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Published on: Wednesday, December 08, 2021, 11:32 PM IST

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Amid the cloud of concerns regarding the Omicron coronavirus variant, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr Anthony Fauci on Tuesday said emerging evidence suggests that Omicron has increased infectivity and not a "severe profile".
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08 December 2021 09:18 AM IST

Omicron: 4 more international travellers admitted to LNJP hospital in Delhi

Four more international travellers were on Tuesday admitted to the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital's special facility for isolating and treating those infected with the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, officials said. (PTI)

08 December 2021 09:18 AM IST

'Code white' alert in southern France as 5th Covid wave peaks

The Regional Health Agency of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur has activated the "code white" alert in all hospitals in southern France, news television BFMTV has reported.

Enshrined in French law in 2004, the "code white" alert entails organisational measures such as mobilising backup personnel and prioritising operations for coronavirus patients for hospitals in case of a serious sanitary situation or overcrowding, Xinhua news agency reported. (IANS)

08 December 2021 10:38 AM IST

New cases at 8,439; below 10,000 for 12th day

India reported 8,439 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, according to data from the health ministry as of 0800 IST today. The daily tally of cases remained below 10,000 for the 12th day.

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08 December 2021 10:38 AM IST

Mizoram issues guidelines for international travellers

International travellers entering Mizoram will have to undergo mandatory Rapid Antigen Test as per the new guidelines issued by the state government in the wake of detection of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in some states, an official said.

08 December 2021 10:38 AM IST

Global Covid caseload tops 267 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 267 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.27 million and vaccinations to over 8.24 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

08 December 2021 10:38 AM IST

Thane district logs 94 COVID-19 cases

With the addition of 94 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 5,70,056, an official said on Wednesday. These new cases were reported on Tuesday, he said.

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08 December 2021 11:50 AM IST

Indian hockey player tests positive, match against Korea cancelled

A member of the Indian women's hockey team participating in the Asian Champions Trophy here has tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the cancellation of its match against hosts and defending champions Korea on Wednesday.

08 December 2021 11:50 AM IST

Samples of Andhra man sent for genome sequencing amid Omicron scare

Omicron scare gripped Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district as authorities have sent samples of a man who recently returned from South Africa and tested positive for Covid-19 for genome sequencing.

08 December 2021 12:56 PM IST

Karnataka woman wins Covid battle after spending 104 days on ventilator

In a miraculous turn of events, a woman, whose lungs were 96 per cent affected by coronavirus, has fully recovered from the infection after spending 104 days on a ventilator in Karnataka's Koppal district.

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08 December 2021 12:56 PM IST

UN chief in self-isolation after contact with COVID-positive person

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been in self-isolation after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, said Farhan Haq, his deputy spokesman.

08 December 2021 12:56 PM IST

Pfizer Covid vaccine provides partial protection against Omicron: Study

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine provides less immunity against Omicron than from other coronavirus variants, according to a lab study that suggests a booster may still provide good protection.

08 December 2021 12:56 PM IST

Delhi: All travellers from affected countries are tested on arrival. 37 people have been admitted to LNJP, out of which 28 had tested positive for COVID. 17 genome sequencing reports have arrived & one person has tested positive for Omicron so far, says Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain

08 December 2021 02:45 PM IST

Indonesia badminton team withdraws from 2021 BWF World Championship

In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases due to the new variant Omicron, the Indonesia badminton team has withdrawn its participation from the upcoming 2021 BWF World Championship.

08 December 2021 02:45 PM IST

Poland tightens Covid restrictions to combat Omicron variant

The Polish government has announced new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 infections in face of the proliferation of the new Omicron variant.

08 December 2021 02:45 PM IST

Most patients infected with Omicron get mild symptoms: South African doctor

Chairperson of the South African Medical Association (SAMA) said most patients infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 got mild symptoms, while the unvaccinated patients showed relatively severe symptoms.

