Pfizer begins trial of Omicron-specific shots in adults, Fauci says may not be needed
As Pfizer announced trials for a reformulated Covid-19 vaccine, meant specifically for the hugely contagious Omicron variant, on Tuesday, top US infectious disease official Dr Anthony Fauci said that such a shot would be “prudent” even if it ultimately may not be needed.
Covid is less severe with Omicron than Delta, US study suggests
The Omicron variant appears to result in less severe Covid-19 than seen during previous periods of high coronavirus transmission including the Delta wave, with shorter hospital stays, less need for intensive care and fewer deaths, according to a new US study.
Assam reports 4,189 new Covid cases, 19 deaths
Thirty more people died of Covid-19 in Punjab while 4,049 new cases took the infection tally to 7,23,052
Deaths were reported from several districts, including Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Moga as the toll reached 17,059. The number of active cases was 42,589. Of the new cases, Mohali reported 916, followed by 492 in Ludhiana and 453 in Jalandhar.
Tamil Nadu reported 30,055 fresh Covid cases, 25,221 recoveries, and 48 deaths today
Maharashtra logs sharp rise in Covid-19 deaths at 86; 33,914 new cases recorded
Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 33,914 new coronavirus cases, including 13 of the Omicron variant, and a sharp jump in deaths at 86. The daily figure is a jump of 5,628 from 28,286 coronavirus cases registered a day ago. On Monday, the state had recorded 36 deaths linked to the infection. The department said 30,500 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking their cumulative number to 71,20,436. The coronavirus recovery rate in the state is 94.07 per cent.
Discharges overtake number of infections in Karnataka, as cases dips to 41,400
There were 53,093 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 32,16,070. Of the new cases, 19,105 were from Bengaluru Urban that saw 33,011 people being discharged and 19 virus-related deaths.
Schools to open for students of classes 10, 11 and 12 from February 1 in Haryana: State education minister Kanwar Pal
India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 163.49 crore
West Bengal records 4,494 new Covid cases & 36 deaths today; Active cases stand at 80,168. Today’s positivity rate stands at 7.12%
Karnataka reports 41,400 new Covid-19 cases, 53,093 recoveries, and 52 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Gujarat records 16,608 cases and 28 deaths. Active cases at 1,34,261.
Kolkata reports 591 new Covid cases
4,494 new Covid cases and 36 deaths reported in West Bengal in the last 24 hours
Bengaluru logs 19,105 new cases and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours
Karnataka reports 41,400 new cases and 52 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases at 3,50,742
Positivity rate now at 26.7%
Delhi logs 6,028 new cases and 31 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases at 42,010
Death toll currently stands at 25,681. The positivity rate has reached 10.55%.
Mumbai reports 1,815 new Covid cases and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours
Kerala logs 55,475 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest ever reported in the state in a single day.
Goa recorded 1794 new covid infections, 2522 recoveries and eight fatalities in the last 24 hours while active caseload reduced to 18197.