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Omicron spreads, third wave expected: COVID-19 update

 

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Amidst the omicron spread, the third wave of COVID-19 is expected.

India update for omicron

The total tally of omicron cases has risen to 781 in India.

  1. Delhi has recorded the most number of omicron cases with a tally of 238 and Maharashtra has a total number of 167 cases.
  2. Delhi government has declared Yellow Alert. The schools and colleges are closed while private offices will operate with 50% staff. Weddings are allowed up to 20 people. Also, the night curfew in Delhi will be from 10 pm to 5 am.
  3.  The government of India is expanding the COVID-19 vaccination drive that includes vaccinating children between the ages of 15 to 18. The vaccination drive for children will start from 3rd January 2022. Booster doses for elderly people above 60 years of age will also start in January.
  4. Precautionary or Booster doses for the frontline workers will also begin from 10th January 2022.

Travel during COVID-19

Due to the omicron fear rising rapidly, many Indian states have imposed travel guidelines.

  1. Maharashtra and Delhi governments have requested the international travellers to send their 15 days travel history before boarding the flight.
  2. Karnataka government announced that international travellers would have to take the mandatory RT-PCR test and would have to be in  7-day home quarantine.
  3. International flights to Europe, US and UK will be banned until 31st January 2022.

World update for omicron

  1. The US and UK have recorded the highest number of omicron cases, and international flights to or from these countries have been banned.
  2. Brazil is the third country with the most number of omicron cases in the world.
  3. The COVID-19 cases in the United States are broken with the spread of both omicron and delta variants of the virus.

World Health Organization on COVID-19

W0rld Health Organization said that the COVID-19 cases rose up by 11% globally. WHO chief said that we should learn to live with the COVID-19 virus. According to them, asking people to stay at home or keeping schools and colleges closed, won’t work in the long run.

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