Covid-19, Omicron Cases In India Updates: Schools closed, New Year restrictions at universities as cases rise

Delhi government issued a yellow alert and shut down schools yesterday. JNU has also imposed a night curfew as the country is witnessing a surge in Omicron, Covid-19 cases.

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NEW DELHI: India logged 309 fresh Omicron infections, taking the total tally of such cases in the country to 1,270, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 450 cases followed by Delhi at 320, Kerala 109 and Gujarat 97. As Covid-19, Omicron fear looms large, state governments have started shutting schools once again to prevent the spread of the virus. Several schools, colleges students have also tested positive for Covid-19.Covid-19, Omicron Cases In India Updates: Schools closed, New Year restrictions at universities as cases rise Covid-19, Omicron Cases In India Updates: Schools closed, New Year restrictions at universities as cases rise

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Delhi government issued a yellow alert and shut down schools with immediate effect yesterday evening following a high-level meeting on Covid-19 situation in the national capital. The DDMA, however, informed that online classes, CBSE registration, exam and related activities will continue as per schedule. The Delhi government also announced winter break for primary classes up to Class 5 from January 15, 2021.

Following Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) orders, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) also imposed a night curfew at the university from December 27 from 11 pm to 5 pm till further orders.

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) have banned students from leaving the campuses given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai. IIT Bombay, NITIE Mumbai have put a blanket ban for students on campus on new year’s eve and new year’s day, December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022.

Several school students, medical, engineering students have tested positive for Covid-19. The rise in students testing positive for coronavirus was witnessed after the educational institutions started reopening and resuming offline classes. 33 Karnataka medical students, 13 engineering students in Pune college, and several school students tested positive.

Universities like Calcutta University have decided to conduct semester exams online. However, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow is conducting AKTU odd semester exam 2021 in offline mode despite students protests to hold online exam. Students have also shared images of candidates not wearing masks and alleged that Covid-19 protocol was not in place.

Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad took to Twitter to inform that she tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, she had announced that the Maharashtra schools will be shut again if Omicron, Covid-19 cases increase.


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Updates on Omicron, Covid-19 cases in India and on state governments' decision on closing schools, colleges. Delhi government issued a yellow alert and shut down schools yesterday. JNU has also imposed a night curfew as the country is witnessing a surge in Omicron, Covid-19 cases.

Jan. 3, 2022 | 08:45 AM IST

West Bengal Govt to close schools today: Report

The West Bengal government is shutting all educational institutions from Monday, January 3, 2022. These strict COVID regulations have been initiated due to the rising number of Covid cases across the state, the Hindustan Times reported.

Jan. 3, 2022 | 08:40 AM IST

Covid-19 cases: Odisha withholds decision to reopen schools for Classes 1 to 5

Due to surge in Odisha Covid-19 cases, the Odisha government on Sunday said that it was withholding its decision to reopen schools for students of Classes 1 to 5 from Monday. Odisha schools were scheduled to open on January 3 as per the directions of the chief minister. Physical classes were planned to be resumed in about 27,000 schools in Odisha. However, physical classes for students of classes 6 to 10 will continue

Jan. 1, 2022 | 06:11 PM IST

COVID-19 vaccination: 36 lakh MP schoolchildren in 15-18 age group to be covered from Monday

The vaccination against COVID-19 of 36 lakh schoolchildren in the 15-18 age group in Madhya Pradesh will begin from Monday, with plans afoot to administer doses to 12 lakh beneficiaries in this segment on the first day, a senior health official said, as per PTI.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 05:17 PM IST

Union Health Secretary writes to states, UTs to deal with a possible surge in COVID cases: Report

Jan. 1, 2022 | 05:15 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Registration begins for vaccination for 15-18 age group in Delhi

Registration for vaccination of children against COVID-19 in the 15-18 age group began in Delhi on Saturday, as centres here have geared up to start inoculating the younger population from January 3, PTI reported.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 03:14 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Tamil Nadu CM seeks people’s cooperation to contain Omicron, to roll-out vaccine for 15-18 year soon

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Saturday sought people’s cooperation to entirely eliminate the pandemic and informed that his government will soon roll-out a COVID-19 vaccination drive targetting the 15 - 18 years age group, PTI reported.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 02:58 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: India will fight Covid-19 pandemic with full caution, vigilance, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India will fight the Covid-19 pandemic with full caution and vigilance, and protect its national interests, PTI reported.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 02:57 PM IST

Latest News: Bengal CM extends New Year wishes to people, asks them to follow COVID-19 protocols

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday prayed for peace and prosperity of one and all urged people to follow COVID-19 protocols as they ushered in 2022. Banerjee also greeted the students' community on the occasion of Students Day in the state, PTI reported.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 11:56 AM IST

COVID-19 Updates: PMK founder urges Tamil Nadu government to shut schools, says report

Pattali Makkal Katch founder, S Ramadoss on December 30, 2021, urged the Tamil Nadu government to direct schools and colleges to cancel offline classes and shift to online mode, as COVID-19 cases see a surge, the Hindustan Times reported.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 11:30 AM IST

COVID-19 restrictions to come into force in Nagpur

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Friday said curbs announced by the Maharashtra government to check the spread of COVID-19 amid the Omicron scare will come into force from midnight, PTI reported.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 10:58 AM IST

COVID-19 Updates: If cases keep rising there will be strict restrictions, says Maharashtra deputy CM

More than ten ministers and at least 20 MLAs in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus so far, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday and added that strict restrictions might be clamped if the new COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state. Pawar's warning came a day after Maharashtra reported 8,067 fresh coronavirus positive cases, as much as 50 per cent more than Thursday, PTI reported.

