Swati Maliwal tests COVID positive: On January 8, the Chief of Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal tested positive for COVID-19. The Health Minister of Delhi Satyendar Jain said that Delhi is likely to record 20,000 fresh COVID-19 cases today and the positivity rate is going to be around 19 percent. Whether it be frontline workers, politicians, celebrities or someone we know, everyday news of individuals testing positive continues to pour in at an alarming rate.
In a Twitter post, Swati Maliwal shared the news about testing positive, also asking people to take precautions against COVID-19. "Tested positive for COVID. Feeling terribly ill with a high fever. Have isolated myself. Request people who came in contact with me to get their RTPCR done," she wrote.
Maliwal further wrote, "Despite so much work on the ground, was able to evade COVID till now! Omicron is damn infectious. Everyone pl takes precaution."
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On Friday, the COVID-19 cases continued to spike, with 17,335 fresh cases recorded in the last 24 hours, along with and nine deaths. The positivity rate in Delhi was 17.73 percent for Friday. The stare also recorded 48 new Omicron cases in the last 24 hours. Jain said that no Omicron-related death till now has been recorded in Delhi and the nine deaths recorded on Friday were mostly related to patients with co-morbidities.
As India struggles with rising COVID-19 and Omicron variant cases, the government has begun vaccination drives for children between 15 to 18 years old. According to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, over two crore teenagers in the age group between 15 to 18 years have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
"Great Going, my Young Friends, Over 2 crore youngsters between the 15-18 age group have received their first dose of #COVID19 vaccine in less than a week of vaccination drive for children," he shared on Twitter.
Along with vaccines for children, the CoWin portals for precaution dose will also open today so that frontline workers, personnel deployed in election duty and elderly people aged 60 years and above with co-morbidities can book slots for themselves. The government also announced that no fresh registration will be required for precaution dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the beneficiary will only be eligible for the dose after nine months of receiving the second COVID-19 jab. Read more here.