Headlines: Omicron Variant Spreading At A Rapid Rate Says WHO
Omicron Variant Spreading At A Rapid Rate Says WHO
On Tuesday, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, while addressing a press conference, said: “The reality is that Omicron is probably in most countries, even if it hasn’t been detected yet. Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous covid-19 variant,” The new variant Omicron was detected in South Africa last month, and since then, Omicron cases have already been detected in 77 countries till now. Since the new variant is spreading at an unprecedented rate, WHO Chief asked countries to act swiftly in transmission and protect their health system from the heavily-mutated variant. Though the findings related to Omicron is very limited, WHO Expert Bruce Aylward warned countries to jump into a conclusion that the variant has mild symptoms or is less deadly. Mr Aylward said: “If we into a season like we’re going into now when a lot of people want to get together for the holiday season, and we have a more transmissible virus that we don’t actually know is milder, we could be setting ourselves up for a very dangerous situation,” Speaking about vaccine hoarding culture, WHO experts said that there is not enough data to show that we need booster vaccine shots. However, they also pointed out that such hoarding can deepen inequity in vaccine access between wealthy and poor countries.
Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 6,984 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.38%
According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 6,984 new covid-19 cases. The active caseload of the country has reached 87,562. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 8,168 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries of India have reached 3,41,46,931. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 0.59% and 0.67%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 65.88 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 134.61 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) December 15, 2021
PM Narendra Modi Pays Tribute To Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel On His 71st Death Anniversary
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay tribute to former deputy PM and freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 71st death anniversary. The PM tweeted: “Remembering Sardar Patel on his Punya Tithi. India will always be grateful to him for his monumental service, his administrative skills and the untiring efforts to unite our nation,” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is credited with uniting all 562 princely states to build the Republic of India. He passed away on 15th December 1950.
Remembering Sardar Patel on his Punya Tithi. India will always be grateful to him for his monumental service, his administrative skills and the untiring efforts to unite our nation.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 15, 2021
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman To Begin Pre-Budget Consultations From Today
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be holding pre-budget consultations from today, and the first virtual meeting is scheduled with agriculture experts and the ago-processing industry. The Finance Ministry tweeted: “Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will start her pre-budget consultations with different stakeholder groups from tomorrow, 15th December 2021 in New Delhi in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2022-23. The meetings will be held virtually,”
Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman will start her Pre-Budget consultations with different stakeholder Groups from tomorrow, 15th Dec 2021 in New Delhi in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2022-23. The meetings will be held virtually. (1/2)@nsitharamanoffc @PIB_India
— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) December 14, 2021
India’s First Super-Soldier Film ‘Attack’ To Release On 28th January 2022; Teaser Out Now
Taking to social media, John Abraham shared the teaser of his upcoming film Attack. Directed by Lakshya Raj Anand and starring Jacqueline Fernandez and Rakulpreet Singh, Attack is India’s first super-soldier film, all set to hit the screens on 28th January 2022. The film was originally scheduled to release on 14th August 2020, but due to the covid-19 pandemic, the makers decided to push the release date. Sharing the teaser on social media, Rakulpreet Singh wrote: “The super-soldier who pledged to serve the country is finally here to save the nation.”
Watch Attack teaser here:
Ankita Lokhande Gets Married To Vicky Jain; Shares Stunning Pictures From Her Wedding
Hit TV serial Pavitra Rishta fame Ankita Lokhande got married to businessman Vicky Jain in a lavish wedding ceremony on 14th December. While Ankita Lokhande looked royal as a queen in a golden bridal lehenga by Manish Malhotra, Vicky Jain looked handsome in an ivory sherwani. Taking to social media, Ankita shared her wedding pictures and wrote: “Love is patient, but we’re not. Surprise! We’re now officially Mr & Mrs Jain!” The couple’s wedding took place at Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt hotel, which was attended by her industry friends, including Srishti Rode, Amruta Khanvilkar, Mahhi Vij, Jay Bhanushali, Eijaz Khan, Pavitra Punia, Ekta Kapoor, among others.
‘How’s The Josh?’ Asks A Reporter To Vicky Kaushal; Wife Katrina Kaif Blushes
The newlywed couple Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal are back in town after their fairytale wedding at the Six Senses Fort, Barwara, Rajasthan. Recently, the couple made their first-ever appearance as husband and wife. While Katrina Kaif looked ravishing in a pastel pink suit, Vicky Kaushal looked handsome in a beige shirt and pants. On arriving, the reporters asked Vicky: ‘How’s the josh?’, a famous dialogue from his movie URI: The Surgical Strike and actor Katrina Kaif can be seen blushing at the remark.
Watch the viral video here: