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Omicron Coronavirus India Live News, December 4, 2021: New Omicron Virus Cases in India Latest Updates, Coronavirus New Cases Live News, Covid-19 Cases and Deaths India Live Count.

Omicron Coronavirus India Live News, December 4, 2021: New Omicron Virus Cases in India Latest Updates, Coronavirus New Cases Live News, Covid-19 Cases and Deaths India Live Count.

EnglishEnglish ?????Tamil ?????Bangla ??????Malayalam ?????Hindi ?????Marathi Follow Us: Saturday, December 04, 2021 Home India World Cities Opinion Sports Entertainment Lifestyle Tech Videos Explaine.....d Audio SubscribeEpaper Sign In Search for: MUST READ PM (Manmohan) asking Cabinet on Agusta threw us to wolves: Christian Michel Ad revenue: Facebook and Google make more than top 10 media firms put together Karnataka to probe Covid report that allowed traveller with Omicron variant to fly out Akhilesh hits back: Congress may get zero seats in 2022 polls Experts will take call on booster dose: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in LS Hardline mob in Pakistan lynches Lankan over ?blasphemy? Explained: How MPs? questions are allowed, disallowed Rice, a BJP rise and ruckus: What explains the angry TRS in Parliament Mumbai Test: NZ spinner Ajaz scripts dream return to ?original home? Junior Hockey World Cup: Germans use bigger physique to end India?s title defence Home India Omicron Coronavirus LIVE: Zimbabwe returnee tested positive for Omicron in Gujarat, says Jamnagar authority Omicron Coronavirus LIVE: Zimbabwe returnee tested positive for Omicron in Gujarat, says Jamnagar authority ? Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today, COVID-19 New Variant Omicron Latest News 4 December 2021: This is the third Omicron case to be detected in India. Two people had tested positive in Karnataka, earlier this week. By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2021 5:41:34 pm A health worker conducts Covid-19 testing of commuters amid fear of spread of Omicron variant, in Bengaluru, Dec. 3, 2021. (Representative image/PTI) Omicron Covid Variant Live Updates: The whole genome sequencing of a 71-year old NRI, who landed in Gujarat?s Jamnagar city from Zimbabwe, and tested positive for Covid-19 on December 2, has revealed that the patient is infected with the Omicron variant, according to the nodal officer of Covid-19 in the city. Two samples of the patient were sent ? one to Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, which detected the presence of the Omicron variant, and another to NIV Pune. The whole genome sequencing report from NIV is awaited. This is the third Omicron case to be detected in India. Earlier this week, two people in Karnataka ? a 46-year-old doctor and a 66-year-old South African national ? were found to be infected with the new variant. In other news, the Centre has said that it anticipates the severity of the Omicron variant of coronavirus to be low in the country given the fast pace of vaccination and high exposure to the Delta variant. Speaking in the Parliament, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday highlighted that a decision on booster dose and Covid jabs for children will be taken on the basis of scientific guidance from experts. Top genome scientists, meanwhile, have recommended a booster dose of the Covid vaccine for those above the age of 40 years with priority for high-risk and high-exposure populations, according to the weekly bulletin of Indian SARS-CoV2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG), a network of national testing laboratories set up by the Government to monitor genomic variations of the virus. Live Blog Omicron Covid Variant Live Updates: NRI from Zimbabwe tests positive for Omicron, says Jamnagar authority; Severity of Omicron to be low in India, says Centre; Health minister says will consult experts on booster shot decision. Follow this space for the latest Covid updates. 17:38 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Double vaccinate against Covid first, experts say amid calls for booster shots India should prioritise double vaccinating its eligible population against Covid over booster shots given the large number of people still to get the base layer of protection against the infection, say scientists. Concerns over the Omicron variant and waning vaccine-induced protection against the infection have highlighted the need for boosters to protect the most vulnerable. And while many countries have already started giving booster shots, several experts here said the priority in India has to be different given that large-scale immunisation programme began only six-eight months go. In advocating putting boosters on the back-burner for the moment, the experts? opinion runs counter to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG) that has recommended a booster dose for those above 40 years in high-risk and high-exposure populations. Read more 17:31 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Omicron-stricken South Africa may be glimpse into the future Dr Sikhulile Moyo was analyzing Covid-19 samples in his lab in Botswana last week when he noticed they looked startlingly different from others. Within days, the world was ablaze with the news that the coronavirus had a new variant of concern ? one that appears to be driving a dramatic surge in South Africa and offering a glimpse of where the pandemic might be headed. Little is known about the new variant, but the spike in South Africa suggests it might be more contagious, said Moyo, the scientist who may have been the first to identify the new variant, though researchers in neighboring South Africa were close on his heels. It?s not clear if the variant causes more serious illness or can evade the protection of vaccines. Phaahla noted that only a small number of