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

  • Karnataka logs 326 new Covid cases, 4 deaths
    Karnataka has clocked 326 fresh Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths, taking the total infection count to 29,83,459 and toll to 37,941, the health department said on Sunday.
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  • Many schools in B’luru shift to regular classes
    For the first time since March 2020, many private schools in Bengaluru are set to shift to the only-classroom-learning model from Monday, ditching online classes or a hybrid arrangement which was offered until now.
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  • No new virus variants, 3rd wave threat wanes
    With no sign of another wave of Covid infections yet — based on the interval between the first and second waves some virologists and doctors had suggested that a third wave would strike in October-November — health experts suggest that the pandemic appears to be fizzling out.
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  • Nearly 24L tele-counselling sessions held since outbreak
    The health and family welfare department conducted 23.8 lakh tele-counselling sessions —including 15 lakh Covid-19 patients and eight lakh people who were in quarantine — since the pandemic hit in March 2020.
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  • Govt: Will decide on vax for minors on scientific rationale
    The government will take a final decision on vaccinating children and adolescents against coronavirus on the basis of overall scientific rationale as well as the supply situation of vaccines available for those below 18 years, Covid Task Force chief V K Paul said on Sunday.
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  • First time since Covid-19 outbreak, Mumbai records zero deaths in single day
    In what signals improvement of Covid-19 situation, zero death was reported in Mumbai on Sunday for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic. However, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government has urged people not to lower their guards and get vaccinated as early as possible.
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  • India’s active Covid cases fall below 200k for the first time in seven months
    The number of active cases of Covid-19 across India on Sunday dropped below the 200,000-mark for the first time in more than seven months as the recession of the second wave continued across the country, according to HT’s Covid-19 dashboard.
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  • Unutilised vaccines with states doubled since Sept: Govt data
    The number of Covid-19 vaccines lying unutilised with various states has nearly doubled over the past one month, growing from about 50 million doses in early October to at least 100 million now, according to government data, which suggests that there is no shortage of vaccines.
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  • Melbourne gears up to lift lengthy Covid lockdown
    Melbourne, which has spent more time under Covid-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday. By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of 5 million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling 262 days since March 2020.
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  • Covid continues to take a toll as joblessness spikes in Delhi, J&K
    Joblessness in at least 12 states and union territories has been stubbornly defying a declining national trend with eight of them reporting double-digit unemployment in September, reflecting parts of the economy that have been left sputtering by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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