Have Omicron Symptoms But Test Showed Negative Result? Here’s An Explanation From Doctor

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Do you see or feel Omicron symptoms of Covid 19 in yourself? Also, have you gone through the Corona test, but the result came negative despite having visible signs of the virus infection?  Doctors have admitted the number of people returning with negative RT-PCR test results but have been suffering from the symptoms. Doctors have pointed out several reasons behind negative results while the person has Omicron symptoms.

According to Dr. Bharesh Dedhia, Chief Consultant, Critical Care at P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre of Khar Unit, inappropriate methods of conducting tests, uncleanliness, and negligence in sample collection and storage are responsible for incorrect test results.

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“RT-PCR test might return with a negative report for several Omicron variants, specifically the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) since we notice that the RAT’s precision is roughly 50 percent,” says the researcher “Dr. Bharesh Dedhia, while explaining the scenario.

My conclusion is that the fact that the viral load is relatively minimal. As a result, we have a term known as a CT value, also recognized as a cyclic threshold value. The CT score is deemed negative if it is more than 35, according to the International Commission on Medical Radiology (ICMR). Accordingly, if someone’s viral load is exceptionally modest, their cyclic threshold would be higher than 35, and the covid test would be considered negative. Furthermore, he points out that specific Omicron variants might come back with a negative result in RT-PCR tests.

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The bulk of RT-PCR tests confirms the presence of newly found variants of Covid. When the S gene drop is located in the RT-PCR test, the Omicron variation is most likely to be present, and when the S gene is found in the test, the Delta variant is most likely to be present. This is how the RT-PCR identifies the occurrence of the new mutation. Gene sequencing should be implemented to corroborate the findings, ” Dr. Dedhia describes in detail. To distinguish between two varieties of the Covid-19  virus, genome sequencing is used. The use of Genome sequencing helps to enhance the efficacy of treatment.

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If a patient has standard Covid signs and the RT PCR results are negative, they should isolate themselves for about seven days before getting medical care. The patient may also retest the home test and the RT PCR after the fifth or sixth day to see whether the results have changed and are positive or have remained negative throughout the isolation period.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States state the five most prevalent symptoms of the Omicron variant of Covid are cough, tiredness, congestion, runny nose, and widespread body pain.

Senior Consultant In Pulmonology and Critical Care  Dr. Harish Chafle states that Omicron symptoms could be divided into three categories, which are: the most prevalent, less common, and severe.

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The Most Prevalent Omicron Symptoms Are As Follows:

Temperature, coughing, fatigue, and a lack of smell or taste.

Less Prevalent Omicron Symptoms

Sore throat, fever, stiffness, headaches, diarrhea, redness on the skin, discoloration of fingers or toes, and red or inflamed eyes 

Severe Omicron Symptoms

Breathing difficulties or breathlessness, the inability of speaking or movement, disorientation, or chest discomfort

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Kerala Covid Cases Increasing At Alarming Rate! TPR Raises Close To 50 Percent

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Kerala Covid cases are increasing at an alarming rate. In the past 24 hours, the state has registered 55,475 occurrences of covid, pushing the state’s test positive rate to 49.9 percent, an increase from the previously recorded figure.  The TPR, the first time after several months, has reached close to 50 percent. The newly registered TPR clearly shows that one out of two individuals tested for the Covid-19 was diagnosed positive for the test.

Additionally, 70 related fatalities and 84 deaths were freshly recognized as Covid-19 fatalities as per the changed guidelines, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 52,141. There has been a significant elevation in the Kerala covid cases during the last few days. As per the available data,  the state has 2,85,365 Covid patients currently undergoing treatment.

Breakdown Of Active Kerala Covid Cases

Kottayam – 3,672,  Kozhikode – 4,432,  Palakkad – 3,550,  Kasaragod – 1,728 Malappuram – 3,138, Idukki – 2,452,, Kannur – 2,578, Kollam – 4,452, Alappuzha – 2,561, Pathanamthitta – 2,311, and Wayanad – 1,070, and Thrissur – 5,520 people.

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The Health Department of Kerala said that the covid test centers had collected 1,12,281 covid samples in the 24 hours. Out of them, 55,475 samples tested positive for the virus infection. The report available on the Kerala government’s covid portal also revealed that the test positivity rate has risen over 44 percent.

According to an official media statement of the health department of Kerala, there are 4,42,466 covid patients under supervision across the state, including 10,342 of them being kept in isolation wards at different hospitals. “At this moment, the active count of Kerala covid cases is 2,85,365, with just 3.8 percent of them admitted to hospitals,” according to the press statement. On Tuesday, the state confirmed 154 COVID-19-related fatalities, raising the total number of deaths to 52,141.

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Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister, urged state governments and union territories to increase covid testing in places where the active count has declined in recent times. Furthermore, Dr. Mansukh  Mandaviya advised authorities from the union territories and states to share Covid-19 testing and immunization statistics on a regular basis during a meeting with the authorities of these states and union territories A considerable number of patients are choosing for home isolation. So, the health minister instructed the state administration to monitor the infected people according to national rules closely.

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Statistics from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that India recorded 2,55,874 Covid-19 patients in the past 24 hours on Tuesday, decreasing the previous day’s total of 3,06,064 cases. The health ministry’s figures reveal that over 614 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, pushing India’s covid death count to 4,90,462. The daily positivity rate is 15.52 percent, and the weekly positivity rate is 17.17 percent. The good news is that daily, and weekly TPR is lower than the previous count. On the other hand, the count of patients recovered from the covid infection rose to 3,70,71,898.   As many as  2,67,753 infected people recovered from the Covid-19 virus in the previous 24 hours.

New Feature On CoWIN Portal Allows To Add Up To 6 Beneficiaries Per Account, More Features Introduced too

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CoWIN portal will now allow the addition of up to 6 beneficiaries in the registered using one mobile number. The central government of India announced its decision to extend the maximum number of beneficiaries to apply for receiving vaccination doses. Until now, the maximum number of applicants was capped at four per registered account.

Along with enlarging the number of beneficiaries, the central government of India has introduced some additional features on the COWIN portal. Newly added features on the portal will allow the users to change their vaccination status from fully vaccinated to partially vaccinated or not vaccinated and vice versa. Before the rollout of the vaccination status update feature, users could change their name, gender and year of birth on the CoWIN portal. 

Users can raise an issue on the CoWIN portal to correct their vaccination status. Due to unintended data entry errors, while filling up vaccination beneficiary status, a few cases showed incorrect vaccination status, said the central government.

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“Revoking the vaccination status may need three to seven days after posting the online request on the CoWIN portal using the raise an issue facility for the updates to take effect. After the revised vaccination status has been correctly updated in the system, such individuals may get their due vaccine dosage, at their closest vaccination centre, in accordance with the existing standard norms,” the central government added further.

Recently, the central government of India commenced a vaccination drive for below 18 children and administration of booster doses to older people at the same time. Meanwhile, the Union Government of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday that India’s gross Covid-19 vaccination coverage drive had crossed 160.43 crores after the administration of above 70 lakh jabs in the previous 24 hours, according to the ministry.

More than 159.91 crore vaccine shots have been distributed to union territories and states till now, mostly via free vaccination drive of the central government of India and the direct state procurement category of the state administrations. State and territorial governments have been receiving free Covid-19 vaccinations from the central government as part of a countrywide inoculation campaign, which has been supported by the state government as well. 

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Procedure To Applying For Modifications On CoWIN Portal

Step 1. Log on to www.cowin.gov.in

Step 2. Sign in to your account with the help of your 10-digit mobile number

Step 3. Type in your 6-digit One Time Password received on your mobile number.

Step 4. Verify the OTP to log into your account.

Step 5. Navigate to your accounts details section

Step 6. If you are fully or partially vaccinated, there will be an option next to your vaccination status to raise an issue over your incorrect vaccination information.

Step 7. The system will ask you about the issue. Click on the error you want to get resolved.

After that, the change request goes under review, which might get accepted between three to seven days. Once the mistakes are rectified, the users will be able to get an errorless vaccination certificate.

