Friday, 3 December, 2021


India now has more than 3.4 crore total reported cases and the world's highest number of recoveries. Worldwide, there are over 26 crore cases, with US recording the highest caseload.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

South Africa in talks with Pfizer, Merck for Covid pills amid Omicron concerns

South Africa has the highest number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, about 3 million, and 90,000 deaths. This is the country's fourth wave of infections.

Over a million ASHA workers are teaming up with trade unions to seek higher wages

Several ASHA workers said authorities who earlier assured them better wages, PPE and safe working conditions haven’t kept those promises despite a two-day stoppage last year.

Modi govt says Maharashtra order on international passengers differ from its guidelines

After Maharashtra revised the guidelines in view of concerns over Omicron variant, the Centre Wednesday asked the state to align its order with the Union health ministry's SOPs.

Govt stalls resumption of scheduled international flights from 15 Dec amid Omicron concern

Aviation watchdog DGCA said the effective date for resumption will be notified in due course. Scheduled international flights have been suspended since 23 March last year.

‘Heavily mutated’ Omicron has world worried. But mutations could make it easier to detect

Researchers say some of RT-PCR tests used to detect Covid infections can also be useful screening tools to identify people who are likely carrying the Omicron variant.

Active Covid cases in India below 1 lakh after 547 days, lowest since March 2020

The active cases have declined to 99,023 comprising 0.29% of the total infections. With 8,954 new infections, the daily caseload has stayed below 20,000 for 54 straight days.

7-day institutional quarantine in Maharashtra for fliers from ‘at-risk’ nations over Omicron

Passengers coming from high-risk countries will also have to undergo RT-PCR test on second, fourth and seventh day of the arrival, the state has said in its latest guidelines.

Karnataka makes RT PCR test, 7-day home quarantine mandatory for international travellers

The state receives about 2,500 international passengers every day. Earlier, mandatory RT PCR test was carried out for travellers from countries where the new Covid strain is found.

People with A, B blood groups, Rh+ more susceptible to Covid: Ganga Ram Hospital study

The research conducted on 2,586 Covid patients found that those with blood groups O, AB & Rh- are at lower risk of contracting infection, according to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital's statement.

Covid expert panel’s recommendations on Covaxin for kids being examined, Modi govt informs RS

In a written reply, MoS Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said additional information has been requested at the level of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation for the examination.

Centre asks states, UTs to ramp up testing amid concern over Omicron variant

Health ministry also asked states and UTs to focus on containment, surveillance, monitoring of hotspots, increased coverage of vaccination and augmenting health infrastructure.