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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 12 July 2021


  1. Mucormycosis claims 303 lives in K’taka, 34% from Bengaluru
    Mucormycosis, seen as post-Covid infection, has claimed 303 lives in Karnataka so far and 104 of them are from Bengaluru. All the dead had survived Covid-19, but succumbed to the fungal infection.
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  2. Mahadevapura has 42% of containment zones
    Covid cases may be decreasing, but some parts of Bengaluru are registering far more cases than others,a fact reflected in the spread of micro-containment zones across the state’s capital city. While there are 48 active micro-containment zones across Bengaluru, 20 of them are in Mahadevapura zone alone.
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  3. Zydus’ vaccine for kids above 12 to come up for approval this week
    The subject expert committee of India’s drug regulator will this week consider emergency use approval for Covid-19 vaccines developed by Zydus Cadila for kids above 12, reports Sushmi Dey. The vaccine has been tested on adults as well as children above 12 and if the committee is satisfied with the data, the shot will be approved for emergency use soon, officials said. An approval can hasten the opening of schools although vaccine supply will remain a concern.
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  4. Bengaluru’s COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 1%
    After weeks of soaring cases and families burying their loved ones when COVID-19 had a grip on the city, there is finally some good news. The positivity rate in Bengaluru dropped below 1% for the week ending July 10.
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  5. Sewage holds a clue, say experts who tracked Delta
    Regular surveillance of sewage water with genome sequencing tools can help identify troublesome genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2 weeks in advance, Indian scientists said after discovering the Delta variant in Ahmedabad waste water one month before the first clinical case was reported in the Gujarat capital.
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  6. CBSE says affiliate-schools must abide by state’s fee diktat 
    In a letter to Karnataka’s department of public instruction (DPI), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is understood to have said the state government is empowered to decide the fee structure for schools affiliated to the board.
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  7. Tele-counselling provided to over 10 lakh people
    The Health and Family Welfare Department of the State has provided tele-counselling services to over 10 lakh people on mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service emerged as one of the ‘best governance practices’ in the State.
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  8. Amid unlock, Karnataka hits low of 1.6 lakh tests a day; vaccine coverage at 6.64 per cent
    The Unlock Phase 3 has begun from July 5 and people have started stepping out, but Karnataka is lagging on vaccination and testing fronts, reveals data. At the same time, Bengaluru Urban, where the largest number of people are venturing out, has seen an increase in the number of active cases for the first time since May 17 from 13,237 on Saturday to 13,459 on Sunday.
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  9. Karnataka citizens seek Covid deaths audit, say govt failed in pandemic fight Civil society organisations and citizens from varied backgrounds are calling for a ‘Count Every Death’ campaign, asking the government to look at Covid-19 deaths, and other deaths that took place during the pandemic, as more than just statistics.
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  10. Delay in Covaxin supply caused average daily vaccinations to dip 
    There is a dip in average daily vaccination against Covid-19 which fell to 37.23 lakh doses in the week of July 05-10 from over 61.14 lakh doses in the week starting June 21 and nearly 42 lakh doses in the following week (June 28-July 04), Co-Win data shows.
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