Covid 19

Daily COVID Updates : India Reported 8,603 Fresh COVID Cases

New Delhi : India logged a daily spike of 8,603 Covid cases on Saturday, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,46,24,360. India also recorded 415 new deaths, pushing the total death count to 4,70,530.

The active cases increased to 99,974, according to the latest Health Ministry data.

India also for the first time reported ‘Omicron’ cases with two cases being detected in Karnataka. The new strain of the virus has triggered a global alarm with several countries announcing restrictions to arrest the spread of the ‘Variant of Concern’, declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

More than 21.38 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the States and Union Territories (UTs) to be administered, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

As per an official statement issued by the ministry, a total of 21,38,89,971 balance and unutilized doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered.

Also Read : Tamil Nadu’s Madurai Bans Entry of Unvaccinated People At Public Places

In the rise of COVID’s new variant Omicron, which is detected in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on December 4 announced a ban on the entry of unvaccinated people at the malls, shopping complexes, and other public places. The ban will be implemented from next week.

“One week’s time has been given to people to get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, failing which those unvaccinated people to be not allowed to enter public places like hotels, shopping malls and other commercial establishments,” Madurai Collector Aneesh Sekhar told ANI.

Karnataka where country’s first two Omicron cases have been detected, has announced similar restrictions. The state has made it mandatory, that a person entering public places should be fully vaccinated.

Three international air travellers, including a child, who had arrived in Tamil Nadu from Singapore and the United Kingdom, have tested positive for Covid. The samples have been sent for genome sequencing to ascertain if they are infected with the latest variant of coronavirus.

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