Jan. 1, 2022 | 10:41 AM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Registration being started for immunisation of children in 15-18 age group: Mandaviya

Registration for vaccination of children in the 15-18 age group against COVID-19 is beginning on Saturday on the COWIN portal, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. Taking to Twitter, he requested people to register eligible children in their families for this.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 08:23 PM IST

West Bengal Covid Bulletin: 17 containment zones; Vaccination drive in 16 schools

Omicron in West Bengal: A vaccination drive for children aged 15 to 18 years, would be carried out in Kolkata on January 3 at schools and at Covid vaccination centres. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation health department team of vaccinators will reach 16 government and private schools located across 16 KMC boroughs, reported the Times of India.

Omicron Update In West Bengal: With rising new Covid cases in Kolkata in last 24 hours, Kolkata Municipal Corporation will mark out 17 containment zones in different parts of the city to combat omicron cases in West Bengal's Kolkata city, said Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday. Hakim told reporters with over 1,000 Covid cases in Kolkata, the KMC will also set up 'Safe Homes' for people who cannot self-isolate themselves.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 06:09 PM IST

Karnataka Omicron Cases : 23 new Omicron cases in Karnataka today

Karnataka Covid Cases : 23 new Omicron cases in Karnataka confirmed today. 19 Omicron cases were detected in international travellers from the USA, Europe, Middle East and Africa, tweeted Sudhakar K, minister for health and family welfare and medical education of Karnataka. Karnataka coronavirus cases are on the rise.

Number of Corona Cases In Karnataka In Last 24 Hours : Covid in Karnataka is on the rise with 8223 active cases.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 05:09 PM IST

Covid Update Kerala: Night Curfew in Kerala as total Omicron cases in Kerala spike

Night Curfew In Kerala: Kerala reported 44 more cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total number of Kerala covid cases of omicron variant to 107, the state Health Department said. A statewide night curfew was imposed from Thursday onwards, reported PTI.

Kerala Night Curfew Timings: The curfew timings will be from 10 pm to 5 am.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 04:45 PM IST

JNU Delhi Night Curfew Timings: Curfew from 11pm to 5pm until further orders

Latest Update On Omicron In India: Owing to increasing Omicron cases in Delhi today, the night curfew imposed at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from December 27 will be continuing. The JNU night curfew is imposed from 11 pm to 5 am as per the order by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

Delhi Night Curfew Timings: Delhi Police is following strict surveillance to enforce the Covid-19 night curfew imposed in Delhi from 11 pm to 5 am owing to the increasing Covid case in Delhi today.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 04:19 PM IST

School Closed News Today West Bengal: Teachers, staff with symptoms not to attend schools

West Bengal Covid Update: As COVID-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate, the West Bengal School Education Department has instructed teachers and non-teaching staffers having cough, cold or mild fever to not attend schools till they test negative for the infection.

Omicron Cases in West Bengal: More than 1,000 fresh cases were reported by Covid 19 tracker West Bengal on Wednesday. The daily count crossed 2,000 on Thursday.

Offline classes for Classes 9 to 12 was resumed in West Bengal on November 16. The government was planning to reopen lower classes too in a phased manner, according to Bratya Basu, education minister. However, owing to the Covid situation in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of WB said that the situation has to be reviewed before reopening schools.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 04:02 PM IST

Covid Cases in Gujarat: One school and two colleges shut down in Anand district; Omicron live updates

A school and two colleges shut down in Gujarat's Anand district as students and teaching staff tested positive for Covid-19. Four teachers at a secondary school in Sunav village of Petlad taluk in Anand district were tested corona positive. The school was closed for 15 days. Two students of a physiotherapy and an arts college in Anand town also tested positive. Both colleges were closed to prevent further spread, reported the Time of India.

Gujarat Covid Cases Today: There are 2371 active Covid cases in Gujarat as per data shared by the Gujarat government.Gujarat has extended Covid restrictions owing to rising omicron cases in Gujarat.

All are advised to self-isolate and go into quarantine if Covid 19 omicron symptoms are noticed.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 03:23 PM IST

Maharashtra Lockdown: Section 144 Mumbai extended

Omicron News Maharashtra: Since Covid cases in Mumbai has been on the rise, section 144 has been imposed, and extended till January 15.

"Section 144 of CrPC imposed in the backdrop of rising Covid cases in Mumbai today, has been extended till January 15. People are prohibited from visiting public places from 5 pm to 5 am. Mumbai Police will take action if the restrictions are violated," reported ANI.

Section 144 Meaning: Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is a government ruling that prohibits public gatherings in the area where it is imposed. It is issued during emergency cases.

Omicron cases in Mumbai today: Around 4000 Covid cases are reported in Mumbai on December 30 according to various media reports. Omicron virus cases in India is increasing at an alarming rate.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 02:45 PM IST

UP Covid News: Parents ask for shutting down schools

Noida Covid Cases: “Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are vulnerable towards the Omicron variant. Hence, parents cannot gamble on the lives of their unvaccinated children. We have requested the district inspector of schools (DIOS) to close all schools and to discontinue offline classes taking into consideration the rise of the Covid case in UP district Gautam Buddh Nagar. Once children get vaccinated too, we can think of physical classes,” said Yatendra Kasana, president of All Noida School Parents Association (ANSPA), reported the Hindustan Times.

