- Karnataka reports 413 new cases, four deaths
Karnataka on Friday reported 413 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,97,246. Bengaluru Urban reported 212 cases and two deaths. With four deaths, the toll rose to 38,220.
- Health Ministry warns of COVID-19 clusters in India
Cautioning that a few clusters of COVID-19 infection have been reported from the country, the Health Ministry on Friday said some of the mutations reported on the spike gene of new COVID-19 variant Omicron may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines.
- Genome scientists to Centre: Consider booster dose for 40+
The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has suggested a booster dose of anti-Covid vaccines can be considered for the 40-plus age group, prioritising those at high-risk or high-exposure as low levels of neutralising antibodies from existing vaccines may not be sufficient to neutralise the new variant — Omicron.
- Parents of Under-18 students must be fully vaxxed
A day after India’s first two cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 cases were detected in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government on Friday said students below 18 years of age will be allowed to attend offline classes only if their parents are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
- Five who arrived in Bengaluru from South Africa are ‘missing’
Five travellers from South Africa, who arrived in Bengaluru between November 28 and December 1, are “missing” – which means authorities are unsure of their whereabouts.
- First jab seekers queue up at BBMP vaccination centre
A Covid-19 vaccination centre in Dasanapura, which inoculated only 18 to 20 people a day until three days ago, has been administering doses to over 65 people a day over the past couple of days.
- No tests needed for domestic travellers at airports: Minister
As per the guidelines, weddings, public gatherings, meetings and conferences should not have more than 500 participants. Entry to theatres and malls will be allowed only on production of doublevaccinated certificate.
- Omicron-infected B’luru doc says he’s ‘absolutely fine’ now
The stigma of having his home sealed was more painful than the disease itself, says the 46-year-old doctor, one of the two patients in India infected with Omicron. He dispelled fears on the new coronavirus variant, saying the first thing he told himself once the symptoms manifested was to stay calm, get tested immediately, selfisolate and seek treatment.
- Omicron will spread fast, says govt, hopes it will be milder
The Omicron variant is likely to cause increased reinfections and some mutations reported on the spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines, the government said on Friday, urging people to wear masks properly and maintain physical distance and good ventilation.
- Omicron Could Displace Delta: WHO
The WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Friday the Omicron variant could become dominant because it is highly transmissible, but that a different vaccine may not be needed.