- Pregnant women should take vaccine for safety of self, child
Pregnant women should take the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible as we now know that the virus brings along some serious complications, including pre-term delivery, V.K. Paul, NITI Aayog (Member), Health, said on Friday.
- No vaccine for foreign tourists, hospitals await govt’s approval
Expats, international students and diplomats living in India are being administered Covid-19 vaccine but foreign tourists are not part of the drive. The lack of a policy, experts say, could prove shortsighted as tourists could end up getting infected and spread the virus, especially with international travel opening up.
- Demand for Sputnik vaccine soars in Bengaluru hospitals
People from other districts and even states are flocking to private hospitals in Bengaluru, seeking doses of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. Until 8pm on Friday, a total 12,015 beneficiaries received the first dose of the Russian vaccine in Karnataka (9,416 in BBMP limits), data on the CoWin portal revealed. Across the country, the figure stood at 1,61,077. In Karnataka, Sputnik is also available in some hospitals in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.
- WHO likely to decide on Covaxin nod in 4-6 weeks
The World Health Organization (WHO) is likely to take a decision on including Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in its list of vaccines approved for Emergency Use within four to six weeks, Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO, said at a webinar organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
- Intensify surveillance for Zika on a war footing, districts told
In view of Zika Virus Disease (ZVD) being reported in Kerala, Health Commissioner Dr K V Trilok Chandra, in a circular issued on Friday, asked districts to intensify vector control measures on a war footing. Border districts, like Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Chamarajanagar, should be more vigilant, he added.
- Inoculation effect: Fewer police deaths in 2nd wave
The second wave of Covid-19 infections was not as deadly as the first for the state’s police force, data shows. While 104 Karnataka police personnel succumbed to the viral infection between July and September last year, the number of deaths in the force due to Covid-19 was only 61 between April 1 and July 8 this year.
- Pandemic far from over, still dealing with 2nd wave: Govt of India
Maharashtra and Kerala recorded more than half of the coronavirus cases registered in India last week, the Centre said on Friday as it stressed that the pandemic is far from over and that people thronging tourist hotspots without following Covid-appropriate behaviour is a “serious cause of concern”.
- 51% get Jab in Govt and Un-aided colleges
Over 51.1% of students and staff in Bengaluru’s government and aided degree colleges have been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the higher education department The city comprises eight BBMP zones and the total number of students and staff in government and aided degree colleges is 62,255. Of these, 31,826 have been vaccinated as of July 8.
- 2 cases of COVID Kappa variant found in U.P
Two cases of the Kappa variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Uttar Pradesh, according to an official statement issued on Friday. Genome sequencing of 109 samples was done at the King George’s Medical College here in the past few days.
- World must invest more to avoid Covid-19 repeat: G20 panel
The report recommended governments collectively commit to increase financing for prevention and preparedness by at least $75 billion over the next five year.