Coronavirus LIVE Updates: As Omicron cases continue to rise steadily, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended two new Covid treatments – Swedish-made drug Kinered and American-made Xevudy for the treatment of COVID-19. In the middle of the holiday season, the UK recorded another daily record of 88,376 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, England’s chief medical officer warned that the situation is likely to get worse.
The EMA had previously approved Kineret for use as an anti-inflammatory drug. However, in their recommendation on Thursday, the agency recommended its use as a treatment for adult COVID-19 patients who also suffer from pneumonia, which requires additional oxygen and are at risk of developing severe respiratory failure. The agency also recommended GlaxoSmithKlines recommended Xevudy for the treatment of adults and children suffering from COVID-19 who do not require supplemental oxygen and are at increased risk of developing the disease.
Meanwhile, Delhi registered 85 new cases, the highest since August this year. Five people in Tamil Nadu have been detected with S-Gene drip, indicating that they may also have been infected with the Omicron variant, the government said. The state reported the first Omicron case on Wednesday after the genome sequencing of the sample from a 47-year-old man who arrived here from Nigeria revealed he was infected with the new strain. Health Minister J Radhakrishnan said five more people have been detected with S-gene droplets, giving suspicion of being infected with the Omicron variant.
Zydus Healthcare’s anti-coronavirus disease vaccine, ZyCoV-D, may be introduced into the national vaccination program next week, the Hindustan Times reported. “The training of vaccinators who would administer the shots is almost complete and the vaccine could be introduced very soon, probably next week,” said a person aware of the matter on condition of anonymity.