Saturday, 28 May, 2022

Topic: Delta

45% of samples sequenced in India since January had Omicron, shows Covid lab network INSACOG

INSACOG, in its latest bulletin, revealed that nearly half of all Covid-19 samples sent for genomic sequencing in India since January this year have been identified as Omicron.

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.

Delta was predominant Covid variant among children too during 2nd wave, ICMR study finds

ICMR study, yet to be peer-reviewed, analysed paediatric samples collected between March & June 2021 and highlighted importance of genomic surveillance among Covid-infected children.

Govt clears air on precaution dose — it will be the same as the first two shots

As Omicron becomes predominant strain in cities, government warns against complacency based on perception that it is mild. First death from Omicron confirmed in Rajasthan.

Delta most transmissible variant, spreading rapidly in unvaccinated populations: WHO chief

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Covid-19 Technical Lead, WHO said the Delta variant is a dangerous virus and is more transmissible than the Alpha variant.

Around 40 cases of Delta plus Covid variant reported in Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh

Health ministry Tuesday had announced the Delta variant as a 'variant of concern'. The three states have been advised to strengthen surveillance.

Delta Plus now a SARS-CoV-2 ‘variant of concern’, 22 cases found in Maharashtra, Kerala, MP

Govt notifies the three states, details measures to be taken to contain spread. Delta Plus variant, believed to be more transmissible, detected in 9 countries so far.

US CDC classifies Covid Delta variant, first identified in India, as ‘variant of concern’

The variant of concern designation is given to strains that are believed to be transmissible or can cause severe disease. Vaccines, treatments may also be less effective against it.

AY.1 — The new Covid variant on world radar stems from Delta variant, linked to immune escape

The first sample of AY.1 was isolated in March from Europe. In India, the variant was first found in April. So far, 156 samples have been sequenced around the world.

Top US aviation regulator to test-fly Boeing’s 737 Max in a bid to assure public aircraft is safe

The 737 Max was grounded in March 2019 after a two fatal crashes, caused by a systems malfunction, killed 346 people off the coast of Indonesia and Ethiopia.

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For India, economic disorder is a reality to be reckoned with, but it also presents an opportunity

Economic consequences of multiple, random elements of disorder have been disorienting. The cycle of events could even end the Chinese super-growth story, which could benefit India.

RBI sets aside more money for rainy day, payout drops

The central bank approved the transfer of 303.1 billion rupees to the government from its surplus funds, a third of the 991.2 billion rupees it had given last year.


NSA Ajit Doval with NSAs from the other countries at the meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan | Photo: Courtesy the NSA's office

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Why it’s obscene to tell Ukraine to give in & how war-upended global balance of power brings openings for India

Global order is in flux, and India is being wooed by all. It opens up economic, strategic & military possibilities unimaginable till recently. It is for India to take this opportunity.