- SA traveller, B’luru doctor are India’s first Omicron patients
India’s first Omicron-infected Covid-19 patients have been detected in Karnataka.One of them is a 66-yearold flyer from South Africa while the other is a 46-yearold anaesthetist from Bengaluru, the health ministry said on Thursday.
- Govt looks at ways to use vax stock in pvt hospitals
With the Centre mulling over administering the third dose of Covid vaccine amid the emergence of the Omicron variant, the demand for the jab is set to increase and the state government plans to tap unused stock in private hospitals.
- 21 nursing students from Kerala test Covid-positive in Karnataka
Nearly 21 nursing students, a majority of them from neighbouring Kerala, and two staff of a private nursing college hostel in Shivamogga have tested positive for Covid. Most of them are asymptomatic.
- Omicron may have been in State much earlier: Experts
With one of the two persons in Bengaluru who have been detected with the Omicron variant having no travel history, COVID-19 experts here said that the variant could have been introduced to Karnataka much earlier.
- State has started aggressive testing and contact tracing: Sudhakar
Calling upon people not to panic, Health and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar on Thursday said the State is equipped to handle the situation and has started aggressive testing and contact tracing.
- ZyCoV-D to be launched in seven States
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Thursday asked seven States to identify high-priority districts where the three-dose ZyCoV-D vaccine could be launched initially.
- Centre to decide on booster doses after expert panel report: CM
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had promised him that the Centre would take a decision on giving booster Covid-19 vaccines to health workers after the expert panel submits its report.
- US reports first case of Omicron variant
The US recorded its first confirmed case of the Omicron variant on Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveller who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous than previous ones.
- Covid cases double in a day in S Africa
South Africa is seeing an increase in Covid-19 reinfections due to the Omicron variant but symptoms for reinfected patients and those infected after vaccination appear to be mild, a scientist studying the outbreak of the new strain said.
- Covid curbs come back as more countries report Omicron cases
Germany decided on Thursday to bar the unvaccinated from all but the most essential businesses and the US was due to announce further travel curbs as countries around the globe scramble to keep out the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.