New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In our today's 'Breaking News, Latest Updates' blog at Jagran English, we will continue focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Omicron variant, detected first in South Africa last week. So far, India has reported two cases of the new strain, the Union Health Ministry said, adding that contacts of those patients have been traced and isolated. However, the Health Ministry has urged people not to panic, but to keep following appropriate COVID-19 norms to avoid the third wave.

Meanwhile, several travel restrictions have been reimposed in several other countries to contain Omicron which is suspected to be five times more infectious than the other known variants of COVID-19. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that travel restrictions won't help much in controlling Omicron.

Here are the LIVE Updates from the day:

13:15 hours: According to a report by news agency PTI, the West Bengal government is planning to soon conduct trials of COVID-19 booster shots in the metropolis, and has started feasibility tests at different medical establishments.

12:25 hours: So far, 2,75,000 CCTV cameras have been installed in Delhi after our government was formed. Now we are going to install 1.4 lakh more CCTV cameras in the city. Today, Delhi is world number 1 in CCTV coverage per square km, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

12:15 hours: The situation on our northern borders and COVID19 have created two complex challenges and the Indian Navy is ready to tackle both challenges, says Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar.

Despite COVID-19, the Navy has maintained combat and mission readiness and resulted in preventing any misadventure in its maritime domain, he added.

12:03 hours: We had written to all states asking for data on it. 19 States responded, only Punjab reported four 'suspected' deaths due to oxygen shortage, says Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in Lok Sabha.

11:23 hours: Details of the two patients detected with Omicron variant.

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11:00 hours: On Thursday, a marathon debate was held in Lok Sabha over the COVID-19 situation in India. During the debate, the MPs expressed concern about Omicron variant and raised queries about "booster dose" and providing vaccination to the entire population of the country.

10:45 hours: Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya will reply today over the COVID-19 situation in India at Lok Sabha.

10:12 hours: BREAKING: 9 international travellers, including one from South Africa, who arrived at Mumbai International Airport between 10 November to 2 December have tested positive for COVID-19. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing, says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

9:55 hours: A passenger from Singapore at the Tiruchirappalli International Airport was found COVID positive and got admitted to a private hospital. Samples have been sent for genome sequencing to Chennai and Bengaluru, says Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramania.

Another passenger from the UK in Chennai was found COVID positive and is admitted to a special ward of the King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Chennai. Samples have been sent for genome sequencing to Chennai and Bengaluru, he added.

9:43 hours: Also Read - 'No plan to change dose gap of COVID vaccine due to Omicron variant': Health Ministry

9:21 hours: Just In: India reports 9,216 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Active caseload stands at 99,976 in India, says Union Health Ministry.

9:02 hours: As of 29 November, 99 countries provided for ease of travel for fully vaccinated Indians based on recognition of India’s Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates either through mutual recognition or through their universally applicable health protocols, says Ministry of External Affairs.

8:41 hours: The Ministry has taken up with foreign govts the need for easing travel restrictions on Indian students in foreign universities. Travel restrictions eased for Indian students to travel to many countries including the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Germany and others, says Ministry of External Affairs.

8:25 hours: Also Read - Omicron causes reinfection 3 times more than Delta, Beta and other COVID-19 variants, study claims

7:53 hours: BREAKING: Nepal imposes ban on entry from nine countries, including Hong Kong, due to Omicron variant of COVID-19.

7:42 hours: We are conducting contact tracing. I will be holding a meeting with health experts at 1 pm today. I have spoken to Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, he will get back to me with some guidelines, says Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai amid fears over Omicron variant.

7:25 hours: Though these are early days, it's seen in South Africa and other affected European countries that Omicron causes mild illness. 2 cases detected in India are also either mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic, says Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Executive Director Dr Ahok Seth.

7:20 hours: Coronavirus variants will keep coming. We don't need to panic but remain cautious and proactive. We can protect ourselves from any variant if we're fully vaccinated and observe COVID appropriate behaviour, says Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Executive Director Dr Ahok Seth.

7:15 hours: New York state has confirmed five cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant, says Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Posted By: Aalok Sensharma