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Covid-19 Virus Update: Night Curfew And More Restrictions Freshly Imposed In Maharashtra

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The government of Maharashtra tightened the restrictions to curb the further spread of the Covid-19 virus in the state. On January 8 alone, Maharashtra reported more than 40,000 new covid-19 virus cases. The higher and technical education minister of Maharashtra, Uday Samant, had declared the colleges and universities to remain shut until February 15.

These additional restrictions were pushed forward by the government of Maharashtra in light of the sharp increase in corona infections. On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 41,434 new patients infected with the covid-19 virus. On the other hand, Omicron is also rapidly spreading in the state. As of Saturday, January 8, the tally of Omicron patients in Maharashtra stands at 1,009. 133 new Omicron cases were reported on Saturday in Maharashtra alone. The number of covid-19 cases reported country-wide crossed the 3,53,68,372 mark, including 3,071 patients infected with the latest variant of Corona – Omicron. The additional restrictions include night curfew within the borders of Maharashtra, theatres, restaurants, auditoriums, and malls that will operate at 50 percent capacity.

According to the most recent instructions from the state administration, all amusement parks, zoos, museums, and other tourist attractions would stay shut. After 11 pm, there is no movement permitted during the night curfew. The state will prohibit any grouping of five or more persons from occurring anywhere in the state throughout the day as well. From 8 am to 10 pm, eateries and restaurants would be permitted to operate at 50% of their normal capacity. Only entirely vaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter theatres and auditoriums. Gyms and salons will be closed across the state also.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackerey did not support imposing a complete lockdown throughout the state. However, the further decisions are subject to the level of Covid-19 virus spread in the state. A few ministers of the ruling government have also opined earlier that there was no need to impose a complete lockdown in the state as the number of beds and oxygen storage were present in adequate amounts in the state-run hospitals. Mumbai civic officials have said that further instructions will be issued if the number of patients infected with the covid-19 virus crosses the mark of 20,000 on a daily basis.

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Fresh Restrictions Imposed By State Government As Covid-19 Virus Surging

  1. From 5 am to 11 pm, no traveling in groups of five or more will be permitted.
  2. Travelling and roaming between 11 pm to 5 am is not allowed, save for unless necessary.
  3. Individual attendance at wedding and funeral capped at 50 and 20, respectively.
  4. Colleges and universities will be closed till February 15.

5: Fitness centers, water parks, spas, and beauty salons will all stay closed, but hair-cutting shops will operate at 50% capacity between 7 am and 10 pm.

  1. sports competitions will be postponed, except for contests at the national and international levels that have already been organized.
  2. Malls will be closed from 10 pm to 8 am and will only operate at half capacity until the following orders are issued. Management is responsible for appointing marshals to guarantee that Covid guidelines are strictly adhered to.
  3. The hours of operation for restaurants will be 8 am to 10 pm, with required disclosure of total capacity and the current number of guests on a notice board in each location. Home delivery is available on a daily basis. The same law applies to movie theatres as it does to other venues.
  4. For domestic travel, a negative RT-PCR test result or a double vaccination certificate that is valid for up to 72 hours from the time of arrival in the state is required.
  5. There will be no changes to local trains, as all public transportation will continue to operate as normal. However, only persons who have been completely vaccinated will be permitted to ensure covid-19 virus gets in control.

17,000 New Covid Cases Found In Delhi Within 24 Hours, Positivity Rate Crosses 17.73 Percent

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Today, after 17,335 new patients of Covid were confirmed in a time frame of 24 hours, Delhi’s daily Covid positive number has increased by 15%. During the same period, nine individuals died in the nation’s capital. It was the city’s worst single-day rise in almost last eight months on Wednesday, when 10,665 cases were recorded in only 24 hours, reaching the city’s highest total in nearly eight months. In response to the current surge of cases, Delhi’s positivity rate, calculated based on the number of persons who test positive for every 100 tests, has increased to 17.73 percent. The last 24 hours saw 97,762 tests being performed.

