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Covid News Live: Authorities around the world are imposing or considering curbs on travellers from China as COVID-19 cases there surge following its relaxation of “zero-COVID” rules. China has rejected criticism of its COVID data.

The United States will impose mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers from China beginning on Jan. 5. All air passengers aged two and older will require a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said U.S. citizens should reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The UK will require a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test for passengers from China as of Jan. 5, the Department of Health said on Friday. However, a report in The Independent on Monday said passengers from China who arrive in the United Kingdom next week will not face compulsory COVID-19 tests on arrival.

France will require travellers from China to provide a negative COVID test result less than 48 hours before departure. Starting Jan. 1, France will carry out random PCR COVID tests upon arrival on travellers coming from China, a government official told reporters. France has urged all 26 other European Union member states to test Chinese travellers for COVID.

Travellers from China to Australia will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test from Jan. 5, Australian Health Minister Mark Butler said on Sunday.

India has mandated a COVID-19 negative test report for travellers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. Passengers from those countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms or test positive.

Air travellers to Canada from China must test negative for COVID-19 no more than two days before departure, Ottawa said.

Japan will require a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival for travellers from mainland China. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for seven days. New border measures for China went into effect at midnight on Dec. 30. The government will also limit requests from airlines to increase flights to China.

Italy has ordered COVID-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travellers from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, has already started testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai.

Spain will require a negative COVID-19 test or a full course of vaccination against the disease upon arrival for travellers from China.

Malaysia will screen all inbound travellers for fever and test wastewater from aircraft arriving from China for COVID-19.

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre said all passengers on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, will have to take PCR tests upon arrival, starting on Jan. 1.

South Korea will require travellers from China, Macau and Hong Kong to provide negative COVID test results before departure, health authorities said.

Morocco will impose a ban on people arriving from China, whatever their nationality, from Jan. 3.

Qatar will require travellers arriving from China from Jan. 3 to provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure, state news agency QNA said.

Belgium will test wastewater from planes arriving from China for new COVID variants as part of new steps against the spread of the coronavirus, the government announced on Monday

Israel announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from China, joining other nations imposing restrictions because of a surge of infections, according to the

European Union government health officials will hold talks on Wednesday on a coordinated response to the surge in COVID-19 infections in China, the Swedish EU presidency said on Monday, after December talks concluded with no decisions on the matter.

The Philippines sees a need to intensify monitoring and implementation of border controls for incoming individuals especially from China, Manila’s health ministry said.

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Covid News: People urged to follow Covid rules

The health and family welfare department on Monday said the state government is well equipped to handle the new Omicron variant XBB.1.5. However, it has advised the public to remain careful, take necessary precautions and adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines for the next 30 to 45 days.“The Odisha government is well equipped to handle the new Omicron variant XBB.1.5 and has advised the public to remain careful, take necessary precautions and adhere to Covid-19 guidelines for the next 30 to 45 days. Odisha Cares,” tweeted the health and family welfare department on Monday from its official handle.

World is facing economic crisis, but PM Modi is taking Indian economy forward, says Nadda

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda on Monday said that Indian citizens should consider themselves ‘lucky’ that the country is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Speaking at Vijay Sankalp Sabha in Chandrapur on Monday, Nadda said that when the whole world is in a crisis and every country is affected, Indian citizens should consider themselves lucky that the country is led by PM Modi.”PM Modi is taking India forward even in adverse conditions. Under the leadership of Modi, India has progressed all round in all sectors like steel production, mobile manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and chemical. Due to these policies of Modi, the world is looking at India from a different perspective,” he said.

Covid News: China slams ‘unacceptable’ Covid curbs on travellers from its territory

China called the mounting international restrictions on travellers from its territory “unacceptable” on Tuesday after over a dozen countries placed fresh Covid curbs on visitors from the world’s most populous nation.The United States, Canada, Japan and France are among the countries insisting all travellers from China provide negative Covid tests before arrival, as concerns grow over a surge in cases.China’s steep rise in infections comes after Beijing abruptly lifted years of hardline restrictions last month, with hospitals and crematoriums quickly overwhelmed.

