Omicron News LIVE Updates: Govt panel recommends market approval for Covaxin, Covishield but with conditions

Omicron News LIVE Updates: The recommendations will be sent to the Drugs Controller General of India for final approval. Covishield and Covaxin were granted emergency use authorisation on 3 January, 2021

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Omicron News LIVE Updates: Govt panel recommends market approval for Covaxin, Covishield but with conditions

A health worker prepares to inoculate a women with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against coronavirus in Chennai. AFP



Jan 19, 2022 - 20:32 (IST)

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Karnataka: Five schools, one college in Mangaluru closed due to COVID surge

A department communique here said the classes in the six institutions will be suspended for a week due to increase in COVID-19 cases.

The institutions include Vivekananda PU college, Yedapadavu; government high school, Bengre Kasaba; Canara CBSE school, Dongrakere; Ansar English medium high school, Bajpe and Vyasa Maharshi English medium high school, Mulki. 

Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner K V Rajendra in a statement said if more than five individuals are found infected in a campus, such schools and colleges will be temporarily closed.


Jan 19, 2022 - 18:59 (IST)

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Former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal tests positive for COVID-19, hospitalised

The 94-year-old Shiromani Akali Dal patriarch has been admitted to Dayanand Medical College And Hospital or DMCH in Ludhiana.

DMCH Medical Superintendent Dr Sandeep Sharma said that Parkash Singh Badal tested positive for coronavirus.

"He is stable," Dr Sharma added.


Jan 19, 2022 - 17:27 (IST)

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Study finds COVID-19 vaccines offer lasting protection

 A new research has found that COVID-19 vaccination offers long-lasting protection from the worst outcomes of COVID-19.
The research has been published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine'. The emergence of the delta and omicron variants had raised questions about whether breakthrough infections are caused by waning immunity or by the more transmissible variants.
Results of the study suggested that declining immunity is responsible for breakthrough infections, but vaccines maintained protection from hospitalization and severe disease nine months after getting the first shot.


Jan 19, 2022 - 15:37 (IST)

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No relaxation on COVID norms in Delhi as positivity rate 'not low enough': Satyendar Jain

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said that even though the COVID-19 positivity rate in the national capital has declined from 30 per cent to 22.5 per cent with a decrease in the number of infections as well, the COVID norms in the city will not be relaxed as the positivity rate is still not "low enough".

Jan 19, 2022 - 14:56 (IST)

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India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 158.88 crore


India's cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 158.88 crores on Wednesday after over 76 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

A statement from the ministry stated that with the administration of 76,35,229 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage reached 1,58,88,47,554, as per provisional reports till 7 am today. This has been achieved through 1,70,80,295 sessions, it read.


Jan 19, 2022 - 13:22 (IST)

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SC to consider hearing plea seeking food, welfare measures for migrant workers during third COVID-19 wave

The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would consider listing for hearing the fresh plea of activists seeking implementation of an earlier order on ensuring food security and other welfare measures for migrant workers who are again in distress in the third COVID-19 wave triggered by Omicron variant and consequential curbs imposed in parts of country.

The plea seeks compliance with the direction by which the authorities were asked to undertake an exercise under the National Food Security Act, 2013 to re- determine the total number of persons to be covered under the free ration scheme. It has sought details of foodgrains provided by the Centre to the states for implementing the food schemes for migrant workers.

The top court, on 29 June last year, had issued a slew of directions to authorities on a plea of the activists seeking welfare measures for migrant workers and had ordered states and Union Territories (UTs) to frame schemes for providing free dry ration to them till the pandemic lasts, while the Centre will have to allocate additional food grains.


Jan 19, 2022 - 13:08 (IST)

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DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till 28 Feb

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country has been extended till 28 February, aviation regulator DGCA said on Wednesday.

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since 23 March, 2020.

However, special passenger flights have been operating between India and approximately 40 countries since July 2020 under air bubble arrangements formed with them.


Jan 19, 2022 - 13:00 (IST)

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SC pulls up states on disbursal of COVID-19 death claims, summons AP, Bihar chief secretary at 2pm

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up state governments for failing to disburse claims to the next of kin of COVID-19 victims, and issued a show cause notice to the Andhra Pradesh chief secretary as to why contempt action be not initiated against him.

The top court asked the chief secretaries of Andhra Pradesh and Bihar government to remain present virtually at 2 pm and explain why the disbursal of ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000 for COVID-19 death are less in their states.

The top court was hearing a batch of pleas by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal and intervenors represented by advocate Sumeer Sodhi seeking ex-gratia assistance to family members of COVID-19 victims.​

- PTI                 

Jan 19, 2022 - 11:59 (IST)

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Kerala to hold COVID-19 evaluation meet tomorrow amid surging cases

The Kerala government on Tuesday decided to strictly implement the COVID-19 health protocols as there is a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the state which reported over 28,400 new infections.

Kerala which had recorded 2,435 new positive cases on 1 January witnessed a steady rise in the number of cases. The daily cases increased to 5,296 on 7 January. On 12 January the daily infection rate went up to 12,742 and the state reported 22,946 fresh infections on 17 January.

The state government has informed that a decision on restrictions including the closure of colleges and offices and curbs on people traveling in public transport among other matters will be discussed and decided in the COVID-19 evaluation meeting to be held on Thursday.

The chief minister, who is abroad for the purpose of treatment, will chair the meeting online, government sources said.


Jan 19, 2022 - 11:46 (IST)

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Odisha logs 11,607 new COVID-19 cases, at least 991 children among them

Odisha on Wednesday recorded 11,607 new COVID-19 cases, 521 more than the previous day, with the tally rising to 11,67,094, a health department bulletin said.

The death toll mounted to 8,494 with six fresh COVID fatalities, the highest single-day count in more than three months, it said.

Fifty-three other coronavirus-positive patients have died due to comorbidities so far, the bulletin said.

At least 991 children were among the new patients and the positivity ratio stood at 16.7 percent as the fresh infections were detected from 69,502 sample tests in the last 24 hours, it said.

Odisha now has 84,770 active cases.


Omicron News Latest Updates: An expert panel of India's central drug authority on Wednesday recommended granting regular market approval to COVID-19 vaccines Covishield and Covaxin, which are currently only authorised for emergency use in the country, subject to certain conditions, official sources told PTI.

Pharma companies Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech had submitted applications to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking regular market authorisation for their respective COVID-19 vaccines Covishield and Covaxin.

Prakash Kumar Singh, director (government and regulatory affairs) at SII, had submitted an application to the DCGI on 25 October on this matter.

Covaxin and Covishield were granted emergency use authorisation on 3 January, 2021.

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