- India set to reach 100cr vax doses mark next week
India is set to reach yet another milestone next week of administering over 100 core vaccine doses even as the government plans to involve NGOs and the private sector to mark the achievement and end vaccine hesitancy through spreading awareness. Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday said the country will produce over 28 crore doses in October as it continues to ramp up supplies.
- 2.4k Oxygen plants commissioned in govt hosps in record 112 days
In a record 112 days, a total of 2,494 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen generation plants have been commissioned at government hospitals across 736 districts with a capacity of 3,324 tonnes per day. This includes 1,183 PSA plants sanctioned under the PM CARES fund.
- In Nov, US to lift Canada & Mexico land border curbs for vaccinated
The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travellers, reopening the doors of the US to tourists and separated family members who have been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.
- After dip in COVID-hit first quarter, investments recover
Investment activity rebounded sharply between July and September after a dip in the COVID-hit first quarter of the year, lifting fresh investment commitments in the first half of 2021-22 by 13.5% over pre-pandemic levels, as per Projects Today’s latest survey on fresh investments.
- Classes I-V: Parents to be consulted before decision on reopening
Parents of lower primary students will be consulted before the State government decides to reopen schools for Classes I-V. Sources in the Department of Public Instruction said that a section of parents, particularly those whose children are enrolled in government and aided schools, are batting for offline classes to resume.
- TAC recommends revision of testing targets in Karnataka
The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended revision of testing targets keeping in mind the Test Positivity Rate (TPR), seven-day average of effective Reproduction Number (Rt No.) and the ensuing fairs and festivals in October-November.
- Covid-19 restrictions extended till Oct 25, night curfew to continue
With the government extending the Covid-19 rules, the city administration has kept the night curfew and other prohibitory orders in place till October 25. City police commissioner Kamal Pant issued orders extending the restrictions till 6 am on October 25, keeping the 10 pm to 5 am night curfew that has been in place for months.
- Karnataka’s Covid positivity rate drops to 0.31%
Karnataka on Wednesday logged 357 new Covid-19 infections and 10 deaths, taking the case tally to 29,82,089 and the toll to 37,916. The day also saw 438 discharges as the number of recoveries swelled to 29,34,523. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 140 new cases. The city also saw 157 discharges and five deaths.
- Sputnik Light 70% effective against Delta variant: RDIF
The Russian-made one-shot Sputnik Light vaccine shows 70% efficacy in preventing Covid-19 caused by the Delta variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Wednesday, citing data from the vaccine’s developer.
- Indian economy is recovering from Covid-19 crisis: World Bank
The Indian economy that was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic is now in recovery mode and the World Bank welcomes that, its president David Malpass said on Wednesday.