- SSLC SOP out, Covid +ve too can take exam
The Karnataka government on Wednesday released standard operating procedures (SOP) for holding SSLC exams in the third week of July, allowing students with symptoms or Covid too to write the exams. More than 8.7 lakh students will appear for the exam, now reduced to a two day affair in the multiple-choice format. The exams were earlier scheduled to be from June 21-July 5.
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- After Mysuru, Delta Plus case reported in Bengaluru
A day after Karnataka’s first case of Delta Plus variant was reported in Mysuru, another case was detected in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Health and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar said the information had been shared with the Union Health Ministry and the government was carefully monitoring the emergence of new variants. Six more genome labs would be set up in the State.
- Clinics report huge rush as people line up for delayed treatments
Dentists, ophthalmologists and other specialists are reporting a glut of patients who want to get procedures done before the predicted third wave of COVID-19. With COVID-19 cases on the decline and restrictions relaxed, hospitals resumed elective procedures and physical consultations after over two months on Monday. Dentists, ophthalmologists, orthopedicians and other specialists are reporting a glut of patients and a long wait for appointments.
- School hit by pandemic closes, students in the lurch
The parents of students of a private school in the city staged a protest on Wednesday after the management informed them to collect transfer certificates as they were closing the school. On Tuesday, they received a message from Padmavathi Montessori School in Wilson Garden informing them that the pandemic had depleted finances and that the management was no longer able to bear the cost of rent and pay salaries to their staff. A parent, who was at the protest, said that children under the RTE quota would be the most affected as they have to be enrolled in a government school in the same area.
- COVID-19 hits routine immunisation
While all focus is on COVID-19, pediatric experts point out that many children have lost out on routine immunization during the pandemic, especially in urban areas. The 13-member expert committee, headed by cardiologist Devi Prasad Shetty, set up for prevention and management of the third wave of COVID-19, has recommended strengthening routine immunization on priority. Members of the committee pointed out many parents had opted to delay childhood immunization owing to the fear of COVID-19. This has been mainly observed among the urban poor, especially construction workers.
- 40 Delta Plus cases since April
Forty cases of Delta Plus variant of SARS-CoV-2 — including two in Karnataka — have been found in India, over the last two months since the detection of the first such case in April, the Union Health Ministry said here on Wednesday. The variant has been seen sporadically in Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. In addition, a few cases have been reported from Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Gujarat. There is a growing sense of concern among officials because of a specific mutation or genetic change that the new variant is carrying. It allows the virus to evade immunity.
- No syllabus cut for State board students this year
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has decided that no cuts will be made to the syllabus for State board schools in the new academic year from July 1, 2021 to April 2022. This decision was taken based on the recommendations of an interim report by a government-appointed expert committee for the prevention and management of the third wave of COVID-19.
- At 63L, India betters vaccine numbers after Tuesday dip
India on Wednesday administered more than 63 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines, which is still 30% lower than the record-breaking Monday figures but an improvement over the past 24 hours. Till 9 pm, over 63 lakh shots were given at more than 59,000 sites.
- After miraculous recovery, black fungus survivors await facial reconstruction surgery
Nearly 30 patients who recovered from the dreaded black fungus disease await extensive facial reconstruction in government hospitals alone, doctors said. While 72 patients succumbed to the disease, 49 out of 959 have been cured.