- State reports 664 new cases, 8 deaths
Karnataka on Sunday reported 664 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number to 29,77,889. Bengaluru Urban district accounted for the maximum number of cases at 196 followed by Mysuru with 101 and Dakshina Kannada with 76.
- Karnataka likely to jab 100% target with 1 dose by December
Karnataka is likely to achieve 100% coverage of the eligible population with one dose and fully inoculate at least 80% of them by December end if the current pace of vaccination against Covid-19 continues in the coming weeks.
- Pandemic slipping into endemic phase
With fresh Covid-19 cases hovering in the 500-800 range for the past month and with no sign of a third wave of infections, experts suggest the viral disease may have lost its pandemic characteristics and could be getting closer to the endemic phase in Karnataka.
- Dakshina Kannada: 99.7% of those who died hadn’t taken shot
Of Covid-19 fatalities in Dakshina Kannada district, only four who received at least one dose of the vaccine succumbed, a death audit has revealed. Health department data shows only two died after taking both doses of vaccine, while the other two were partially vaccinated.
- ZyCoV-D vaccine rollout by October 15-20: NTAGI chief
The much-awaited national rollout of Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine, Zy-CoV-D, is going to take two more weeks. “Different batches of ZyCoV-D are currently undergoing a final round of quality checks at the country’s apex vaccine testing laboratory in Himachal Pradesh. If everything goes as per plan, the vaccine will be introduced in the country’s immunisation programme by October 15-20.
- Another first, 50% of Himachal Pradesh adults fully vaccinated
Just over a month after becoming India’s only state till date to administer the first dose of anti-Covid shots to its entire eligible adult population, Himachal Pradesh has achieved another first — over 50% of its 18-plus residents are fully vaccinated.
- Israel makes Covid booster jab must for ‘fully vaccinated’ tag
Israel on Sunday introduced new rules for determining coronavirus vaccination status, making a booster shot a requirement for full inoculation and vaccination passports. After pioneering booster shots for everyone 12 and older, Israel is believed to be the first country to condition the validity of vaccination passports on having got a booster.
- Gaming disorder increases during pandemic
Anand*, a jovial extroverted 15-year-old in Bengaluru, got a personal smartphone for the first time last year when online classes began. Within six months, he was on the phone for more than seven hours each day, not for classes but rather to binge on online games.
- ‘Smart Clinics’ to be ready in a month
It will have digital interventions such as online consultations, consultations between specialists, PHC doctors, and patients, and a digital database of patients visiting the PHCs.
- Petrol, diesel prices raised yet again
Petrol and diesel prices were hiked again on Sunday to send rates soaring to new record highs across the country but top government officials insisted oil companies have not passed on the entire increase warranted from international oil and gas rising to three-year highs.