Covid-19 Top Stories, 23rd June 2021
- College campuses to open after jabs for teachers, students, says Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa.
Karnataka has no immediate plans to reopen schools, but it is looking at reopening higher educational institutions for campus learning in a phased manner.
- BBMP, panchayat elections may be delayed over Covid.
The elections of BBMP, 30 zilla panchayats and 223 taluk panchayats are likely to be deferred to next year because of the pandemic.
- Covid-19: Fears of deadly third wave unfounded, say virologists.
Top virologists and domain experts have played down fears of an impending third wave of Covid-19 infections, insisting there is no scientific basis to suggest a fresh surge would hit anytime soon.
- A Bengaluru-based doctor, who succumbed to Covid in May, is being honored with a memorial in a remote village in Odisha.
Thread (Team for Human Resource & Action for Development), an organisation working with tribals in Odisha, is dedicating its corona prevention centre and eco food court at Siddharth Village Resort in Koraput district.
- Karnataka starts releasing COVID-19 relief amount to artistes. Chief Minister B.S.
Yediyurappa on Tuesday launched a financial assistance scheme for artistes who are under distress due to the second wave of COVID-19.
- Karnataka expert committee recommends reopening of schools
Members fear any further delay in school would make children vulnerable to malnutrition, child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, begging.
- Samples of all Covid patients being sent for genome sequencing:
BBMP chief. Samples of all those who have tested Covid-positive are being sent for genome sequencing to study the spread, if any, of Covid Delta variant in the city, said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta.
- Students not prepared to write previous semester exams.
A survey of more than 40,000 students from 31 districts representing degree, PG, engineering and diploma courses has revealed that a clear majority is still unprepared to write the examinations of the previous semester. Just nine per cent of the students said they were ready to write the examination, and about 36 per cent said they are ready to write the exams online.
- 65% of 18+ in Bengaluru to get Covid jab by June-end
After inoculating 11.3 lakh people in the state in just a day, the health department and city corporations have set their target to vaccinate 65 per cent of the population above 18 years by the end of June. However, that goal can only be achieved if there is sufficient vaccine supply from the centre.
- Delta Covid-19 variant greatest threat to US pandemic response: Anthony Fauci
The Delta variant of the novel coronavirus that was first found in India is the greatest threat to the United States’ effort to eradicate Covid-19 in its borders, said US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci during a Tuesday press call.