India’s daily COVID count crosses 1-lakh, Omicron tally at 3,000 – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: India on Friday crossed the one-lakh mark in its daily COVID-19 tally with 1,17,100 new cases being reported and 302 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the latest updated data from the Union ministry of health and family affairs, the country’s current active caseload currently stands at 3,71,363. The last time India had recorded more than a lakh cases in a day was on June 6, 2021. India also reports second death of a 50-year-old woman, a resident of Agalpur in Bolangir district who had tested…

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India’s Omicron tally stands at 2,630 cases; R naught value is higher than 2nd wave – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi : India has reported 2,630 cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 so far, the Union health ministry data stated. The Omicron tally in the country reached 2,630, with Maharashtra (797) topping the count, followed by Delhi (465), Rajasthan (236) and Kerala (234). On Wednesday, the Centre confirmed the first Omicron-related death in the country – a 74-year-old man with comorbidities, who succumbed to the virus last week in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. India is experiencing a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, driven by Omicron, the Centre…

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Delta announces its presence physically, Omicron is asymptomatic – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: As the cases of Omicron, the highly transmissible variant, are surging globally, and the symptoms of Delta and Omicron are inter-related, it is difficult to differentiate between the two. Still, a lot more is yet to be known about Omicron, inform doctors. The Omicron variant – or B.1.1.529 – which has been designated as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been spreading rapidly, despite the symptoms being mild. Speaking to ETHealthworld, doctors informed that the common symptoms of Omicron variant were sore throat,…

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Indian vaccines should be used as boosters without any delay, say experts – ET HealthWorld

Indian vaccines should be used as booster shots without delay to combat the Omicron variant, public health experts said, instead of waiting for mRNA-based ones that are currently not available in the country. This comes even as the government’s advisory group on Covid-19 is awaiting data from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune before it considers recommending booster doses. Experts said mRNA vaccines work best as boosters against Covid-19, but in the absence of these, people who have received Serum Institute of India (SII)’s Covishield should get Bharat Biotech’s…

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Requirement, timing of Covid vaccine booster will be based on scientific decisions: Dr VK Paul – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The requirement, timing and nature of Covid vaccine booster doses will be based on scientific decisions according to Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog on Wednesday. Speaking to ANI, Dr Paul said, “The Union Health Minister has said in the parliament that the need, timing and nature of boosting will be based on scientific decisions and thinking that is what the government is engaged with.” Asked about the severity of the emerging Covid variant, he said, “Covid always comes with mild symptoms in the initial stages. We are…

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Most Omicron patients in South Africa recovering with simple, easy treatment, says Dr Coetzee – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: As the case tally of the new variant of Covid-19 variant Omicron in India touches 200, South African Medical Association Chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee on Tuesday said that most patients in her country recovered from the variant with a simple and an easy line of treatment. Dr Angelique Coetzee, the senior doctor who first identified the variant, said that the line of treatment for Omicron patients is “quite easy”. “We start immediately after the diagnosis with low dosage cortisone and something like ibuprofen to help with the muscle…

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Next few days will tell if Omicron or Delta led to surge, say experts – ET HealthWorld

As parts of India start to see an uptick in Covid-19 cases, experts say it will take a few days to determine whether it’s a resurgence of the Delta variant due to declining immunity or if Omicron, the new highly contagious variant first detected in South Africa, is spreading here. “The next few days will answer this question. To understand the trend there’s a need to intensify genome sequencing. However, in other countries Omicron has gradually gone up and become the dominant variant. It will behave no differently in India,”…

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Spooked by Omicron, many rush to get booster on the sly – ET HealthWorld

HYDERABAD: With rise in Omicron infections across country, panic-stricken people are taking booster shots illegally at corporate hospitals, some with serious side-effects. This even as experts warn against such actions before a national policy on boosters is released. Flooded with requests for boosters, doctors say some have even taken a cocktail – two Covishield and two Covaxin doses. In one such case, a Hyderabadi businessman took a dose of Sputnik after two shots of Covishield and Covaxin, a hospital source and a doctor confirmed. Politicians, healthcare personnel, policemen and businessmen…

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Omicron driven third wave in India likely to peak in Feb: Covid Supermodel Panel – ET HealthWorld

Daily COVID-19 caseload in India that is currently around 7,500 infections is expected to increase once the Omicron starts displacing Delta as the dominant variant, informed members of the National COVID-19 Supermodel Committee and predicted the third wave in India early year. Vidyasagar, who is also the head of the National COVID-19 Supermodel Committee, said that India will have Omicron’s third wave but it will be milder than the second wave. “Third wave is likely to arrive early next year in India. It should be milder than the second wave…

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Covid-19: Anthony Fauci warns of bleak winter with Omicron ‘raging through the world’ – ET HealthWorld

WASHINGTON: Top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned of a bleak winter ahead as the Omicron coronavirus variant spurs a new wave of infections globally, sparking restrictions and concerns over hospital capacity. “One thing that’s very clear… is (Omicron’s) extraordinary capability of spreading,” Fauci told NBC News. “It is just… raging through the world.” Since it was first reported in South Africa in November, Omicron has been identified in dozens of countries, prompting many to reimpose travel restrictions and other measures. Despite indications it is not more severe…

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