single-day spike in cases as the state Saturday recorded 1,033 fresh Covid cases of which Bengaluru Urban reported 810 cases. Read more
Tamil Nadu continued to record an upward trend in new Covid-19 cases on Saturday with 1,489 infections and eight more deaths, pushing the numbers till date to 27,49,534 and 36,784 respectively, the Health Department said.
Recoveries were less than the new cases with 611 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 27,04,410 leaving 8,340 active infections, a bulletin said here.
A total of 1,03,607 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the number of specimens examined to 5,75,47,850 so far.
Chennai and neighbouring Chengalpet saw bulk of new cases with 682 and 168 cases respectively, while the rest were spread across other districts.
As many as 17 districts reported new infections below 10, while Mayiladuthurai recorded nil new case, the bulletin said. (PTI)
Maharashtra reports 9,170 new cases, 1,445 recoveries and seven deaths today. Active cases are at 32,225. The state also reported six more Omicron cases, which took the state tally up to 460.
#COVID19 | Maharashtra reports 9,170 new cases, 1,445 recoveries, and 7 deaths today. Active cases 32,225

Total 6 new #Omicron cases were reported in the state today; till date, a total of 460 Omicron cases have been reported in Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/VJCbeoc1hF
To tackle a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, the Centre advised all states and Union territories to initiate the process of setting up makeshift hospitals and to constitute special teams to monitor patients in home isolation.
In a letter to all chief secretaries, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said it is imperative to re-emphasise the significance of timely and swift upgradation of health infrastructure in all states and UTs. “This becomes all the more important since with the sudden increase in cases, we may start seeing a stressed health infrastructure,” he said.
To address potential surge in cases with a view to ensure preparedness, the Centre has asked states to initiate creation of field or makeshift hospitals to augment availability of health infrastructure.
“This can be done with coordination with DRDO and CSIR as well as the private sector, corporations, NGOs, etc. This will aid the process of rapid creation of field hospitals or temporary hospital set-ups,” Bhushan said.
The Centre also said that states may also consider leveraging hotel rooms and other accommodations linked with the COVID dedicated hospitals in government and private sector to cater to patients having mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, as was also done in some states during the earlier surge in cases.
“A large number of positive cases may be eligible for home isolation. These cases would require effective follow up and a clearly defined mechanism for prompt shifting to a health facility in case of deterioration in their health situation,” Bhushan said. (PTI)
West Bengal logged 4,512 fresh Covid-19 cases and nine more deaths on Saturday. Out of the new cases, 2,398 fresh infections were reported from Kolkata.
Amid a sharp spike in Covid-19 case in parts of West Bengal, especially in Kolkata, the state government on Saturday indefinitely put on hold its ‘Duare Sarkar’ (government at your doorstep) programme.
The government has also called off a programme at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, which was scheduled for January 3, during which student credit cards were to be distributed. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to attend the event. Read more
Karnataka on Saturday breached the 1,000-mark in Covid cases, adding 1,033 new cases to the state’s overall infection count. Of them, 810 cases were reported from the capital city of Bengaluru. The state recorded also five new Covid deaths and 354 fresh recoveries.
#Karnataka breaches 1,000 mark in Covid cases on January 01. #Bengaluru logged 810 f new #Covid cases out of total 1033 fresh cases in the state. Five new Covid deaths were also reported. 354 recoveries. @IndianExpress @DHFWKA
Delhi reports 2,716 fresh Covid cases, 51% higher than yesterday’s tally. The positivity rate has climbed up to 3.64%.
Delhi reports 2,716 fresh COVID cases today, 51% higher than yesterday’s tally; positivity rate climbs to 3.64%

Active cases: 6,360 pic.twitter.com/5HpD1DGzNr
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a government hospital amid fear of spread of ‘Omicron variant’ in Bengaluru (PTI File Photo)
Stating that India reported over 10,000 daily Covid cases after 33 days, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday said there is a need for heightened vigil among the people of the country.
Briefing the media, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Luv Aggarwal also said on an average, India reported more than 8,000 cases per day last week. Overall case positivity rate stands at 0.92%, he said, adding that weekly positivity rate is over 10 per cent in eight districts while it is 5-10% in 14 districts. India’s R naught value, which indicates spread of Covid-19, is 1.22 so cases are increasing, not shrinking, the ministry said.
People with no travel history have been infected for the Omicron Covid variant and this means it is gradually spreading in the community, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said Thursday. Jain also said that 46 of 115 samples sequenced in the national capital so far had tested positive for the new strain.
India reported 13,154 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. The active cases stood at 82,402 cases, while the death toll has climbed to 4,80,860. According to a bulletin released on Thursday morning, the Omicron case tally has risen to 961, with 263 cases in Delhi and 252 in Maharashtra. Of the 961 cases, 320 Omicron cases have recovered or been discharged.
Meanwhile, Indian SARS-COV-2 Genomics Consortia INSACOG said that there is now clear experimental and clinical data supporting very high immune escape potential of Omicron, but initial estimates show the severity of illness being lower than what was seen in previous outbreaks, the said in its latest bulletin citing global data.

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