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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 16 October 2021

  • India reports 15,981 new Covid-19 cases, 166 deaths
    India recorded 15,981 Covid-19 cases in a day taking the infection tally to 3,40,53,573 while 166 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,51,980, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data on Saturday.
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  • Campus classes for 1 to 5 in late Oct or early Nov
    Nearly 19 months after they were closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19, classes 1 to 5 are set to reopen for in-person learning in the last week of October or the first week of November. The classes are currently held online.
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  • Positivity rate below 1% in all districts, but experts warn against complacency
    The seven-day average test positivity rate (TPR) as on October 13 has slid below 1% across Karnataka, data from the state Covid-19 War Room shows. TPR has fallen below 1% even in districts such as Mysuru, Hassan and Uttara Kannada, where cases surged over the past few weeks before gradually declining. The state average test positivity rate (TPR) is slightly less than 0.4%.
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  • Active cases lowest in 212 days
    Active cases in Karnataka dropped to 9,578 on Thursday, the lowest in the past 212 days (nearly seven months). The state had 9,428 active cases on March 16 after which cases rose rapidly before steadily declining. Yadgir had zero active cases, the only district in Karnataka to have no active infections. However, active cases in the state rose to 9,671 on Friday.
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  • Education dept to assess learning loss
    Since schools were closed for more than 18 months due to the pandemic, officials of the department of education in Dharwad district have decided to evaluate students’ learning abilities by visiting schools and holding on-the-spot tests. Several teams have been formed to visit schools and conduct tests.
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  • Fully vaccinated foreigners can enter US from Nov 8
    International travelers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus who have been barred from entering the US during the pandemic will be able to enter the country on November 8, according to a White House official, marking an end to restrictions that had walled off tourists and relatives seeking to visit their families.
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  • TB deaths up in pandemic: WHO
    The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed years of global progress in tackling tuberculosis and for the first time in over a decade, TB deaths have increased, according to the 2021 Global TB report released recently by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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  • Kerala reports 8k new Covid cases, 67 deaths
    Kerala on Friday reported 8,867 new Covid-19 cases with a test positivity rate (TPR) of 11.14% after 79,554 samples were tested, said the state health ministry, adding that out of 94,756 active cases, only 9.8 per cent are in the hospitals.
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  • 43,000 in UK may have been wrongly told they’re Covid -ve
    British health officials said on Friday that an estimated 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they don’t have the coronavirus disease because of problems at a private laboratory.
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  • COVID: Pandemic anxiety on the rise in India
    The coronavirus health crisis and the restrictions imposed on public life to combat the spread of have had a terrible effect on people’s mental health and well-being in India.
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