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In 21 days, Jaipur reports 100 Covid cases | Jaipur News

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JAIPUR: Bani Park, Vaishali Nagar, Sodala, Vidhyadhar Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Mansarovar are some of the areas here which are continuously reporting sporadic Covid cases amid marginal spike in infections. On Sunday, the city reported nine cases with two cases each being reported from Bani Park, Officers Training School, Vaishali Nagar and Vidhyadhar Nagar and one from Sodala.
“No student among nine persons tested positive in the city today,” said Dr Narrottam Sharma, chief medical health officer (Jaipur-I).
The official said contact tracing was being done of all persons testing positive to identify cases early for preventing spread of the virus.
In November (till 21st), the city reported 100 cases, while in October the city had reported just 45 cases. The health department has noticed the increasing trend of cases in the city and accordingly taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Eighteen persons tested positive for Covid in the state on Sunday taking its overall tally to 9,54,606. No death was reported. The state’s toll stands at 8,955.
Active cases are increasing at rapid pace, which now stands at 119, up from 32 on November 32. Active cases in Jaipur has risen to 65, while in Ajmer 28 active cases are undergoing treatment after being infected with the virus.
Among those 18 persons tested positive for the virus, nine were reported from Jaipur, five from Ajmer, two each from Alwar and Jaisalmer. Though the state has been witnessing marginal jump in active cases, still there are 22 districts which do not have even a single active case.
A health department official said people need to take precautions and follow Covid appropriate behavior. The number of samples collected on Sunday was 17,996 samples and 18 tested positive. In Jaipur only, health department is targeting to increase it to 5,000 samples daily.
City boy shines in med test
JAIPUR:City’s Ayush Jain brought laurels by securing the 35th rank in the Institute of National Importance combined entrance exam conducted by AIIMS, Delhi on November 14 as an online computer based test. The exam was held in 126 cities across the country. Jain’s father Dr RK Jain is a senior professor (plastic surgery) at SMS Medical College.

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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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