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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 21 August 2021

  1. India’s 1st Covid vax for kids gets approval
    The world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid-19, made by an Indian pharma firm, received an emergency use authorisation for use on children and adults from the regulator on Friday, clearing the decks for its commercial roll-out.
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  2. K’taka in a spot over negative certs from interstate travellers
    Karnataka is worried over difficulties in implementing the Covid-19 testing mandate for interstate travellers since its rule is at variance with the Union government’s advisory.
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  3. Household health survey off to a slow start as citizens decline information
    More than 29,000 households have been covered so far in the door-to-door health survey which began in the city on August 16, a BBMP official said. The survey, touted as India’s first, entails doctors, paramedics and volunteers going door to door in 54 wards to enquire about citizens’ health, their Covid-19 vaccination status and co-morbidities.
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  4. Karnataka reports 1,453 new Covid cases
    Karnataka reported 1,453 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths on Friday, taking the total number of infections to 29,36,077 and the toll to 37,105.
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  5. Docs concerned over rise in cases of neurological issues
    Neurologists say they have noticed a spike in complications like Guillain-Barre syndrome, facial palsy and stroke among people who have recovered from Covid-19 across the state. The spike has been significant after the second wave and the issues tend to linger for some time.
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  6. Delta variant driving infections in India: report
    The Delta variant remains most responsible for the continuing spread of infections in India, according to a weekly update from the India Sars Cov2 Genome Consortium (INSACOG), a repository of labs tasked with monitoring the coronavirus variants.
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  7. Pvt. schools delay reopening due to poor response from parents
    Though the State government has declared that schools should hold classes on campus for PU students and those in classes IX to XII from August 23, many private school managements are unlikely to open their doors citing tepid response from worried parents.
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  8. J&J seeks nod for trial of its jab on Indian kids
    Though the State government has declared that schools should hold classes on campus for PU students and those in classes IX to XII from August 23, many private school managements are unlikely to open their doors citing tepid response from worried parents .
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  9. Long COVID’ among challenges faced by elderly during pandemic
    The past year and a half has been challenging for everyone, especially senior citizens. Apart from being one of the foremost groups in terms of vulnerability to COVID 19 – for which the proof is in the number of fatalities – some elderly people who contracted the infection ended up dealing with ‘long COVID’.
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  10. Govt panel says need more beds to tackle 3rd wave, Bengaluru civic body calls it overestimation
    Although the Karnataka government-appointed committee of experts recommended 1,838 to 3,677 beds for Bengaluru to tackle the possible third wave, when children may be the worst-affected group, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) feels this is an overestimation.
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