China has stopped issuing and renewing passports for non-urgent purposes to minimize travel, citing the recent COVID-19 and its Omicron variant surge. The passports for individuals who need to travel abroad for study or employment, stated reports would only be issued. ''It will issue passport renewals for individuals looking to travel abroad for leisure are false,'' said the authority. Notably, China took the step to clamp down citizens,… read-more
Courtesy: The Economic Times
Kashmir Health Services Director has asked all the concerned officers to implement COVID-19 SOPs properly in all healthcare institutions. The order was issued in view of the recent COVID-19 surge in the country & detection of some Omicron cases in J&K. As per the order, they will ensure that no patient/attendant is allowed to enter hospital without RT-PCR testing, & masks are put on face by them properly.
Courtesy: Kashmir Reader
At least 20 healthcare workers of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) government hospital, Delhi tested COVID-19 positive, on January 6. The Medical Director of LNJP Dr. Suresh Kumar said that 20 patients include 11 doctors, eight nurses, and one sanitation worker. He expressed concern and said, "If our workforce gets affected then it may affect our fight against COVID-19". Notably, the hospital hired 25% additional staff for COVID-19 patients.
Courtesy: Times of Oman
The United Aram Emirates (UAE) imposed travel ban on unvaccinated people. The UAE government, on January 1, tweeted, "Ban on Travel on UAE Citizens unvaccinated with #Covid-19Vaccine, starting Jan 10, 2022, with a requirement to obtain the booster dose for the fully vaccinated". However, medically unstable and exempted people will not be included in the aforementioned order.
Courtesy: The Siasat Daily
Amid the rising cases of Omicron, the Mumbai police imposed section 144 of the CrPC in the city, on December 31. The order issued by DCP (Operations) S Chaitanya came into effect from 1 pm and will continue till January 15. It restricts people from visiting public places such as beaches, open grounds, sea faces, promenades, gardens, and parks between 5 pm and 5 am every day.
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The West Bengal Government has decided to suspend flight services between the United Kingdom (UK) and Kolkata. The flights will be suspended temporarily from January 3, keeping in view the prevailing situation, due to the rising number of Omicron cases. Reports said flights from at-risk countries will also be not allowed into the state, soon.
Courtesy: India Today
In latest development, senior citizens with comorbidities need not to produce prescription for taking COVID-19 'precautionary vaccine.' Rajesh Bhushan, the Union Health Secretary on December 28, conducted a workshop with states and UTs, over the current Omicron and COVID-19 situation. He also asked the respective authorities to have designated centres for vaccinating citizens with comorbidities. Moreover, the special drive for precautionary… read-more
Amid the rising number of COVID-19's new Omicron cases, Israel is mulling to offer fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine. People above 60-year-old, people with weak immune system and health workers are likely to get the fourth doses. The health expert panel, suggested the same as a part of drive to ramp up COVID-19 shots and prevent the rapid spread of Omicron and COVID-19.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, on December 20, confirmed a 161 cases of COVID-19's variant Omicron in India. "We are monitoring the situation daily with experts," said Mandaviya, during the Rajya Sabha proceedings. He also ensured that the State Government has buffer stock of important medicines, required to handle the COVID-19 and Omicron situation in the country. He also said, states and UTs have 17 crores vaccine doses available… read-more