people who have been vaccinated have gotten sick, mostly with mild cases, while the vast majority of those who have been hospitalized were not vaccinated. Read more A staff member is seen at the Vaccination Centre of Hope in Cape Town on Friday. (Photo: AP) 17:21 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Ahmedabad: UK returnee tests positive for Covid, sample sent for genome sequencing A 30-year-old NRI woman, who landed at Ahmedabad International Airport from London on Friday night, has tested positive for Covid-19. Ahmedabad chief district health officer Satish Parmar said that of the 222 passengers on the flight, the 30-year-old woman, who holds a US passport, was the only one to test positive for the virus. The sample has been sent to Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC) for genome sequencing to ascertain the specific strain. ?The woman had tested positive some 10-12 days ago at UK and had tested negative on December 1. Upon arrival at Ahmedabad, she tested positive again,? Parmar added. Read more 16:57 (IST)04 Dec 2021 ?Five calls a day, physical visits?: Mumbai issues new home quarantine rules amid Omicron threat The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has released a set of rules to ensure proper monitoring of travellers coming in from ?at risk? countries and under home quarantine amid the Omicron threat. According to the new guidelines, every day, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) will share a list of international travellers arriving at Mumbai from ?at risk? and ?high risk? countries, and those who have visited such countries in the last 15 days. The list, however, will only include names of passengers who reside in Mumbai. ?The war room staff will call passengers under home quarantine five times a day. They will ask them about symptoms and request them to stay at home for seven days. The staff will also make physical visits to such homes to ensure that the protocols are being followed,? an official from BMC said. BMC further stated that if housing societies found that a person was not following the protocols, they can inform the ward war rooms. Read more 16:48 (IST)04 Dec 2021 10 months into Covid immunisation drive, Maharashtra acting chief secy takes first dose Ten months after the mass immunisation programme against Covid-19 began in the state, Acting Chief Secretary Debashis Chakraborty took his first dose of the vaccine on Thursday. Chakraborty took a shot of Covaxin at the government-run JJ Hospital. Sources at the hospital said that after the matter became public, the bureaucrat held senior doctors at the hospital responsible for ?leaking? his personal details. Read more 16:39 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Congress launches online campaign to press for Rs 4 lakh compensation for kin of COVID-19 deceased Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched the party's online campaign demanding compensation for the families of those who died of Covid and accused the government of sleeping while people coped with pain and loss. On its official Twitter handle, the Congress party said the aim of the campaign was to demand that the central government disclose the actual number of Covid deaths in the country, and "properly compensate all families of the victims with Rs 4 lakh". "#SpeakUpForCovidNyay so the govt is forced to disclose the correct number of Covid deaths," it said. "By making up false numbers, the Modi government is not only withholding compensation for lakhs of families, but it is simply trying to cover up its failure in managing and controlling the pandemic," the party said. When it comes to people?s pain & loss, GOI is sleeping. Let?s wake them up! #SpeakUpforCovidNyay ? Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 4, 2021 16:13 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Gujarat chief secretary Pankaj Kumar holds review meeting after detection of Omicron variant The Omicron variant of the coronavirus was confirmed in the sample of a 71-year-old NRI who landed in Gujarat?s Jamnagar from Zimbabwe on November 28, the third such case in the country. While the (genome sequencing) report from NIV Pune is expected on Monday, the GBRC has confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant in the sample, said Dr SS Chatterjee, nodal officer of Covid-19 for Jamnagar district. Jamnagar district collector Dr Sourabh Pardhi was informed about the presence of the variant by state-level authorities after the same was conveyed to the state health department by GBRC on Saturday. Meanwhile, following the confirmation, an urgent meeting was held by Gujarat chief secretary Pankaj Kumar with additional chief secretary of health Manoj Aggarwal, health commissioner Jaiprakash Shivhare and other health officials. read more 14:56 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Man from Zimbabwe tests positive for Omicron, says Jamnagar authority The whole genome sequencing of a 71-year old man, who landed in Gujarat?s Jamnagar city from Zimbabwe, and tested positive for Covid-19 on December 2, has revealed that the patient is infected with the Omicron variant, according to a nodal officer of Covid-19 at Jamnagar, SS Chatterjee. "The patient had come to Jamanagar on November 28. After developing symptoms of some respiratory disease, he got himself tested at a private lab in the city and the results returned positive. Therefore, he was isolated immediately in the Covid-19 hospital set up by Reliance Foundation in Dental College of Jamnagar," Chatterjee said. The whole genome sequencing was done by the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre. Two samples of the patient were sent ? one to the GBRC and another to NIV Pune. The whole genome sequencing report from the NIV is awaited. The man is a citizen of Zimbabwe while his wife is from Jamnagar, where they were on a visit. 