- BBMP achieves 50% second dose coverage
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) crossed a milestone by inoculating 50% of the population with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of October 5. Although BBMP comes second after Bengaluru Urban, which has achieved 58% coverage of the second dose in the State, it is one among the few districts in the country that have covered 50% of their population with both doses. Over 21% of the total 5,75,06,096 doses administered till October 6 are from Bengaluru.
- COVID-19: Karnataka reports 523 new cases, nine deaths
Karnataka on Wednesday reported 523 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,79,331. Bengaluru Urban reported 205 and two deaths. With nine deaths, the toll rose to 37,854. This is apart from 28 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons. As many as 621 persons were discharged on Wednesday, taking the total recoveries to 29,29,629. The State now has 11,819 active patients.
- WHO recommends first anti-malarial vaccine
The WHO’s recommendation was based on the results from an ongoing pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.
- Experts fear Delta could be evolving to beat vaccines
There may not be any new variants of the novel coronavirus at the moment, but experts are worried as evidence building from breakthrough infections point to the virus potentially acquiring vaccine evasion abilities.
- BBMP issues Covid-19 guidelines for Durga Puja
With a number of associations requesting permission to celebrate Durga Puja, the BBMP on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines, keeping in mind Covid-19 norms, and restricted gatherings to 50 at the time of prayers.
- After overnight showers, brace for extremely heavy rainfall
Heavy rainfall pounded many parts of Bengaluru from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Going by the forecast of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city will receive extremely heavy rainfall for at least two more days.
- Covid-recovered patients complain of loss of appetite
Nutritionists are seeing a trend of post-Covid patients losing their appetite and complaining of gastrointestinal issues weeks after recovery. Over 25-30% of post-Covid patients have reported such complications. They have been put on medications and are given a diet of protein-rich food to increase appetite.
- Covid-19 R value for big cities shows rising trend again as festive season kicks in
R factor refers to the effective reproduction rate which denotes the number of people getting infected by one infected person. Amid concerns that Covid-19 situation in India may flare up again due to increased mixing of people, crowds and lack of Covid appropriate behaviour during the festive season, the R factor in some cities in India has already started showing an increasing trend.
- 29 million students don’t have access to devices: Govt report
A report released by the Union education ministry on Wednesday said that 29 million school students do not have access to digital devices as per data collected from 24 states and Union Territories (UTs) until June — data that highlights the extent to which these students have been disadvantaged over the past year-and-half when almost all education has been online in the shadow of the Covid pandemic.
- Cases at a 4-month low, but daily deaths lowest in 11 months
Continuing a declining global trend that started around the final week of August, new reported cases of Covid-19 have been steadily dropping. There were 2.98 million new Covid-19 cases reported across the world in the past week, an 8% fall from a week-ago when there were 3.23 million new infections across the globe.