Omicron Updates: Regular Market Approval from DCGI to Covishield, Covaxin Expected Soon

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Omicron Updates: Regular Market Approval from DCGI to Covishield, Covaxin Expected Soon
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Coronavirus-Omicron Updates: India reported over 50 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases in the last three weeks alone, breaking the record of the infections in the country as the tally crossed 4 crores on Tuesday. The country’s Covid-19 tally continues to be the second-highest in the world after the US. The United States has so far logged in 7.3 crore cases. The Omicron-driven third wave continued to slow down in the country on Tuesday despite a sharp surge in Kerala that witnessed its highest daily count of 55,475. India reported 2,85,914 fresh cases on Tuesday, up from 2.54 lakh on Monday.

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According to a report in Times of India, daily deaths rose by a steep 27 per cent in a day, with 571 fatalities reported on Tuesday, the highest daily count in five months since August 25, 2021, when 603 deaths were recorded. The toll on Monday was 449. Deaths were up sharply in Maharashtra, which reported 86 fatalities on Tuesday, the highest daily toll in 110 days. Of these, Mumbai recorded 10 deaths.

Amid the dip in daily cases, the contact tracing ratio has dropped in Mumbai, an analysis of civic numbers revealed. Another report in TOI stated that barely two-three contacts were traced per positive patient in January. From January 6 to January 8, when Mumbai reported more than 20,000 cases every day, less than two contacts were traced per positive case.

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The rule states that teams should trace 15 high and low risk contacts for every patient. “However, it was impossible to visit all positive households, screen and prepare reports by evening when there were so many of them. Hence, we contacted most on phone, took details of their conditions and checked if family members have symptoms,” Vedika Samjiskar, a health volunteer posted with a south Mumbai ward, was quoted as saying.

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• Other states grappling with surging deaths on Tuesday included Kerala (70), Karnataka (52), Tamil Nadu (48), Gujarat (28), Chhattisgarh (23), Assam (19), Haryana (18), Jammu and Kashmir (14) and Andhra Pradesh (12). According to the Times of India report, these were among 12 states and UTs that reported their highest single-day deaths during the third wave on Tuesday. Daily fatalities remained high in several other states, including Bengal (36), Delhi (31), Punjab (30) and Rajasthan (22).

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• On Tuesday, daily cases saw a big spike in just two states/UTs — Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir. While Kerala reported a very high positivity rate of 49.4 per cent (with one out of every two tests giving a positive result for Covid), Jammu and Kashmir posted 6,570 new cases, the highest single-day count in the UT since the start of the pandemic.

• Delhi’s apex Covid-19 management body DDMA will meet on Thursday to review the pandemic situation in the city. The meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to be chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal is scheduled at 12.30 pm on January 27. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also likely to attend the meeting that will discuss relaxations that may be allowed in view of improvement in Covid-19 situation in the city, officials said.

• The regular market approval from DCGI to Covishield and Covaxin is expected soon, but only after price fixation which is still underway, ANI quoted official sources as saying.

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