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The COVID­19 Death Toll in India

 Context: The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant and widespread impact on global public health in 2020 and 2021, resulting in a substantial loss of life. However, attributing deaths directly to COVID-19 was challenging, leading the international public health community to stress the importance of measuring the pandemic’s impact in terms of excess mortality. Relevance: GS2- Health Mains […]

New Covid-19 Variant: Pirola

Context: An article published in the Yale Medicine Review on August 31 has noted the rise of Covid-19 infections in multiple countries, driven by a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 called BA.2.86, which is informally being termed ‘Pirola’.Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About SARS-CoV-2 Virus Mutation Process About Pirola Variant Covid-19 […]

Covid- Moving Towards The Endemic Stage in India

Context: According to the data updated by the Union Health Ministry recently, India recorded a single-day rise of 10,158 coronavirus cases, the highest in nearly eight months Relevance: GS II- Health Dimensions of the Article: Key points: What does endemic stage mean, and are we there yet? Does it mean we are safer? What is […]

What Is The Zero-COVID Policy?

Context Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, in 2019, the world has seen multiple repeated waves of COVID-19 infections. This was largely driven by emerging variants of concern (VOCs) of the causative virus, SARS-CoV-2. However, China remained successful in containing the disease’s spread until recently due to its zealous “zero-COVID” policy. As a result […]

Incovacc: Intranasal Covid-19 Vaccine

Context: Bharat Biotech’s intranasal vaccine, BBV154 or Incovacc is the world’s first intranasal vaccine to be approved as a booster dose for Covid-19. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About Incovacc The nasal vaccine is a recombinant replication-deficient adenovirus vectored vaccine with a pre-fusion stabilized spike protein. Significance: Mechanism: -Source: Indian Express

A Ground Plan for India’s COVID-19 Response

Context India’s daily new COVID19 cases have crossed the 8,000 mark for the first time after more than 100 days. However, the cases (moderate to severe) and COVID-19 related hospital admissions continue to be low. The spike in infections has raised some worries about the start of the fourth national COVID19 wave in India.  Clearly, […]

Being Ready for Covid 19

Context: The number of active COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates in India has declined sharply. The third wave of Pandemic showed the efficacy of vaccine as a life saver. Relevance: GS-II: Government Policies & Interventions, Health Dimensions of the Article: COVID-19 pandemic What made all the difference? Shortage of supply and demand Way Forward […]

Entering Another Covid Year, R-value Over 1 in big cities

Context: In terms of daily detections of Covid-19 cases, India on the last day of 2021 finds itself in a situation similar to the one in 2020. And yet, the situation in India today is very different from what it was a year ago. Although the government has not described it as such, there are […]

UN Women report on COVID-19 relief for women

Context: Women were significantly less likely to report receiving pandemic-related cash relief from governments or non-profits, according to a new report by United Nations Women. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Women, Government Policies and Initiatives) Dimensions of the Article: Highlights of the “Women and girls left behind” report (Global level) Data: […]

Children and schooling in the post-COVID-19 era

Context: The UNESCO Report titled ‘No Teacher, No Class’ prepared along with scholars from Tata Institute of Social Science focuses on the need for reforms in education in India. This report with the recently constituted R. Ramanujam Committee focuses on education in the post-COVID-19 era. Children’s education and health are two major domains in which […]