- COVID-19 toll drops to single digit in State
For the second time this week, COVID-19 fatalities in Karnataka fell to a single digit – four – on Thursday. On September 5, the State had reported eight deaths, the lowest after March 17 this year.
- Hospitals see an increase in other respiratory ailments
Although COVID-19 cases are on the decline, the city is now under the grip of fever, upper respiratory tract infections, and seasonal influenza. Doctors attribute this to fluctuations in weather and intermittent rains.
- BBMP to consider requests for extended celebration
Bowing to pressure, the BBMP has decided to consider requests to allow Ganesha festival celebrations beyond three days. If organisers want permission to install Ganesha and Gowri idols for more than three days, they can obtain permission from the local police and jurisdictional assistant executive engineer of the BBMP.
- 22 more contacts test negative for Nipah virus in Kerala
Twenty-two more on the contact list of Nipah victim Mohammed Hashim have tested negative for the virus. As many as 68 people have so far been declared free from the infection for the time being.
- 2 doses prevent death by 97.5%: ICMR chief
An integrated COVID-19 tracker that will provide a week by week update of vaccine doses administered, mortality and breakthrough infections in the country will be available on the Union Health Ministry’s website in a few days.
- Pandemic severely hit learning skills
With learning skills hit badly by the pandemic, 16% of children studying in class 3 in the state are unable to do basic subtraction. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) released on Monday by Pratham, the organisation that conducted the survey, also revealed that 66% of class 8 students can read class 2 textbooks, which dropped from 70% in 2018.
- Night curfew likely to stay as govt chooses safe option
Any relaxation of the night curfew in the immediate future is unlikely, ministers in Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s Cabinet say, as the government remains wary of a possible surge in Covid-19 case numbers after the festival season.
- Pandemic spurs more people to go for health insurance
Out of 44,321 reported Covid cases in August in Karnataka, 25,920 (58%) people have raised insurance claims (private) for Covid treatment as per data from the General Insurance Council.
- Vaccine inequality across districts is high, but it is decreasing
Is there vaccine inequality across districts? This analysis has been constrained by the nonavailability of population data by districts. Such numbers are only available in census figures, which are now 10 years old. The first part of this two-part data journalism series built alternative estimates of India’s adult population across districts by using the 2019 electoral roll
- Experts call for more studies amid outbreaks
Kerala health officials hit a blind alley in 2018 when Nipah virus first broke out in Kerala since there was no known treatment for the disease, but three years later they were better prepared when the zoonotic virus revisited for the third time