- ‘At home’ vax for disabled, people with special needs gets govt nod
The Centre has allowed door-to-door inoculation for people with disability, special needs or any physical challenges that may be impeding accessibility to Covid vaccination centres and has asked states and UTs to facilitate jabs for them at home under supervision. Special needs include persons who are bed-ridden or with restricted mobility.
- 20% beds in state-run hospitals reserved for children: Sudhakar
Health minister K Sudhakar on Thursday said the government has reserved 20% of beds in district and taluk hospitals and community health centres for children ahead of a possible third wave of Covid-19 infections. The move comes in the wave of health experts warning that the next wave could hit children (those below 18 years) hard.
- In relief for working parents, daycare centres reopen
In a big relief for working women, most home-based daycare centres have resumed operations in Mysuru city. While the government is yet to permit schools to resume for primary classes, the government’s Covid-19 norms do not specifically state whether these centres can function.
- 3-layer cotton towels best substitute for N95 masks
With masks now a part of daily attire but with many unable to afford one that is effective, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) say a three-layered cotton towel is the next best alternative to N95 or surgical masks.
- Curbs on theatres, pubs & swimming pools could go
With average daily Covid-19 cases falling below the 1,000-mark, the state government is planning to allow theatres to function to 100% capacity, while also allowing pubs with retail vending licences and swimming pools to reopen from October.
- More than 3 lakh have died due to Covid in K’taka, claims Congress
Congress on Thursday alleged more than three lakh people have died due to Covid-19 in the state and accused the state government of fudging numbers. Earlier this week, health minister K Sudhakar told the legislative council that the state recorded nearly 9.5 lakh deaths overall since January 1, 2020. He said only 37,423 of them had died due to Covid.
- No technical concerns with India’s vaccine certificate: UK envoy
New Delhi : UK high commissioner Alex Ellis and National Health Authority chairman RS Sharma discussed vaccine certification for Indian travellers on Thursday, with the envoy describing the talks as “an important step forward”.
- Covid indirectly led to high maternal mortality
The Covid-19 pandemic indirectly worsened anaemia levels and the mortality rate of pregnant women in the state, data shows. According to information from Minister of Health K Sudhakar, not only have the deaths of pregnant women in labour increased from April 2020 but 11 districts showed that more pregnant women required blood transfusions than in 2019-20.
- PM CARES Fund not a government entity, HC told
The PM CARES Fund is not a government fund as donations to it do not go to the Consolidated Fund of India and no third party information can be parted with irrespective of its status under the Constitution and the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Delhi High Court has been informed.
- Govt to launch online citizen services in villages on pilot basis: CM
In an effort to provide online citizen services at the gram panchayat-level, the state government will launch Grama Seva Yojane on a pilot basis in five districts in the state, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday.