The death toll stands at 5,30,698 with two deaths, one from Kerala and one death reported from Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am said.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.11 percent and the weekly positivity was pegged at 0.17 percent, the ministry said.
They said that 2,36,919 tests were conducted to detect covid in the last 24 hours.
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Close monitoring of exports of products used to deal with Covid
The government has started close monitoring of exports of products used to deal with Covid infections like PPE kits, masks, ventilators and certain medicines like paracetamol due to rising infections in various countries, including China, said officer. The move is aimed at dealing with any possible emergency situation due to the spurt in coronavirus cases. “We are keeping a close eye on the export of all these products. We are monitoring the situation to make appropriate decisions, although the situation at the moment is not alarming. We should be prepared for everything and for that we should that our domestic requirement would be ready,” the official said.
Asian tourist spots prepare for boom as China relaxes COVID rules
Asian countries are preparing for an influx of Chinese tourists as COVID restrictions are dismantled, and while some are cautious, operators in others are preparing packages such as hotpot buffets to cash in on the an expected travel spike. Chinese tourists will no longer have to be quarantined on their return home from January 8, the government announced this week, a move that prompted a surge in bookings from the world’s largest outbound travel market in 2019.
China’s COVID policies have come under scrutiny as infections soar
After China reached zero-Covid thresholds in 30 days, setting off a massive wave of infections, Beijing’s policymakers face a huge challenge to treat sick people and minimize deaths and public confidence that has been undermined by policies previously recovering them. The sight of hospitals under siege, people on intravenous drips on the side of the road and hearing lines outside crematoriums raised public concerns. The very small number of reported deaths – 10 deaths since the old policy regime was overturned on December 7 – and the authorities’ decision to stop publishing data on cases also cast doubt.
India records 268 new Covid cases, active cases rise to 3,552
India recorded 268 new coronavirus infections, while the active cases rose to 3,552, according to updated Union Health Ministry data. Covid cases were recorded at 4.46 crore (4,46,77,915). The death toll stands at 5,30,698 with two deaths, one from Kerala and one death reported from Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.11 percent and the weekly positivity was pegged at 0.17 percent, the ministry said. They said that 2,36,919 tests were conducted to detect covid in the last 24 hours.
Iron ore gains as China claims optimism is a concern for COVID
Iron ore prices rose with the Dalian benchmark rising to more than a six-month high, as optimism about demand prospects in China’s main steel producers outweighed concerns about a rise in the country’s COVID cases. The most traded iron ore on China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange for May delivery ended morning trade 1.5% higher at 844.50 yuan a tonne, after initially touching 846 yuan, the highest rate since mid-month of June.
Lack of information about China’s COVID outbreak raises global concerns
Moves by the US, Japan and others to mandate COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving from China reflect global concern that new variants could emerge in the ongoing explosive outbreak — and the government may not put the rest of the world on the alert. information quickly enough. No new versions have been reported so far. But given the country’s track record, the concern is that China may not be sharing data on any signs of emerging strains that could trigger new outbreaks elsewhere. in infections and what he said was a lack of information, including genomic sequencing of the types of virus in the country.
Australia says there is no change in rules for travelers from China
Australia is not changing its rules on allowing travelers from China to enter the country, despite moves by some countries to require mandatory COVID-19 tests, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said. “We will take the appropriate advice from the health experts,” Alban told the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC). “There is no change to the travel advice at this stage but we are continuing to monitor the situation, as we continue to monitor the impact of COVID here in Australia and around the world.”
Uttarakhand makes masks mandatory in private government schools amid COVID concerns
Amid the fear of COVID-19, the Uttarakhand government made masks mandatory in private as well as government schools. Uttarakhand Director General of Education Bansidhar Tiwari said, “Students, teachers and other employees of private and government schools must come wearing masks and use thermal sanitary screening.” Tiwari said that instructions have been given to the principals of all private and government schools that all employees, teachers and children must wear masks in the school. “No one will be allowed to enter the school without a mask,” he said.
Thane records three new cases of COVID-19; active scores at 11
Three new cases of the coronavirus have been detected in Maharashtra’s Thane district, taking its number of infections to 7,47,397, a health official said. The latest infections were reported on Wednesday, he said. There are currently 11 active cases of COVID-19 in the district, which falls under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, he said. The death toll in the district was 11,969 and the number of recoveries was 7,36,180, he said.
China Customs: China to cancel coronavirus checks on all imported chilled and frozen food from January 8
Oil prices ease, China’s COVID spike hurts demand outlook
Oil prices ticked down as surging cases of COVID-19 in China dampened hopes for a recovery in fuel demand in the world’s second-largest oil consumer. The scale of the latest outbreak and skepticism about official data have prompted some countries to enact new travel rules on visitors from China, even as China began to dismantle the world’s strictest COVID lockdown and testing regime. Brent futures for February delivery fell 42 cents, or 0.5%, to $82.84 a barrel, by 0123 GMT, while US crude fell 50 cents, or 0.6%, to $78.46 a barrel.
Argentinian tourist tests Covid-positive, goes missing
A tourist from Argentina, who visited the Taj Mahal on December 26, has tested positive for Covid-19. His samples were collected during screening at the monument’s West gate to test for the virus as a precautionary measure. The RT-PCR report, which came out on Wednesday, confirmed that the man was positive for Covid-19.
Indonesia to maintain loose entry rules for Chinese visitors
- Indonesia has no plans to tighten restrictions on travelers from China, keeping its Covid-19 policy looser for international visitors despite a recent surge in cases.
- Under current rules, travelers arriving from abroad are only required to show proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus. It removed the PCR test requirement for visitors who were fully vaccinated in May if they do not have a fever.
- “There is no immediate need to change the current policy but we will continue to monitor the situation,” Covid-19 Task Force Spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in a phone interview in Jakarta.
Asian shares slip as China’s COVID outbreak dislodges investors, Reuters reports
Asian share markets fell along with oil prices on Thursday as the rise in COVID cases in China rattled investors who had hoped the world’s second-largest economy would gather momentum after curbs on the severity of COVID-19 eased. . MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 1.06%, settling for a third straight week of losses. Chinese shares opened 0.4% lower, while the Hong Kong stock market fell 1%. Japan’s Nikkei fell more than 1% to a near three-month low, while Australia’s resource-heavy S&P/ASX 200 index lost 1.18%.
China has rejected criticism of its statistics as baseless and politically motivated attempts to smear its policies. He also downplayed the risk of new variants, saying he hopes future mutations may be more virulent but less severe.
The United States, India, Italy, Japan and Taiwan said they would require COVID tests for travelers from China. Britain was considering a similar move, the Telegraph reported.
Race against time
The state-run China Daily reported on Thursday that rural regions across China were increasing their medical treatment capacities and ensuring the availability of life support equipment and critical care beds. He said a hospital in a part of Central Mongolia where more than 100,000 people live in the countryside was seeking bidders for a 1.9 million yuan ($272,308) contract to upgrade its wards to intensive care units. Liancheng County Central Hospital in the eastern province of Fujian was seeking bids for ambulances and medical devices, from breathing machines to electrocardiogram monitors. A hospital in Huailai county, Hebei province, also said it needed equipment for its emergency wards.
The problem of COVID in China
Hospitals and funeral homes in China’s big cities are under great pressure, but the main concern about the health system’s ability to cope with a surge of infections is focused on the less affluent and under-equipped countryside.
China reports 1 COVID death?
China officially reported one new COVID death for Wednesday, down from three on Tuesday, but some foreign governments and epidemiologists believe the numbers are much higher, and that more than 1 million people could die nationwide the next year.