Recently, the capital city of India has seen an unprecedented flood of cases, with the Omicron variety being credited with fueling the upsurge in cases. According to specialists, the Omicron variant is very transmissible. Satyendar Jain, the Delhi Health Minister,  anticipated that the city would register more than 17,000 cases on today’s first day. According to Mr. Jain, the positivity rate in Delhi is expected to rise to 17 percent.

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According to the minister, hospitalizations, although increasing, have not correlated with the increase in cases. “Call it moderate; only professionals can say for sure, but the hospitalizations have been rare,” he said. However, the number of patients admitted to Delhi’s hospitals has climbed from 247 on January 1 to 1,390 today, representing a staggering 462 percent increase in only one week.

As the Health Minister stated today, the data is favorable because, although there are 30,000 active occurrences, only 24 people are on ventilators. He also asserted that if Delhi citizens follow Covid guidelines and comply with the restrictions, there will be a substantial reduction in corona infections.

Coronavirus cases in Delhi surpassed 15,097 for the first time yesterday, the highest number recorded since May 8. During the same period, six deaths were reported to be associated.

According to the report, a total of 97,762 tests were performed the day before, conducting 78,154 RT-PCR testing and 19,608 fast antigen tests.

Highlight Of Covid Surge

According to the latest available figures, India’s COVID-19 total had reached 20 lakh on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16. It exceeded the 60 lakh milestone on September 28, then the 70 lakh mark on October 11, then the 80 lakh mark on October 29, then the 90 lakh mark on November 20, and finally the one-crore mark on December 19. On May 4, India passed the gloomy two-million-person mark, and on June 23, it crossed the three-million-person mark.

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The National Capital has been subjected to a number of Covid limitations as the growth in population continues. It has also been decided to impose a weekend curfew from 10 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Monday. During these hours, only necessary services will be permitted.

The coronavirus variant Omicron has already infected more than 3,000 people, breaking the previous record of 2,000. The variety of concern that was discovered for the first time in South Africa has now been found in 27 states throughout the nation. The state that has the largest number of Omicron instances is Maharashtra, with 876 cases, followed by Delhi, with 465 cases.

Kerala with 284 instances, followed by Rajasthan with 291 cases, and Karnataka with 333 patients. The three states with the highest cases are Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Kerala. One thousand one hundred ninety-nine persons have recovered or relocated from the total number of Omicron cases that have been documented so far.

Covid Cases On Rise In Maharashtra, Govt Declared Universities And Colleges Shut Down Until 15 Feb

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To prevent Covid cases, higher and technical education minister of Maharashtra Uday Samant announced on Wednesday that the Government of Maharashtra has decided to shut down all non-agricultural universities coming within the realm of Maharashtra. Classes and colleges of Maharashtra will remain closed until 15 February 2022. However, the exams conducted by these colleges during the period will be conducted online. The government of Maharashtra took this decision considering the sharp rise in Covid cases.

Shutting down universities and colleges until 15 February will affect the physical classes and exams. While announcing the universities and colleges shut down, higher and technical education minister Uday Samant said, ‘the government of Maharashtra suspended the physical classes conducted in colleges and universities till 15 February. Examinations of these institutions will be conducted online.’

The decision came in the light of increasing covid cases in the state. Maharashtra saw another quick increase in covid cases numbered 18,466 on Tuesday, with 10,860 cases belonging to the Mumbai region alone – the highest daily number since 7 April of 2021. Along with that, Maharashtra also witnesses 75 new Omicron cases. Now the tally of Omicron infections goes to 653, as per the health department reports.

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Given the sharp rise in covid cases, the civic authorities in Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Thane, and Pune have considered it a wise option to keep the colleges and universities closed until 15 February.

Amid the rising number of covid cases, people feared the subsequent lockdown in the state. However, the health minister of Maharashtra, Rajesh Tope, cleared that lockdown was not required but emphasized following limits and rules to contain the increasing number of covid infections in the state.

In a meeting organized with the covid-19 task force of Maharashtra, health and finance officials, Health minister Rajesh Tope states that the state witnessed 16,000 covid cases on Tuesday, and he also feared the number of infections and further cross 25,000 on Wednesday.

