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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 1 October 2021

  1. 69% adults have got at least 1 jab, 25% fully vaxxed: Govt
    As many as 31 states and UTs have covered over 60% of their adult population above 18 with at least one dose of Covid vaccines and 25% of this cohort has received the full two doses of the shots.
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  2. With antibodies waning, some HCWs opting for booster shot
    While the Centre is yet to issue guidelines on Covid-19 vaccine booster doses, some healthcare workers (HCWs), including prominent doctors in Bengaluru, are informally taking the third shot, while many others are contemplating taking it.
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  3. Govt insurance: Only 21% in K’taka have enrolled
    Barely 21% of the state’s population has been issued Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka (AB-ArK) cards, making them eligible for treatment under the highly ambitious co-branded insurance scheme of the central and state governments, latest figures from the health department show.
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  4. PU college in Mandya district ordered shut after 27 students test positive
    In another cluster outbreak in an educational institution, 27 students of a college in Nagamangala town in Mandya district tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, and district health authorities have asked the college to close for a week.
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  5. From zero cases in past two months, Dasarahalli zone now has a cluster
    Dasarahalli zone in BBMP, which had not reported a single Covid-19 positive case for over two months, now has a cluster with seven people in Peenya Industrial Area
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  6. 95% of antibodies got via vax persist for a year: ICMR
    Explaining why a discussion on booster doses is not “pertinent” at present, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said studies have found around 95% of antibodies generated through Covid vaccines persist for over a year.
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  7. Covaxin data given to WHO for nod
    All data for Covaxin clearance has been given to the World Health Organization (WHO), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balaram Bhargava said at a press conference on Thursday.
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  8. Reaching 84% of its target, BBMP to go on door-to-door vaccination
    Having vaccinated over 84% of the population in all the 198 wards via ward-wise vaccination camps and special drives, the BBMP is now mulling to take the jabs to the citizen’s doorsteps to cover those left out.
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  9. National helpline for elders opens today
    The National Helpline for Senior Citizens (Elder line), whose pilot operations began on May 18, will officially be launched on October 1. “The Nightingale’s Medical Trust in Bengaluru has been chosen as an implementing agency for their services in Karnataka,” says Swati Bhandary, associate director of Nightingale’s Medical Trust.
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  10. Kasaragod commuters seek Covid test exemption to enter Dakshina Kannada
    Commuters from Kasaragod district, which neighbours Kerala, has submitted a memorandum to Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V seeking exemption from the mandatory RT-PCR negative report, to enter Dakshina Kannada.
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