Highly infectious new Omicron sub variant BF.7 detected in India
According to some reports, the first case of BF.7 has been detected by the Gujarat Biotechnology Research centre. This new Omicron variant is also considered to be highly infectious and has a greater transmissibility. Omicron sub-variants -- BA.5.1.7 and BF.7 -- after emerging from a region of Mongolia in China are now making their way to other parts and posing fresh threats.
First cases of Omicron's B.A. 4, B.A.5 sub-variants detected in Maharashtra
A total of four infections caused by the BA.4 sub-strain of Omicron coronavirus variant, and three cases of BA.5 sub-strain have been detected. The cases of this subvariants have been reported in the state, days after the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) on Saturday confirmed cases with BA.4 and BA.5 variants in Tamil Nadu and Telangana for the first time in India.
India reports 2,503 new Covid cases, lowest in 680 days
In a significant development, India reported only 2,503 new cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest single-day spike in 680 days, the Union Health Ministry announced on Monday. In the same period, 27 people also succumbed to the virus, taking the overall death toll to 5,15,877. The number of active cases also further reduced to 36,168, the lowest in 675 days.
Delhi continues to see drop in Covid cases, deaths still high
The positivity rate has also reduced to 8.6 per cent with active cases declining to 29,152 as per the Health Department bulletin. The fresh Covid infections and deaths has pushed the tally at 18,19,332 and the death toll to 25,769. With Covid recovery rate climbing at 96.98 per cent, the active Covid cases rate stands at 1.60 per cent while the death rate continues at 1.42 per cent.
Omicron in community transmission stage in India: INSACOG
The INSACOG reports genomic surveillance of SARS CoV-2 across the country through sequencing of samples from Sentinel sites and also detailed State wise district analysis for some states.
Indian-origin scientist creates 1st molecular structure of Omicron protein
Published in the Science journal, the analysis which is done at near-atomic resolution using cryo-electron microscopy, reveals how the heavily mutated Omicron variant attaches to and infects human cells.
Omicron causing hospitalizations, deaths worldwide: WHO
Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 333.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.55 million and vaccinations to over 9.68 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.
India sees slight dip at 2.58L new Covid cases, 385 deaths
With the addition of 385 new deaths, the total death toll due to the coronavirus has climbed to 4,86,451. Meanwhile, the active caseload has jumped to 16,56,341 which constitute 4.43 per cent of the country's total positive cases.
Covid peak has arrived in Delhi, cases to decline now: Satyendar Jain
"Covid peak has already arrived in Delhi. Lets see when the cases begin to decline. However, it seems that the cases have begun to slow down in the city", Jain said. Delhi witnessed a slight dip in the daily cases at 24,383 on Friday which is expected to go down further today. The daily Covid cases are expected to reduce by around 4,000 on Friday.
India's Omicron tally mounts to 3,071, Maha tops with 876 cases
Of the total, 1,203 people have recovered from the new strain nationwide so far, it added. As per the ministry, till now, the infection has spread to 27 states and UTs. However, Maharashtra and Delhi continue to be the worst-hit states. Maharashtra continues to be top worst hit with 876 cases among the states and UTs that have reported the infection so far.