New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In our 'Breaking News, Latest Updates' blog at English Jagran today, we would continue focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Omicron variant, detected first in South Africa. In India, no case of the Omicron variant has been reported so far. However, the resumption of international flights has been postponed and several states and union territories (UTs) are mulling reimposing restrictions amid fears over the Omicron variant.
Here are the highlights of the day:
16:14 hours: In his meeting today with APHOs, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has advised no inconvenience to the passengers, all facilities should be given to them, all information on arrival should be circulated through announcements timely, reports ANI.
15:00 hours: All 477 people who travelled from 11 countries to Tamil Nadu tested negative for Omicron. Separate wards have been set up at 4 Medical College Hospitals in Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Madurai. RT-PCR fee of Rs 600 won't be charged for underprivileged, says Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian.
13:30 hours: Till now, 50 police personnel have tested positive during the ongoing COVID-19 testing of police personnel. 13,000 police personnel have been tested so far. Close contacts of those found positive also being investigated, says Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar.
13:21 hours: Madhya Pradesh government will introduce a 'No Mask-No Movement' policy with the help of police for the coming 3 days where people will be asked to move around with their masks on, says state Home Minister Narottam Mishra.
12:46 hours: 12 new cases of COVID19 were detected in Madhya Pradesh, whereas 8 have recovered. 128 total active cases in the state. The recovery rate in the state is 98.6 per cent and the infection rate is 0.2 per cent. A total of 57,362 samples tested yesterday, says Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra.
12:20 hours: RT-PCR of every traveller coming from abroad is mandatory at the airport, in view of Omicron. 4 COVID-19 positive travellers have been admitted to LNJP Hospital and 4 suspected are being examined. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing, says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
12:05 hours: It has been our effort over last 6 months to slowly increase flights, internationally as well... Omicron is a setback as all countries across the world need to be safe. Our government has categorised 11 countries as 'at risk', says Union Civil Aviation Min Jyotiraditya Scindia.
11:39 hours: Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya is chairing a meet with States on airport screening and surveillance with Airport Public Health Officials (APHOs) and Port Health Officials (PHOs).
11:30 hours: BREAKING: Uttar Pradesh government issued new guidelines amid the emergence of Omicron variant.
All travellers coming to UP will go through thermal scanning; any COVID positive traveller will be isolated. Every district's railway and bus station will have a medical team for COVID sampling, the guidelines say.
10:31 hours: Also Read - US reports first Omicron case as 'fully vaccinated' South Africa-returned man test positive
9:57 hours: New COVID SoPs have been implemented from December 1, as per which passengers on arrival from the 'at risk' countries will remain at the airport till their RT-PCR result comes negative, says Director at Tiruchirappalli International Airport S Dharmaraj.
Random sampling will be conducted for travellers coming from countries other than the ones categorised as 'at risk'. The entire area is being sanitised regularly, he added.
9:30 hours: Lok Sabha to have a discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic today. The discussion will be held under Rule 193.
9:18 hours: BREAKING: India reports 9,765 new COVID-19 cases, 477 deaths and 8,548 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active caseload currently stands at 99,763, says Union Health Ministry.
9:09 hours: Just In: Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya will chair a meeting at 10 am today with States on airport screening and surveillance with Airport Public Health Officials (APHOs) and Port Health Officials (PHOs), reports ANI.
8:47 hours: Health department officials deployed for RT-PCR testing at the Chennai International Airport.
8:18 hours: Also Read - Omicron variant of COVID-19 can 'evade some immunity', reveals data from South Africa
7:50 hours: Travel bans over new Covid strain 'unfair' and 'ineffective,' says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
7:30 hours: Air travel should be banned between India and the countries where it (Omicron Variant) is spreading. Otherwise, passengers from these countries come to India and spread it in the country, says Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
7:25 hours: We have received some directives from Union Health Ministry on Omicron Variant. In line with these directives, we're preparing our hospitals and working to progressively increase vaccination among Railway employees, says Northern Railway General Manager Ashutosh Gangal.
7:20 hours: South Africa returnee is US' first confirmed case of Omicron coronavirus variant in California. The individual was fully vaccinated and experienced mild symptoms which are improving at this point, says Chief Medical Advisor to US President Dr Anthony Fauci.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma
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