New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In today's 'Breaking News, Latest Updates' blog at Jagran English, we will focus on the Omicron strain of the COVID-19, detected first in South Africa, that has been dubbed as a 'variant of concern' by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Several countries, including the UK and Canada, have reimposed travel restrictions to control the spread of the new variant.

In India, the Centre has also asked the states and union territories (UTs) to track all foreign travellers, especially those from South Africa. It has also revised travel guidelines for international passengers, making it mandatory for them to submit the last two weeks of their travel history upon arrival.

Here are the highlights of the day:

16:16 hours: We conduct RT-PCR tests and mandatory quarantine for travellers coming from countries affected by the new variant. Our ICU beds, oxygen beds and manpower have been increased and we're ready to go all-in, in case of sudden spurt, says Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar.

Schools will reopen from Dec 1, but since children are not vaccinated yet, probably parents won't send their children. Online classes are continued anyway, she added.

16:07 hours: Genomic surveillance is continuously underway. Travelers from countries affected with the new variant will take their RT-PCR and stay in quarantine for 14 days. We've deployed more health workers at 4 international airports, says Kerala Health Minister Veena George.

We will have a discussion on the present situation and take every possible measure. We have also asked the Centre for booster doses and vaccinations for children below 18 years of age, as it is very essential, but we're awaiting their decision, she added.

15:32 hours: Delhi reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, 36 recoveries and one death in the last 24 hours, says state health department.

Total cases: 14,40,900

Total recoveries: 14,15,517

Death toll: 25,098

Active cases: 285

15:10 hours: A comprehensive policy on additional and booster doses for COVID-19 will be made public in the next 2 weeks by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) of India, says COVID-19 Task Force Chairman Dr NK Arora.

A comprehensive plan for immunizing 44 crore children below the age of 18 years will be made public soon; prioritization process is underway so that children with comorbidities be given vaccination, followed by healthy children, he added.

15:00 hours: All the district in-charges and branch/ unit in-charges have been directed to conduct the COVID-19 rapid antigen test of police personnel appointed under them. 7 policemen have been tested positive in the last 2 days of conducting the rapid antigen test, says Uttarakhand DGP.

14:55 hours: We're monitoring the situation in view of the new variant of COVID-19 Omicron. We've sent a few samples for genomic sequencing to confirm the variant. COVID-19 screening will be enhanced at the airport, says Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

14:50 hours: World Health Organisation warns risk related to Covid variant Omicron 'very high'.

14:41 hours: Bharat Biotech says it will commence exports of Covaxin to additional countries from December.

14:30 hours: 43 girl students of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Backward Classes Welfare School in Sanga Reddy district in Telangana test positive for COVID-19. Students have been kept in isolation and are receiving medical treatment, Sangareddy District DM Dr Gayatri.

13:45 hours: Arunachal Pradesh reported zero new COVID-19 case on Monday, says state health department.

13:30 hours: All international passengers arriving at Lucknow airport will have to undergo RT-PCR test and eight-day home quarantine, says district administration.

13:15 hours: Recap: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said that the central government should learn lessons from 'mistakes' it committed during first and second waves of COVID-19 and impose restrictions on travel from countries that have been impacted by new virus variant.

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12:19 hours: A total of 19 people from different govt depts including 7 police personnel have been found COVID-19 positive so far, who were on duty during Prez visit (in Haridwar Rishikesh), says Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar.

12:00 hours: Surveillance for Covid is being done here. Omicron has accumulated more than 30 mutations, 26 of which are unique in the spike protein which isn't observed in any other strains like Alpha, Beta, Gamma or Delta. This is puzzling from scientific perspective, says CSIR DG Dr Shekhar Mande.

11:24 hours: We have administered more than 100 crore doses of Covid vaccines during the challenging times of the pandemic. Now we are moving towards 150 crore doses. The news of the emergence of a new coronavirus variant makes us more alert. We all should stay alert in view of the new variant of COVID-19, says PM Modi ahead of Parliament Winter Session.

11:18 hours: Also Read - Omicron Scare: Full list of 'at-risk' countries from where travellers need to follow new COVID norms in India

11:00 hours: We should stay alert in view of reports about new variant of COVID-19, says PM Modi ahead of Parliament Winter Session.

10:21 hours: BREAKING: Around 67 people, including 5 staff members, found COVID-19 positive at an old age home in the Bhiwandi area of Thane district. They have been admitted to a government hospital. 59 people were fully vaccinated, says Thane Civil Hospital Civil surgeon Dr Kailash Pawar.

10:16 hours: BREAKING: Japan to bar new foreign arrivals over Omnicron variant of COVID-19, says Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

10:06 hours: Also Read - South Africa returnee tests COVID-19 positive in Thane; Maharashtra govt says 'no Omicron cases found'

9:19 hours: Just In: India reports 8,309 new COVID-19 cases, 236 deaths and 9,905 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active caseload stands at 1,03,859; lowest in 544 days, says Union Health Ministry.

8:56 hours: Instructions have been given to all CMOs to conduct RT-PCR COVID-19 testing for all passengers coming from outside the State at all border entry points, says Uttarakhand DG-Health Dr Tripti Bhaguna.

8:52 hours: All districts instructed that if any passenger coming from outside the state shows symptoms of COVID, then he or she should be tested, and later put under 14-day quarantine if tested positive. COVID testing to be conducted at various border entry points, says Uttarakhand DG-Health Dr Tripti Bhaguna.

8:35 hours: Also Read - Omicron Scare: Health Ministry revises guidelines for international arrivals in India, makes negative RT-PCR mandatory

8:30 hours: A person who had returned from South Africa to Dombivali has tested COVID positive. His samples to be sent for genome sequencing to confirm whether or not he is 'Omicron' positive, says Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation's Dr Pratibha Panpatil.

He had travelled from South Africa to Delhi and Delhi-Mumbai; quarantined at Municipal Corporation's isolation room. His brother tested negative, remaining family to be tested today, Dr Pratibha added.

8:27 hours: Mizoram reported 282 recoveries and 1 COVID-19 death yesterday. Active cases stand at 3,834, says state health department.

8:19 hours: Canada confirms its first Covid Omicron infections in two people who had recently traveled to Nigeria, reports AFP.

8:15 hours: The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has sparked concerns across the world. On Sunday night, India revised the guidelines for international travellers, making it mandatory for them to submit the last two weeks of their travel history upon arrival.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma