- India’s daily Covid count breaches 40,000; 68% of cases from Kerala
India’s daily count of new Covid-19 cases again crossed the 40,000 mark, driven by a rapid surge in positive cases in Kerala – which alone accounted for over 68% of total 46,164 new cases detected across the country on Wednesday.
- Half of India’s adults have got at least 1 dose
Half of the country’s adult population eligible for Covid vaccines has received at least one dose, which includes 99% coverage among healthcare workers and 100% frontline workers for the first dose. A little more than 60% of the over 60 population has also been covered by at least a first dose of the vaccine, reports Sushmi Dey.
- 3rd wave is stretch of someone’s imagination: Top epidemiologist
Instead of chasing the coronavirus with proactive measures like quarantine and isolation, India should focus on testing those with Covid-19 symptoms and preventing fatalities, believes Dr Jayaprakash Muliyil, epidemiologist and chairperson, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute of Epidemiology.
- Support, resentment greet BBMP’s vaccination diktat
Barely hours after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued a circular making it mandatory for all commercial establishments to vaccinate staff by the end of the month, Karnataka Pradesh Hotels and Restaurants Association said the civic body cannot compel anyone to take the vaccine.
- E-class effect: Myopia among kids on the rise
Dr Rakesh Seenappa, consultant ophthalmologist, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, confirmed cases of myopia has doubled among those in the 6-16 years age group compared to prepandemic times. He said there is also a significant rise in squint-eye cases.
- IISc concentrator to boost O2 facilities
Over the past year, researchers at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have been working on solutions to address the shortage of oxygen for Covid-19 patients and two key efforts in this direction have been the development of oxygen generation systems and oxygen concentrators.
- Jab for kids with comorbidities likely to start in October
The Union government is keen on starting vaccination of adolescent children with comorbidities with the three-dose Zy-CoV-D vaccine from mid-October and the healthy children from next year after all the adults are covered, Dr NK Arora, chairman of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), Covid-19 working group, said on Thursday.
- COVID-19 incidence, mortality linked to air pollution status, say experts
There is worldwide evidence that both COVID-19 incidence and mortality are linked to the air pollution status of a place/people, said Arvind Kumar, chairman, Institute of Chest Surgery and founder and managing trustee, Lung Care Foundation.
- Govt: Jab gap related to efficacy, not availability
The Union government on Thursday told the Kerala high court that the 84-day gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine is related to efficacy and has nothing to do with shortage of doses.
- Ensure studies of kids orphaned due to Covid are not hindered: SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday directed all states and Union territories to ensure that the education of children orphaned on account of the Covid-19 pandemic continue without disruption — including in private schools, at least during the ongoing academic year.