- Centre orders 66cr vax doses worth ₹14,505cr
The Centre is placing its largest order yet of Covid vaccines at 66 crore doses worth Rs 14,505 crore to procure Covishield & Covaxin shots that will help it to substantially meet the projections it had made in the apex court, reports Sushmi Dey. It has also made an advance payment for 30 crore Corbevax doses, sources said. 96 crore vaccine doses expected during Aug-Dec
- BBMP to reduce govt quota beds
With the number of fresh Covid-19 cases decreasing, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to reduce the number of government quota beds to treat Covid patients to about 1,800. The BBMP portal reveals 95% of the 6,446 beds reserved for Covid-19 patients were vacant at 4.30pm on Thursday. The current plan is to reduce those beds by nearly three-fourths.
- Note on vax for pregnant women adds to confusion
A note, said to be minutes of a recent National Health Mission meeting, suggests Covaxin should be administered to pregnant women categorized as ‘high-risk’ and Covishield to those in low- risk pregnancies. The note, widely shared on social media, is only adding to confusion on the ground besides deepening vaccine hesitancy, gynaecologists say.
- State intensifies checks along Maha, Goa border
With cases in villages along the border with Maharashtra and Goa continuing to remain high, police in Belagavi district are sending back travellers, who are either not vaccinated or not carrying Covid-19 negative certificates, from the two neighbouring states. There are 14 checkposts along the border. Health workers are also conducting rapid antigen tests (RAT) on commuters.
- Udupi, B’luru face surge in dengue
Amid heightened concerns regarding vectorborne infections in the wake of Zika outbreak in neighbouring Kerala, Karnataka has reported 1,310 dengue infections till July 13 this year. Udupi has recorded the highest number of dengue infections in the state (213), followed by Bengaluru city (195), Belagavi (145), Dakshina Kannada (127) and Ballari (69).
- Two months later, many wait in vain for govt’s cash relief
It’s been almost two months since the government announced a relief package for workers in the unorganised sector but the majority of beneficiaries are yet to receive the cash. All thanks to the slow process of collection and verification of documents. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa had, on May 19, announced cash assistance of Rs 3,000 for autorickshaw/ cab drivers and construction workers registered with the Karnataka State Construction Workers Welfare Board and Rs 2,000 for barbers, porters, tailors, ragpickers, potters, mechanics and roadside vendors registered under the Atma Nirbhar Fund.
- Covid-19 third wave likely by August-end, will be less severe than second: ICMR
The Covid-19 third wave could also be brought about by the premature easing of Covid-19 curbs by states, Panda said. Covid-19 third wave may hit India at the end of August and will not be as deadly as the second one, a top doctor has told a television news channel. “There would be a nationwide third wave but that does not mean that it would be as high or as intense as the second wave,” Dr Samiran Panda, the head of epidemiology and infectious diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research, told NDTV.
- Next six weeks are crucial: TAC chief
Although the number of fresh Covid-19 cases has declined due to lockdown measures, the second wave is not over yet, Dr MK Sudarshan, chairperson, Karnataka’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has said. He also said the next six weeks are crucial to bring down the daily positivity rate. Dr Sudarshan says “If people continue to resort to Covid-inappropriate behaviour, crowd tourist places and gather in large numbers for festivals and other events, the second wave may not end anytime soon.”
- PM Modi to meet chief ministers of six states today, review Covid-19 situation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday chair a virtual meeting with chief ministers of six states where coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases are on the rise, officials familiar with the development informed HT earlier this week. These states — Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Maharashtra — have seen a marked rise in Covid-19 cases across several districts in the recent past.
- BBMP sets up Covid centre for children
The BBMP has set up a special Covid centre to treat children at Padmanabhanagar, anticipating a rise in the infection rate among children during the third wave. “There are fears that children will be the most vulnerable in the third Covid wave. Hence, as a precautionary measure, we have made facilities to treat children. Mothers will be allowed to stay along with small children, considering their age,” said Dr Shivakumar, Health Officer, South Zone.