Rajesh Tope pointed out that 90 percent of the covid cases are asymptomatic, which is relaxing news. Only one to two percent of those who have shown symptoms of covid need hospitalization.

In this instance, the Task Force has coined the word strengthened limitations, which signifies that if a situation like this arises, we will not have to use the phrase lockdown.” At the moment, a complete lockdown is not necessary,” opined Rajesh Tope. As per the strengthened limitations, the non-essentials activities will remain closed.

As the covid cases increased, he added more importance to education, information, and communication operations about the safeguards to be followed after being infected with the coronavirus.

Attesting the central government’s rules, Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar said lockdown would be implemented if the daily count of covid cases crosses the 20,000 mark.

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Amid Increasing Covid Cases, Colleges and Universities Will Follow These Guidelines:

According to the decree, the decision to shut down universities and colleges is applied to all non-agricultural institutions in the state and privatized colleges and universities.

All hostels would be closed as well. Nevertheless, students coming from abroad would be considered eligible to stay back in the hostel and be supplied with all necessary care.

It is anticipated that all examinations planned will also be performed online. In the scenario that a pupil is unable to present for an exam online, the institution would provide enough guidance to assure that academic year if the student is not wasted.

All institutions have been recommended to create a student helpdesk to assist students during this challenging period.

Only 50% of the total teaching and non-teaching employees are permitted at the university and colleges.

Maharashtra government has also recommended all higher educational institutions vaccinate the staff and students. If someone is not inoculated, the information must be provided to the concerned authorities to take necessary action.

Omicron Cases On Rapid Spread! Centre Says Delta Still Dominates Omicron

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The central government of India assumes the sudden rise in Omicron cases, a new variant of Corona is a result of the rapid spread of the virus all around the world. India’s transmission rate of the virus stands at 1.22, which shows the widespread of the virus across India. India is witnessing more than 10,000 new cases every day, and about 32 states and union territories have reported Omicron cases.

While referring to the increasing number of Omicron cases in the country, officials mentioned that the previous variant of Corona called Delta is still prevalent. The government further noted that the intensity concerns of the Omicron cases have not yet been settled. However, the symptoms of Omicron seem mild if compared to the previous variants. To determine the extent of severity of the rapidly spreading virus, studies are being conducted relentlessly.

There was a significant decline in corona cases in the past few months. Given that, the testing was also reduced throughout the country. But now, with the rise in Omicron cases, the central government has ordered the states and union territories to boost the testing to detect the positive cases at the quickest and prevent further spread of the virus.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertakes regular meetings to review the status of Omicron cases and the readiness of health systems, and Union Health Minister Manuskh Mandaviya meets with specialists and top leaders on a daily basis to evaluate the current situation.

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The central government of India has also written to eight states and union territories that have seen a sharp rise in Omicron cases, urging them to improve testing, boost hospital readiness, accelerate the rate and coverage of the Covid vaccination drive, and impose strict existing restrictions to keep the disease from spreading further. Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Gujarat and Jharkhand are among the states that have witnessed the maximum Omicron cases. It has been requested that states maintain vigilance in light of the recent surge in internal travel.

Districts having more than 10 percent positivity rate, which was previously 2 in last week, has now increased to eight. Fourteen districts have a positivity rate between 5-10 percent. These states comprise West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka.

The central government said that there is no reason to worry because the country is well equipped in terms of extensive vaccination coverage, health facilities, and services, but they advised against becoming complacent. “As a country, we have years of experience and a vast shield of vaccination coverage that is high. The time to panic has passed; but, the time to be equipped, accountable, and obedient has arrived.

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According to a report featured in the journal Cell, the Omicron variant is relatively immune to antibodies taken by those who have recovered from COVID-19 infection, as well as those who have received two jabs of the Pfizer vaccine.

The study also reveals that Pfizer’s vaccine, combined with AstraZeneca’s preventives, may give sufficient immunity against the variant.

