- India records 585 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, 482 of them from Kerala
India recorded 585 fatalities linked to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, data from the Union health ministry showed on Wednesday morning. Of these, Kerala reported the highest number of deaths, 482.
- Expedite coverage of 2nd dose, govt to tell states
In a move to ramp up coverage of Covid vaccines, particularly the second dose among those who are overdue, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya has called a meeting with health ministers of states and Union territories on Wednesday to review the situation and expedite the coverage so that all of the adult population can be covered with at least one dose by December.
- Private hosps fret as expiry for 8 lakh unused vax doses looms
No less than 8 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines are lying unused in 2,400 private hospitals in Karnataka, the date of expiry — late November — for most of these doses is fast approaching, report Sunitha Rao R and BV Shiva Shankar.
- New SOP for international flyers creates flutter at KIA
Confusion and anger prevailed among some flyers at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on Monday evening after travellers who landed from the UK and other European countries were forced to undergo RT-PCR tests at the airport.
- Two samples in Karnataka found infected with AY.4.2 Delta sub-lineage
Although two samples from Karnataka were retrospectively found to be infected with AY.4.2 — a sub-lineage of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 — State health officials and genome sequencing experts say there is no reason to panic as of now.
- Karnataka logs 277 fresh cases and seven fatalities
Karnataka on Tuesday added 277 fresh cases and seven fatalities, taking the caseload and death toll to 29,86,553 and 38,024, the health department said.
- Lockdown imposed in Bengal town after rise in Covid-19 cases
A lockdown has been imposed in Sonarpur municipality area in South 24 Parganas district of Bengal for three days amid a rise in Covid-19 cases. Sonarpur is about 20 km from the capital Kolkata.
- Covaxin nod: WHO seeks more data
The World Health Organisation’s technical advisory group on Tuesday sought “additional clarifications” from Bharat Biotech for its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin to conduct a final “risk-benefit assessment” for Emergency Use Listing of the vaccine.
- Foreign nationals flying to U.S. need to be vaccinated
Most adults who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and want to fly into the country on or after November 8 will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in addition to showing a negative test, as per a new Presidential Proclamation signed by Joe Biden on Monday.
- China locks down city of 4 mn over spike in Covid cases
China placed a city of four million under lockdown on Tuesday in a bid to stamp out a coronavirus spike, with residents told not to leave home except in emergencies.