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Fast-spreading, heavily mutated Omicron variant detected in 57 countries, says WHO
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Fast-spreading, heavily mutated Omicron variant detected in 57 countries, says WHO

The BA.2 sub-variant is believed to be more infectious than the original Omicron

Over 500 samples of Omicron sub-variant detected in India: Here’s what we know so far of BA.2
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Over 500 samples of Omicron sub-variant detected in India: Here’s what we know so far of BA.2

Commonly called ‘Stealth Omicron, the new sub-variant reportedly doesn’t show up on RT-PCR tests; experts say one mustn’t panic, but maintain vigilance

India reports single-day jump of 2.6 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4.83% higher than yesterday
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India reports single-day jump of 2.6 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4.83% higher than yesterday

The total tally of COVID-19 cases is now at 3,65,82,129 which includes 5,753 cases of the Omicron variant

India sees 2,47,417 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, highest ever in the last eight months
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India sees 2,47,417 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, highest ever in the last eight months

The daily positivity rate has climbed up to 13.11 percent while the weekly positivity rate is now at 10.80 percent. The Omicron variant count has also risen to 5,488, a jump from 4,868

Will Omicron bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what experts have to say
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Will Omicron bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what experts have to say

The coronavirus variant, first detected in South Africa, has caused a massive spike in cases across the world, forcing governments to impose new restrictions

COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 15-18 begins; over 16 lakh teens already given first dose
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COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 15-18 begins; over 16 lakh teens already given first dose

The process to administer coronavirus vaccines to children comes amid a rapid rise in infections fuelled by the Omicron variant

How will pandemic end? Ultra-contagious Omicron may forecast the endgame of COVID-19
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How will pandemic end? Ultra-contagious Omicron may forecast the endgame of COVID-19

The Omicron crisis shows that the world will reach a point where SARS-CoV-2 will be treated as an endemic much like flu, hopes infectious disease expert Stephen Kissler of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

India's fight against COVID-19 enters new era as it begins vaccinations for teens aged between 15-18
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India's fight against COVID-19 enters new era as it begins vaccinations for teens aged between 15-18

Teenagers in the age group of 15-18 lined up across the country outside medical centres to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The new drive comes as the country is witnessing a spike in daily infections owing to the Omicron variant

Mumbai imposes 5 pm to 5 am ban on people visiting beaches, parks and public spaces to battle rising COVID-19 cases
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Mumbai imposes 5 pm to 5 am ban on people visiting beaches, parks and public spaces to battle rising COVID-19 cases

The new restrictions, which will be in force till 15 January, come a day after the financial capital recorded 3,671 new coronavirus cases, a 46.25 percent increase over the previous day

Increase in Maharashtra's active COVID-19 cases 'alarming', says health minister Rajesh Tope
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Increase in Maharashtra's active COVID-19 cases 'alarming', says health minister Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday expressed concern over the rise in the number of fresh as well as active COVID-19 cases in the state, and urged people and authorities to exercise caution

Third wave comes knocking at Maharashtra's doorstep: COVID-19 cases doubling faster than first and second waves
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Third wave comes knocking at Maharashtra's doorstep: COVID-19 cases doubling faster than first and second waves

The western state has been witnessing a spike in coronavirus infections with Tuesday seeing a total of 2,172 cases; Mumbai recorded 1,377 cases, a steep rise of 70 percent from a day ago

Omicron, Assembly polls on agenda as Narendra Modi calls for Council of Ministers meet today
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Omicron, Assembly polls on agenda as Narendra Modi calls for Council of Ministers meet today

The meeting called by the prime minister, scheduled to be held at 4 pm, is expected to be attended by all ministers

India likely to see uptick in Omicron cases in January; experts stress on improving testing capacity
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India likely to see uptick in Omicron cases in January; experts stress on improving testing capacity

On tests, Om Manchanda, Managing Director, Dr Lal Pathlabs, pointed out that they don't detect variants, they simply mention if the patient is COVID-19 positive or not. This could result in a lot of false negatives hence superior testing kits will be required

COVID-19: India’s Omicron case count at 161, says health minister Mansukh Mandaviya
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COVID-19: India’s Omicron case count at 161, says health minister Mansukh Mandaviya

On Monday, Kerala, Delhi and Karnataka reported four, two and five fresh cases respectively

India likely to witness Omicron peak by February-end; to be less severe than second wave, says COVID-19 supermodel panel
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India likely to witness Omicron peak by February-end; to be less severe than second wave, says COVID-19 supermodel panel

Members of the panel also added that the Omicron-driven spike in COVID-19 cases in UK is irrelevant to India as the former has low sero-positivity and uses mostly mRNA vaccines that seem to offer protection only for a short duration

Amid Omicron threat, maintain strict vigil with focussed district level measures: Centre to states
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Amid Omicron threat, maintain strict vigil with focussed district level measures: Centre to states

The COVID-19 positivity rate has been more than 10 percent in eight districts in Mizoram, Kerala and Sikkim in the last two weeks, said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Omicron variant in India: Maharashtra reports seven new cases; India's tally rises to 32
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Omicron variant in India: Maharashtra reports seven new cases; India's tally rises to 32

Of the seven new cases, three are from Mumbai and four from Pimpri Chinchwad, the state health department said on Friday

IMA warns of 'massive third wave' amid Omicron threat, urges public to follow COVID-19 protocols
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IMA warns of 'massive third wave' amid Omicron threat, urges public to follow COVID-19 protocols

The medical body also urged the government to announce 'additional' doses of the jab for healthcare, frontline workers and immunocompromised individuals.

Omicron fuels reinfection three times more than delta variant, WHO chief scientist says kids, unvaccinated at risk
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Omicron fuels reinfection three times more than delta variant, WHO chief scientist says kids, unvaccinated at risk

Dr Swaminathan pointed out that not many vaccines are available for children currently and only a handful of countries have started vaccinations for kids

Omicron variant likely to be present in all major Indian cities, not coming from airports, says top Indian scientist
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Omicron variant likely to be present in all major Indian cities, not coming from airports, says top Indian scientist

Dr Rakesh Mishra, the chief of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said that vaccinations, wearing face masks, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene are of utmost importance in the fight against the disease