- Full-day classes for Std 6-12 from Mon
From Monday, government schools in the state can conduct full-day classes for Class 6-12 at 100% capacity, the department of public instruction said in an order late Friday. While it was expected for schools in the state to return to normalcy with 100% attendance and classes till 3.30pm from October 1, many schools in the city continued classes only till lunch time on Friday in the absence of a department order in the day.
- Tit for tat: UK nationals face 10-day quarantine
In what marks a definite dip in India-UK ties, the government has decided to impose “reciprocal” quarantine conditions on British nationals after the UK refused to reconsider treating fully vaccinated Indians as unvaccinated, allegedly due to issues over the certification process.
- Govt plans to slash cost of Covid test
The cost of a Covid-19 test in Karnataka, regardless of the mode, is likely to come down with the government initiating the process to revise prices. Officials say the cost of a test could be slashed by up to 30%.
- State urges stricter enforcement of smoking ban in pubs and bars
In the wake of concerns raised by the high power committee on tobacco control vis-à-vis the ban on smoking of cigarettes and hookahs in bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels, the government has directed departments concerned to ensure stricter enforcement.
- Positivity rate in Kerala, some N-E states still high
Much of Kerala could be a fit case to be placed under lockdown with the state’s fortnightly positivity rate, or total confirmed cases per 100 tests over a 14-day period, at a high 16% which hasn’t changed much from the situation a fortnight ago.
- 18-months on, Australians can travel abroad from Nov
Australian PM Scott Morrison announced on Friday that a ban on Australians travelling abroad will be lifted next month, a move that will ease one of the world’s harshest border closures spanning over 18 months.
- State turns its focus on monthly vaccination target
Karnataka’s rate of vaccination has been uneven, with numbers high on ‘Lasika Utsav’ days (Wednesdays) and lower than the targeted five lakh on other days. After 10,50,756 doses were administered on Wednesday (September 29), the number was just 1,82,209 on Thursday (September 30).
- Covishield will be treated as recognised vaccine: Australia
Australia has recognised the Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII). In a statement to the media, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday said Covishield will be treated as part of the “recognised vaccines” in Australia.
- Covid-19 pill hailed for ‘reducing deaths by 50%’
In a potential leap forward in the global fight against the pandemic, drugmaker Merck said on Friday that its experimental pill for people sick with COVID-19 reduced hospitalisations and deaths by half.
- Sri Lanka lifts lockdown, retains curfew at night
Sri Lanka on Friday lifted a near six-week lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 but maintained a night curfew and a ban on public gatherings and parties.