- Karnataka reports 306 cases, two deaths
Karnataka on Thursday reported 306 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,94,561. Bengaluru Urban reported 171 cases and zero deaths. With two deaths, the toll rose to 38,187.
- 66 medicos in Dharwad test +ve, 2 hostels sealed
Dharwad district which was reporting daily fresh Covid-19 cases in lower single digits for three months saw a frightening surge in infections on Thursday with 66 fully vaccinated students of a medical college testing positive for coronavirus in the past 48 hours.
- New Covid variant puts India on alert
In the wake of multiple cases of new Covid-19 variant B.1.1529 reported in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong, the Centre has asked states to conduct “rigorous screening and testing” of all international travellers coming from and transiting through these countries.
- 33 kids, one staffer test positive in Whitefield school
An international school in Whitefield has reported an outbreak of Covid-19, with 34 persons testing positive. Thirty-three students and one staffer have been found positive at The International School Bangalore, said Manjunath J, deputy commissioner, Bengaluru Urban. The staff had taken two doses of vaccination.
- 171 new Covid cases in B’luru, no deaths
The state reported 306 fresh cases of Covid-19 and two deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,94,561 and the toll to 38,187, on Thursday.
- Intensify covid vaccination drive, bommai tells officials
Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday instructed the Deputy Commissioners of all districts to intensify the Covid-19 vaccination drive to improve state’s coverage of second dose.
- As Covid surges, death toll tops 1.5mn in Europe
More than 1.5 million people have died from Covid-19 in Europe since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, an AFP tally of official data showed on Thursday as a number of countries reintroduce measures to try to stem the spread.
- S Africa detects new Covid variant with many mutations
Scientists in South Africa said on Thursday they had detected a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations, blaming it for a surge in infection numbers. The number of daily infections in Africa’s hardest-hit country has increased tenfold since the start of the month.
- India to restrict travellers from South Africa, neighbouring countries
Government sources have said that India is likely to restrict travellers from South Africa and neighbouring countries as the new COVID-19 variant rises, Redbox India reported.
- New COVID variant scares market: Hotel, airline, cinema stocks take a hit
Hotel, airline and cinema stocks suffered sharp losses on Friday amid a broad-based selloff on Dalal Street. Global markets followed news of a new COVID variant, which triggered fears of stricter lockdown restrictions once again to curb the spread of the pandemic.