Sunday, 27 November, 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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Apple revolutionised smartwatch. Then came the budget wave and more—AmazFit, Fitbit to Samsung

The Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2 are good options for fitness fiends who want a smartwatch for fitness tracking only, while Garmin is great for extreme sports enthusiasts.
Representative image | Reuters

GameFi is revolutionising global NFT market. Here’s how crypto regulations could shape it

GameFi is the intersection of gaming and finance in an environment driven by use of blockchain, non-fungible tokens and smart contracts.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.