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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 18 November 2021

  • Students opting for tuitions double in K’taka after Covid
    In yet another effect of pandemic on schoolgoing children, the number of students in Karnataka taking paid private tuitions have doubled from the pre-Covid times, said the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2021 released on Wednesday.
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  • Number of children out of schools in Karnataka plummets to 1.6%
    In a positive sign for Karnataka, the number of children in the 6-14 age group, who are not enrolled in school, dropped to 1.6% in 2021 from 6.2% in 2020. However, the number is still much higher than pre-Covid days when only 0.7% of children were out of school.
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  • Daily testing target reduced to 60,000
    With daily Covid-19 cases in the state falling below 300, the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) had recommended that the government further reduce daily tests for the infection to 60,000 from the current 1.1 lakh.
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  • Drug regulator’s panel to examine Covid oral pill for approval today
    The drug regulator’s subject expert committee (SEC) will examine applications on Thursday seeking marketing authorisation for Molnupiravir, the world’s first medicine to treat symptomatic Covid-19.
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  • Health officials worried about slow COVID-19 vaccine uptake
    Tamil Nadu has a sufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccines. But health officials are worried about the slow uptake among those who are yet to take the first dose as well as those who are due for the second.
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  • Fall in number of those taking first dose
    The number of Indians who have got two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine exceeds those who have got only one dose, the Health Ministry announced on Wednesday, hailing it as a “significant achievement”.
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  • India reports 10,197 new Covid-19 cases, 301 deaths; recovery rate at 98.28%
    Of the total new cases, recoveries and deaths in the last 24 hours, Kerala reported 5516 cases, 6705 recoveries and 39 deaths, as per the ministry data.
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  • US plans to spend billions to increase Covid vax supplies
    The White House, under pressure from activists to increase the supply of coronavirus vaccines to poor nations, is prepared to invest billions of dollars to expand US manufacturing capacity, with the goal of producing at least 1 billion doses a year beginning in the second half of 2022, two top advisers to President Joe Biden said on Tuesday.
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  • Covid gave market push to telemedicine, say experts at Bengaluru Tech Summit
    The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a rise in the number of annual medical tests and the emergence of telemedicine as a viable market, Anand Sivaraman, CEO of Remidio, said at the Bengaluru Tech Summit on Wednesday.
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  • “Life Back To Normal”: More COVID-19 Curbs Eased In Melbourne
    Victoria, the state that is home to Melbourne, has been gradually easing curbs when dual-dose inoculations reached 70%, 80% and 90%, with the latest relaxations part of a shift in strategy towards living with the coronavirus.
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