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WHO deploys team in South Africa to tackle Omicron variant as cases surge

A team of experts has been sent to the Gauteng province in South Africa, which has accounted for almost 80% of the cases over the past week.
A healthcare worker vaccinates a woman in Prayagraj. | File photo: ANI

Omicron precaution: Govt body monitoring Covid variants wants booster shots for those over 40

INSACOG says low levels of neutralising antibodies from current vaccines are unlikely to be sufficient to neutralise Omicron, but adds that the 'risk of severe disease is still likely to be reduced'.
A school student with the iGest Device, developed by IIT Madras Researchers | IIT Madras

IIT Madras designs 2 devices costing under Rs 5,000 for people with hearing & motor disabilities

Such devices were already on the market, but IIT Madras researchers wanted to make them better and cheaper for India.
A health worker checks the body temperature of a traveller as a precaution against the coronavirus before allowing her to proceed at a railway station, in Mumbai, on 30 September 2021 | PTI

India records 9,216 new Covid infections, active cases increase to 99,976

The death toll climbed to 4,70,115 with 391 fatalities while an increase of 213 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours, the health ministry said.
A medic prepares Covid-19 vaccine to administer to a beneficiary during a vaccination drive in Mumbai on 28 September 2021| PTI

Booster dose of 6 Covid vaccines is safe, increases immunity, shows study in Lancet

The study looked at safety, immune response and side-effects of seven vaccines — Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax, Janssen, Moderna, Valneva and Curevac.
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Both Omicron patients found in Karnataka were fully vaccinated, govt says no plan for boosters

Govt says the two cases would not change its current priority of vaccinating the unvaccinated and completing the immunisation process of all adults in the country.
Health teams in Telangana could soon be asking out and about people to pull out their vaccination certificates | Representational photo: ANI

Live in Telangana? Carry Covid vaccination certificate in public, as govt starts random checks

With fears around the Omicron variant and a small surge in cases, Telangana is also aiming for 100% vaccination coverage by the end of December, state government says.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary during a vaccination camp in Karad on 10 November 2021| PTI

11.7% hike in second dose coverage during door-to-door Covid vaccination drive: Modi govt

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Thursday that 'Har Ghar Dastak' vaccination campaign has also led to a 5.9% rise in the first dose coverage till 30 November 2021.
Vials of Zydus Cadila's Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D | Photo: zyduscadila.com

ZyCov-D supplies to begin soon but may not be part of national vaccine programme right away

With Omicron on the prowl and decision pending on vaccinating children, government may wait before using the one crore doses of ZyCoV-D, the only vaccine licensed for use in minors
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2 Omicron cases detected in Karnataka, first in India, says health ministry

The infected patients are 66-year-old and 46-year-old persons. Contact tracing is on, government says.

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YourTurn

A young worker at her office desk, Bengaluru

All workplaces and managers are faced with one problem today — what to do with millennials?

Workplaces want to know how to get millennials to work and not quit. At Indian School of Business, we surveyed thousands of managers to understand the problem.

Indian bankers risk losing business to Google, PhonePe, says Uday Kotak

Banks will need to scale up technology, hire more and focus on customer and not sales-centric approach to match competition from the 'deep-pocketed tech firms', the Kotak founder said.

Defence

PM Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia | Photo: PIB

S-400 deal in India’s ‘national interest’, will be the focus at Putin-Modi summit tomorrow

The $5.43 bn S-400 deal could invite US sanctions but India believes it is in the country’s security interests. The Annual India-Russia Summit will focus on defence, trade ties.

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.
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