- B’luru pips Mumbai, now dist with 2nd most Covid deaths
Bengaluru Urban has now overtaken Mumbai to become the district with the second highest Covid deaths in the country, while Pune continues to lead the table. As of August 18, Bengaluru had 15,953 virus-related deaths compared to 15,930 in Mumbai and 18,779 in Pune.
- Schools’ reopening: Managements say parents unwilling to send kids
While the state government has allowed schools to reopen for on-campus classes for grades 9-12 from Monday, a section of managements said most parents are unwilling to send their children to school. These schools, mostly accredited to CBSE and ICSE, say parents are happy to continue with the present system of online classes.
- Four Covid vax for children likely to get nod by year-end
The government is likely to start vaccination of children against Covid-19 only by March 2022, even as three-four vaccines are likely to be approved for the Under-18 age group by December, official sources said.
- Post-jab infections common during Delta outbreaks
Breakthrough infections of SARS-CoV2 after vaccination against Covid-19 are common across the globe during Delta outbreaks and genome sequencing of such cases in India currently also shows high proportion of Delta variant, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) says in its latest report.
- Third wave will depend on vaccine coverage
Although the ICMR’s sero survey has shown a seroprevalence of 69.8% in Karnataka, experts are of the view that the third wave in the State will primarily depend on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and emergence of new variants.
- COVID-19: Crowding at Janashirvada Yatra across State causes concern
The BJP’s ongoing Janashirvada Yatra, a series of public meetings across the State by the newly appointed Ministers, has been resulting in crowding in some instances violating COVID-19 guidelines.
- BBMP imposes COVID restrictions ahead of festive season
The Bengaluru civic body has issued fresh guidelines to control crowding at marketplaces. Concerned officials have also been instructed to conduct surprise visits at places that are expected to see large footfall during the festivals. BBMP will also impose a fine of Rs 250 on people who are found flouting the mandatory facemask rule.
- Over 50 crore samples tested for COVID-19 in India till now: ICMR
The number of samples tested for COVID-19 in the country has crossed the 50 crore-mark and in this month, the average daily testing has been over 17 lakh, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Thursday.
- India has administered at least 571 million Covid vaccine doses till now
By 7pm on Thursday, 571,671,264 vaccine doses were given across the states and UTs. As many as 4,884,440 doses were administered on the day. Of this, 3,635,752 beneficiaries were vaccinated with the first dose and 1,248,688 beneficiaries received the second dose of vaccine
- AstraZeneca’s antibody drug prevents Covid-19 in high-risk groups: Study
AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 antibody cocktail was found to be 77% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in high-risk people in a key trial that could expand the range of drugs available to vulnerable groups.