Bengaluru Nov 29 PTI Karnataka on Monday logged 257 fresh COVID-19 cases and five deaths taking the caseload and cumulative fatalities to 2995857 and 38203 the health department said In its COVID bulletin the department said 205 people were discharged pushing the total number of recoveries to 2950747 Active cases stood at 6878 Bengaluru Urban remained the major contributor of COVID cases with 131 fresh infections and two deaths Other districts too reported new cases including 23 in Tumakuru 21 in Hassan 15 in Mysuru 14 in Kodagu and 11 each in Dakshina Kannada and Dharwad There were zero fatalities in 27 districts While 15 districts reported zero infections and zero fatalities nine districts had cases in single digits The positivity rate for the day was 045 per cent and the case fatality rate 194 per cent A total of 56825 samples were tested including 49473 RT-PCR tests on Monday taking the cumulative number of specimens examined to 532 crore The number of vaccinations done rose to 737 crore with 406470 people being inoculated on Monday the bulletin said PTI GMS BN BN
Guwahati Nov 29 PTI A team of researchers of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati IITG has developed a coating to modify ordinary cloth or silk masks for better protection against aerosol-driven infections like COVID-19 the premier institute said According to World Health Organisation WHO guidelines N95 masks or double masking protect people to a great extent from Coronavirus but the drawback is that people undergo suffocation after wearing them for a long time Besides the N95 masks are costly and thus unaffordable to a large section of the population To address these challenges and to bring in a safer economical and comfortable alternative the researchers of IIT-Guwahati have developed a coating material to modify the easily-available cloth mask into a hydrophobic mask to repel virus-laden droplets and avoid breathing difficulties even when worn for a longer period a press release said Another advantage is that these masks are versatile and can be used with other additives such as antibacterial nanomaterial for additional protection against viruses it said The research team was led by Prof Arun Chattopadhyay Department of Chemistry and Centre for Nanotechnology and Dr Partho S G Pattader Department of Chemical Engineering it added Highlighting the unique aspects of this research Chattopadhyay said We have worked on the principle of repulsion of the aerosol by the modified cloth while allowing the air to flow through the mask A simple coating of the hydrophobic molecule on the silk cloth worked well here The breathability was tested by measuring the oxygen permeation through the mask with the help of an instrument called Gas Chromatography The penetration of oxygen reduces by only 22 per cent for the modified Eri silk mask compared to the natural Eri silk mask whereas for N95 the reduction with respect to the natural Eri silk came out to be around 59 per cent Hence the modified silk mask is way more breathable than the N95 mask but with almost similar protection against aerosol-driven infections the release said PTI TR MM MM
Nashik Nov 29 PTI The number of COVID-19 cases in Nashik in Maharashtra reached 412369 on Monday after 46 people were detected with the infection while the death of one patient took the toll to 8723 an official said So far 403182 people have been discharged post recovery including 82 during the day he said With 7287 samples being examined on Monday the number of tests is Nashik reached 2864124 he added PTI COR BNM BNM BNM
Chandigarh Nov 29 PTI A 39-year-old Chandigarh resident who returned from South Africa has been home quarantined even as the authorities here on Monday dismissed as rumours anyone having tested positive for the new Covid variant Omicron A 39-year-old male resident of Sector 36 had returned from South Africa on November 21 He was RT-PCR negative on his arrival at the airport He was quarantined at home on his arrival in Chandigarh an official statement said here It further said another RT-PCR test has been conducted on November 29 The B11529 Covid variant or Omicron first detected in South Africa last week was designated by the World Health Organisation as a variant of concern the health bodys top category for worrying coronavirus variants The statement said there were rumours afloat here that a South Africa returnee has been found to be positive for the new Covid variant It is clarified that there is no such case in Chandigarh it said Meanwhile amid concerns of the new variant The Chandigarh administration has increased surveillance of those returning from abroad Amid mounting global concerns over Omicron Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday stressed the need to be proactive He had also directed officials to review plans on easing of international travel restrictions Modi who had chaired a meeting to review the situation related to COVID-19 and vaccination in the country was briefed by top health officials about the new variant described by WHO as a variant of concern with its characteristics and its impact seen in various countries PTI SUN CHS RDK
New Delhi Nov 29 PTI Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore to the husband of a municipal sanitation worker who died of COVID-19 Sunita Ji was a frontline warrior working as a Swachhata Karamchari with the East MCD Municipal Corporation of Delhi She succumbed to death after being infected while on COVID-19 duty She was a courageous woman who served the people of Delhi during the toughest times She put her life on stake to protect us Kejriwal said after he met her family and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore to her husband One cannot quantify the value of life in terms of money but I hope this assistance from our end can bring some strength to the family the chief minister added The Delhi government has so far extended an amount of Rs 1 crore to 18 corona warriors PTI GJS SMN
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], November 29 (ANI): Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday said that one of the two people who had tested positive at Bengaluru airport after arriving from South Africa are having 'a little different from Delta variant.'
New Delhi Nov 29 PTI A total of 190 personnel died of COVID-19 in the armed forces with a maximum of 137 deaths being reported in the Army the government said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday According to the details provided by Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt 49 personnel died in the Indian Air Force and four in the Indian Navy Replying to a question Bhatt said 45576 positive COVID-19 cases were reported in the Army while the number in the Indian Air Force was 14022 and it was 7747 in the Navy According to the details provided by the minister 1311 family members of serving Army personnel died of COVID-19 while the number in the IAF was 114 The number of family members of serving Navy officials who died of the infection was 66 Bhatt said the total number of cases of death of civilians in Army hospitals due to COVID-19 was 276 The minister said 13010 positive cases of family members of serving Army personnel contracting the infection were reported while the number of relatives of serving IAF personnel hit by it was 7380 A total of 2211 cases of family members of the Indian Navy personnel being affected by COVID-19 were also reported according to the details provided by the minister As per extant rules no special compensation for deaths occurring due to infectious disease is provided to the armed forces personnel by the Ministry of Defence while they are in service Bhatt said However all such cases of death while in service are provided terminal benefits he added PTI MPB AAR
Thiruvananthapuram Nov 29 PTI Fresh COVID-19 cases dropped to 3382 in Kerala on Monday raising the total caseload to 5125262 The state also recorded 117 deaths which raised the toll to 39955 an official release said Kerala had logged 4350 cases on November 28 With 5779 more people recovering from the virus since Sunday the total recoveries reached 5051998 and the active cases dropped to 44487 it said Among the 14 districts Ernakulam recorded the highest with 666 cases followed by Thiruvananthapuram 527 and Kozhikode 477 Of the 117 deaths 59 were reported over the last few days and 58 were designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court the release said As many as 44638 samples were tested in the last 24 hours it said Of the new cases 30 were health workers 8 from outside the state and 3103 infected through contact with the source of it not being clear in 241 There are currently 156786 people under surveillance in various districts of whom 152086 are in home or institutional quarantine and 4700 in hospitals the release said PTI HMP APR APR
New Delhi [India], November 29 (ANI): No state ruled by Congress or its allies has been able to give the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to over 90 per cent of its population and second dose to over 50 per cent of its residents, government sources have said.