- Karnataka reports 523 cases, 14 deaths
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 523 new cases of Covid-19 and 14 deaths. The day also saw 575 discharges. Bengaluru Urban reported 201 fresh cases and four deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is 11,926. The positivity rate for the day stood at 0.59% and case fatality rate was at 2.67%.
- Only 500 allowed for Mys Dasara finale; Negative certificate must
With the Dasara festival beginning on Thursday, the Karnataka government on Tuesday said only a maximum of 500 people will be allowed to attend Jumboo Savari (elephant procession) on Vijaya Dashami that marks the culmination of the nine-day festival at Mysuru Palace on October 15.
- Experts agree with WHO stand, say booster shot is not for all
Top vaccine scientists and virologists have concurred with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) view that Covid-19 vaccine booster doses may be needed only if there is evidence of insufficient protection against the virus over time.
- Huge rise in people seeking financial help for treatment
The number of people seeking financial help for medical treatment has increased after the pandemic struck, say non-governmental organisations. They include those who could not seek treatment for non-Covid ailments either because hospitals had prioritized treatment for Covid-19 patients or due to lack of finance.
- Depression cases have increased, say psychiatrists
Cases of depression and anxiety due to financial distress have almost doubled during the past two years, especially after lockdowns were imposed, said Dr Kiran Kumar PK, president, Indian Psychiatric Society Karnataka Chapter (IPSKC). He said IPSKC will request the government to appoint counsellors in all health centres, and spread awareness on existing helplines.
- 1L schools in India run with just 1 teacher each: Unesco report
Around 1.1 lakh schools in India are single-teacher entities, according to Unesco’s ‘2021 State of the Education Report for India: No Teachers, No Class’. A total of 19% or 11.16 lakh teaching positions in schools lie vacant in the country, 69% of them in rural areas.
- 845 COVID orphans to get PM CARES aid
A total of 845 COVID-19 orphans have so far been identified and approved for receiving benefits under the PM CARES Fund, a senior official said on Tuesday.“A total of 3,915 applications have been submitted on the portal by citizens in the past four months. Of these, 845 have been approved by district Magistrates,” the official said.
- ‘Revenge travel’ may trigger 3rd COVID-19 wave in India, say ICMR experts
ICMR experts have advised against ‘revenge travel’ and warned that a rise in social gatherings by tourists or mass congregations due to social, religious or political events may set off the third COVID-19 wave in India.
- ‘Pfizer vax provides 90% protection against hospitalisation for 6 months’
The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine is 90% effective at preventing hospitalisation for up to six months, with no signs of waning during that time period, according to a large new US study conducted by researchers at Pfizer and Kaiser Permanente.
- Covid-19 deaths in Russia hit record for third time this month
Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit a record for the third time this month on Tuesday, and new infections once again exceeded 25,000 a day — a surge that comes as vaccination rates in the country remain low and the government shuns imposing tough restrictions.