- Karnataka reports 291 new cases, eight deaths
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 291 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,96,148. Bengaluru Urban reported 185 cases and six deaths. With eight deaths, the toll rose to 38,211.
- K’taka to test all int’l flyers; 7-day home quarantine if -ve
In the backdrop of concerns over Omicron variant, the Karnataka government said on Tuesday that all international passengers will have to mandatorily undergo RT-PCR tests on arrival in Karnataka airports.
- More clusters: 15 nursing pupils in two Tumakuru colleges +ve
In more cluster outbreaks in educational institutions, 15 students in two nursing colleges in Tumakuru district, have tested positive for Covid-19.YS Patil, district deputy commissioner, on Tuesday said the 15, all women, had come from Kerala and are in the first year of their diploma courses. The courses had begun only a fortnight ago.
- Make vax compulsory to get electricity and rations: Panel
The Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has suggested that the state make full vaccination mandatory for people to avail various benefits, including rations, water and electricity, from the government This follows concerns over the possible spread of Omicron, the new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern, and experts pushing to ensure all eligible people above the age of 18 years are completely vaccinated to prevent the pandemic situation from spiralling out of control.
- Bommai orders officials to step up vigil, testing
With concern growing over Omicron, the new novel coronavirus variant spreading across the globe, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, on Tuesday asked officials to step up Covid-19 tests to detect new infections quickly and prevent the spread of the new variant. None in India has been detected with the new variant so far.
- Omicron does not escape RT-PCR and rapid antigen testing, says govt
The new SARSCOV2 variant Omicron does not escape RT-PCR and rapid antigen testing (RAT), the Centre underlined while advising states to immediately ramp up testing for early identification and management of positive cases, particularly in the wake of Omicron.
- No free treatment for those who are not vaxxed: Kerala CM
In a move to apparently encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated against Covid, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said anyone not following Covid-19 prevention measures, like vaccination, will not be provided free treatment.
- Omicron was present in Europe days before flight ban: Officials
Variant Detected In 2 Test Samples Taken On November 19 & 23 In Netherlands; 42 Cases Confirmed In 10 European Nations So Far
- WHO: Over-60s, vulnerable should postpone travel due to Omicron
The WHO said on Tuesday that while blanket travel bans would not stop the spread of the Omicron variant, Covidvulnerable people, including the over-60s, should postpone plans to travel abroad.
- Omicron effect: Doubts over Moderna vax efficacy roil markets
The sensex witnessed extreme volatility on Tuesday but ended marginally lower as comments about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus left investors across the globe jittery.