NEW DELHI, DEC 10 (AGENCIES): Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) chief Balaram Bhargava on Friday warned that district level restrictions will be imposed where the Covid positivity level reaches 5%.
“Regular meetings are being organised to keep a watch on global scenario and Covid scene in India with a focus on Omicron. We need help to not spread panic. District level restrictions to be implemented where positivity over 5%,” Bhargava said.
On the other hand, Dr VK Paul, chief of India’s Covid-19 task force and member-health, NITI Aayog, said that the usage of masks in the country has declined to pre second surge levels and now India is in the dangerous zone operating at a risky and unacceptable level. Dr Paul, in an official statement said that WHO has warned against the decline in mask usage amid the surge in Omicron cases globally.
“WHO is warning against the decline in mask usage. Global scene of Omicron is disturbing…We are now operating at a risky and unacceptable level. We have to remember that both vaccines and masks are important…” Dr VK Paul said.
32 omicron cases in India: India on Friday reported nine more cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19, taking the case tally to 32. Maharashtra reported seven new cases of Omicron, three from Mumbai and four from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.
Of the seven new Omicron patients, four were fully vaccinated and one had received a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the release said.
One adult patient was not vaccinated, while another is a three-and-half-year-old child and thus not eligible for inoculation. Four of the new patients are asymptomatic while three have only mild symptoms.
Further, the number of Omicron cases in Gujarat rose to three after two relatives of the infected 72-year-old man from Jamnagar tested positive on Friday.
The 72-year-old had returned from Zimbabwe and tested positive for Omicron. The locality in which they live has already been declared a containment zone.
Covid booster dose can be taken after 9 months from 2nd jab: ICMR
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) informed a Parliamentary committee that additional Covid dose should be taken after nine months of full vaccination.
While in a recent study, a team of ICMR scientists suggested the use of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine as a booster shot, noting a reduction in efficacy against the Delta derivatives.
“Our findings suggest that Covishield vaccine was able to neutralize Delta derivatives and prevent serious disease and fatality among breakthrough cases. A booster dose vaccination of Covid-19 naïve vaccinees would achieve a protective immune response to fight against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants,” an excerpt from the paper reads.
The Cabinet Secretariat will hold a review on the Omicron strain, Covid Vaccines and the present Covid situation at 2.30 pm tomorrow.