14:14 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Double vaccinate against Covid first, experts say amid calls for booster shots ndia should prioritise double vaccinating its eligible population against Covid over booster shots given the large number of people still to get the base layer of protection against the infection, say scientists. Concerns over the Omicron variant and waning vaccine-induced protection against the infection have highlighted the need for boosters to protect the most vulnerable. And while many countries have already started giving booster shots, several experts here said the priority in India has to be different given that large-scale immunisation programme began only six-eight months go. In advocating putting boosters on the back-burner for the moment, the experts' opinion runs counter to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG) that has recommended a booster dose for those above 40 years in high-risk and high-exposure populations. 11:20 (IST)04 Dec 2021 ? India records 8,603 new covid-19 cases, 415 deaths in last 24 hours India recorded 8,603 new coronavirus cases and 415 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Saturday. Active cases stand at 99,974 while 8,190 people recovered on Friday. 10:59 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Singapore says Omicron not more severe than other variants as of now There is currently no evidence to suggest that symptoms associated with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are different or more severe than those of other variants, or that current vaccines and therapeutics would be ineffective against the new variant, according to a news report citing Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH). Channel News Asia reported that the ministry said two more people infected with Omicron variant travelled through Singapore to Malaysia and Australia. More data and further studies on Omicron are needed, the MOH said adding that it is expecting to see more such cases being reported globally in the coming weeks. 10:19 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Decision on booster dose, jabs for kids on expert advice: Health Minister A decision on booster dose and Covid jabs for children will be taken on the basis of scientific guidance from experts, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday even as India stepped up surveillance for Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Replying to an 11-hour-long debate on the COVID-19 pandemic in Lok Sabha, Mandaviya said RT-PCR tests have been conducted on more than 16,000 passengers who arrived on 58 flights from "at-risk" countries, of whom 18 have tested positive for COVID-19. The minister said the swab samples of these 18 passengers have been sent for genome sequencing to screen for the Omicron variant of the virus. 10:16 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Centre anticipates severity of Omicron variant of COVID in India to be low The Centre on Friday said it anticipates the severity of the Omicron variant of coronavirus to be low in the country given the fast pace of vaccination and high exposure to the Delta variant, a day after the first two cases of the new variant was reported in Karnataka, and that a decision on a COVID vaccine booster dose will be on the basis of scientific guidance from experts. The Union Health Ministry, however, said the scientific evidence for the expected severity of the disease is still evolving, as debates about the booster jabs heat up and several states ramp up testing and step up surveillance for the potentially more contagious variant. 10:01 (IST)04 Dec 2021 12 suspected Omicron patients admitted to Delhi's LNJP hospital Twelve suspected patients of Omicron, who flew in the national capital from "at risk" countries", are admitted to the Delhi government's LNJP hospital, according to a senior hospital official. Of these, eight are confirmed coronavirus patients while four have symptoms like sore throat, fever and history of contact with patients. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing and the results will take four or five days, the official said. "Four patients are from UK, four from France, two from Netherlands, one from Belgium and one from Tanzania. Two of the patients are foreign nationals," said Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital. 10:00 (IST)04 Dec 2021 Omicron: Parliamentary panel recommends evaluation of vaccines in view of new Covid strain mid growing concerns over the new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, a parliamentary committee has recommended that the efficacy of Covid vaccines must be evaluated and concerns with regards to the new strain developing immunoescape mechanism critically addressed. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, which presented its report on Friday, also recommended that the government should conduct more research and examine the need of administering booster doses of vaccines to contain the new strain of the virus. In its report, the committee said it apprehends that a rise in mutations in the virus may lead to reporting of more virulent and transmissible strain of the Covid virus in the country and strongly recommended the Union Health Ministry to adopt a zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy and closely track Covid cases across the country. 