Thursday, 27 January, 2022
TopicOmicron variant

Topic: Omicron variant

Covid hospitalisation low at 1-2% in Omicron wave, but Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra buck trend

At a review meeting with Union Health Minister Tuesday, states and UTs reported low levels of hospitalisation. Rates of hospitalisation hit 22-23% range during Delta wave.

Omicron survives on skin for over 21 hours, 8 days on plastic surfaces, Japan study finds

According to Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine's study, Omicron has highest environmental stability than other variants, which may be the reason behind its rapid transmission.

Most Omicron cases asymptomatic or mild, but hospitalisations have risen, govt panel says

Omicron is now in community transmission in India and has become dominant in Delhi and Mumbai where new cases have been rising exponentially, INSACOG says.

Delhi govt seeks L-G’s nod to lift weekend curfew, allow private offices to run with 50% staff

The decision to ease the restrictions was taken in view of the declining number of Covid cases in the city. The proposal also seeks to end the odd-even system for opening shops.

Omicron could replace other Covid variants, survive as common cold: Harvard immunologist Pillai

Harvard Medical School professor Dr Shiv Pillai says India’s third wave likely to subside by March, and suggests that the country’s response to the pandemic was a mixed bag.

India records 3.47 lakh Covid infections in 24 hours, active cases highest in 235 days

Death toll has climbed to 4,88,396 with 703 fresh fatalities and the national Covid recovery rate has dropped to 93.50 per cent, according to the health ministry.

Deaths significantly less in third Covid wave due to high vaccination, govt says

During the briefing, Centre informed that about 94% of India’s adults have been administered first dose of Covid vaccine, while 72% are fully vaccinated.

Omicron pushes Japan to consider treating Covid like the flu

PM Fumio Kishida has pushed back against his predecessor Shinzo Abe and others who have made similar calls. Kishida said it’s too early to downgrade the virus given the omicron caseload.

Covid booster dose offers effective antibody protection against Omicron, Lancet study finds

The study found that the overall antibody levels were nearly 2.5 times higher against Omicron after three doses of Coved vaccine as compared to after two jabs.

Xi Jinping’s zero-tolerance strategy gets weaker with every Omicron case in China

Despite firmly closed borders and a vaccination rate near 90%, the highly transmissible variant has been reported in 7 out of 31 provinces and all of China’s biggest cities.

On Camera

YourTurn

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.

Defence

The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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