India logs 22,775 fresh Covid infections, active caseload crosses 1 lakh
Also, 406 deaths were reported in the same time span pushing the toll to 4,81,486. However, the active caseload jumped to 1,04,781 which constitute 0.30 per cent of the country's total positive cases. Meanwhile, the Omicron infection tally has increased to 1,431 across the nation. However, of the total cases, 488 have been discharged from hospitals. So far, 23 states have reported Omicron infections, the Ministry said.
Delhi wakes up to foggy morning
The IMD further predicted a cold wave to continue over the national capital on New Year's day which is likely to prevail till January 3. "Fall in minimum temperatures by 2-4 degrees is likely over most parts of Northwest & Central India during next 24 hours and no significant change thereafter. No significant change in minimum temperatures over most parts of East India during next 24 hours and fall by 3-5 degrees thereafter," the IMD said in its daily forecast.
Delhi sees over 1,700 new Covid cases, infection rate crosses 2%
With the new cases, the infection tally has climbed to 14,48,211. However, no fresh Covid fatality has been reported in the last three days and the death toll remains at 25,107. Meanwhile, the Covid infection rate in the city has climbed to 2.44 per cent, the highest in last seven months. According to the Health Department, the city had recorded 2.52 per cent positivity rate on May 24.
Delhi resident doctors call off strike
The doctors will resume work from 12 p.m. The strike was called after a meeting between the members of the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association (FORDA) and Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police. "Last evening we met the Joint CP of Delhi. The Delhi Police have initiated the process of quashing the FIR," said Dr Manish Nigam, president of FORDA. Joint CP has sent a video message to rebuild the trust between the doctors and the police, he said.
Community spread of Omicron has begun in Delhi: Satyendar Jain
As many as 200 Covid-19 patients have been admitted to hospitals in Delhi, of which only 102 belong to the city, he said while addressing a press conference. "Of these, Omicron variant has been found in 46 per cent cases," he said. Whether restrictions would be further strengthened or not will be decided in the next Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting, he said, adding that the result of the restrictions or lockdown is seen after seven days of their imposition.
Delhi's minimum temperature drops to 3 degrees
On December 20, the city had recorded its lowest temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius this winter season, bringing its minimum temperature five notches below normal as a cold wave swept across North India. The maximum temperature for the day has been pegged at 21 degrees Celsius, the IMD forecast said. The relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 94 per cent.
Air pollutants, meteorological variables influence pollen concentration: Study
Airborne pollen varies in character from place to place due to diverse meteorological or environmental conditions. There is growing evidence that airborne pollen plays a crucial role in increasing allergic diseases in the urban environment. As pollen, climatic variables, and air pollutants coexist in nature, they have the potential to interact with one another and exacerbate their adverse effects on human health.
No 'amber' alert in Delhi for now, says DDMA
This decision was taken after Lt Governor Anil Baijal chaired a virtual review meeting of the DDMA also attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi government on Tuesday declared a yellow or Level 1 alert, which as per the Graded Action Response Plan (GRAP) kicks in if the Covid-19 positivity rate is over 0.5 per cent for two consecutive days.
Delhi reports 496 new Covid cases, infection rate at 0.89%
The new cases and fatality took the infection tally to 14,44,179, and the death toll to 25,107, while the Covid infection rate rose to 0.89 per cent - the highest since May 31 when it was 0.99 per cent. The number of active Covid cases have also climbed to 1,612, the highest in the last 6 months. According to the Health Department, Delhi had recorded the highest (1,680) active Covid cases on June 25.
Covid restrictions back in Delhi: Know what's open, what's closed and all other details 
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The Delhi government extended the night curfew and issued orders to shut schools, cinemas, and gyms in the city. However, shops in malls will continue to operate but on an odd-even basis. The national capital on Monday registered 331 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day rise recorded since June 9.