Covid News: French PM says Covid tests for travellers from China ‘will continue’

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said Tuesday that Covid-19 tests for travellers arriving from China would continue despite protests from Beijing. “I think we’re performing our duty in asking for tests,” Borne told franceinfo radio when asked about China’s reaction, before adding: “We will continue to do it.”

Covid rules: China warns of ‘counter measures’

China Tuesday condemned fresh Covid test requirements by around a dozen countries on passengers travelling abroad from its territory, warning it could take “counter measures” in response. “Some countries have taken entry restrictions targeting only Chinese travellers. This lacks scientific basis and some practices are unacceptable,” foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told a regular briefing, warning China could “take counter measures based on the principle of reciprocity”.

Covid News: Up to 70% of Shanghai population infected with Covid: top doctor

A senior doctor at one of Shanghai’s top hospitals has said 70 percent of the megacity’s population may have been infected with Covid-19 during China’s huge surge in cases, state media reported Tuesday. The steep rise in infections came after years of hardline restrictions were abruptly loosened last month with little warning or preparation, and quickly overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums.

Chen Erzhen, vice president at Ruijin Hospital and a member of Shanghai’s Covid expert advisory panel, estimated that the majority of the city’s 25 million people may have been infected. “Now the spread of the epidemic in Shanghai is very wide, and it may have reached 70 percent of the population, which is 20 to 30 times more than (in April and May),” he told Dajiangdong Studio, owned by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily.

China calls entry restrictions targetting its travellers unreasonable

Some countries’ COVID-19 entry restrictions targetting China lack scientific basis and are unreasonable, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign minsitry said at a regular briefing on Tuesday. Mao Ning said that we are “firmly opposed to such practices” and will take corresponding measures accordingly.

Covid Live: Dominant China Covid strain found in Pakistan

One of the three dominant strains of Covid-19 in China and the Omicron sub-variant XBB’s presence is confirmed in Pakistan through genome sequencing, as per the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Aga Khan University.The country, however, is safe from the highly infectious strain — BF.7, The News reported Tuesday.”Genomic surveillance is underway at NIH Islamabad. However, due to low positivity, only a few samples are available for sequencing. Our last batch showed increased cases of Omicron XBB,” an official of the NIH Islamabad said.NIH officials also reiterated that there is no imminent threat of any major Covid-19 wave in Pakistan.

Covid cases: Thane records 2 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 9

Two new cases of coronavirus have been detected in Maharashtra’s Thane district, taking its infection tally to 7,47,400, a health official said on Tuesday.With the addition of the latest numbers on Monday, there are currently nine active COVID-19 cases in the district, which comes under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, he said.No fatality was reported on Monday and the death toll remained unchanged at 11,969. The recovery count stood at 7,36,190, he added.

Covid News Live: Tamil Nadu airports direct airlines to ensure valid RT-PCR negative certificates from passengers

The Airport authorities of the four international airports in Tamil Nadu have directed the airline companies operating from Singapore to ensure that the passengers carry a valid RT-PCR negative certificate.

This follows the arrival of two passengers from Singapore at the Tiruchi airport on Sunday with invalid RT-PCR negative certificates.

According to a senior officer with the Tiruchi international airport, the authorities on checking found that one passenger was carrying an old RT-PCR negative certificate while the other was carrying an invalid certificate. The authorities immediately took the swab samples of the two passengers.

Covid News Live: China to monitor sewage in cities to track Covid variants as cases surge

As China prepares to reopen borders on January 8, it has ordered monitoring waste water as an early warning system for the Covid infection in cities, the media reported on Tuesday. “Sewage surveillance” has appeared on China’s Covid-19 directives for the first time, reports South China Morning Post.

The directive has asked local governments to test wastewater from households flowing into water treatment plants to indicate community infection levels and distribution of variants.

According to the report, at least 130 sub-lineages of the Omicron variant have been found in China in the past three months, since it relaxed zero-Covid policy.

