- Govt. directs private centres to step up the pace of vaccination
The slow pace of COVID-19 vaccination by private centres in some States is a “cause of serious worry”, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Wednesday. Read More
- Black fungus treatment: Hospitals face shortage of drug
While COVID-19 cases may have come down drastically, the number of active mucormycosis cases is still high. At present there are 2,462 cases of black fungus in the State. Bengaluru Urban has the highest number of active cases at 851 as on Wednesday.
- New PHCs in at least 20 wards by July-end
Of the 198 wards in the city, only 141 have Primary Health Centres (PHCs) that are in the forefront of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) COVID-19 vaccination programme. To ensure that all wards have one dedicated health centre, the civic body is set to establish PHCs in the remaining 57 wards. In all probability, at least 20 new PHCs will be established by the end of July.
- REVA offers 100% fee waiver to COVID-19-affected
REVA University has taken the initiative to waive 100% tuition fees for the academic year 2021-22 for students who lost parents or breadwinners in the family to COVID-19. It also extended this initiative to students who apply to any of its 50+ UG courses this academic year.
- RT-PCR false-negatives continue to haunt hospitals
While RT-PCR tests on people showing significant symptoms of the Covid-19 disease returning negative even while CT scans confirm the infection are not new, the government-run Jayanagar General Hospital has had eight such cases in the past one week.
- MHA writes to states, flags violation of Covid norms.
The home ministry has written to all states and Union Territories expressing concern over “blatant violation” of Covid norms in several parts of the country and consequent increase in “R” factor (reproduction number) in some states.
- Many schools to give mock SSLC exam a miss
With a majority of Class 10 students unwilling to take the risk and travel to centres to give the mock Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination, many school managements, both government and private, have decided not to hold a dry run. The State government has scheduled these examinations on July 15 and July 17.
- Counting deaths in India is difficult
Covid-19 has wrecked lives, devastated families, and destroyed livelihoods. An inquiry into the excess deaths due to the pandemic is, therefore, an important issue that needs redressal. The commonly used methodology of quantifying excess deaths based on India’s civil registry system (CRS), however, is not suited to address this.
- Students who didn’t pay fee will also write SSLC exam
Just days before the examination, many cases have come to light where SSLC students have been denied hall ticket for not paying fees.The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar said that the BEOs have been instructed to ensure that candidates are not inconvenienced in any way. The SSLC board also issued a circular in regard on Wednesday.
- Families of 10,187 Karnataka farmers who died of Covid-19 can hope for relief
Co-operation Minister ST Somashekhar on Wednesday said the Karnataka Government will decide on waiving loans of farmers who succumbed to Covid-19 by the end of this week. If the government decides to go ahead with the plan, loans worth Rs 79.47 crore, availed by 10,187 farmers who have succumbed to Covid-19 so far, will be waived.