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Covid-19 pandemic: Punjab logs 42 fresh cases, 1 death in a day

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Punjab reported 42 fresh cases of COVID-19 in a day which pushed the infection tally in the state to 6,03,043, according to a medical bulletin on Tuesday.


With one Covid-related fatality reported in Mansa district, the death toll reached 16,587, it stated.





Among the fresh COVID-19 cases, Muktsar reported 13, followed by five each in Patiala and Mohali and four each in Faridkot and Jalandhar.


The number of active cases in the state rose to 270 from 262 on Monday.


Thirty-two more people recovered from the infection, taking the number of those who have been cured to 5,86,186, according to the bulletin.


The Union Territory of Chandigarh reported five fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total count to 65,415.


No fatality was reported in Chandigarh and the death toll stood at 820. The number of active cases in the city was 35 while the number of cured people was 64,560.

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Will the Omicron Covid variant cancel Christmas? | News

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The identification of a new Covid variant has sent shockwaves around the world as leaders scramble once again to close borders and reintroduce measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The World Health Organization has said Omicron poses a very high risk of infection. Its ability to evade Covid vaccines is of particular concern, and the chief executive of the US drugmaker Moderna has warned there is no world where the effectiveness of vaccines is at the same level as with the Delta variant.

The Guardian’s science correspondent Nicola Davis tells Hannah Moore the variant is so new to scientists there is not enough data to predict how serious a threat it could pose, but the next two weeks will be crucial.

However, the emergence of a new “variant of concern” is no surprise. For months scientists have warned that the inequitable distribution of vaccines means that with so many people unvaccinated, there is huge scope for dangerous new variants to mutate.



Woman in a protective suit and mask holding a test tube with a sample suspected to be infected with the Omicron Covid variant. Photograph by Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock

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EU countries should discuss mandatory Covid-19 vaccination: Von der Leyen

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The European Union (EU) should start a discussion on whether mandatory vaccinations are needed in the fight against the ongoing surge in Covid-19 cases, especially since a third of the EU population had not yet taken the jab, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in Brussels.


Acknowledging that such a decision was “pure member state competence,” she noted that around 150 million people in the EU had not taken the jab.





“I think it is understandable and appropriate to lead this discussion now — how we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the EU,” she added on Wednesday during a news conference.


“We have the vaccines, the life-saving vaccines, but they are not being used adequately everywhere,” she said.


Von der Leyen added that the EU’s main Covid-19 vaccine provider, BioNTech or Pfizer, would have shots available for children in the bloc in two weeks, Xinhua news agency reported.


The Commission President said there was not enough information on the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, which the World Health Organization said poses a high risk.


“We do not know all about this variant but know enough to be concerned,” she added.


“We know from our experience with the Delta variant that it is a race against time. Till we know more, in two to three weeks, we need to take action. Our best scientists are working day and night. What science tells us already is that full vaccination and boosters give protection against the virus.”


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Covid-19: Districts in west, north Tamil Nadu see high number of cases | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: The state has seen a steady drop in fresh Covid-19 cases; it reported 718 new cases on Wednesday compared to 990 cases on November 1. In the last four weeks, weekly average test positivity rate has also come down marginally from 0.8% to 0.7%, health officials said.
Seven districts – Tiruppur, Namakkal, Chengalpet, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode and Karur – have weekly average test positivity rate above 1%. “Whole genome sequencing reports show that more than 95% of the people carry the Delta variant. While we are strengthening surveillance to prevent entry or spread of Omicron, we have told all districts to ensure they continue to trace and test cases within the state,” said health secretary J Radhakrishnan.
Some districts in the west and north continue to report a high number of new cases. The eight western districts together reported 356 cases on Wednesday, while the districts in the north reported 260 new cases. Districts in the central and south zones reported 62 and 40 cases respectively on Wednesday.
While Coimbatore (118) and Chennai (117) are still reporting cases in three digits, Chengalpet, Erode and Tirupur are among the districts that report more than 50 new cases a day.
Fresh Cases have been hovering around 100 to 125 for nearly a month in Chennai and Coimbatore. Officials said the two districts have been seeing clusters from family reunions, workplaces and educational institutions.
“With fall in cases we have been seeing a steep fall in the number of people wearing masks,” said health minister Ma Subramanian. “Maintaining social distance and washing hands with soap and water are practices we must continue to follow. People should also get themselves vaccinated as early as possible,” he said.
Until Tuesday, 79% of adults in Tamil Nadu had taken the first dose of the vaccine and 44% of them were completely vaccinated. More than 2.6 lakh people took the Covid 19 vaccine at the government vaccination centres on Wednesday.
The number of active cases stood at 8,200. The 11 deaths reported on Wednesday took the cumulative toll to 36,492 and the cases tally reached 27.27 lakh.
Of the 11 deaths, there were two each in Coimbatore, Chennai and Salem and one death each in Chengalpet, Tiruppur, Trichy, Thanjavur and Dindigul. Thirty districts reported zero deaths.

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