The daily dose: October 5, 2021

Our Bureau October 5 | Updated on October 05, 2021

A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at Government Polyclinic vaccination centre in Gurugram   -  PTI

We curate some of the top Covid stories for you

# Drone drop: Ten people would receive their first dose and eight their second at a Primary Health Centre in a far-flung location in Manipur, where vaccines were dropped off by a drone, the Health Minister said, launching ICMR’s drone initiative.

# Compensation cleared: The Supreme Court has said, no State should deny the ex-gratia compensation of ₹50,000, as recommended by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), to the kin of persons who died of Covid-19 on the sole ground that death certificate does not mention it as the cause of death.

# “Party plot” garba, replaced by humble street-corner ones: Despite the low daily Covid case count, the Gujarat government is not taking chances, and has put strict restrictions on gatherings.

#Kerala’s diagnostic prices stay, for now: The Kerala High Court set aside the State government’s order reducing the price of RT-PCR tests from ₹1,700 to ₹500 in private diagnostic labs in the State.

# Go-ahead to the two dose vaccine trial: After getting an Emergency Use Authorization for its three-dose Covid-19 vaccine ZyCov-D, Cadila Healthcare Limited ( Zydus Cadila) has received a go-ahead for phase-III trials for its two-dose regimen.

# Race for molnupiravir: Close to a dozen companies in India are in the race to make anti-viral drug molnupiravir, the oral drug from Merck, that recently showed promising results in reducing Covid-19 linked hospitalisations and halving deaths in those at risk.

# Schools reopen: After a year-and-a-half, physical classes in schools across Maharashtra resumed on Monday.

# Also in Maharashtra: About 61 Villages in Ahmednagar will be shutdown for 10 days starting Monday.

# Pandemic drop in aviation to lose $201 billion between 2020-22: The global aviation industry will lose $201 billion between 2020 and 2022 due to the Covid-19 crisis before returning to profitability in 2023.

# Australia no-go: International tourists won’t be welcomed back to Australia until next year, with the return of skilled migrants and students given higher priority, their Prime Minister said.

# Visually, September wanes: Intensity of Covid-19 wanes in September.

Published on October 05, 2021

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