Covid Case in UP Today: Uttar Pradesh has 419 active Covid cases as of now. Omicron in UP is also on the rise. The UP government's orders insisted on the continuation of offline classes in schools with strict Covid safety protocols.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 01:57 PM IST

63 children among 243 new COVID-19 patients in Mizoram

Mizoram's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,41,400 on Friday as 243 more people, including 63 children, tested positive for the infection, a health official said. The northeastern state's coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 542 as no fresh fatality was reported, he said.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 01:29 PM IST

UP Schools Closed: Winter vacation till January 15

Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has announced winter vacation for primary and junior high school from December 31 to January 15, 2022. UP schools for up to Class 8 will be closed, as per the academic calendar 2022.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 12:47 PM IST

IIT Bombay records 40 new cases in December; 24 cases in 10 days

IIT-Bombay saw a spurt in Covid-19 cases. Of the 40 cases detected in December on the campus, 24 were reported in just 10 days. About half of these 24 are students. In fact, eight campus residents, including five students, tested positive on Thursday.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 11:53 AM IST

Telangana college shut for a week after 38 test positive in Hyderabad junior college

Telangana health authorities have closed down a private junior college in Narsingi in Hyderabad’s Ranga Reddy district after 38 students tested positive for Covid-19. On Wednesday, the authorities instructed the management to shut the college down for a week.38 students in Sri Chaitanya Junior College tested Covid-19 positive in Narsingi, Ranga Reddy district. According to various media reports, the district medical authorities said 20 students tested positive on Tuesday and 18 on Wednesday after conducting a Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for Covid-19. Most of the students who had tested positive were living in hostels.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 11:50 AM IST

Omicron scare at Dibrugarh University after 3 suspected case on campus

Covid-19, Omicron Cases In India Updates: Schools closed, New Year restrictions at universities as cases rise

“Omicron scare in Dibrugarh University after the Regional Medical Research Centre for Northeast region - ICMR-RMRC, Dibrugarh reported suspected infection by this new variant of Covid-19 in three students from Africa staying in the university's international hostel,” as per the TOI report.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 11:47 AM IST

Maharashtra Board asks govt to vaccinate Class 10, 12 students first

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has requested the state government to vaccinate Class 10, 12 students on priority as board exam 2022 is in March, TOI reported. The Covid-19 vaccination for children falling under the category for 15-18 years will start on January 3, 2022.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 11:20 AM IST

Close schools in Tamil Nadu, Ramadoss urge govt

Pattali Makkal Katch founder S Ramadoss urged the Tamil Nadu government to direct schools and colleges to cancel physical classes and shift to online mode, amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, The Hindu reported. “School children have not been vaccinated so far and the situation is concerning. Only solution available now is declaring holiday for schools till the situation improves, “ he said.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 11:15 AM IST

Covid-19, Omicron Latest Updates: Parents demand closed of schools in Noida

Noida parents association has demanded the closure of schools in Noida in view of rising Covid-19 cases. The All Noida School Parents Association (ANSPA) in a letter to the district inspector of schools (DIOS), Gautam Budh Nagar, requested the closure of schools in the district, as per reports. Noida's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Thursday logged 38 new COVID-19 infections that pushed the number of active cases in the district to 135 – a figure it last saw over six months ago, official data showed. Ghaziabad, adjoining Gautam Buddh Nagar, also recorded 17 new cases that pushed its tally of active infections to 90, the data showed.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 11:08 AM IST

15 students of Thapar University, Patiala test Covid-19 positive

Fifteen students of Thapar University, Patiala, tested positive for Covid on Thursday. Following this, the district health authorities have declared one of the hostels as a containment zone, the Hindustan Times reported.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 10:08 AM IST

Omicron, Covid-19 cases in India today

India logged 309 fresh Omicron infections, taking the total tally of such cases in the country to 1,270, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The 1,270 cases have been detected across 23 states and UTs so far, and 374 people have recovered or migrated.Maharashtra recording the maximum number of 450 cases followed by Delhiat 320, Kerala 109 and Gujarat 97. The daily rise in COVID-19 cases crossed the 16,000 mark after around 64 days, PTI reported.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 09:59 AM IST

Maharashtra New Year restrictions as Covid-19 cases rise

Maharashtra Government has capped the attendance at gatherings in open or closed spaces at 50, following a surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 09:19 AM IST

Covid-19, Omicron: JNU night curfew rules

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) imposed night curfew from 11 pm to 5 pm till further orders following Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) orders. “Stakeholders of the University are hereby informed that the curfew will be in force in the University premises from 11 pm to 5 am till further orders,” as per the latest JNU circular.

JNU circular on night curfew

Dec. 31, 2021 | 09:14 AM IST

Covid-19, Omicron cases: Delhi schools closed as 'yellow alert' continues

Delhi schools will remain closed as yellow alert continues in the national capital due to rise in Covid-19 and Omicron cases. Delhi government has also imposed night curfew in view of surge in cases and to avoid New Year crowding.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 09:10 AM IST

Jamia Millia Islamia Covid-19 instruction for students

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar has asked all students and employees of the university to strictly follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) in view of the surge in Covid-19 and its new variant Omicron cases in the national capital.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 09:09 AM IST

NITIE forbids exit today, on New Year 2022

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) has also informed students residing on campus hostels that they are not allowed to visit outside the campus on December 31, 2021, and January 1 (New Year 2022). This decision is taken as precautionary measures due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 09:06 AM IST

IIT Bombay's no exit rules for New Year 2022

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay said that the exit rules post Januray 1 will be reviewed as per BMC's evolving guidelines. As per IIT Bombay's latest notification:

Dec. 31, 2021 | 09:04 AM IST

IIT Bombay: No exit allowed today, tomorrow

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has informed students on campus and who are staying in hostels that there will be a blanket ban to visit outside the campus on December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022. This decision was taken as precautionary measures due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai and in the campus.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Dec. 31, 2021 | 08:41 AM IST

COVID-19 Cases in India: Latest updates state-wise

Gujarat reported 573 new cases of coronavirus during the last 24 hours, taking the tally of positive cases in the state to 8,31,078, the health department said in a release on Thursday evening. In good news, no new case of the Omicron variant was reported in the state.

Punjab on Thursday reported 167 fresh coronavirus infections, a jump of 67 cased in a day. With this, the infection tally rose to 6,04,594 in the state, according to a medical bulletin.

Noida's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Thursday logged 38 new COVID-19 infections that pushed the number of active cases in the district to 135 – a figure it last saw over six months ago, official data showed. Ghaziabad, adjoining Gautam Buddh Nagar, also recorded 17 new cases that pushed its tally of active infections to 90, the data showed.

Chhattisgarh on Thursday continued to witness a surge in COVID-19 cases with 150 people testing positive for the infection, which took its overall tally to 10,07,997, an official said. This is the second consecutive day when more than 100 cases were reported in the state.

Assam's COVID-19 tally rose to 6,20,573 on Thursday as 101 more people tested positive for the infection while two fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 6,164, a National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin said.

Dec. 31, 2021 | 08:14 AM IST

Will West Bengal schools close again?

Five persons, who returned to West Bengal from foreign countries recently, were found to be infected with the omicron variant of COVID-19, an official said on Thursday. With this, the state's omicron tally rose to 16, PTI reported. Meanwhile, the state government is mulling over shutting schools, colleges in the state, as per reports.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:15 PM IST

In other news: NEET PG Counselling 2021: Story so far

From court case to doctors being manhandled by police, so much has happened since October 25, the day when counselling was supposed to start.

Read more : NEET PG Counselling 2021: Supreme Court case, delay, protests, year without admission, story so far

Dec. 30, 2021 | 09:02 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Uday Samant to take stock of covid in Maharashtra colleges in meeting soon

Maharashtra higher education minister Uday Samant tweeted: "An emergency meeting with the Vice-Chancellor will be held tonight at 9.30 am. Covid-19 will be reviewed in each university."

Dec. 30, 2021 | 08:57 PM IST

Covid-19 Updates: Long queues outside metro stations; DTC buses damaged

Long queues of people were seen outside various Delhi Metro stations for the second consecutive day on Thursday, after the imposition of fresh curbs by authorities to check the spread of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital., PTI reported.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 08:16 PM IST

COVID-19 latest updates: Assam education department issues guidelines for vaccination drive

Assam education minister Ranoj Pegu tweeted: "The COVID-19 vaccination drive for students of 15 to 18 years will start from 3rd January, 2022. The Dept of Secondary Education has issued a set of instructions for the smooth conduct of the drive in coordination with the Dept of Health & Family Welfare."

Dec. 30, 2021 | 07:58 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Maharashtra schools not to be closed for now, says health minister

As per ANI, "I urge everyone to avoid crowding and follow guidelines to avoid infection. Schools students (15-18 yrs) should be taken in batches to vaccination centres. This will result in a high rate of vaccination. Schools will not be closed as of now: Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra Health Minister"

Dec. 30, 2021 | 07:04 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Goa receives over 74,000 vaccine doses to inoculate 15-18 age group

The Goa government on Thursday received the first consignment of Covaxin doses to inoculate over 74,000 children in the age group of 15 to 18 years against COVID-19, PTI reported.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 06:27 PM IST

Latest News: Karnataka Bandh tomorrow; schools, colleges open

Several organisations had last week called for a day-long state wide bandh on December 31. However, schools and college associations have offered only moral support and said they will not participate in the bandh and will function as usual, PTI reported.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 05:27 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi emerging as states, UTs of concern

The government on Thursday said that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat are emerging as states and UTs of concern on the basis of weekly COVID-19 cases and positivity rate, PTI reported.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 04:21 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: DTU closed for offline academic activities

Delhi Technological University (DTU) said in a tweet: "ORDER. In compliance of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, Order dated 28.12.2021, DTU shall be closed for all Academic Activities in Physical Mode. however, Academic Activities will be conducted through online mode till further order."

Dec. 30, 2021 | 04:07 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: West Bengal CM mulls shutting schools, colleges, says report

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on December 29 schools and colleges in the state could be closed for some time amid rising number of Covid-19 cases, the Hindustan Times reported.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 03:38 PM IST

In other news: Why Kerala’s MBBS students may miss NEET PG 2022

As the doctors’ protest in the capital against the delay in postgraduate admissions in medicine rages on, another batch of medical students, in Kerala, are staring at the possibility of losing a year of their careers to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing chaos...

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Dec. 30, 2021 | 03:35 PM IST

Latest Education News: UP schools closed till January 15

Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has announced winter vacation for primary and junior high school from December 31 to January 15, 2022. UP schools for up to Class 8 will be closed, as per the academic calender 2022.

Read More : UP schools closed till January 15; UPMSP likely to announce UP board exam dates 2022 soon

Dec. 30, 2021 | 03:29 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Over 63 lakh vaccines doses administered in last 24 hours

Dec. 30, 2021 | 03:26 PM IST

COVID-19 Updates: Over 5 crore MP people received have both doses of vaccine

Over 5 crore people have been inoculated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Madhya Pradesh, which is the highest in the country, an official from the state health department claimed on Thursday, PTI reported.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 03:15 PM IST

Omicron Cases in UP: National PG College mandates vaccination

National PG College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh has instructed students to get vaccinated and show their Covid vaccination certificates before appearing in the upcoming semester exams as UP covid cases go up. For semester exams scheduled in January, February 2022, students must bring their vaccination certificates, says the notification issued by the college.

Uttar Pradesh Ccovid cases are on the rise according to various media reports.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 02:44 PM IST

Covid Vaccine Effective: WHO chief scientist points out reduced critical care requirement

"Omicron cases are very high because these infections are occurring in both vaccinated and unvaccinated. However, the vaccine is still protective as hospitalisation and the need for critical care has not gone up proportionally. This indicates that previous immunity developed due to vaccine or previous infection is providing some protection", says Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist.

The total vaccination in India till today is 1,43,83,22,742 according to the data available with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. All citizens are entitled to free vaccination provided in the country.

Covid-19 vaccine certificate download pdf: The vaccine certificate can be downloaded from the CoWin platform. Visit cowin.gov.in for Covid-19 vaccine certificate.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 02:22 PM IST

Omicron Cases in Jammu and Kashmir: Teaching staff deployed for COVID duties

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday directed the teaching staff of J-K schools to handle COVID-19 mitigation duties. "The deployment will be for only three months duration, not more than one member from a single school shall be deployed for Covid duty", says the order, reported the Greater Kashmir.

Omicron Symptoms Covid: Citizens are advised to go into quarantine if symptoms are noticed.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 01:45 PM IST

Covid 19 Delhi Lockdown News: Delhi Omicron cases include people without travel history, says health minister

Omicron in Delhi is gradually spreading in the community. The fast-spreading omicron variant accounts for almost half of the 115 Covid samples analysed in Delhi, said Satyendar Jain, health minister of Delhi.As the total cases of omicron in Delhi are increasing, the DDMA imposed 'yellow alert' in Delhi will continue. The Delhi yellow alert includes night curfew, closure of schools and colleges, the opening of shops selling non-essential items on an odd-even basis and halved seating capacity in Metro trains and buses.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 01:17 PM IST

Tamil Nadu Covid Cases: S Ramadoss asks to shut schools as Covid in Tamil Nadu is on the rise.

Covid Third Wave India: S Ramadoss, founder of Pattali Makkal Katch said that the increasing Covid cases signal an emerging third wave in Tamil Nadu. He urged the Tamil Nadu government to suspend physical classes for schools and colleges as Tamil Nadu Covid cases are on the rise, reported The Hindu

Dec. 30, 2021 | 12:50 PM IST

Delhi schools closed as DDMA declares Delhi yellow alert

Covid 19 Omicron Cases Delhi: Yellow alert in Delhi has been declared by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) as the Covid positivity rate in Delhi is increasing at an alarming rate. Apart from schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Delhi will remain closed as Delhi omicron cases are on the rise. Academic activities for Classes 9 to 12 will continue online.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 12:14 PM IST

Covid in Bangalore: Covid hotspot in in Bengaluru college

A Covid cluster has emerged in an educational institution in Bengaluru. Students of an engineering college in Mysuru road alleged that 23 of them have been infected with Covid-19 after attending a Christman DJ concert. A student claimed that there is an attempt from the college to hide the cases in order to make the students attend offline classes. But the principal rejected the claim and said only four students were tested Covid-19 positive, reported the Deccan Herald.

According to various media reports, there are Covid restrictions in Bangalore. Those who are visiting Bengaluru are advised to check Bangalore airport Covid guidelines for domestic flights.

Covid cases Karnataka are on the rise according to various media reports

Dec. 30, 2021 | 11:59 AM IST

Assam Covid-19 Latest News: Assam schools to be vaccination centres for children

Assam schools of strength 100 to 200 students to be made Covid vaccination centres for vaccinating children as per the latest guidelines by the ministry of health and family welfare in the backdrop of rising covid cases in India. According to the guidelines, health departments can provide vaccine for children in India between the age of 15 and 18 years from January 3 onwards. Both Assam government schools and private schools will be turned into vaccination centres , reports Times of India.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 11:36 AM IST

Manipal Covid Cases: Covid-19 cluster in Manipal campus

Karnataka Covid cases are rising. 18 students tested Covid 19 positive in a Manipal campus on December 28. The health department is following Covid protocols to curb the spread of the virus and prevent a superspreader event, reported the Times of India

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:58 AM IST

India likely to see 'explosive growth' in COVID-19 cases: Report

"It is likely that India will see a period of explosive growth in daily cases and that the intense growth phase will be relatively short," Paul Kattuman, professor at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University told Bloomberg. India saw the highest single-day rise of 180 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the total tally of such infections in the country to 961, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated today.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:50 AM IST

Covid-19 Cases in Telangana: 38 students in Sri Chaitanya Junior College tested positive

Telangana: 38 students in Sri Chaitanya Junior College tested Covid-19 positive in Narsingi, Ranga Reddy district. According to various media reports, the district medical authorities said 20 students tested positive on Tuesday and 18 on Wednesday after conducting a Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for Covid-19. Most of the students who had tested positive were living in hostels.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:35 AM IST

UP schools closed from December 31 to January 15

Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) has announced winter vacations for primary, upper primary and junior high schools from December 31 to January 15, according to media reports.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:23 AM IST

Will schools close again in Maharashtra?

Minister Aditya Thackeray said that the decision to close schools and colleges of Maharashtra would be taken after assessing the situation in the state after 15 days. However, after state school education minister Varsha Gaikwad has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Delhi government shut schools, colleges amid a surge in Covid-19, Omicron cases, it is expected that the Maharashtra government will soon take a decision.

Closing Maharashtra schools, colleges; decision in 15 days

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:17 AM IST

Covid-19 Updates: Delhi reports maximum cases of Omicron cases today

India saw the highest single-day rise of 180 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the total tally of such infections in the country to 961, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The 961 cases have been detected across 22 states and UTs so far, and 320 people have recovered or migrated. Delhi recorded the maximum number of 263 cases followed by Maharashtra at 252, Gujarat 97, Rajasthan 69, Kerala65 and Telangana 62, as per PTI report,

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:13 AM IST

Covid-19 vaccine registration from Jan 1; Doctors certificate not needed for third dose

Those below 18-year-old and eligible for Covid-19 vaccination can register on CoWin from January 1 and those above 60-year-old with comorbidities don’t need a doctor's certificate to register for the third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine that a recipient has previously been inoculated with, the Centre said, as per The Hindu report.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 10:05 AM IST

Covid-19 Vaccine Registration: Nearly 2 lakh children eligible for Covid-19 vaccine in Indore

There are around 1.96 lakh kids aged 15-18 studying in around 905 schools including 143 government ones in district. “The registration for them will begin from January 1 and they could also go for on-site registration from January 3," Times of India quoted District immunisation in-charge Dr Tarun Gupta. The vaccination will be carried out in schools based on cluster model

Dec. 30, 2021 | 09:57 AM IST

Covid-19 Vaccination: Chandigarh readies vaccination for children

A day after the government announced vaccination guidelines for children, around 76,000 children between the age of 15 and 18 years have been identified eligible for the Covid vaccine in Chandigarh. The UT will start administering Covaxin to the eligible children from January 3, said UT Health Secretary Yashpal Garg, The Tribune reported

Dec. 30, 2021 | 09:54 AM IST

Winter Vacation in Delhi Schools 2021-22: Dates, details

Delhi government schools will have winter vacation for pre-primary and primary classes from January 1 to 15. According to the Delhi government official notice, “All the heads of Sarvodaya Vidyalayas are informed that the winter break for pre-primary and primary classes shall be observed from Jan 1-15 and online/offline teaching-learning activities through worksheets shall not be conducted during this period."

