Coronavirus Live | Mallikarjun Kharge Tests COVID 19 Positive

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is dangerous, and especially so for those who have not been vaccinated against the disease, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers over the COVID-19 situation on Thursday amid the surge in coronavirus cases due to its Omicron variant, according to sources. 

The number of new coronavirus infections in the last week jumped by about 55%, although the number of deaths remained stable, the World Health Organization said in its latest pandemic report.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the updates:

National

Mallikarjun Kharge tests COVID-19 positive

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has tested positive. He is asymptomatic but is in home isolation as per guidelines. A statement issued by his office says 5 of staff members had tested positive few days back. -TH Delhi Bureau

National

Active COVID-19 cases in country highest in 216 days

India logged 2,47,417 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 236 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,63,17,927  which includes 5,488 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The country saw a single day jump of 620 cases of the Omicron variant, the highest so far, taking the total tally of such cases to 5,488, out of which 2,162 people have recovered or migrated so far.

The active cases have increased to 11,17,531, the highest in 216  days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,85,035 with 380 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,367 cases of Omicron variant followed by Rajasthan at 792, Delhi 549, Kerala 486 and Karnataka  479.

The  active cases comprise 3.08% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 95.59%, the ministry said. -PTI

National

India Open: Seven players withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19

The India Open tournament has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic with as many as seven Indian players withdrawing from the event after testing positive for the dreaded virus, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Thursday.

"The players returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday. Doubles partners deemed close contact of the seven players have also been withdrawn from the tournament," the world governing body said in a statement.

"The players will not be replaced in the main draw and their opponents will be given a walkover to the next round." The BWF announced the news in the wee hours on Thursday but didn't reveal the names of the seven players. -PTI

New Delhi

Vaccination centres for 15-18 age group to be opened in schools with operational health clinics

The Delhi government has directed its officials to open temporary vaccination centres for children in the age group 15-18 years in its 20 schools where health clinics are operational.

The vaccination drive for children in the age group began on January 3.

"All DDEs (Distts.) and DDEs (Zones) are hereby directed to open temporary vaccination centres for students in age group of 15-18 years in the 20 schools wherein School Health Clinics are operational," Directorate of Education (DoE) said in an official order. -PTI

Odisha

HC to be shut for 5 days as Covid cases surge in Odisha

The Orissa High Court will be closed for five days from Thursday due to the 'unprecedented surge' in Covid-19 cases in the state and infection among its staff.

In an order on Wednesday, the HC registrar said the court and its offices would be closed from January 13 to 17 and the benches notified will stand cancelled.

It will resume functioning from January 18. -PTI

Telangana

120 students and faculty of IIT-H test COVID positive, kept in isolation

As many as 120 students, including two faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH), located at Kandi in Sangareddy district, tested positive for coronavirus and they are being kept in isolation. All of them are having mild symptoms.

Confirming this, an official from the IITH informed The Hindu that the spike in cases was not a sudden development and for the past few days, the numbers are increasing. It was reported that after recent admissions of students in the first year, the number of cases have increased. 

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Source : https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/coronavirus-live-updates-january-13-2022/article38263851.ece

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