Covid Live: Biological E Seeks Nod for Bivalent Vax Trials

Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Biological E has sought the drug regulator’s permission to initiate clinical trials for its bivalent Covid-19 vaccine that it claims can offer protection against Omicron and its sub-variants, besides the original SARSCoV-2 variant, a top executive of the company told ET.

Covid News Live: Covid virus lingers in brain, claims study

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads throughout the body, including the brain, and lingers for almost eight months, shows an analysis of tissue samples from the autopsies of people who died due to COVID-19. The researchers from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) tested samples from autopsies that were performed from April 2020 to March 2021. They conducted extensive sampling of the nervous system, including the brain, in 11 of the patients. All of the patients died with COVID-19, and none were vaccinated.

Covid News Live: How pandemic progressed in India so far

India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, and 50 lakh on September 16. It crossed the grim milestone of four crore on January 25, 2022.

Covid News Live: Second Covid booster dose not required, ANI quotes govt sources as saying

Based on the current Covid-19 situation in the country, there is no need to administer a second booster dose, government sources told ANI, as the Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday showed that only 134 new coronavirus cases were recorded throughout the nation in the last 24 hours with the daily positivity rate at 0.09 per cent”As of now no second Covid-19 booster dose is required, first we have to complete the first booster drive in the country.””No discussion has been started even in the Immunisation panel National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) regarding the second booster dose. Our first priority is to complete the first booster drive in the country,” said another official source to ANI.

Covid News LIVE: India’s daily Covid positivity was recorded at 0.09 per cent, shows latest Union Health ministry data.

Covid News Live: Jab Update

According to the Union Health ministry’s website, 220.11 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Covid News Live: Active cases decline to 2,582

India’s active cases has declined to 2,582, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. Active cases comprise 0.01 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.80 per cent, according to the health ministry website. A decrease of 88 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Covid News Live: Insacog to hold meet this week

The Indian SarsCoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (Insacog), a network of laboratories monitoring genomic variations of the Covid-19 virus, will hold a meeting this week to review data from China on the viral wave that’s gripped the country.

India sees 134 new COVID infections

India saw a single-day rise of 134 in coronavirus infections, with the active cases declining to 2,582, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.The total tally of Covid cases was recorded at 4.46 crore (4,46,78,956). The overall death toll to date stands at 5,30,707, the data updated at 8 am stated.

Covid News Live: No BF.7 Omicron variant in TN

The genome sequencing report of the six international passengers who had landed at various international airports in Tamil Nadu has reported no BF.7 variant of Omicron. Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Ma Subramanian yesterday said that the two China-returned passengers, who tested Covid-19 positive, were affected by BA5.2. One passenger each from Muscat, Kuwait, and Bangkok was identified with BA.2 strain of Omicron. Another passenger, who arrived from Muscat and tested positive has the XBB.1 strain of Omicron.

Covid News: Govt hospitals in Uttar Pradesh run out of vaccines, claims report

State-run healthcare facilities in Uttar Pradesh seem to be running out of vaccines as the rush for precaution doses increases, following reports of rising Covid cases in China and some other countries, IANS reported. “Officials said it will take at least a week for fresh supplies to arrive. The Covid vaccinations are being done at 14 hospitals in the state capital — 10 private and four government,” the report added.

District immunisation officer Dr M.K. Singh confirmed vaccine unavailability at the government centres and said requests have been sent to the government for fresh supplies.

China state media plays down severity of COVID wave

In an article on Tuesday, People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, cited several Chinese experts as saying the illness caused by the virus was relatively mild for the vast majority of people.”Severe and critical illnesses account for 3% to 4% of infected patients currently admitted to designated hospitals in Beijing,” Tong Zhaohui, Vice President of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, told the newspaper.Kang Yan, head of West China Tianfu Hospital of Sichuan University, said that in the past three weeks, a total of 46 critically ill patients have been admitted to intensive care units, accounting for about 1% of symptomatic infections.

South Korea to require COVID tests for Hong Kong, Macau travellers

– South Korea’s health authorities said on Tuesday it will impose mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers from Hong Kong and Macau, after Beijing’s decision to lift stringent zero-COVID policies. Effective Jan. 7, travellers from Hong Kong and Macau would be required to submit a negative result from a PCR test, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.

Why China’s Covid wave is stirring fear

Beijing has admitted the scale of the outbreak has become “impossible” to track following the end of mandatory mass testing last month.The National Health Commission has stopped publishing daily nationwide infection and death statistics.That responsibility has been transferred to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which will only publish figures once a month after China downgrades its management protocols for the disease on January 8.China has only reported 15 Covid deaths since it began unwinding restrictions on December 7, shortly after which it narrowed the criteria by which deaths from the virus are recorded.This has stoked concerns that the wave of infections is not being accurately reflected in official statistics.

Covid News LIVE: China arrivals in UK next week will not face compulsory COVID tests -Independent

Passengers from China who arrive in the United Kingdom next week will not face compulsory COVID-19 tests on arrival, The Independent reported on Monday.Testing at Heathrow Airport will be voluntary and those who test positive will neither be quarantined nor ordered to self-isolate, the report added.Britain last week had said that passengers arriving in Britain from China would require a negative COVID test taken no more than two days prior to departure after a surge in infections in China.

Covid News LIVE: EU offers free COVID vaccines to China to help curb outbreak

The European Union has offered free COVID-19 vaccines to China to help Beijing contain a mass outbreak of the illness, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.The initiative is part of efforts by health commissioner Stella Kyriakides to arrange a European response to the prospect of a wave of infections after Beijing ditched its so-called “zero Covid” policy, the report added, citing EU commission officials, speaking under the condition of anonymity.

Covid News LIVE: China reports 3 COVID deaths for January 2

China reported three new COVID-19 deaths in the mainland for Jan. 2, compared with one death a day earlier, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. The official death toll now stands at 5,253.

Govt terms news reports which are speculating that the new Omicron sub-variant may be fatal for the brain as misleading and fake.

Some news reports are speculating that the evolving Omicron sub-variant ‘may be fatal for the brain’ #PIBFactCheck…

— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) 1672674152000

EU to try again for coordination on China Covid policies

European Union nations will try again on Wednesday to mold a coordinated approach on if and how authorities should check incoming airline passengers from China for any new COVID-19 variants after several member nations announced individual efforts over the past week.Belgium said late Monday it would be checking wastewater from planes coming in from China to see if it yields new clues about any potentially dangerous variants. It said that it would urge visitors from China who do not feel well to take a COVID-19 test.

S.Korea begins Covid-19 testing for arrivals from China

South Korea has started Covid-19 testing for arrivals from China at Incheon International Airport.Under the new restrictions which came into effect from Monday, all arrivals from China are obliged to undergo a PCR test within the first day of their entry, Yonhap news agency reported.

Maharashtra records 8 fresh coronavirus cases, zero death; active tally at 159

Maharashtra on Monday recorded eight fresh coronavirus cases, while no new death linked to the infection was registered in the state, the health department said.

Overall infection rate below 500 per day in India: INSACOG

Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) bulletin on Monday said that the overall infection rate is below 500 per day in India. “In northern part of India, XBB was prevalent, whereas in the eastern part, BA.2.75 was the prevalent sub-lineage. BA.2.10 and other Omicron sub-lineage frequency was lower last week. However, any increase in disease severity or hospitalisation has not been observed over this period,” it said.

Omicron’s XBB most prevalent sub-lineage in India: INSACOG

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) bulletin was released on Monday.According to the bulletin, BA.2.75 and BA.2.10 were also circulating but in lesser extent.“Especially, in north-east India, BA.2.75 is the prevalent sub-lineage. However, any increase in disease severity or hospitalisation has not been observed over this period,” it said.The INSACOG said Omicron and its sub-lineages continue to be the dominant variant in India. XBB is the most prevalent sub-lineage (63.2 per cent) circulating all over India.