08 December 2021 02:45 PM IST

Omicron fears: K'taka CM Bommai hints at new Covid guidelines in state

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday hinted at new guidelines for management of Covid-19 situation amid Omicron fears in the state.

"It will be discussed in a cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on Thursday and a call will be taken," he underlined.

08 December 2021 02:45 PM IST

Omicron scare: More people taking Covid vax in Tamil Nadu

The Health department staff of Tamil Nadu including nurses and allied staff on Wednesday said that there was an increase in the number of Covid vaccinations in the state and attributed this to the Omicron scare.

08 December 2021 02:45 PM IST

Indian women's hockey team member tested COVID positive

The coronavirus has once again come back to haunt Indian hockey as a member of the women's team has been tested COVID positive at the ongoing Women's Asian Champions Trophy 2021 in Donghae.

08 December 2021 03:49 PM IST

New York City vaccine mandate for private sector draws flak

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that workers in the private sector also would come under the Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Xinhua news agency reported.

08 December 2021 03:49 PM IST

Omicron variant found in wastewater in US Houston

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been found in wastewater in Houston, the largest city in the south central US state of Texas, confirming the local spread of the new strain, city officials said on Tuesday.

08 December 2021 03:49 PM IST

Less chances of 5 suspects having contracted Omicron: Goa CM

There are less chances of the five persons, including Russian and Georgian nationals, quarantined earlier this week in Goa, of being diagnosed with the Omicron variant of Covid, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday.

08 December 2021 04:11 PM IST

Number of Omicron suspects mounts to 37 in Delhi, 28 test positive for Covid

A total of 37 Omicron variant suspects have been admitted to Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital in the capital city so far.

08 December 2021 04:37 PM IST

Omicron: 4 from 'at-risk' countries test Covid+ve in Odisha

At least four individuals who arrived in Odisha from 'at-risk' countries -- where the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is infecting people, have tested Covid-19 positive, an official said on Wednesday, adding their samples have been sent for genome sequencing.

08 December 2021 05:07 PM IST

With vaccine resistance high, Poland faces surge of deaths

The mortality rate is Poland, while lower than it was than in the spring, recently has caused more than 500 deaths per day and still has not peaked.

08 December 2021 05:07 PM IST

Negative Covid report or vax certificate must to enter Colombia

Travellers wishing to enter Colombia must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test report or vaccination certificate starting December 14, Health Minister Fernando Ruiz has announced.

08 December 2021 11:32 PM IST

Goa: Russian returnees test positive for COVID-19, suspected to be infected with Omicron variant

Russian returnees who have reached Goa via Delhi are suspected to be infected with COVID-19 variant 'Omicron', informed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday.

"We have suspected Omicron cases who are Russia returnees to Goa via Delhi. We can't call them Omicron cases directly," said Sawant.

The samples of suspected cases have been sent for genome sequencing, results of which are awaited.

"All of them are in isolation. They are tourists who had landed from Russia to Delhi followed by Goa. We admitted them as suspected (Omicron) cases after 12 days. They are Covid positive, their samples sent to Pune (for genome sequencing)," added Sawant.

08 December 2021 11:32 PM IST

Pfizer says early lab tests suggest COVID-19 boosters provide protection against omicron variant

08 December 2021 11:32 PM IST

President Kovind presents President's Standard to 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron of Indian Navy

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday presented President's Standard to the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron of the Indian Navy in Mumbai.

Speaking at the event, President Kovind said that the Indian Navy has played vital roles during the COVID-19 crisis and rescue operations during cyclones like Tauktae.

08 December 2021 11:32 PM IST

Antonio Conte confirms Spurs have 8 players positive with COVID

Tottenham Hotspur FC head coach Antonio Conte on Wednesday confirmed eight players of his first-team squad and five staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Spurs is set to host Rennes in their Thursday's Europa Conference League match. Notably, under UEFA regulations the match cannot be postponed unless a club has fewer than 13 players or no registered goalkeeper available.

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