Omicron: 39 cases identified in Gujarat, Haryana and Uttarakhand; 164 samples sent for tests in MP


AHMEDABAD: Gujarat reported five new infections of the Omicron variant of coronavirus on Tuesday which took the tally of such cases in the state to 78, the health department said.

Two cases were reported from Ahmedabad district and one each from Vadodara, Mehsana and Porbandar.

Four of these patients had no travel history while one had returned from abroad, the official statement said.

So far, Ahmedabad city has recorded 25 cases of Omicron, followed by Vadodara at 18.

A total of 24 such patients have recovered so far, including 14 on Tuesday, officials said.

reported 394 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, its highest single-day addition since June 14 when the figure was 405, raising the state’s tally to 8,29,957, an official said.

The last time the number of cases crossed 300 was on June 15, when 352 people were detected with the infection, he pointed out.

So far 8,18,422 people have been discharged post recovery, including 59 during the day, leaving the state with 1,420 active cases, of which 16 patients are critical, he said.

One death took the toll in the state to 10,115, he added.

Of the new cases, Ahmedabad city accounted for 178, followed by Surat with 52, Rajkot 35, and Vadodara 34 cases, among others.

A government release said 2.20 lakh people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the total number of doses administered so far in the state to 8.88 crore.

Adjoining Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu has one active case as on Tuesday, an official said.

The Union Territory has a caseload of 10,663 and recovery count of 10,658, while four patients have died of the infection, he said.

Gujarat’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 8,29,957, new cases 394, death toll 10,115, discharged 8,18,422, active cases 1,420, people tested so far – figures not released.

The Gujarat government will set up camps at schools to inoculate as many as 35 lakh children in the 15 to 18 years age group, a senior official said here on Tuesday.

Online registration for vaccination will start from January 1.

As per the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry, children in this age group will receive only Covaxin doses.

“Online registration will begin from January 1, but on-site registration is also available. We will approach schools in coordination with the education department to cover an estimated 34-35 lakh beneficiaries,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Manoj Aggarwal.

“We are making preparations to set up camps at schools. Vaccination teams will cover schools in a cluster of villages. We have enough stock of Covaxin and will be able to provide vaccines to children starting January 3,” he told reporters.

Children will also be covered under the health department’s door-to-door vaccination campaign, Aggarwal said, speaking after a video-conference with the Union health secretary.

Gujarat has a stock of at least 45 lakh vaccine doses at present, he informed.

Currently, 6.80 lakh persons in the categories of healthcare workers, frontline staff and senior citizens with comorbidities are eligible in the state for `precaution dose’ (third dose) of vaccines which is to be administered nine months after the second dose, Aggarwal said.

“A total of 6.24 lakh healthcare and 13.44 lakh frontline workers have received first and second doses in Gujarat. 3.21 lakh healthcare workers and 3.19 lakh frontline staff will be eligible for the booster dose by January 10,” the official added.

Also, at least 37,000 senior citizens will be eligible for the booster dose by January 10.

“There are 65.42 lakh people aged 60 and above in Gujarat, and a majority of them have received their second dose. At least 20 per cent are likely to be comorbid, which comes to around 13 lakh,” he said.

As per the Union government guidelines, eligible persons can book precaution doses through their existing Co-WIN account.

Eligibility will be based on the date of second dose as recorded in the Co-WIN system which will send an SMS when the dose is due.