- Karnataka reports 456 new cases
Karnataka reported 456 new COVID 19 cases according to Sunday’s bulletin of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, along with six deaths. There are 7,132 active cases in the State.
- India reports 17 more Omicron cases
With 17 more cases of Omircon being reported across the country — nine persons in Jaipur, seven in Pune and a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania — the total number of cases has increased to 21.
- Omicron surges 5x to 21; 1st case in Delhi, 9 in Raj and 7 in Maha
India’s tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases linked to the newly discovered Omicron variant shot up five times overnight as nine people in Rajasthan, including a four-member NRI family from South Africa, seven in Maharashtra’s Pune and one in Delhi tested positive for that strain of the virus. The total count currently stands at 21.
- India could see mild third wave by early next year: Experts
There are two reasons why the third wave could be mild – notably natural immunity brought about by the fact that nearly 80% of the Indian population was infected in the second wave, plus rising vaccination coverage.
- Over 50% of adult popn in India now fully vaxxed
Achieving another landmark, India has vaccinated over 50% of the adult population with two anti-Covid jabs, within 11 months of the launch of the programme.
- 59 students, 10 school staff +ve in Chikmagaluru
In yet another cluster outbreak in an educational institution, 59 students and 10 teaching and non-teaching staff of a government residential school in Chikkamagaluru district on Sunday tested positive for Covid, reports Shrinivasa M.
- Difficult to implement full vax rule for parents of pupils, say experts
The government’s mandate that parents of students who want to attend on-campus classes have to be fully vaccinated is difficult to implement since it violates the right to education, say education department officials and experts from the field.
- Third vaccine dose will help elderly, healthcare and frontline workers
Just when we thought we had overcome the scourge of Covid-19 and that it had become endemic rather than the epidemic that it was, we got a jolt — a bolt from the blue — with the discovery of B.1.1.529 or Omicron, labelled a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.
- State to seek Centre’s approval for four labs for Genome Sequencing
A recent communication from the Centre to the state, which says genomic sequencing can be conducted only in labs approved by Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), has left Karnataka in a spot of bother.
- International tourism takes a beating amidst Omicron scare
It was among the sectors that took one of the hardest beatings with the onset of the pandemic, and also one that bounced back with equal rigour, thanks to what was termed ‘revenge tourism’.