- India achieves 100-crore Covid vaccination milestone
The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassed the 100-crore milestone on Thursday. India took 85 days to touch the 10-crore vaccination mark, 45 more days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach the 30-crore mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
- State reports 462 new cases, nine deaths
Karnataka on Wednesday reported 462 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,84,484. Bengaluru Urban reported 253 cases and six deaths. With nine deaths, the toll rose to 37,976. This is apart from 28 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons.
- Bengaluru cases dip below 100 for 1st time in 16 months
The number of daily fresh Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru has plummeted to pre-first-wave levels seen in June 2020, reports Sunitha Rao R. On Monday, Bengaluru recorded 83 new cases, the figure dipping below 100 for the first time in 16 months. The last time the city had less than 100 cases was on June 20, 2020, when 94 cases were reported. However, the city reported 253 cases on Wednesday, but officials attributed it to the “usual midweek spike”.
- Norms for arrivals from non-risk nations eased
India will follow new entry norms for international arrivals from Monday, thanks to growing vaccination and changing nature of the pandemic. While everyone flying into the country will still require to undergo an RT-PCR test, the quarantine requirements have been significantly relaxed.
- All in 104 villages in Haveri get 1st shot
In a district that gained notoriety for Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, 104 villages in Haveri have achieved 100% first-dose coverage. The laudable feat came on the back of hard work from authorities, who had to make multiple trips to villages to convince the people to take the shot.
- Covid warriors’ insurance extended
The government on Wednesday extended for another 180 days the insurance scheme for healthcare workers under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package for their fight against the pandemic. The scheme was launched on March 30 last year to provide comprehensive personal accident cover of Rs 50 lakh to over 22 lakh healthcare providers including community health workers and private health workers who may have been in direct contact and care of Covid-19 patients and may be at risk of being impacted by this.
- Some schools plan to rehire staff who were laid off
Some schools in Dakshina Kannada district that laid off teachers when they forced to close after the pandemic hit are likely re-hire them, now that education institutions are gearing up for a return to normal. Last week, the government allowed schools to conduct on-campus classes for grades 1 to 5 from October 25. Classes 6 upwards had already reopened earlier.
- COVID-19 infections wane but no respite from ILI, SARI cases
Although the number of COVID-19 cases are waning, there is no respite from Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Illnesses (SARI). As many as 35,255 cases of ILI/SARI (non-COVID-19) have been reported in the city since this May, when the second wave started subsiding, till October 17.
- US rolling out Covid vax for 28m children aged 5-11
More than 28 million American children in the 5-11 age group will be administered Covid-19 vaccine, with the rollout starting within days, the White House announced on Wednesday. To manage an “equitable launch”, states have been advised to request their pediatric doses in advance — even before formal approval by the CDC and FDA expected by early next week.
- UK sees 49k cases/day; hospitals on edge
UK hospitals are on the edge and people should wear masks and come forward for vaccines to stop them being overwhelmed by a rising wave of Covid-19 cases, senior medical figures said on Wednesday, as the government resisted calls for new measures.