09:58 (IST)04 Dec 2021 65 inmates, staffers of Sikkim prison among 76 new COVID patients Sikkim reported a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases on Friday as 76 more people, including 65 inmates and staffers of Namchi Central Jail, tested positive for the infection, taking the Himalayan state's caseload to 32,343, a health bulletin said. The death toll remained unchanged at 403 as no fresh fatality was registered. Sixty inmates and five staffers of the Namchi Central Jail in South Sikkim district are among the new patients, it said. 20:35 (IST)03 Dec 2021 Bengaluru: 10 who arrived from South African countries untraceable The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Friday said over 10 international travellers who arrived in Bengaluru from South African countries have gone untraceable. The travellers have switched off their phones, officials said. More details here. At Bengaluru Airport (Express photo) 20:20 (IST)03 Dec 2021 Karnataka: Malls, theatres out of bounds for those not fully vaccinated The Karnataka government Friday made malls and theatres out of bounds for people who haven?t taken both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The new measure came after the detection of two Omicron cases in Bengaluru ? the first in the country. ?Entry to malls, cinema halls/theatres shall be allowed only to persons who are vaccinated with two doses of COVID 19 vaccine,? the government said in an order issued by Tushar Girinath, Principal Secretary of the Revenue Department. People working in government offices must also be vaccinated with both doses, the Karnataka government has stated. 20:03 (IST)03 Dec 2021 Jaipur: 9 members of family test Covid positive, samples taken for genome sequencing Nine members of a family in Jaipur tested positive for Covid-19, days after four of them returned from South Africa, putting the Health Department on alert amid concerns over the "Omicron" variant of the infection. Those who returned from South Africa have been admitted to the hospital of the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) and swab samples of all nine people have been sent for genome sequencing to Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Hospital, a health official told PTI. 19:28 (IST)03 Dec 2021 WHO calls for strengthening response measures in South-East Asia As India confirmed two cases of Omicron, the World Health Organization on Friday said countries in the South-East Asia Region should further strengthen COVID-19 response measures to curtail the spread of the virus and its variants. "Strengthening surveillance to rapidly detect importation of any new variant and transmission of existing virus and its variants, implementing calibrated public health and social measures and scaling up vaccination coverage should continue to be our focus," Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region, was quoted as saying by PTI. LOAD MORE Of the passengers who arrived at IGI Airport Thursday and tested positive for Covid, three came from Paris, two from London and one from Doha, with a recent travel history to South Africa. LS debate on Covid-19: Opposition says govt mishandled second wave, seeks vaccine roadmap Opposition parties on Thursday sought to corner the government over its handling of the second wave of the pandemic earlier this year, slow pace of vaccination and poor genome sequencing of the virus during a debate on Covid-19 in Lok Sabha. Quite a few MPs also raised the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s picture on vaccine certificates, arguing that all states had equally contributed in fighting the pandemic and in vaccination, and asked what was the government?s plan on providing booster doses in the wake of the Omicron variant of the virus. Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said that less than 30% of the country?s population had been fully vaccinated and asked what the government was doing to fully vaccinate all adults in the face of the new Omicron variant of the virus. First Omicron cases detected: 2 Karnataka samples show strain The Union Health Ministry said Thursday that Omicron, the latest Covid variant of concern, has been detected for the first time in India in two cases from Karnataka through genomic surveillance. The Ministry, however, stressed that there was no need to panic, called for strict adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour and urged everyone to adopt the ?universal vaccine? of wearing masks to tackle the new challenge. ?Two cases of the Omicron variant have been found positive. The first is a 66-year-old male and the other is a 46-year-old male? Mostly in all the cases related to Omicron, at present, the symptoms are mild. In the cases of Omicron detected in the country, we are not seeing any severe symptoms,? Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, said. Bubble will be safe, Omicron symptoms mild: Cricket South Africa doctor While India?s cricket tour of South Africa is set to be delayed by a week after global panic over the new coronavirus variant Omicron, the hosts have underlined the sturdiness of the bio-safe bubbles put in place for the cricketers. The chief medical officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA) Dr Shuaib Manjra has said that though the virus spread is ?growing exponentially? in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg region where India are slated to play their first two Tests, there are protocols in place for all eventualities. Speaking to The Indian Express Manjra said, ?South Africa is at the beginning of the fourth wave. Statistically, the cases are growing exponentially. But the evidence so far is that the cases have been mild in general. The risk of hospitalisation, in Gauteng, is growing especially in the unvaccinated population. 75 per cent of the cases suggest that.? Manjra went on to cite the ongoing tour of India A of South Africa to buttress his point saying, ?there have been zero positive cases so far.? The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. Tags: Coronavirus COVID-19 Omicron 0 Comment(s) * * The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com. 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