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Omicron News LIVE Updates: India's COVID-19 variant tally rises to 8,961 cases, up by 0.79% since yesterday

Omicron News LIVE Updates: India's COVID-19 variant tally rises to 8,961 cases, up by 0.79% since yesterday

10:12 (IST)

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Asymptomatic animal handlers transmit COVID-19 Delta variant to lions at zoo in South Africa, finds study

Asymptomatic animal handlers at a private zoo in South Africa transmitted the Delta variant of COVID-19 to captive lions, who were placed in quarantine and developed symptoms like breathing problem, runny nose and dry cough, according to a recent study by a team of scientists from the University of Pretoria.

The research report, published recently in the journal Viruses', also urged members of the public to be aware of the possibility of infecting their pet cats and dogs if they have COVID-19.

The team was led by Professor Marietjie Venter, Head of the Zoonotic, Arbo-and Respiratory Virus Programme at the university's Department of Medical Virology; and Professor Katja Koeppel, Associate Professor of Wildlife Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Science. They conducted a study on three sick lions at the zoo during South Africa's third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic late in 2021.


10:00 (IST)

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Andaman: Eighty-four new cases take COVID-19 tally to 8,779

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 460 as 84 more people tested positive for the infection, while 73 patients were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday. The fresh infections raised the tally in the Union Territory to 8,779, he said.  Altogether 8,190 people have so far recovered from the disease in the archipelago.


09:59 (IST)

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India records 2.8 lakh new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

 India recorded 2,82,970 new cases and 441 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Wednesday, data updated by the Union Ministry of Health showed. The active caseload has increased to 18,31,000, up from yesterday’s 17.3 lakh. The daily positivity rate has also increased to 15.13 per cent.

09:57 (IST)

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Delhi government deploys nodal officers to monitor COVID patients

Delhi government deploys nodal officers to monitor COVID patients. The Delhi government has deployed senior nursing officers from public hospitals as nodal officers to monitor the management of COVID patients and vaccination at private facilities. 

Government hospitals have also been asked to find suitable replacement for retired and transferred nursing personnel. 

"The competent authority is pleased to deploy senior nursing officers as nodal officers in various private health care facilities from Delhi government hospitals to monitor management of COVID -19 patients along with monitoring of COVID vaccination," read an order issued by the health department on Tuesday.


Omicron News Latest Updates: India has reported 2,82,970 COVID-19 cases, 44,889 more than yesterday, and 441 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry update on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Omicron tally has risen to 8,961 cases, registering a rise of 0.79 per cent since yesterday.

The active cases now comprise 4.83 percent of the total infections and the national recovery rate has dipped to 93.88 percent.

The cumulative vaccination coverage across the country crossed 158 crore on Tuesday.