The new positive cases include 10 from Ahmedabad city, 8 from Vadodara city, 4 from Navsari, 3 from Surat city, 2 each from Jamnagar city, Anand and Mehsana, and 1 each from Gandhinagar city, Kutch, Sabarkantha, Surat and Valsad.
Cities accounted for two thirds or 67% of cases.
From symptoms to precautions, what you need to know about Omicron — Covid’s latest horror
Omicron patients reported extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, a scratchy throat and dry cough. | Representative image  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 — Omicron — has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.
- A South African doctor said that the Omicron patients she treated had “unfamiliar symptoms”.
- The Omicron patients have shown extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, scratchy throat and dry cough, with a few reporting slightly high temperature.
The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 — Omicron — has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 26, 2021. The variant, belonging to a lineage named B.1.1.529, is possibly even more transmissible than the highly infectious Delta variant as per early indications. The experts opine that the current vaccines may be less effective against it. While a lot of things about the variant are still unclear even to the epidemiologists, preliminary data has some revelations.
How infectious is Omicron
From what is known currently through preliminary analysis, this variant is highly infectious. The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) has said that South Africa has reported a four-fold increase in new cases, coinciding with the emergence of Omicron over the last two weeks. Further, the NGS-SA added that the rapid and consistent rise in the number of cases is most likely fuelled by cluster outbreaks. The Omicron cases have shown a marked increase in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the NGS-SA speculates that the variant has already travelled to most other provinces as well. WHO has maintained that epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if the increased number of cases is because of Omicron or whether there are other factors.
What are the symptoms
Coming to the symptoms, there is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants, according to the WHO. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of South Africa maintains the same, saying that currently, “no unusual symptoms” have been reported following infection with the Omicron variant, though highlighting that some individuals who tested positive are asymptomatic, as the case with other infectious variants such as Delta.
However, a South African doctor who raised the alarm over this new variant has revealed that the patients she treated had mild but unfamiliar symptoms, according to an AFP report. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, said that she had seen around 30 patients over the past 10 days who tested positive for Covid-19 but had unfamiliar symptoms. The symptoms included mild muscle aches, a “scratchy throat” and dry cough, and only a few had a slightly high temperature, she said adding that these very mild symptoms were different to other variants.
Do the patients require hospitalisation
On the hospitalisation requirement, WHO said that there are increasing rates of hospitalisation in South Africa in the clusters where the variant seems to have been reported most widely. However, the health body is quick to add that the increasing rates may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected. Coetzee confirms the same and adds that her patients recovered fully without hospitalisation.
What is the vulnerable group
What was concerning, however, was the age group that showed an increased vulnerability to Omicron. Of the 30-odd patients that Coetzee treated, most were men under the age of 40. Less than half of them were vaccinated. It is very much possible that they could be of the same cluster. Initially, the reported infections were among university students — younger individuals who tend to have milder forms of the disease. However, WHO stresses that understanding the level of severity and the vulnerable targets will take days to several weeks.
What about re-infection
According to WHO, preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron, meaning that people who have previously had COVID-19 could be re-infected more easily with Omicron, as compared to other variants of concern. However, the information is limited and cannot be taken as absolutely certain.
Do the existing vaccinations help
Well, that’s another grey area. According to preliminary studies, vaccines are 40 per cent less effective on this variant — thanks to the 32 mutations in the spike protein. The currently available vaccines trigger the body to recognise the version of the spike from older versions of the virus. However, since the spike protein looks so different on Omicron, the body’s immune system may not be able to recognise and fight it off.
Further, of the 32, three mutations — H655Y, N679K and P681H — help the virus penetrate the body’s cells more easily, and two mutations — R203K and G204R — help the virus replicate faster. The mutations P681H and N679K which are “rarely seen together” could make Omicron is more resistant to vaccines, according to British scientists as per a report in Daily Mail.
However real-time data shows that high vaccination rates significantly reduce the stress that Omicron causes on health systems. Experts have stressed that vaccination remains crucial to protect groups at high risk of hospitalisation and death.
How to prevent it
The same protocol that has been put in place since the outbreak of the pandemic — Covid-appropriate behaviour including wearing masks, social distancing, good ventilation in shared spaces, and sanitising hands and surfaces regularly. As WHO puts it, the pandemic is far from over and the emergence of the new variant establishes that for certain.
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Inside Edge Season 3 Release Date: This series created by Karan Anshuman and directed by Kanishk Varma aims to show the audience the dark underbelly of cricket as the ultimate game of power and greed is unleashed. The movie stars Bollywood actors like Richa Chadha, Vivek Oberoi, Tanuj Virwani and Aamir Bashir.
The makers of Inside Edge Season 3 said that the plot of this season will keep the audiences hooked to the show and will impress fans and audiences alike in India and beyond.
Ritesh Sidhwani, Producer of the show has said, âInside Edge is and will always be very special to us given that it is Excelâs first original with Amazon while also being Amazonâs first original in India. We are thrilled to chronicle the next gripping phase of the journey of Mumbai Mavericks, which will ultimately decide the fate of the team that has battled many odds. The third season of the Inside Edge franchise is a testament to the fact that we are committed to bringing our creative vision to life through interesting and innovative formats. Weâre eagerly looking forward to the global premiere of the show on Prime Video.â
Trailer of Inside Edge Season 3
The trailer was released by the official YouTube channel of Amazon Prime Video India on November 22, 2021. “Amidst the greatest show on earth: an India v/s Pakistan cricket series, the politics of Indian cricket is laid bare, its secrets unraveled and truths exposed. The stakes have never been higher, even as they are investigated for corruption, battle lines are drawn for TV rights, endorsement deals and the captaincy of the Indian team. But what is the limit to the price of power?”, read the caption.
The trailer has got 19,292,971 views and 1505 comments so far.
Inside Edge Season 3 Release DateÂ
Inside Edge Season 3 is slated to release on 3rd December.
Where to watch Inside Edge Season 3
Inside Edge Season 3 will be available for viewing on Amazon Prime.
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Vistara resumes flights to Singapore amid concerns over new Covid-19 variant | Latest News India
The World Health Organisation has dubbed Omicron a variant of concern after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from past infection or vaccination
A Vistara flight from Mumbai landed in Singapore on Monday while Singapore Airlines and IndiGo were also scheduled to resume their flights between the two countries even as the airlines awaited clarity on operations in view of the detection of a new Covid-19 variant–Omicron.
The government on Friday allowed scheduled international flights from December 15 to and from all countries considered not at risk”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked officials to review the plan to ease international travel restrictions after the new variant triggered global alarm. He called for the need to be “proactive in light of the new threat”.
The World Health Organisation has dubbed Omicron a variant of concern after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from past infection or vaccination. The detection has prompted countries such as Japan to suspend the entry of foreign visitors.
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Vistara operated the Mumbai-Singapore flight under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), which allows quarantine-free travel to Singapore for fully vaccinated travellers. The airline has scheduled five flights weekly to Singapore.
IndiGo was scheduled to operate a Chennai-Singapore flight under VTL at 2.50 pm. It has been allocated 3,618 seats per week, of which 1,624 seats will be available on the Chennai-Singapore route under VTL.
“The rest of the capacity will be utilised under non-VTL conditions for travel to and from Singapore,” an airline spokesperson said.
A Singapore airline official said they will be operating flights to Singapore as per schedule until the government issues fresh guidelines. The airline’s first flight between the two countries is scheduled to take off at 4.25 pm (IST) from Singapore and arrive in Delhi at 9.55 pm.
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