- State reports 254 new cases, three deaths
Karnataka on Wednesday reported 254 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,94,255. Bengaluru Urban reported 152 cases and one death. With three deaths, the toll rose to 38,185. This is apart from 29 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons.
- 98% attendance in primary class drops to 75% in higher secondary
While both girls and boys have 98% attendance in primary classes in the 6-11 years age group in Karnataka, it gradually drops as they go to higher classes. The attendance fell to 75% among girls and 76% among boys in higher secondary between 15 and 17 years, according to National Family Health Survey report, 2019-20.
- Centre concerned over dip in Covid testing in some states
The Centre has raised concern over decline in weekly Covid-19 testing rates and directed 11 states and two Union Territories to increase the number of tests to avoid missing any infections.
- Mahadevapura zone tops vaccination coverage
A total of 1.36 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Bengaluru. Around 80.57 lakh citizens (88% coverage) have received the first dose and 56.41 lakh (62% coverage) have got both shots.
- Private vaccine stocks near expiry date
Private hospitals in States such as Gujarat and Jharkhand could face wastage of COVID-19 vaccines as stocks approach the expiry date, Girdhar Gyani, director-general of the Association of Healthcare Providers (India), says.
- Centre raises concern over fall in COVID-19 testing rates
The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday expressed concern over declining weekly COVID-19 testing rates in Nagaland, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Ladakh, and directed the 13 States and Union Territories to rectify the “worrying trend”.
- Normal international flights very soon: Govt.
International flights are likely to be normalised before 2021-end, Rajiv Bansal, Secretary, Civil Aviation Ministry, said on Wednesday. India banned scheduled international flights from March 22, 2020. Over the past 18 months, however, it has entered into “air bubble” arrangements with 31 countries under which a limited number of flights are permitted with several restrictions.
- Delhi schools to reopen next week as curbs lifted
Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will open from next week in the national capital, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai announced on Wednesday, following growing calls to allow in-person classes to resume to stem the setback to learning caused already by the pandemic.
- ‘Vaccinated, recovered or dead’: Europe fights Covid-19 wave
Europe is again at the centre of the pandemic, and amid vaccine resistance and protests, nations are imposing new rules and pressuring people to get inoculated.
- Despite vax, US lost more lives to Covid this year than last
Coronavirus infections broke records on Wednesday in parts of Europe, once again the epicenter of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and made health experts think again about booster vaccination shots. Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary all reported new highs in daily infections as winter grips the continent and people gather indoors in the run-up to Christmas, providing a perfect breeding ground for Covid-19.