Dec. 30, 2021 | 09:43 AM IST

Covid-19 Cases Latest News: Actor Shilpa Shirodkar tests positive for COVID-19

In other news, actor Shilpa Shirodkar, known for films such as "Hum", "Khuda Gawah" and "Aankhen", on Thursday said she has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In an Instagram post, the 1990s popular star shared that she had tested four days ago.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 09:27 AM IST

Will schools close again in West Bengal? CM says will shut schools, colleges if need be

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asked officials concerned to review the overall COVID-19 situation in the state, amid the threat of a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic looming large. She also said that schools and colleges might be shut down for some time if the situation so demands.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 09:25 AM IST

COVID-19: New vaccine guidelines for children

Children in the age group of 15 to 18 years can register for Covid vaccines online on the government’s vaccination portal Co-WIN or walk-in at the centres. The ministry of health and family welfare issued guidelines for vaccination.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 09:15 AM IST

NEET PG Counselling 2021: Resident doctors protest enter 14th day

Amid the rise in Covid-19 cases, resident doctors protest against the delay in NEET PG Counselling 2021 enters 14th day. Students from various educational institutions including DU staged a protest against the brutal attack on doctors by Delhi police.

READ | DU students protest against 'brutal attack' on resident doctors

Dec. 30, 2021 | 08:50 AM IST

JNU, IIT imposes night curfew, exit ban

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) imposed a night curfew at the university from 11 pm to 5 pm till further orders. While Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) have imposed exit ban for students on campus. IIT Bombay, NITIE Mumbai have put a blanket ban for students on campus on new year’s eve and new year’s day, December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022.

IIT Bombay

Dec. 30, 2021 | 08:33 AM IST

3 states report big spike in new COVID-19 cases

Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat on Wednesday recorded a big spike in fresh COVID-19 cases--their highest since the May-June period--while Punjab reported the first case of the Omicron variant to take the country-wide tally of the new strain past 900. According to data from the Centre and the states, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 10,000 after a little over a month, PTI reported.

Dec. 30, 2021 | 08:29 AM IST

Over 4300 COVID-19 norm violations reported in Delhi in a day

Over 4,300 violations related to Covid-appropriate behaviour were reported here on Wednesday, according to official figures. The figures for December 28 shared by the Delhi government said that out of the total 4,392 violations, 4,248 were related to face mask, 83 to social distancing protocol, and 60 to spitting in public places,PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 09:56 PM IST

COVID-19 India Cases: Offline activities, library at JNU to remain closed till further orders

Jawaharlal Nehru University said in an official notification: "Due to the order of alert (level-1) announced by the Delhi government, the University (offline academic activities) and Dr BR Ambedkar Central Library will remain closed till further orders."

Dec. 29, 2021 | 07:23 PM IST

COVID-19 Omicron cases in India: 'Yellow alert' to continue in Delhi for now, authorities in wait-and-watch mode

The DDMA on Wednesday decided that Covid-related restrictions imposed in Delhi under the 'yellow alert' will continue for the time being and authorities will monitor the situation for a while before deciding on fresh curbs, official sources said. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority. It was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and experts., PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 05:56 PM IST

COVID-19 India: JMI VC directs strict adherence to Covid protocol on campus

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor Professor Najma Akhtar has asked all students and employees of the university to strictly follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) in view of the surge in Covid-19 and its new variant Omicron cases in the national capital.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 05:39 PM IST

COVID-19 India Omicron Cases: Delhi Health Minister says rise in cases due to international flights

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said many international travellers, who have tested negative at the airport, are testing positive after a few days and infecting their family members during the period, PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 04:20 PM IST

COVID-19 Omicron cases: 3 African students test COVID positive in Assam

Three African students of Assam's Dibrugarh University have tested positive for COVID-19, and their samples have been sent for whole genome sequencing, officials said on Wednesday, PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 03:57 PM IST

COVID-19, Omicron cases in Maharashtra: Colleges ban exit from campus

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), also in Mumbai, have banned students from leaving the campuses given the rising number COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, especially of the Omicron variant.

Read More: COVID-19 Omicron India: IIT Bombay, NITIE ban students from leaving campus

Dec. 29, 2021 | 03:36 PM IST

COVID-19 Omicron cases: Tripura, Maharashtra only states to vaccinate all teachers

Tripura and Maharashtra are the only states to have vaccinated all teaching staff in government and private unaided schools with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine , the education ministry told Parliament.

Read More: Tripura, Maharashtra only states to vaccinate all teachers: Education Ministry

Dec. 29, 2021 | 03:19 PM IST

COVID-19 Omicron cases: 1.25 lakh Bhopal children to get first dose of vaccine

School education department, Madhya Pradesh tweeted: "In Bhopal, 1.25 lakh children will get the first dose of Covaxin from January 3. 48 Sankul Principal will do planning with the local medical officer."

Dec. 29, 2021 | 03:03 PM IST

New guidelines for Omicron in Delhi

Children in the age group of 15 to 18 years can register for Covid vaccines online on the government’s vaccination portal Co-WIN or walk-in at the centres. The ministry of health and family welfare issued guidelines for vaccination of this new set of beneficiaries on December 28, amid the rising cases of the COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus’ omicron variant, considered a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The new guidelines will be in effect from January 3, 2022.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:55 PM IST

Latest news on Omicron in India: Bengal CM says schools and colleges will be shut if required

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asked officials concerned to review the overall COVID-19 situation in the state, amid the threat of a possible third wave of the pandemic looming large. She asked the officials to identify containment zones in the city, where cases have been on the rise, PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:41 PM IST

COVID-19 India Omicron cases: 411 challans issued for violating Covid norms in Delhi

More than 4,00 FIRs were registered and 754 challans were issued for violations of Covid-appropriate behaviour during the first day of night curfew imposed across the national capital amid rising cases of coronavirus infections, the Delhi Police said on December 28, as per a PTI report.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:38 PM IST

COVID-19 India Omicron cases: Congress asks to cancel Vibrant Gujarat summit

The Congress on December 28 demanded the cancellation of Vibrant Gujarat 2022 Summit to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10 in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases and the Omicron scare., PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:30 PM IST

COVID-19 India Omicron cases: Haryana CM warns on danger, urges to take precautions

"The danger is not over yet. That's why don't let Corona ruin your new year, take precaution yourself and make others aware too. Only then will Corona be defeated, the country will win," Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's office tweeted.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:26 PM IST

COVID-19 India Omicron cases: New vaccine guidelines

The ministry of health and family welfare issued guidelines for vaccination of new set of beneficiaries on December 28, amid the rising cases of the COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus’ omicron variant, considered a “variance of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The new guidelines will be in effect from January 3, 2022.

Also Read | Omicron COVID-19: Covaxin only, walk-ins allowed in vaccine guidelines for children

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:18 PM IST

Latest news on Omicron in India: NITIE forbids exit on December 31, January 1

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) has informed students residing in campus hostels that they are not allowed to visit outside the campus on December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022. This decision is taken as precautionary measures due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai.

National Institute of Industrial Engineering

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:16 PM IST

COVID-19 cases in India: I-League hit by COVID outbreak, at least 7 players test positive

In other news, the continuation of I League was on Wednesday thrown into doubt after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported among participating teams, staying and competing inside bio-bubbles. It has been learnt that more than 10 people, including at least seven players, have tested positive for the virus after tests conducted on Tuesday, PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:11 PM IST

Tamil Nadu Covid-19 cases: Containment zone returns in Chennai, as Omicron cases rise to 45

With the National Institute of Virology confirming 11 more cases of Omicron in Tamil Nadu, thus taking the total number to 45, State Health Minister M Subramanian said there was no need to panic as all the cases detected so far are asymptomatic. Moreover, they all had availed two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, he said. Asserting that the present situation is not alarming, the Minister said the emphasis should be more on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. "On Tuesday the institute confirmed 11 cases including 5 old cases, totally 16 persons are undergoing treatment now,” he said after inspecting the metro’s first COVID-19 containment zone in Ashok Nagar.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:06 PM IST

Latest news on Covid-19: Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor tests positive

In other news, Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor tested positive for Covid-19. After Kareena Kapoor Khan recovered from the infection, now, Anshula Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor have also tested positive, as per reports.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 02:00 PM IST

Full vaccination, COVID-19 negative report must for going to parties, restaurants in Goa

The Goa government will make it mandatory for people to be fully vaccinated or carry a COVID-19 negative report to attend parties or enter restaurants in the coastal state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday, PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:58 PM IST

Puducherry records 12 fresh Covid-19 cases

Puducherry registered 12 fresh COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours raising the overall tally to 1,29,446. While Puducherry region accounted for 11 out of the 12 new cases, Mahe region reported the remaining one case. Karaikal and Yanam regions had no fresh infection. The active cases were 120 of whom 35 were in hospitals and the remaining 85 in home isolation.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:52 PM IST

Latest News On Omicron In India: IIT Bombay's no exit rules

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay said that the exit rules post Januray 1 will be reviewed as per BMC's evolving guidelines. As per IIT Bombay's latest notification:

IIT Bombay imposes no exit rule amid surge in Covid-19 cases on campus

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:47 PM IST

IIT Bombay: No exit allowed on December 31, January 1 as IIT B reports 10 Covid-19 cases

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has informed students on campus and who are staying in hostels that there will be a blanket ban to visit outside the campus on December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022. This decision was taken as precautionary measures due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai and in the campus, especially ~10 cases reported last week from various hostels.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:42 PM IST

CBSE exam, registration, practical for Class 9 to 12 continues

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is expected to release CBSE Class 10, 12 term 1 result 2022 in January 2022 on the official website, cbse.gov.in, cbseresults.nic.in. Class 12 minor exams are still pending and will conclude on December 30, 2021. The CBSE Class 10 and 12 major exams have already been concluded. The DDMA has also informed that the CBSE can conduct CBSE exams, registrations and Class 9 to 12 practicals as per the schedule.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:28 PM IST

Online classes, CBSE Class 10, 12 exam, registration to continue: DDMA

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority said in its order that online teaching and learning activities, CBSE registration and examination and related activities such as CBSE Class 9 to 12 practicals and assignments will be conducted as per schedule.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:25 PM IST

All schools to remain closed till further orders: DDMA

All Delhi government, government-aided, unaided schools, NDMC, MCDs, Delhi cantonment board schools will remain closed till further orders, Delhi Disaster Management Authority said in its order.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:17 PM IST

5 states with the most Omicron cases

India has recorded 781 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus across 21 states and UTs so far. Of which Delhi recorded the maximum number of 238 cases followed by Maharashtra at 167, Gujarat 73, Kerala 65 and Telangana 62.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:11 PM IST

Odisha to reopen schools for Classes 1 to 5 from January 3 amid surge in Covid-19 cases

The Odisha government Tuesday announced that physical classes would resume for students of Classes 1 to 5 from January 3. The announcement was made by School and Mass Education minister S R Dash barely a few hours after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed officials to make preparations on war-footing to deal with a possible third wave of COVID-19 following the detection of at least eight cases of Omicron variant in the state.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:11 PM IST

Odisha to reopen schools for Classes 1 to 5 from January 3 amid surge in Covid-19 cases

The Odisha government Tuesday announced that physical classes would resume for students of Classes 1 to 5 from January 3. The announcement was made by School and Mass Education minister S R Dash barely a few hours after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed officials to make preparations on war-footing to deal with a possible third wave of COVID-19 following the detection of at least eight cases of Omicron variant in the state.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:06 PM IST

Karnataka CM likely to review Covid-19 containment measures

33 medical students have been tested positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai indicated that he is likely to review the COVID-19 containment measures announced by his government, including the "night curfew", in the wake of opposition from businesses. The night Curfew announced by the government for 10 days as part of its containment measures to control further COVID spread, has come into effect across the state from Tuesday night, PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 01:04 PM IST

Coronavirus Mutation: Covaxin booking for children aged 15-18 years

The Narendra Modi government has cleared vaccination for children aged 15 to 18 from January. On December 29, the health ministry issued guidelines for the vaccination of this age group. The process given below will be followed:

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:51 PM IST

Covid Vaccine For Children: Gujarat

Gujarat will set up Covid vaccination camps schools for children aged 15-18 years. Registration for the vaccination process, which is likely to cover over 35 lakh children, begins from January 1, reports PTI.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:47 PM IST

Maharashtra: 13 engineering students test positive for Covid-19

13 engineering college students in Pune, Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus, an official from the institution said on Monday. All these students, currently in the third year of the engineering course, are "largely asymptomatic" and isolated at home, said Prashant Dave, registrar of the MIT World Peace University, to which the institution is affiliated.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:46 PM IST

Corona Update: No education without Covid vaccines

From January 1, educational institutions in Chandigarh will not allow anyone who has not received both doses of the Covid vaccine to enter, reports Hindustan Times.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:45 PM IST

Covid-19 restrictions in Delhi: Long queues outside Delhi Metro

Long queues of people were seen outside various Delhi Metro stations on Wednesday morning, a day after new restrictions were put in place by authorities, including running of its trains with only 50 per cent seating capacity and no provision for standing for commuters, in view of rising cases of COVID-19 in Delhi, PTI reported.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:40 PM IST

Covid-19 protocol not followed during AKTU offline odd semester exam 2021

Meanwhile, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow is conducting the AKTU odd semester exam 2021 in offline mode even after students requested for online exam due to Omicron fear and rise in Covid-19 cases in the state. Several students have also shared images on social media of students not wearing masks, and exam centres not following the Covid-19 protocol.

Also read | No masks, Covid-19 protocol followed during offline exam, allege AKTU students

AKTU students are sharing images of students not wearing masks and maintaining social distance (Source: Twitter/@AktuStuUnion)

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:39 PM IST

How many cases of Omicron in India?

According to the ministry of health and family welfare, there were 781 cases of omicron in India by the morning of December 29. Delhi has the maximum number of them, 238. A total of 21 states and union territories have reporting omicron cases.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:35 PM IST

Coronavirus Mutation: Assam schools to turn vaccine centres

Government and private schools in Assam with 100-200 students enrolled will turn into Covid vaccination centres for children in Assam, reported the Times of India.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:30 PM IST

COVID-19 Omicron Cases: Confusion in Delhi schools

School Update In Delhi: Although Delhi schools have been shut due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Delhi, leading to a "yellow alert", confusion pervades Delhi schools. According to the Government Schools Teachers' Association, some schools are still calling teachers in to hold online classes.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:30 PM IST

Omicron fear: Calcutta University to conduct semester exams online

As the country is witnessing a rise in Covid-19, Omicron cases, Calcutta University has decided to hold the examinations of the first, third and fifth semesters at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in online mode in January and February. Classes have already started at UG and PG levels, in over 150 affiliated colleges and on the university campus respectively on alternate dates.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:24 PM IST

Night curfew at JNU

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) from December 27 from 11pm to 5pm till further orders following Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) orders. “Sll stakeholders of the University are hereby informed that the curfew will be in force in the University premises from 11 pm to 5 am till further orders,” as per the latest JNU circular.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:19 PM IST

Medical students test positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka, Telangana

33 medical students have been tested positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka. These students have been isolated in a hospital, Charani, district surveillance officer said. 43 medical students in Telangana also tested positive for COVID-19. The students belonged to the Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences, Karimnagar.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:16 PM IST

Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad tests Covid-19 positive

Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad has tested positive for COVID-19. The minister announced on social media that she has mild symptoms and requested people who met her to take precautions.

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:14 PM IST

Delhi schools closed due to rise in Covid-19 cases

Amid a rise in Covid-19 cases and Omicron fear in Delhi, the government issued a yellow alert and imposed a mild lockdown. As a first step, the Delhi schools were closed with immediate effect. The winter vacation for primary school students will begin from January 1 to 15, 2022.

Read | Delhi schools closed as govt issues yellow alert over rise in Covid-19, Omicron cases

Dec. 29, 2021 | 12:13 PM IST

India records 781 Omicron cases, rise in Covid-19

India has recorded 781 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus across 21 states and UTs so far out of which 241 people have recovered or migrated, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. Delhi recorded the maximum number of 238 cases followed by Maharashtra at 167, Gujarat 73, Kerala 65 and Telangana 62. With 9,195 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,48,08,886, while the active cases increasedto 77,002 , according to the data updated at 8 am.

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