Coronavirus Omicron India Live: Omicron cases touch 528 in Kerala; Bengal extends Covid curbs till Jan 31

West Bengal government extended the Covid-19 restrictions in state till January 31 while allowing fairs on open grounds in very restricted manner with adherence to safety norms. It also raised the minimum number of attendees in a marriage function from 50 to 200 or 50 per cent of the capacity of the event venue.

India reported 2,68,833 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 am on Saturday. The country reported 402 fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 4,85,752, the Union Health Ministry said. The positivity rate also increased from 14.7% to 16.66%. As many as 1,22,684 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, leaving the number of active cases at 14,17,820. The confirmed cases of Omicron now stand at 6,041.

Mumbai on Friday recorded 11,317 Covid-19 cases as its positivity rate dipped to 20 per cent from 21.73 per cent a day before. The city, on Friday, conducted 54,924 coronavirus tests. Maharashtra, meanwhile, witnessed 43,211 cases and 19 related deaths. Delhi, on the other hand, reported 24,383 new Covid-19 infections on Friday, with the number dropping by over 4,000 in comparison to the previous day’s tally of over 28,800 cases.

Meanwhile, as India grapples with the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government is gearing up to convene the Budget Session of Parliament this month-end with strict social distancing and other protocols in place. Meanwhile, sources within the defence establishment said that close to 24,000 people will attend the Republic-Day parade following Covid-19 protocols. In other news, Cannabis compounds prevented the virus that causes Covid-19 from penetrating healthy human cells, according to a laboratory study published in the Journal of Nature Products.