Covid-19 Live Updates: India Gears Up Amid Rise of New Variant BF.7

A new covid sub-variant BF.7 Omicron, which is reportedly driving the current surge of infections in China, has pushed the Centre to gear up to curb it.
Covid-19 Live Updates
Covid-19 Live Updates

Adar Poonawalla Lauds India’s Fight against Covid Pandemic

The CEO of Serum Institute of India Adar Poonawalla on Sunday said that Covid situation in India is better than anywhere else.

While attending an inauguration ceremony of Bharti Super Speciality Hospital in Pune, he lauded India’s fight against Covid pandemic. He said that the government and healthcare workers have largely contributed in tackling the pandemic in the country.

Omicron Subvariants Responsible for Covid Outbreak in China: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that the data submitted by China shows Omicron subvariants BA.5.2 and BF.7 are predominant that are accounting for 97.5 per cent of all local infections.

India Reports 265 New Covid-19 Cases, 1,209 Recoveries

The Union ministry of health and family welfare informed that the country recorded 265 new cases of the Covid-19 virus. India also recorded 1,209 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate stood at 98.8 per cent. The active caseload stood at 2,706 with a daily positivity rate of 0.17 per cent. So far, 220.10 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine including the primary, secondary and the booster doses have been administered in the country.

53 International Travellers Test Covid Positive

At least 53 international travellers have tested positive for Covid-19 during random sampling at airports across the nation. This amounts to only 0.94 percent of the total samples collected so far.

RT-PCR Test To Be Mandatory For Flyers From These Countries

RT-PCR test made mandatory for flyers coming from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand from 1st January 2023. They will have to upload their reports on the Air Suvidha portal before travel: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Argentina Tourist Missing After Testing Covid Positive

A tourist from Argentina tested positive for Covid-19 last Monday while visiting Taj Mahal. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Agra Dr Arun Kumar Srivastava informed on Wednesday that he is now untraceable.

Covid-19: 2 International Passengers Test Positive At Mumbai Airport

Two international passengers were found Covid positive during random sampling at the Mumbai International airport, the Maharashtra Health department informed on Wednesday.

Himachal CM Reviews State's Preparedness For Covid-19

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu directed the health department officials to keep a strict vigil on the number of COVID cases in the State.

Next 40 Days to be Crucial

The Health Ministry sources on Wednesday said that the next 40 days will be crucial as India may see a surge in Covid-19 cases in mid-January. The assessment was made based on previous trends of Covid surge the country witnessed.

Air India Express Issues Covid Guidelines for Passengers from UAE

Air India Express has issued guidelines for the maintenance of covid appropriate behaviour by passengers travelling from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to India.

39 International Travellers Test Covid-19 Positive Upon Arrival In India

As random testing of international passengers upon arrival in India began, as many as 39 traverllers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last three days.

Sikkim Makes Wearing Masks In Public Places Mandatory

The state government in Sikkim on Tuesday issued an advisory making it mandatory to wear face masks in public places amid a sudden spurt in Covid-19 cases worldwide and increased concern from the Central government.

Mansukh Mandaviya Reviews Mock Drill for Covid-19 Management at Safdarjung Hospital

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday to review the mock drill being undertaken for ensuring readiness of hospital infrastructure for Covid-19 management.

Bharat Biotech's Nasal Covid-19 Vaccine iNCOVACC to Cost Rs 800

The Centre approved the cost of Bharat Biotech's nasal Covid-19 vaccine iNCOVACC, which will be used as a booster dose for those above 18 years, at Rs 800 for private hospitals and Rs 325 for the government ones. The vaccine iNCOVACC will be rolled out in the fourth week of January.

GMCH Conducts Mock Drill

The Gauhati Medical College and Hospital conducted mock drill to check covid preparedness in Guwahati along with rest of the country.

