Two people from Karnataka tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Union health ministry informed on December 2nd. Both the cases have been reported in Karnataka with the patients being two men aged 66 and 46The Health Ministry also added that all people who came in contact with the two patients have been traced and are being tested.
Amid concerns that Covid-19 situation in India may flare up again due to increased mixing of people, crowds and lack of Covid appropriate behaviour during the festive season, the R factor in some cities in India has already started showing an increasing trend. R factor refers to the effective reproduction rate which denotes the number of people getting infected by one infected person. If the value of the R factor is above 1, it means that one infected person can spread the infection to more than one person which suggests that the infection is spreading.
Amid fear of new COVID-19 strains, the RT-PCR test is compulsory for passengers arriving from seven more countries, including South Africa, Bangladesh and China, the Centre said on Thursday.
In a bid to identify the maximum number of people infected with #Covid19 and new clusters, the health department has decided to conduct sentinel and random sample testing. This is a departure from the passive testing method, which mostly relies on testing symptomatic people who approach hospitals, those who are included in the primary contact list of infected persons or people coming from clusters.
India’s Covid-19 chart continued to show improvement. On Monday, the country logged just 25,072 cases, taking the total past 3.24 crore. However, a closer look at the numbers suggests that this significant drop could rather be a “manufactured” one on account of declining tests in Kerala.
In the fourth round of the nationwide sero-survey conducted by ICMR, it was found out that 67.6 per cent surveyed Indians have developed antibodies against #Coronavirus.
Chief Minister MK Stalin today extended the lockdown in Tamil Nadu for one more week till July 19 with a few more relaxations.
The head of the World Health Organization said the #COVID19 #DeltaVariant, first seen in India, is “the most transmissible of the variants identified so far,” and warned it is now spreading in at least 85 countries.
When Covid-19 arrived in India, few places looked as vulnerable as Mumbai. But a year on, this city has surprised many by tackling a vicious second wave with considerable success.