Tuesday, 4 October, 2022
TopicDelta variant

Topic: Delta variant

Deltacron: What scientists know so far about this new hybrid coronavirus

The fact that deltacron has spread across borders emphasises the need for ongoing genomic surveillance to keep tabs on how the virus is changing.

UK reports Delta x Omicron combine variant, leading Indian virologist says no reason to panic

UK Health Security Agency has added ‘Delta x Omicron Recombinant (UK)’ under list of Covid variants being monitored and investigated. Experts say such cross mutations are expected.

Covid spilling over to free-ranging animals? Dead leopard cub had Delta, didn’t die of it

Case was detected at a time when infection levels had dropped significantly in humans, says 12 January report by scientists from Indian Veterinary Research Institute.

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.

Study shows Covaxin booster dose neutralises both Omicron, Delta variants: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech said a study at Emory University demonstrated that people who got a Covaxin booster, 6 months after the two doses, witnessed neutralising of the two Covid variants.

Omicron infection may reduce risk from Delta variant too, South African study shows

The latest findings suggest the likelihood of someone infected with Omicron variant of Covid-19 being reinfected by the Delta variant is limited.

How errors, inaction sent deadly Delta variant around the world in 2021

Delta has been the most dominant form of Covid for much of 2021, when more than 3.5 million people died of the virus — almost double the toll during the first year of the pandemic.

Booster shot of Pfizer vaccine can cut mortality from Delta variant by 90%, says Israeli study

Data culled from 54-day study period involving 8 lakh participants aged over 50, some of whom had got the booster shot.

Omicron has higher risk of reinfection than Delta, Beta variants, Singapore’s health ministry says

The ministry also said studies so far show antigen rapid tests, in addition to the PCR tests, are effective in detecting Covid infection, including Omicron cases.

ICMR study pushes for Covishield booster doses, says Delta derivatives could reduce efficacy

The study, however, says vaccines will continue to provide sufficient protection against the severity of the disease and fatality, based on breakthrough infections data they analysed.

On Camera

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File photo of Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC ruling on hijab & Gyanvapi won’t just be limited to faith. It’ll be about our democracy

While petitions against Karnataka’s hijab ban are an opportunity to define student rights, those against Place of Worship Act can be a platform to ensure a robust law-making procedure in India.
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

The LCH is designed with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infrared signatures | Photo: IAF

Prachand, India’s new Light Combat Helicopter, doesn’t yet have main arsenal or protection suite

IAF inducted new helicopter Monday, but it'll get anti-tank guided missile only by mid-2023, while air-to-air missiles haven't yet been ordered, it is learnt.

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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