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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 20 October 2021

  • After a dip in tally, Karnataka logs 349 fresh Covid cases, 14 deaths
    Karnataka on Tuesday logged 349 new cases of Covid-19 and 14 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 2,984,022 and death toll to 37,967, the health department said
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  • Covid-19 curbs eased, traders and people hopeful
    With the government permitting swimming pools to function and schools to reopen for students of classes 1 to 5, for the first time in oneand-a-half years, all sectors have been freed from Covid-19 restrictions, bringing social life back to pre-Covid days.
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  • Covid fear: Many women delayed breast cancer diagnosis
    Despite realizing they had a growth, many women delayed getting themselves screened for breast cancer for fear of visiting hospitals during the pandemic, oncologists in Bengaluru say. As a result, most patients they are now seeing are in the third stage of the disease.
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  • Focus on second dose as India nears 100cr mark
    India’s Covid-19 cumulative vaccination coverage on Tuesday crossed 99 crore. This includes over 70.09 crore people who have been given the first dose and 28.99 crore who have received the second dose.
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  • Tuberculosis, like Covid-19, spreads by breathing: Scientists
    Upending centuries of medical dogma, a team of South African researchers has found that breathing may be a bigger contributor to the spread of tuberculosis than coughing, the signature symptom. As much as 90% of TB bacteria released from an infected person may be carried in tiny droplets, called aerosols, that are expelled when a person exhales deeply, the researchers estimated.
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  • WHO-led programme plans to buy anti-Covid pills for $10 per course
    A World Health Organisation-led programme to ensure poorer countries get fair access to Covid-19-19 vaccines, tests and treatments aims to secure antiviral drugs for patients with mild symptoms for as little as $10 per course, Reuters reports from Brussels.
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  • 3 in 4 Indians get at least 1 jab as total doses near the billion mark
    A little over nine months since India’s mass vaccination programme against Covid-19 kicked off, the country is on the cusp of two major milestones – nearly three out of every four adults in the country have now received at least one shot of the vaccine, and the total doses administered are nearing a billion.
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  • Delta variant ups herd immunity, over 80% need antibodies: Study
    The Delta variant has meant that close to 80-90% of the population needs to be vaccinated or have antibodies from a previous infection in order for a protective wall of population immunity to be strong enough to slow down the virus, researchers from two premier Delhi institutes said, citing sero surveillance data from before the April-May wave of infections in Capital and the outbreak that happened despite it.
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  • Weekly positivity rate stands at 1.34%
    The chances of a third Covid-19 wave appear remote under the “present circumstances” with only the Delta and its derivatives as the main SARS-CoV-2 variants in circulation and the weekly caseload dropping steadily, as per experts.
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  • Malaysia to ‘make life difficult’ for those choosing not to get vaccinated against Covid-19
    Malaysia plans to nip vaccine hesitancy in the bud by promising tough action against those who refuse to take Covid-19 shots without a valid reason. The country’s health ministry will be introducing a new plan under its National Testing Strategy which will explain the actions that the government will take against those who are not inoculated against Covid-19.
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