- Karnataka reports 257 new cases, five deaths
Karnataka on Monday reported 257 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,95,857. Bengaluru Urban reported 131 cases and two deaths. With five deaths, the toll rose to 38,203. This is apart from 29 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons.
- Expert: Covishield, Covaxin may offer protection against Omicron
Covishield and Covaxin jabs can prevent hospitalisation and death of patients infected with the new Botswana variant Omicron (B.1.1.529), novel coronavirus’s most mutated version as yet, a noted infectious diseases expert has said.
- Pvt schools urge pupils to shun crowds, postpone holiday trips
Some private schools in Bengaluru have instructed parents of students to ensure that their children do not venture into crowded places like shopping malls and fairs or go on outstation trips.
- 16 at govt school in Hassan test positive
An outbreak was reported on Monday at a government residential school in Channarayapatna, Hassan district, with 16 students testing positive for Covid-19. Authorities say there are two residential schools on the campus with separate facilities, but they share the same dormitory.
- Expert panel mulls nod for ‘additional vax dose
Amid mounting fear over the new SARSCOV2 variant Omicron, an expert committee on Covid immunisation is considering to recommend an “additional dose” to those who are immunocompromised or are elderly and at high risk of infection or death due to Covid-19 infection, an official source said.
- Private schools revert to online classes
Many private school managements have decided to revert to online classes after they recorded a significant dip in attendance on Monday. Parents are worried about clusters of COVID-19 infections cropping up in educational institutions, said school principals.
- Covid clusters in Maha, K’taka under watch for new variant
Although no cases of the Omicron variant of Sars-Cov-2 have been detected in India, one cluster each in Maharashtra and Karnataka are being investigated for the new variant, according to people familiar with the development.
- Japan bans foreign travellers over Omicron, Oz to stay shut
The WHO said on Monday the Omicron coronavirus variant carried a very high risk of infection surges as more countries closed their borders and reported cases of the new strain.
- Omicron poses very high global risk: WHO
The heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk of infection surges that could have “severe consequences” in some places, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
- India offers to help African nations deal with Omicron
India has offered to expeditiously send anti-Covid-19 vaccines to the countries in Africa to help contain the new Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.