At a time when the state is grappling with a heavy caseload of Covid-19 cases, Kerala is faced with yet another challenge in the form of a vector-borne contagion – the Zika virus. The first case of Zika virus was detected in Kerala last week and since then, 27 more have been added to the tally. Following the outbreak, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, which share their borders with Kerala, have increased surveillance in border districts.

More than a year and a half into the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still working to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The journey so far has been tough and the road to this point hasn’t been easy- and no one knows that better than doctors!

Just as India was breathing a sigh of relief that the second wave is nearly over, experts have identified another mutant— the Delta Plus. The new mutant version of the Delta strain of Covid has now been seen as a virulent type. Labeled as a “variant of concern” by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), people have been warned against it. Here’s what we know so far about the new variant.

During the time of an unprecedented pandemic, while doctors are rendering exemplary service beyond their call of duty, attacks continue to rise on them with each passing day. The way doctors are being treated in the country that too in the middle of a pandemic is now becoming a cause of serious concern. In the last one week, incidents of doctors being attacked in 5 different states have come to light.

The UK’s daily death rate, the number of people being admitted to hospital, and those catching the virus have fallen from a peak reached in January. In fact, on Tuesday the country recorded zero daily Covid deaths for the first time since March 2020.

As India continues to grapple with the severity of the second wave of Covid-19, the spectre of a potential third wave has been haunting the country. Top scientists and experts have been raising alarm about the possibility of a third wave for the last few weeks. The warnings are strongly emphasised this time considering that the nation was caught off-guard by the second wave.

The experts set up an international initiative called COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access initiative), designed to make sure that every country in the world gets access to vaccines regardless of its ability to pay. Almost a year-and-a-half into the pandemic, here’s a look at the current status of the highly ambitious global vaccination programme.

Over the past few days, we’ve been reading a lot of reports of a rare but fatal fungal infection that is being detected amongst Covid survivors and recovering Covid patients. The disease, known as mucormycosis and colloquially as “black fungus”, often manifests in the skin and also affects the lungs and the brain. Let’s look into the details of this fungal disease which may turn fatal if not taken care of well enough.

As India touches 20 million Covid-19 infections, a number of states over the last few weeks have reported shortages of medical oxygen for a growing pool of patients in need of oxygen support. Dozens of hospitals in a number of cities and towns have run short of the life-saving gas, sending relatives of patients scrambling for oxygen cylinders, sometimes in vain.

Back in December 2020, news media across the globe reported a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19, and since then, numerous other variants have been identified and are under investigation. Meanwhile, the new variants are raising multiple questions: Are people more at risk for getting sick? Are the variants driving the ongoing surge in Covid-19 cases? Can the variants evade vaccines?