Monday, 3 October, 2022
TopicCovid second wave

Topic: Covid second wave

Covid didn’t give much of a choice to UPSC aspirants. Modi govt should learn from states

Despite promising UPSC candidates one more attempt and an increase in the age limit, Modi govt's U-turn is more than insensitive, it has consequences.

Vaccines worked, 92% of Covid deaths in 2022 were in unvaccinated Indians, govt says

Case fatality rate in 3rd wave was 0.35% compared to 1.29% for 2nd wave. Only 10% of deaths in 3rd wave were of fully vaccinated people, of whom most had comorbidities, govt says.

The Covid pallbearers — How Indians across religion and caste worked to give the dead dignity

In ‘To Hell and Back’, Barkha Dutt writes about how Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian pallbearers were the handymen tasked to repair the broken bits of our humanity.

Amravati, where Delta emerged & wrought havoc, calm in Omicron wave. Authorities remain alert

Amravati’s daily Covid caseload was 9 on 1 January. It jumped to 397 on 19 January. It has recorded 25 confirmed cases of Omicron since December.

Covid centres, constant watch, doctors on duty — how crammed Delhi prisons are tackling 3rd wave 

Compulsory tests, quarantine for all new inmates, new oxygen plant installed in Tihar. A total of 99 prison inmates & 88 staffers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the third wave.

Covid has surged, but there are hardly any ‘black fungus’ cases this time — doctors explain why

Experts said cases of mucormycosis peaked due to excessive misuse of steroids amid the 2nd wave. Unmonitored blood sugar levels and self-medication by many also contributed.

Week since Molnupiravir was approved for Covid use, few doctors prescribing it, want to wait

Doctors say Molnupiravir may help keep people out of hospitals, but there are concerns about its ability to cause mutation as well as its prescribed dose.

2021 in pictures — Covid 2nd wave brings India to its knees, and Neeraj Chopra wins Olympic gold

Clashes erupted on Republic Day during a farmers' tractor rally in Delhi. Later in the year, the farmers’ protest ended with government repealing the farm laws.

No deaths in UP due to lack of oxygen during second Covid wave, Yogi govt says

UP Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh ​said the death certificates made no mention of 'death due to lack of oxygen' in any of the 22,915 patients that died due to the pandemic.

The 2 stories Modi told at BJP meet to send message: Don’t get complacent or stop doing seva

BJP leaders who attended Sunday’s National Executive meet say PM Modi’s message was rooted in concern & caution, as he saw BJP organisation become complacent during 2nd Covid wave.

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Over 38% inmates in Indian jails are OBCs, 10% increase in a decade, study finds

Religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Sikhs, have been overrepresented among prison inmates for years now, but there have been some shifts in the last decade, NCRB data shows.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

Naval Group & IIT Goa signing agreement to extend partnership on 28 September | Twitter @navalgroup

France’s Naval Group, IIT Goa extend R&D deal for underwater surveillance, submarine imaging

Agreement will act as catalyst for improving analysis of data collected by underwater sensors through application of neural systems & AI.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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