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Covid omicron news: Latest updates as doctors warn of devastating third wave

UK steps up vaccine push as Omicron spreads

IndiaThe Association of Top Doctors has warned that the country could see another wave of devastation if additional measures are not put in place to contain the outbreak of the virus. omicron different.

It has asked the Indian government to publish the “supplementary” dosage of Vaccine health workers as the country has yet to make a decision on booster injections.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) said: “If we do not take the appropriate measures, we could have a big third wave. India has so far reported 23 omicron cases.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that “community transmission” of the omicron variant is underway in the country. The announcement means cases are being detected in people with no history of travel to southern Africa, where a new “worrisome variant” was first identified last month.

It has more than 51,000 new Covid Cases were recorded in the UK in the last 24 hours, including 90 new cases of omicron infection.

Official data also shows that 41 more people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. The figures tend to be lower on Monday due to delays in data reporting over the weekend.

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New UK travel rules in effect

All international arrivals to the UK must now undergo a Covid test prior to departure in accordance with the latest guidelines that came into effect at 4am (GMT) this morning.

New rules designed to slow the spread of omicron the coronavirus variant means anyone traveling to the UK from countries not on the red list will have to take a pre-departure test up to 48 hours before leaving, regardless of status What is their vaccination.

If the test is positive, they will not be allowed to travel.
Scotland and Wales said they would take similar measures.

The decision on pre-departure tests follows a call from the Labor Department to implement the process and comes amid warnings that the time from infection to infection could be shorter with variable new body.

Geraldine Scott explains everything you need to know about traveling to the UK with the new regulations in effect:

Stuti MishraDecember 7, 2021 06:48

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Nepal reports first omicron case

Nepal has detected its first two cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, the country’s health ministry said on Monday.

It is the third South Asian country to report cases of omicron infection as the presence of the new variant has now been confirmed in more than 40 countries.

The ministry said: the report. It does not determine their nationality.

“Both of them are isolated and receiving health care under the supervision of medical staff,” the statement said. Sixty-six other people who had contact with them were followed up and all tested negative, it added.

Nepal recently banned visitors from eight African countries and Hong Kong over concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Stuti MishraDecember 7, 2021 06:35

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100 foreigners ‘missing’ as India records 7,000 new Covid cases

India has struggled to track visitors since it tightened international travel rules following the arrival of the new omicron variant, with more than a hundred new arrivals reported missing near Mumbai.

Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KMDC) director Vijay Suryavanshi said that as many as 109 out of 295 foreigners who recently returned to town in Thane district, who are believed to have undergone a mandatory quarantine, are currently unable to trackable when their cell phone is turned off and some addresses found are locked.

Earlier, on Saturday, the government of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh said that 13 passengers entering India had “disappeared” in the city of Meerut, 74 km from Delhi, after providing addresses and information wrong communication. Seven of them have come to India from South Africa.

India tightened border restrictions last week, making testing mandatory for all returnees regardless of vaccination status and mandatory quarantine for those arriving from the countries. “at risk” where cases of the new variant have been detected.

So far, India has detected 23 cases of the omicron variant, with the latest Covid figure announced by the Indian Health Ministry on Tuesday at 6,882 cases, a significant decrease from 8,306 cases a day. before.

Stuti MishraDecember 7, 2021 06:16

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ICYMI: New York mandates Covid vaccination for all private offices and children over 5 years old

New York tightened restrictions on Covid-19, set vaccine requirements for children under 5 and for workers at all private-sector firms as omicron-variant cases There is an increased risk of transmission in the United States.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city has set a deadline for all businesses to mandate proof of vaccinations for their employees by December 27.

Children 5 to 11 years of age must have at least one dose by December 14, and children 12 years of age and older need to be fully vaccinated by December 27 to enter public places such as restaurants and participate in events. group activities such as sports.

“Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic and these are the first bold measures in the country to encourage New Yorkers to keep themselves and their communities safe,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement.

Stuti MishraDecember 7, 2021 05:30

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China reports an increase in Covid cases

China reported 94 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on Monday, up from 61 a day earlier, its health authorities said on Tuesday.

Of the new infections, 60 were locally transmitted, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, compared with 38 a day earlier.

New local cases have been reported by local authorities in Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Yunnan and Zhejiang.

China reported 14 new asymptomatic cases, classified separately from confirmed cases, compared with 44 cases a day earlier.

The country has not yet announced cases of the new variant but authorities say they are ready to quickly identify it.

“We have established the capacity to test mutant strains to prevent and control omicrons,” Yang Peng, an official at the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted as saying by SCMP.

Stuti MishraDecember 7, 2021 05:17

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ICYMI: Only 1 in 10 Covid infections tested for omicrons, says Javid

One in 10 people is confirmed Covid cases are analyzed for omicron variant, the chief medical officer admitted, as “community transmission” of the strain had been confirmed.

Only half of UK testing facilities can perform genetic sequencing of positives PCR test, which is necessary to identify the variant that is more afraid of transmission and to some extent avoids the vaccine.

It means that only 10-20% of the positive results are sequenced, although a further 10% are evaluated for the absence of the S gene, which cases are likely omicrons.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledged the flaw in the sequence and told MPs he was “expanding” other omicron testing methods to all centres, but could not say when that would happen.

The admission comes as Mr Javid said there have been 336 confirmed omicron cases across the UK – a number that could be a serious underestimate.

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ICYMI: Omicron spread in the community, says UK Health Secretary

Mr Javid told MPs on Monday that “many parts of England” had seen cases of the variant unrelated to international travel.

And he says he can’t guarantee the variant won’t “knock us down on the road to recovery”, as he says “the window between infection and infection may be shorter for Omicron”.

Before that, Professor Paul Hunter, from the medical school at University of East Anglia warned the Omicron variant could spread faster than the previous one, Delta.

Here are the highlights from the health secretary’s keynote:

Stuti MishraDecember 7, 2021 04:45

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Indian doctors warn of ‘huge’ third wave caused by omicrons

The Indian Medical Association has warned that India could see a devastating third wave if additional measures, including faster boosters and vaccinations, are not put in place as soon as possible. good to prevent outbreaks of omicron variation.

“At a time when India is limping back to normal, this is a huge setback. If we don’t take the appropriate measures, we could have a big third wave,” the top doctor’s agency said in a press conference.

“It is important that all healthcare workers and frontline workers receive booster doses of the vaccine to boost their immunity,” said IMA president Dr. JA Jayalal.

India has reported 23 cases of the omicron variant so far after the first two were reported last week. Some of the cases involved individuals who had not recently traveled abroad.

The agency also asked the government to expedite the proposed vaccination for children over 12 years of age.

That means only 34.6% of India’s 1.4 billion population has been fully immunized, with nearly 60% having received the first dose.

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