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Coronavirus In India Updates: India's COVID Vaccination Coverage Crosses 153.70 Crore

On Monday, Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai recorded 13,648 fresh COVID cases, which is significantly lesser than the day before by 5,826. On the other hand, states tourism department official has requested the Government to allow sites like Ellora & Ajanta Caves to open with 50% capacity. The Supreme Court restored its earlier order to extend the limitation period till February 28 for filing cases.


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22:52 IST, January 11th 2022
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for COVID

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has tested positive for COVID-19. He took to Twitter to inform on the same and wrote, "I have isolated myself and I am under home quarantine".


22:07 IST, January 11th 2022
Lakshadweep becomes first in India to vaccinate all children in 15-18 yrs age group

"Lakshadweep vaccinates all eligible children in the age group of 15 to 18 years. With this, it has become the first among UTs and States to have achieved this feat", S Asker Ali, District Collector & Secy, UT Lakshadweep, informed.

21:43 IST, January 11th 2022
Maharashtra reports 34,424 new COVID cases in 24 hours

Maharashtra has reported 34,424 new COVID cases and 22 deaths. The number of Omicron cases in the state is 1,281 including 499 discharges.


21:30 IST, January 11th 2022
Odisha bans public celebrations on Makar Sankranti, Pongal amid COVID surge

Odisha government has decided to prohibit religious congregations on Makar Sankranti and Pongal on January 14 amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state; places of worship will remain closed on the occasion. 

20:55 IST, January 11th 2022
WHO experts say repeated COVID boosters not a viable strategy

"COVID-19 vaccines that have high impact on prevention of infection and transmission, in addition to the prevention of severe disease and death, are needed and should be developed," the World Health Organization's Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition said in a statement.

20:44 IST, January 11th 2022
Kerala Health Minister Veena George briefs on COVID situation in state

"Till yesterday, 345 Omicron cases have been reported including 155 people discharged. It shows cases are increasing due to the Delta variant. Both Delta and Omicron variants are present. There is a 100% increase in cases in one week time", Kerala Health Minister Veena George informed.

"Vaccination coverage of 1st dose in the state stands at 99% and of the second dose at 82%. Vaccination of children in the age group of 15 to 18 years stands at 39%. A total of 60,421 persons have taken 'precautionary dose'", she added.

20:41 IST, January 11th 2022
Karnataka Govt announces additional curbs amid COVID surge

The Karnataka government announced additional containment measures amid increasing COVID cases in the state. According to the new guidelines, "All rallies, dharnas, protests prohibited. Marriage functions are permitted with not more than 200 people in open spaces and 100 people in closed places. Intensive surveillance to be conducted at the border of Maharashtra, Kerala & Goa".

20:38 IST, January 11th 2022
India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 153.70 crore

The Government of India informed that the country's COVID vaccination coverage has crossed 153.70 crores with over 76 lakh doses administered till 7 pm today. More than 18 lakh 'Precaution Doses' administered so far. 

20:25 IST, January 11th 2022
Karnataka reports 14,473 new COVID cases in 24 hours

Karnataka has reported 14,473 new COVID cases and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours.


19:30 IST, January 11th 2022
Mumbai reports 11,647 new COVID cases in 24 hours

Mumbai has reported 11,647 new COVID cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours. It is the lowest reported since last one week. 


19:22 IST, January 11th 2022
Goa reports 2,476 new COVID cases today

Goa has reported 2,476 new COVID cases and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. 


18:13 IST, January 11th 2022
Kerala reports 9,066 new COVID cases in 24 hours

Kerala has reported 9,066 new COVID cases with 2064 recoveries, and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

17:30 IST, January 11th 2022
Delhi reports 21,259 new COVID cases in 24 hours

Delhi has reported 21,259 new COVID cases and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours.


16:43 IST, January 11th 2022
Molnupiravir not to be included in COVID clinical management protocol

ICMR's National Task Force for COVID-19 has decided against including antiviral drug Molnupiravir in the Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19 as of now, official sources said

16:37 IST, January 11th 2022
Washington Sundar tests positive for COVID-19, in doubt for ODI series in South Africa

India all-rounder Washington Sundar has tested positive for COVID-19 and is doubtful for the three-match ODI series against South Africa starting January 19.

The 22-year old Tamil Nadu player tested positive for the virus in Bengaluru and has not yet joined the other white-ball cricketers in Mumbai, who are scheduled to leave for South Africa in a day or two.

"Washington has tested positive for COVID-19 and is yet to join the other white ball specialists in Mumbai. He was in Bengaluru (at the National Cricket Academy) when he tested positive," BCCI sources said.

It is learnt that Washington will not be able to travel in the chartered flight along with the other selected players and it is not yet clear if he would be individually flown to South Africa by the BCCI at a later date.

The ODI series against South Africa begins in Paarl on January 19. The second ODI is scheduled at the same venue on January 21, following which the team will travel to Cape Town for the series-finale.

Washington, who has been out of action since the tour of England last year due to an injury, returned to domestic cricket and did well for his state team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where Tamil Nadu reached the final.