GMCH Conducts Mock Drill | Picture Source: ANI
GMCH Conducts Mock Drill | Picture Source: ANI

Union Health Minister Visits Delhi Hospital

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya visited Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on Tuesday to oversee the Mock Drill conducted to ensure the readiness of the hospital infrastructure for COVID-19 management.

Provide Verified Information on Covid-19, Prevent Infodemic: Mansukh Mandaviya

Amid surge in Covid-19 cases, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya virtually interacted with over 100 doctors and members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and asked them to provide accurate information to citizens on the pandemic and refrain from spreading unverified information.

Bihar On High Alert: CM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the state government is prepared for any situation amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases in China.

Man, Recently Returned from China, Tests Positive at Taj Mahal

A man was found COVID-19 positive at Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Agra Dr Arun Kumar Srivastava said that he had recently returned from China.

India Reports 227 Fresh Cases

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Sunday that India has reported 227 fresh COVID case in the last 24 hours.

110 International Passengers Tested On Arrival At Delhi Airport

In light of the rise in Covid-19 cases, random testing of international passengers began at Delhi Airport. As many as 110 international passengers were tested on Day 1.

China’s National Health Commission Stops Publishing Daily Covid-19 Figures

China's National Health Commission (NHC), which used to issue the country's Covid-19 case figures on a daily basis, has stopped publishing the update starting Sunday.

States/UTs Directed to Ensure Supply of Medical Oxygen

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) directed all the states and union territories of the country on Saturday to ensure a functional and regular supply of medical oxygen for the pandemic management.

RT-PCR Test of International Arrivals Begin at Delhi Airport

Random Covid-19 testing of passengers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Japan and South Korea have started at the Delhi International airport on Saturday.

Free RT-PCR Test for Selected International Passengers at Mumbai International Airport

Covid-19 RT-PCR testing facility will be available free of cost for international passengers who will be randomly selected by the airlines at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai.

Proactive Approach Must to Fight Covid-19: Mansukh Mandaviya

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, while chairing a virtual meeting with the health ministers of the states on Friday stressed on combating the Covid-19 pandemic with a pre-emptive and proactive approach by increasing testing, genome sequencing and following covid-appropriate behaviour.

Govt To Conduct Nationwide Mock Drill To Check Covid-19 Preparedness

A mock drill will be conducted across hospitals around the country in order to check the emergency preparedness to fight any surge in Covid-19 cases. The Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya will take part in the drill.

Indian Army Issues Advisory

The Indian Army has issued an advisory to its personnel to take precautionary measures such as using face masks and practising social distancing.

220 Cr Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Given Till Monday: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Highlighting the vaccination drive of the Central government, Union minsiter Jyotiraditya Scindia informed that till Monday, as many as 220 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered across the nation.

Mandaviya To Hold Meeting With State Health Ministers Today at 3pm

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya will hold a virtual meeting with State health ministers on the Covid-19 situation and preparedness at 3 pm today.

Centre Issues Revised Guidelines For International Arrivals

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday issued revised guidelines for international arrivals amid surge in sub variant BF.7 Omicron in China which will come into effect from December 24.


PM Modi Asks States/UTs to Take Precautionary Measures 

The high-level meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded. He asked the states and the union territories to take action and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the sub-variant.

Fake Message is Circulating About COVID XBB Variant, says MoHFW

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday reacted to a fake message circulating over internet about the COVID XBB Variant. MoHFW took to Twitter to debunk a particular message about the COVID XBB variant.

Follow COVID-Appropriate Behaviour: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a virtual meeting where he urged everyone to follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated against the virus.

IMA Issues Public Advisory

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) appealed to the public to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, including face masks, social distancing,  regular handwashing with soap and water or sanitizers, with immediate effect in order to contain the further spread of the virus after China registered an unprecedented daily spike of infections.

PM Modi Chairs High-Level Meeting To Review Situation

PM Modi has called a high-level meeting amid surge of new covid sub-variant BF.7 Omicron which is reportedly driving the current surge of infections in China. 

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