Friday, 20 May, 2022
TopicCovid-19 pandemic

Topic: Covid-19 pandemic

Less than 2% of babies get Covid from mothers, UK study finds vertical transmission ‘rare’

'Living review' by University of Birmingham finds no relation with trimester of pregnancy, breastfeeding, mode of delivery, but mother with severe Covid can pass it on.

Nursing courses see Covid boom, 99% of BSc seats taken in 2020-21, 91% in diploma

Even so, India has been facing acute shortage of nurses, with top hospitals reporting attrition rate of as high as 40%, as better pay and working conditions make nurses opt for jobs abroad. 

Covid will return ‘like the flu’ after Omicron, but won’t be a pandemic: US researcher in Lancet

According to Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) director Christopher JL Murray, over 50% of the world will have been infected by the Omicron variant by March-end.

1 year of lost learning will take years to recoup, says India study urging reopening of schools

Study titled 'India Needs To Learn — A Case for Keeping Schools Open' conducted by Boston Consulting Group and Teach For India, with recommendations from over 35 organisations.

WHO recommends two new Covid drugs, in discussions to secure ‘equitable access’

Extent to which Baricitinib & Sotrovimab will save lives depends on how available, affordable they will be, says WHO. New guidelines advise against use of Remdesivir, Ivermectin.

Mumbai doctors ‘fatigued, overwhelmed, anxious’ as they fill in for colleagues down with Covid

According to Maharashtra resident doctors' body, since 1 January, nearly 500 of them have tested positive across major govt and municipal hospitals in Mumbai.

Politics played over ‘oxygen shortage deaths’, 19 states said there were none: Govt tells LS

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya was replying to a question on the total number of Covid deaths reported in the country because of oxygen shortage during second wave. 

Include past years in student assessment, recover learning loss: Teachers in Premji Univ. study

Study is based on responses of 363 primary school teachers across 5 states, and aimed to find ways to integrate students back into the classroom as schools start opening.

In Covid year, UP dispatched 3 midday meal rations, but some students are still waiting

After two Covid waves, the long wait for dry ration and absence of cooked meals have started defeating one of the purposes of midday meal scheme — luring poor students to school.

Over $157 bn deployed in last 15 months to fight ‘unprecedented crisis’, World Bank says

The bank's group president David Malpass said they would continue to provide assistance to developing countries amid pandemic to achieve a more broad-based economic recovery.

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PT Pertamina Balongan refinery in Indramayu, Indonesia | Representational image | Bloomberg

Asian refiners to ramp up gasoline exports to US as sky-high prices beckon

In Asia, gasoline margins have doubled to more than $33 a barrel since the end of March and have edged above those for diesel, which have eased from a peak in early May.

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File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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