Thursday, 6 October, 2022
TopicOmicron

Topic: Omicron

BA.2.75 — new Covid variant detected in India a mystery, but could ‘have immune-escape property’

This Omicron sub-lineage may have increased ability to infect people who’ve been infected before, or are vaccinated, according to some scientists. However, there's no govt data on this.

New Omicron sub-lineages likely to evade vaccines, natural immunity

The BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lineages appear to be more infectious than the earlier BA.2 lineage, which itself was more infectious than the original Omicron variant.

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.

What is mucosal immunity & how nasal sprays and vaccines will help fight Covid-19

Nasal vaccines and sprays have been subject of discussion since early days of Covid, with research finally making headway into actually testing them for mucosal immunity.

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 pandemic — UK bus operators seek funds, S Korea considers voting options for Covid patients

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

How effective is omicron-specific vaccine — all you need to know about variant-targeted shots

The omicron variant poses a puzzle for vaccine makers with a new study raising doubts on whether such a variant-specific shot is worth it.

Omicron dominant strain in India, over 5 lakh Covid deaths so far, Mandaviya tells Parliament

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Mandaviya said the insurance claims worth Rs 808 crore have been paid under PMGKP scheme to kin of 1,616 health workers who died due to Covid.

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.

Time to move past test-track-treat as Omicron officially at community transmission, say experts

Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) says 'Omicron is now in community transmission in India and has become dominant in multiple metros'.

On Camera

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Rahul Gandhi addresses a gathering in Mysuru, Karnataka | PTI

Six reasons why Bharat Jodo Yatra isn’t simply a routine political ‘tamasha’

As in football, so in politics: Ball possession matters. So much so that even the troubles in Rajasthan couldn’t derail the positivity of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services at 6th Indian Mobile Congress 1 October 2022 | Representational image | The Print

Data vs atta, petrol, LPG: How dirt-cheap mobile internet contrasts with surging food, fuel prices

Analysis of govt data shows that while price of mobile data is one-twentieth of what it was 6 yrs ago, LPG price is up 73%, atta prices up by over 28%.

Defence

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Multiple military & civilian chopper crashes in past years highlight a disturbing trend for India

An Indian Army Aviation Cheetah helicopter crashed Wednesday. Several such crashes over past few yrs have jolted the military. Non-military sphere, too, has encountered many crashes.

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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