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WHO raises fresh concern of Omicron sub-variant BA.2, confirms slowdown of Covid third wave

At the Covid briefing on Thursday, she It’s really quite incredible how Omicron, the latest variant of concern has overtaken Delta around the world. Confirming almost 75,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the last week, Kerkhove said most of the sequences are this sub-lineage BA.1.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has raises fresh concern of Omicron sub-variant BA.2 confirming that Omicron, which led the Covid third, is slowing down across the world as many countries are removing restrictions to check outbreak.

In a video tweeted by the WHO, Maria Van Kerkhove, who is leading the Covid-19 technical team, said the virus is evolving and Omicron has several sub-lineages.

In the video, she has also confirmed that the world has now BA.1, BA.1.1, BA.2 and BA.3, she confirmed.

At the Covid briefing on Thursday, she It’s really quite incredible how Omicron, the latest variant of concern has overtaken Delta around the world. Confirming almost 75,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the last week, Kerkhove said most of the sequences are this sub-lineage BA.1.

WHO is witnessing an increase in proportion of sequences of BA.2, she said. Expressing concern about one sub-lineage, the WHO official said that BA.2 is more transmissible than the others but there is no evidence that BA.2 is more lethal than BA.1. The WHO is monitoring the situation, the official also said.

Omicron sub-variant BA.2 appears to be steadily increasing and its prevalence has risen in South Africa, Denmark, the UK and other countries.

The WHO’s Europe regional director Hans Kluge has confirmed that the Covid-19 cases have more than doubled in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine from the past two weeks.

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In a briefing on Tuesday, the WHO had confirmed that a new wave of Omicron variant is moving towards the east of Europe. The WHO officials had also directed the authorities to improve vaccination and other measures.

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Covid-19: Delhi reports 2,202 cases, highest in six months; India logs over 20k cases

The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

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The coronavirus has started to raise its ugly head in the country once again. There is currently concern about the fourth wave in India, where the number of Covid-19 cases has been increasing continuously for more than a week.

India reported 20,551 new Covid-19 infections and 70 fatalities in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, the daily positivity rate in the country reached 5.14 percent and the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.64 percent. The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

India’s tally of Covid-19 cases has risen to 4,41,07,588 and the death toll has climbed to 5,26,600. The active Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 1,35,364.

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The capital registered 2,202 cases, which is the highest in six months. The health department data shows the positivity rate in the capital reached 11.84 percent. On Wednesday, Delhi reported 2,073 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.64 percent. The active cases in Delhi are 6,175.

Maharashtra reported 1,862 cases and seven deaths. Assam logged 431 new cases and two fatalities and Odisha recorded 836 new cases. The five states with the most active cases are Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.

In response to the rising number of Covid cases and low booster dose uptake throughout India, the Union Health Ministry has offered free booster doses to all eligible individuals over the age of 18 at government-run vaccination centers.

The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive was started in the country on 16 January 2021, since then 2,055,947,243 vaccine doses have been administered across India.

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Delhi reports 3rd monkeypox case, 8th in India

The reports state that the man doesn’t have any foreign travel history.

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A 31-year-old Nigerian man living in Delhi has been tested positive for monkeypox on Tuesday. According to the reports, the man has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi after experiencing symptoms. With this, the capital reported its third monkeypox case, while the total tally has now reached eight.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs confirmed that the patient does not have any foreign travel history. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya confirmed that India has a total of eight monkeypox cases and out of which five patients have a history of foreign travel.

Earlier on Sunday, a 35-year-old Nigerian man also tested positive for monkeypox. The patient was admitted to Lok Nayak hospital soon after and his samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for testing.

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The first monkeypox case in Delhi was reported in a 34-year-old man from Paschim Vihar. The patient is currently undergoing treatment. According to the reports, his condition is stable, and he has no symptoms other than lesions.

Earlier in the day, Kerala reported the fifth case of viral infection in a 30-year-old man. The patient is currently admitted to the Manjeri Medical College in Malappuram. The reports state that the patient returned from UAE on July 27.

On Saturday, India reported the first monkeypox fatality. The deceased was a 22-year-old man from Kerala who tested positive for the virus following his return from the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru on Tuesday ordered screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands amid rising monkeypox cases in India.

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Monkeypox: Amid rise in cases, 21-day isolation, screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands in Bengaluru

According to the revised guidelines, at least 21-day isolation will be mandatory for confirm Monkeypox cases.

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Monkeypox: Amid rise in cases, 21-day isolation, screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands in Bengaluru

Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru on Tuesday has ordered screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands amid rise in Monkeypox cases in India.

This change has come after the Department of Health and Family Welfare have issued revised guidelines. It also states that at least 21-day isolation will be mandatory for confirm Monkeypox cases.

Moreover, the zonal health officials have also been instructed to ensure that the screening teams are surely be deployed at airports, railway stations and bus stands in their respective jurisdictions. 

“All suspected Monkeypox cases in the community should be tested and screened through both targeted surveillance and hospital-based surveillance,” the guidelines stated.

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