16:37 IST, January 11th 2022
Delhi govt to start online yoga classes for Covid patients in home isolation from Wednesday

) The Delhi government will launch online yoga and pranayam classes for COVID-19 patients in home isolation from January 12, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday.

He also said that this initiative will be the first of its kind in the world.

There will be eight classes of one hour each from 6 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 7 pm under the the "Dilli ki Yogshala" programme, the chief minister said during an online briefing.

"To help patients who are recovering at home, the Delhi government has brought forward a one of a kind programme. The programme will be unique in itself throughout the globe. In my understanding, we are the first to design something like this," he said during an online briefing. 

Kejriwal said registration links will be sent to patients in home isolation and they can register for the classes according to their convenience. 

"Classes will be held in batches of 15 and we have sufficient instructors to look after 40,000 patients," he said.

Kejriwal said that COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising throughout the country. Delhi too is witnessing a rise but it is being seen that the speed of spread of the virus has slowed down, the chief minister said. 

"I hope that this trend will continue for the near future and the Covid spread comes down. At present, barely 1,500-2,000 hospital beds have been occupied by Covid patients and the rest are in home isolation," he added.

Kejriwal said that instructors have been given specific training for yoga asanas and practices related to COVID-19 recovery.

"Yoga and pranayam greatly add on to one's immunity. I would not claim that they offer complete protection against the virus but they definitely help one cope and recover more efficiently," he said. 

The chief minister said they do not want this to be "some large scale broadcast that the masses follow". 

"We want this to be a proper treatment regimen for every single patient. Even though Omicron (variant of coronavirus) is mild, I hope this programme will aid every patient in their recovery. The patients will not only get treated but also gain a sense of mental and spiritual peace," he said. 


16:35 IST, January 11th 2022
Nagpur Police Commissioner briefs on police personnel infected with COVID

"Yesterday (Jan 10), 22 police personnel were found infected with COVID. Today 6-7 personnel tested positive. Till now, none of the infected personnel have been admitted to a hospital, their condition is stable. One suspected case with comorbidities admitted to hospital", Nagpur Police Commissioner informed. 

15:10 IST, January 11th 2022
Tamil Nadu Govt issues SOP for Jallikattu events amid COVID-19 scare

Full vaccination or negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test report not older than 48 hours a must:


14:31 IST, January 11th 2022
Rajnath Singh health update: Defence Minister tested COVID positive yesterday & recovering well

"Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who had tested COVID positive yesterday is recovering well," said A. Bharat Bhushan Babu, Principal Spokesperson, Ministry of Defence


14:10 IST, January 11th 2022
41 Congress netas booked after thousands attend padayatra sans COVID compliance

In Karnataka, 41 Congress netas have been booked after thousands attend padayatra sans COVID compliance:


13:50 IST, January 11th 2022
Karnataka Congress leaders test positive for COVID-19 after attending Padyatra

2 Karnataka Congress leaders test positive for COVID-19 after attending Padyatra; one leader hospitalised, another in isolation:


13:44 IST, January 11th 2022
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal again rules out COVID-19 lockdown

"About 22,000 COVID cases with a positivity rate of 24-25% in the last few days...Don't worry, we will not impose lockdown," says Delhi CM Kejriwal.


13:16 IST, January 11th 2022
Gurugram: Daily wage workers return home amid COVID restrictions

"Lockdown may be imposed in the city so I've decided to go back to my native state. I am not getting any work due to Covid restrictions, it is tough to survive without any income," says Amrinder Kumar Yadav, a driver. 


13:15 IST, January 11th 2022
COVID-19 'precaution dose' drive goes on full swing on second day

Delhi Healthcare workers, frontline workers, & senior citizens queue up outside a vaccination centre in GTB Nagar to take 'precaution dose' on the second day of its roll out:

Karnataka: Precautionary dose of COVID vaccine being administered at Malleswaram Government School


12:34 IST, January 11th 2022
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar hospitalised in Mumbai after testing positive for COVID-19

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and was hospitalised in Mumbai:


11:54 IST, January 11th 2022
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin takes 'precautionary dose' of COVID vaccine

The nationwide drive for healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people aged 60 and above with comorbidities kicked off yesterday, January 10. Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin took the 'precautionary dose' of the COVID vaccine on Tuesday. 


11:52 IST, January 11th 2022
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes precaution dose of CoOVID vaccine

"I took my precaution dose on payment today. We need hope and not horror to fight with Covid-19. All eligible people should get administered with precaution dose," says the Minister


11:45 IST, January 11th 2022
Delhi hospitals directed to issue necessary orders to ensure timely management of hospital admissions

Amid a surge in COVID cases in Delhi with a total of 70 deaths reported since the last week of Dec 2021, all hospitals have been directed with fresh orders: 


11:15 IST, January 11th 2022
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to chair virtual meeting on COVID management

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will be doing a virtual meeting with all Indian Medical Association leaders and senior doctors across the country on Covid management at 11:30 am today:


11:11 IST, January 11th 2022
COVID-19 scare in Delhi: All private offices in Delhi shall be closed excluding those under exempted category

'Work from home shall be followed. All restaurants & bars shall be closed, takeaways allowed,' adds DDMA order: