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Covid-19 Active Cases India Jan 18 LIVE Updates, Omicron Variant Cases in India, Coronavirus 3rd Wave, Covid-19 Vaccine Dose Status, Omicron Corona Cases on Tuesday Updates: 😷 The country’s active caseload presently stands at 17,36,628, while the recovery rate is now at 94.09 per cent.

Coronavirus Omicron India LIVE News: Noting there has been a decline in Covid-19 testing in many states and Union Territories, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare urged them to increase the pace of testing “in a strategic manner” keeping in view the case positivity trend. The ministry also asked them to speed up the testing to efficiently track the spread of the virus and initiate actions quickly.

Issuing an updated set of guidelines for the care of Covid-19 patients, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has urged doctors to avoid the use of steroids and to test patients for tuberculosis if severe coughing persists. According to the revised guidelines,  steroid use increases the risk of secondary infections, such as black fungus, and must thus, be avoided.

India witnessed a decrease in fresh coronavirus cases, reporting 2.38 lakh new cases in the last 24 hours ending at 9 am on Tuesday, around 20,000 less than the day before. The country’s active caseload presently stands at 17,36,628, while the recovery rate is now at 94.09 per cent. The total tally of Omicron cases rose to 8,891, marking an increase of 8.31 per cent since yesterday.

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