In a statement to PTI, author Markus Hoffmann of the German Primate Center said, “Our cell culture research suggests that the majority of antibodies now used for COVID-19 treatment would be ineffective against Omicron.”

Delhi On Yellow Alert! Restrictions To Be Imposed Immediately As Omicron Cases Record Spike In 2 Days

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Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal has announced Delhi on Yellow alert immediately starting today. The decision to impose restrictions in the city resulted from increasing Omicron cases in the country, especially Delhi. He further said that a detailed order about the restrictions would be shared soon.

Delhi city yesterday reported the most significant spike in Omicron cases within a single day in the last six months, which was 331. According to the Graded Response Action Plan, the last two-day ratio of newly found Omicron cases was more than 0.5 per cent, which is more than enough to put Delhi on Yellow Alert.

The CM of Delhi held a meeting of the concerned officials to review the Omicron spread. After the meeting, Kejriwal said that the Omicron virus was rapidly spreading in the city, but the situation was then in control as infected people showed very mild symptoms. Delhi had crossed 0.5 per cent positivity rate in two consecutive days. Thus, the CM decided to put Delhi on Yellow alert.

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To contain the spike in Omicron, the latest variant of Covid, cases in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal claimed that “we are ten times more equipped than we were earlier.” He went on to say that the cases were mild and that, despite the increase in numbers, there was no upsurge in the use of oxygen or the usage of ventilators.

In the context of putting Delhi on Yellow alert, Mr Arvind Kejriwal pointed out that most people have stopped wearing masks while stepping out of the home and commuting through public transport. He additionally raised concern over people crowding at markets without safety measures such as wearing masks and social distancing.

The CM of Delhi warned the Delhi public that people should not crowd at public places and wear masks; otherwise, he would have no option but to impose strict restrictions resulting in market closure. Restrictions imposed in Delhi on Yellow Alert will limit people from stepping out from home between 11 pm to 5 am.

The Graded Response Action Plan consists of four levels; Yellow, Amber, Orange and Red. The ratio of positive cases, new Covid cases and availability of oxygen beds determine which level of Alert should be declared. The Yellow Alert or Level 1 alter is announced when the positivity rate of the Covid virus crosses 0.5 per cent for two days continuously.

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Restrictions To Be Imposed After Putting Delhi On Yellow Alert

Yellow Alert or Level 1 alert is the first among four levels set up by the government to curb the spread of the virus. Yellow Alert includes:

  1. Night curfew
  2. Closure of schools and colleges.
  3. Closure of shops of non-essential items.
  4. Reduced seating strength of metro trains
  5. Limiting wedding and funeral crowd

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Omicron Variant 3 Times More Infectious Than Delta, Govt Declarers Threshold To Impose Restrictions

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Omicron variant, the latest type of the corona has already started taking the world into its embrace. In the last few days alone, the new corona variant Omicron has shown a rapid spread in European countries. The virus is also spreading in India rapidly. Omicron has already infected about 200 people in India. Most of the patients are from Delhi and Maharashtra region.

Within three weeks, the Omicron variant of the Corona has spread across seven states of India, on which the government of India has raised concerns. The central government of India told the state governments that the Omicron variant is as transmissible as Delta. Additionally, the central government has released a list of preventive measures to curb the further spread of Omicron in the country. The list of preventions includes measures such as night curfew, limitations on social gatherings and broadening of vaccination drive across the country.

The Central government has asked the state and union territory authorities to get ready to prevent the unforeseen outbreak as the country has gone through earlier this year.

According to a letter sent to the health departments of the states and union territories by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, “even more awareness, data analysis, proactive decision making, and strong and immediate containment strategies are recommended at the local as well as district levels.” The letter further made clear that the previous variant of Corona called Delta is still active in the country.

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Maharashtra and Delhi stand at the first position with 54 active Omicron variant patients followed by Telangana (20 cases), Karnataka (19), Rajasthan (18), Kerala (15) and Gujarat (14).

