Centre flags low Covid vaccination coverage in Tamil Nadu, 10 other states

The states where the vaccination coverage against coronavirus is low include some of the most populous ones including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab and Odisha.

24 Dec 2021

Hopeful sign? Analysis of Omicron in India shows that most cases are mild or asymptomatic

Out of 358 confirmed cases of this variant in the country so far, an analysis of 183 cases has shown that nearly 70% of the patients were totally asymptomatic while 30% had mild symptoms

24 Dec 2021

Third dose of Covishield significantly boosts antibodies against Omicron: Study

The study found that antibody levels against Omicron after the booster shot were higher than antibodies in people who had been infected with and recovered naturally from Covid-19.

23 Dec 2021

Meeting this week to discuss Covid booster shots

Sources in the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation said the panel is meeting this week to deliberate on additional shots of Covid-19

23 Dec 2021

Centre decides to conduct genome sequencing of all positive cases in 8 cities

Citing a meeting with state surveillance officers of these states last week, NCDC head Singh said the eight cities were identified for monitoring community transmission.

23 Dec 2021

'Omicron is three times more transmissible than Delta variant': Health Ministry to states

The ministry further said that greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision making and strict and prompt containment action is required at the local and district level.

21 Dec 2021

Conflicting Omicron data pushes government into action

Centre to review hospital infra, including status of oxygen devices

19 Dec 2021

UK Covid spike would translate to 14 lakh cases a day in India, warns government as Omicron tally crosses 100 mark

Worryingly, these spikes are being reported despite a high coverage of Covid vaccinations and history of previous major waves, driven by Delta.

18 Dec 2021

Genome tests in India find Omicron in only one per cent of samples, no clusters 

While Omicron has led to a tsunami of fresh Covid infections in Europe, some mathematical models have predicted that India will start seeing a major spike in cases from mid-January.

17 Dec 2021

Select engineering colleges may get to offer course on artificial intelligence

A government panel is set to submit by the end of this month its final recommendations on new streams, senior officials in the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) said.

16 Dec 2021

Centre asks states for mock drill of oxygen devices as Omicron threat looms large

The Union Health Ministry instructed the states to schedule and conduct mock drills of all installed and commissioned PSA plants to ensure that they are in fully operational status.

15 Dec 2021

Omicron outbreak in India: Booster likely for Covaxin recipients first, say sources 

The WHO has recommended that in the wake of the Omicron threat, whole inactivated virus-based vaccine recipients should get booster doses, along with those identified as most immuno-compromised.

15 Dec 2021

Central approval to set up 38 more medical colleges 

Nearly 6 per cent in number of MBBS seats across the country as compared to last year  

14 Dec 2021

Omicron epicentre data gives reason for hope

The data showed clear signs that Omicron infections are milder than the ones caused by Delta, which led to a devastating wave of COVID-19 in many countries this year.

13 Dec 2021

India's COVID-19 booster dose policy will be in line with WHO's, says Centre

The world health body so far has been vehemently opposing booster doses for the general population, while endorsing it for those with serious immuno-suppression

10 Dec 2021