New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In today's 'Breaking News, Latest Updates' blog, we at English Jagran will continue our focus on the rising cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in India. The Centre has said that 'precautionary dose' of vaccines will "mitigate the severity of infection" as Omicron cases breach 1,000-mark in India. It has also urged people to take all necessary precautions and asked states and union territories (UTs) to keep a tight vigil to control the rising cases.

Meanwhile, we also keep a tab on the assembly elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will pay a visit to Ram Lalla and the Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya and address three public meetings in Uttar Pradesh.

Here are the highlights of the day:

15:35 hours: Kerala records 44 fresh confirmed cases of Omicron, taking total cases of the coronavirus variant to 107 in the state, says Kerala Health Minister Veena George.

15:15 hours: BREAKING: Omicron has started replacing Delta variant of coronavirus in India in terms of number of cases, say official sources.

14:47 hours: Health Minister has assured us that the NEET-PG counseling will start before 6 January 2022. There will be no FIRs on the doctors. There is no need to panic for the new variant of Covid, but all precautions should be taken, says IMA President Sahajanand Prasad Singh.

13:56 hours: A 73-year-old man who was tested positive for Covid's Omicron strain on December 15, died today. Later, he was tested negative two times, so this will not be called a COVID death but a post-Covid death, says Dr Dinesh Kharadi, Chief Medical and Health Officer Udaipur Division.

13:05 hours: The first Omicron case has been reported in the State. People have to remain alert and vigilant. We will hold a meeting today evening on the rising number of Covid-19 cases, says Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

13:00 hours: Union Home Minister Amit Shah offers prayers at Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya.

12:45 hours: We've completed a target of 100 successful operations and 44 top terrorists have been neutralised this year, says Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh.

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11:55 hours: PM Modi will visit Meerut on 2 January and lay the foundation stone of Major Dhyan Chand Sports University at around 1 pm. The University will be established at Salawa and Kaili villages of Sardhana town in Meerut at an estimated cost of about Rs 700 crore, says PMO.

11:45 hours: Night curfew from 11 pm till 5 am have been imposed in Puducherry with effect till 31 January 2022, except on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi.

11:21 hours: Also Read - India's Omicron tally jumps to 1,270, Maharashtra worst-hit with 450 cases; Centre warns against rising R naught value

10:52 hours: NIA registers a case against some 'Khalistani elements' and Sikhs for Justice member Jaswinder Singh Multani on late Thursday evening, reports ANI.

10:23 hours: With the administration of 66,65,290 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 144.54 crore. The recovery rate stands at 98.36 per cent. Weekly positivity Rate at 0.89 per cent remains less than 1 per cent from last 47 days, says Union Health Ministry.

9:42 hours: Former Uttarakhand state election commissioner Suvardhan Shah resigned from Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) primary membership, reports ANI.

9:36 hours: Just In: India reports 16,764 new COVID-19 cases, 7,585 recoveries and 220 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active caseload currently stands at 91,361. Recovery Rate currently at 98.36 per cent. Omicron case tally stands at 1,270, says Union Health Ministry.

9:08 hours: Delhi AQI is presently at 308 (overall) in the 'very poor' category, as per SAFAR.

8:56 hours: Minimum temperature of 3.8 degrees Celsius and 7.0 degrees Celsius recorded at Safdarjung and Palam respectively today in Delhi, says IMD.

8:34 hours: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will chair meeting of GST Council today.

8:17 hours: International passengers testing positive for COVID upon arrival at the IGI Airport to isolate at institutional designated paid and free facilities set up by in various districts, says Delhi government.

8:10 hours: A terrorist identified as Suhail Ahmad Rather, affiliated with terror outfit JeM along with 2 other unidentified terrorists neutralised in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar late night. Incriminating material including arms and ammunition recovered, says IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar.

7:40 hours: Mizoram reports 243 new COVID-19 cases. Active caseload at 1,658 and positivity rate is at 9.69 per cent, says state health department.

7:35 hours: Amit Shah will also hold a roadshow in Bareilly at 3.30 pm, and then address a public meeting in Bareilly at 5.00 pm.

7:28 hours: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Ayodhya today and address three public meetings. In a statement issued here, the Uttar Pradesh BJP said Shah will visit the Hanumangarhi temple (in Ayodhya) on Friday at 10.30 am, and then will have a 'darshan' of Ram Lalla at 11.00 am. After this, at around 11.30 am, he will address a public meeting. At 1.00 pm, Shah will address a public meeting in Sant Kabir Nagar.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma