- Karnataka reports 1,606 fresh Covid cases, 31 deaths
Karnataka on Monday reported 1,606 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 28,96,163 while 31 deaths pushed the toll to 36,405.
- BBMP proposes hospitals in every Assembly constituency
As the pandemic exposed how the city was inadequately prepared to tackle it, given the lack of quality public healthcare, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has proposed to upgrade health infrastructure.
- Since May 1, private sector has given only 7% jabs
Two and a half months after the Centre decided to reserve 25% of vaccines produced in India for the private sector, its own data shows that the sector accounted for only 7% of vaccinations since then.
- Mixed response registered on day one of on-campus classes
There was mixed response to classes resuming on college campuses on Monday after a span of four months. Some colleges saw over 70% student attendance, while some registered less than 40%. Most college managements expected high attendance on Monday as majority of students had been vaccinated and were more confident of attending classes.
- In one year, India generated 56k tonnes of bio-medical waste
In perhaps an indication of how ferocious the pandemic has been, India generated 56,898 tonnes of Covid-19 bio-medical waste between June 2020 and June 2021, data from the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change shows.
- Oxygen cylinder bottling plant to be launched at Yelankha’s Rail Wheel Factory
As a precautionary measure to counter a likely third covid wave, the Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) in Yelahanka will shortly inaugurate an Oxygen Cylinder bottling plant that can supply Medical Grade Oxygen for 106 cylinders a day.
- 4 lakh jabs a day needed to reduce Covid caseload
Scientists have calculated that Karnataka has to nearly double the Covid-19 vaccination rates to effectively cut down the state’s caseload by a third. The findings have implications for mitigating a future surge in cases, including the third wave.
- TN’s vaccine story: From wastage to highest extractor of doses
In the initial months of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, Tamil Nadu not just encountered vaccine hesitancy among the eligible population but also topped the vaccine wastage chart.
- Vaccination in Kerala hit due to shortage
Covid vaccination in Kerala has been affected owing to the shortage of vaccines. Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that vaccination at many districts came to a halt as the stock supplied by the Centre was almost over.
- Covid in rural areas: Empower ASHAs
As India’s second Covid-19 wave declines, its rural spread is of significant concern. Karnataka is a case in point— the highest state test positivity rate was 39.7% on May 17. In rural areas like Hallegere village in Mandya, the test positivity rate was already 60% by May 11.