Omicron variant live updates: UK cases see 52% jump in a week; Europe, US stare at gloomy holidays – Times of India

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The Omicron coronavirus variant has been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Omicron is spreading rapidly in countries with high levels of population immunity, but it is unclear if this is due to the virus’ ability to evade immunity, its inherent increased transmissibility or a combination of both, the WHO said in an update. Stay with TOI for latest updates:Read Less
The United Kingdom reported 82,886 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday and 45 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
Cases were up 51.9% over the seven days to Dec. 19 compared with the previous week, said the UK government.
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A 23-year-old Tanzania national studying at a university in Rajkot has tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid. He has been admitted to PDU hospital. (ANI)
This is the first Omicron case in the district: Arun Mahesh Babu, Rajkot Collector.
The civic authorities said that none of the four people found with the variant at the Mumbai airport are residents of the city.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s executive health officer said that all four individuals are fully vaccinated, and none have any symptoms.
Six new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Maharashtra, taking the tally to 54.
Four patients were picked up during airport surveillance at the Mumbai airport, 1 from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area and another from Pune rural, said authorities.
The rise in daily cases comes amid the Omicron scare in Delhi, where the total number of patients infected with the latest variant has reached 22.

Delhi reports 107 new cases, highest since June 27.
The Capital also reported 1 death. The active caseload now stands at 540. On June 27, Delhi had logged 259 coronavirus cases with four deaths, according to government data.
Kerala reports 2,995 new cases, 11 deaths over 24 hours. Active caseload at 30,639. Death tally stands at 44,503.

Daily Omicron cases in the UK triple to more than 10,000; death toll jumps to seven

Iran has detected its first case of infection by the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, state TV reported Sunday.

Britain’s Health Secretary has not ruled out the chance of further coronavirus measures in the UK before Christmas, saying that the spread of the Omicron variant was a very fast moving situation.

Netherlands starts ‘painful’ Christmas coronavirus lockdown
Shopping streets in the Netherlands were closed and people’s Christmas plans were in disarray as the country began a lockdown on Sunday aimed at limiting an expected COVID-19 surge caused by the rise of the Omicron variant.
UK health minister Sajid Javid said around 60% of all new Covid-19 cases in England are the fast-spreading Omicron variant

DDMA, Delhi govt to hold review meet on Monday amid rising cases of Omicron variant
In view of increasing cases of COVID-19’s Omicron variant in the city, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority along with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other important officials of the government will hold a review meeting on Monday at 11.30 am, said an official notification by DDMA. This meeting will be held through video conferencing, Lt Governor Anil Baijal will preside over the meeting, added the notification.
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Biden to deliver Tuesday speech on Omicron variant amid Covid rise
US President Joe Biden will deliver a speech on Tuesday addressing the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, NBC News reported. Biden is expected to go beyond his “Winter Plan” with additional steps to help communities in need, the report said.

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The Omicron coronavirus variant has been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Omicron is spreading rapidly in countries with high levels of population immunity, but it is unclear if this is due to the…

The Omicron coronavirus variant has been reported in 89 countries and the number of cases is doubling in 1.5 to 3 days in areas with community transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Omicron is spreading rapidly in countries with high levels of population immunity, but it is unclear if this is due to the…

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