Cross sectoral collaboration by establishing common platforms for knowledge sharing, including nutritional targets in water, sanitation and hygiene goals and vice versa, can help ensure sustainable solutions.
All the studies have indicated that Omicron will infect with far greater speed than any of its previous variants but will show mild symptoms and will not cause any severe disease of the lungs.
The minister said authorities have devised different levels of restrictions and alerts under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) keeping in view the severity of infections caused by the Delta variant of coronavirus.
The Covid-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, released by the World Health Organization, said that during the week of December 27 to January 2, the global number of new cases increased sharply by 71% as compared to the previous week.
When the WHO says that vaccine and natural antibodies provide the same level of protection, why is it recommending aggressive vaccination undermining the significance of natural immunity?
Covid-19: The two vaccines Corbevax and Covovax have been cleared by the Centre. With this approval, the number of Covid-19 vaccines which have received emergency use authorisation in India has increased to eight.
Omicron is showing significant growth advantage over Delta which is spreading fast through communities with doubling time of 1.5 to 3 days, said Union Health Ministry on Friday quoting WHO.
Omicron Covid-19 cases have spiked up across US with 73 percent of the new cases recorded of the new variant in the country. Omicron is responsible for an estimated 90 per cent or more of new infections in the New York area, the Southeast, the industrial Midwest and the Pacific Northwest.
Of the six new cases in Karnataka, one is a passenger from the UK, while five others are from COVID-19 clusters in two educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada district, and their travel history or contact with the international travellers are being ascertained, officials said.
Omicron variant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in countries with high levels of population immunity but it still remains uncertain whether immune evasion, intrinsic increased transmissibility or a combination of both are responsible for its rapid growth.
Pakistan's top diplomat said: Several foreign ministers from the 57-member OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) are meeting in Islamabad on Sunday to explore ways to aid Afghanistan while navigating the difficult political realities of its Taliban-run government.
South Africa is grappling with the fourth wave of the Covid-19 driven by the Omicron variant. The country is pushing for more vaccinations — and for its own mRNA vaccine. The European Union, the World Health Organization and several countries are funding the project.
A recent study by the University of Hong Kong suggests that the Omicron variant of coronavirus spreads 70 times faster than the other strains of Covid-19, however, with a lower rate of infection in the lungs.
Seven of these eight persons were vaccinated against coronavirus and their swab samples were taken for testing in the first week of December, it said.
Afghanistan crisis has left the country crippled, with India on Saturday dispatching lifesaving medicines and other medical supplies to the war ravaged country ruled by Taliban.
While the transmissibility of infection seems to have increased because of this new variant, there is still not enough clarity on whether or not it will cause severe disease and whether it will evade immunity
Will the Omicron variant drive the Covid-19 third wave in India? The Union Health Ministry says the chances are very low.
Omicron Covid-19 variant: The WHO has warned the Asia-Pacific region faces a surge in Covid-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads. Elsewhere, a British study found that mRNA vaccines provide the biggest boost to antibody levels.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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