Omicron Variant Containment Measures

Rajesh Bhushan, through his letter to the health departments, has set a threshold limit to being imposing restrictions. According to the threshold limits, states and union territories should impose restrictions if the rate of new cases crosses by 10 per cent or more in a timeframe of a week or 40 per cent of the oxygen or ICU bed gets occupied.

Given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in India, Rajesh Bhushan allowed the union territories and states to implement the restrictions and containment measures even before exceeding the threshold set to impose the restrictions.

The War Rooms/EOCs (Emergency Operations Centers) should be launched, and they should keep on going to examine any trends and surges, regardless of how tiny, and to take preventative action at the district and local levels, Rajesh Bhushan suggested.

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The central government is insisting on expediting the vaccination drive to fully vaccinate the remaining eligible people. More than 88 per cent of the Indian residents have been totally vaccinated against Covid-19, and the central government want to push the number even further to make people immune against the Omicron virus. The government is also planning to initiate door-to-door cases searches and contact tracing of corona patients. Additionally, it has made upfront financial arrangements to expand medical infrastructure, which includes extra beds, ambulances, oxygen and other equipment.

The Omicron variant of Corona was first found in southern Africa in November month. The experts believe Omicron has a higher transmission rate. However, they are not yet sure if the latest variant of covid-19 has lesser or more severity than the previous variants of Corona. Most of the Omicron cases were found at the international airports in India that brought locals and foreigners to India from African countries and United Kingdom.

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Omicron Update: 8 Cases Found Today, Total Count Reaches To 126 In India

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Omicron update on Saturday 18 2021 notified total of eight new patients infected with the Omicron strain of Corona. The infected individuals reported today come from various places around Maharashtra, including three patients from Satara, one patient from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) district, and four patients who tested positive at the Mumbai International Airport.

All four patients who were confirmed to be infected with Omicron at Mumbai International Airport are asymptomatic. One of them is a resident of Mumbai, while the other is from Chhattisgarh, one is from Kerala, one is from Jalgaon, and the other is from various parts of the states. These infected individuals were returning from a foreign country. One was from England, one was from Tanzania, and the others were on their way back from their trip to East Africa.

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For December 18 Omicron update, the overall number of Omicron-infected individuals in Maharashtra had reached 48, with 18 cases originating in the city of Mumbai. On the other hand, the total number of Omicron-infected individuals in India has already reached 126. Omicron, a variant of Corona, is quickly spreading in the Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. The spread of Omicron has been recorded by both the central and state governments in 11 states and two union territories.

State-wise Count Of Infected People As Per Omicron Update

 The total number of patients in these 11 states and territories are Andhra Pradesh (1), West Bengal (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1), Gujarat (7), Telangana (8), Kerala (11), Karnataka (14), Rajasthan (17), Delhi (22) and Maharashtra (43).  The Omicron update shown above clearly demonstrates that Maharashtra has the highest number of Omicron patients in the country.

Omicron update from the United Kingdom also shows that the number of Omicron cases is increasing rapidly in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. The number of infected patients increased by more than 10,000 in only 24 hours on December 18, bringing the total to 25,000. The number of infected persons was 24,968 when the count was taken a day earlier. The British Health Authority reported seven deaths, which was the highest number ever registered.

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In the wake of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the upcoming Christmas-New Year festival days, Mumbai civic chief IS Chahal said people in the city should avoid crowding in hotels, restaurants, cinemas, and shopping malls and that attendance caps for weddings and other functions must be strictly adhered to. Chahal was speaking at the Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s annual general meeting. He went on to say that ward-level teams will be established to deal with anyone who violated the Covid-19 policy.

According to the news agency PTI, approximately 16 pupils from a school in Ghansoli, Navi Mumbai, have tested positive for Covid and have been admitted to a nearby Covid Care Center, which was reported this weekend. According to a Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) representative, they are pupils in Classes 8 to 11.

As the number of Omicron cases in the nation continues to rise, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued a plea for people to avoid unnecessary travel and large gatherings and participate in low-intensity festivals. Twenty-four districts from seven states, including nine in Kerala and eight in Manipur, will be subjected to “local restrictive measures,” which would be imposed if the weekly test positive rate rises over 5 percent.

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