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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 23 August 2021

  1. State increases testing to keep test positivity rate under 2%
    With Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai making it clear last week that restrictions will have to be re-imposed and school reopening will have to be put off in districts where the test positivity rate (TPR) is above 2%, district authorities are now under pressure to increase daily testing.
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  2. Covid third wave looms, may peak in October, hit kids: MHA panel to PMO
    A committee of experts constituted under the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has warned of an imminent third wave of Covid that could peak around October and sought better medical preparedness for children who might be at similar risk as adults.
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  3. Focusing on diseases sidelined by COVID-19
    Nearly 71% of all deaths worldwide occur due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancer.
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  4. Stay home or meet friends? Bangalore students confused
    Students of Classes 9 to 12 are divided over attending school from Monday. While some are looking at it as an opportunity to start socialising with their friends again after a gap of over a year, others are worried about the risks involved with the Covid situation yet to settle down.
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  5. Many private schools may stick to online classes
    The state government’s decision to resume offline classes for grades 9 and above from Monday has not gone down well with many parents, forcing many schools to continue with online mode.
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  6. Covid under-reporting rampant in big cities, less so in Bengaluru
    Only Mumbai and Bengaluru have not under-reported Covid-19 deaths for the month of July, a data analysis shows. According to Jeevan Raksha, a data analysis project which has been analyzing Covid-19 statistics since the start of the outbreak last year.
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  7. Karnataka sees steady decline in new Covid infections
    The Covid-19 outbreak in Karnataka saw a further decline in the number of new cases over the last one week. However, the rate of decline of Karnataka’s active cases has slowed substantially in recent weeks, data shows.
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  8. Bengaluru data on Covid cases, deaths transparent: Study
    Among the six mega cities — Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai — Bengaluru has seen relatively better transparency in reporting Covid cases and the number of Covid deaths.
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  9. Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine set to be first fully approved coronavirus jab
    The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNtech is set to become the first jab against the disease globally to move from emergency-use authorisation to full-approval stage after it submitted more data to US drug regulator from the late-stage clinical trials and ongoing vaccinations.
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  10. Karnataka gears up to restart physical classes after 4 months
    Bengaluru : After a gap of nearly four months, the Karnataka government has decided to reopen physical classes for students in Classes 9, 10 and 12 from August 23, that would allow children to be back in their schools for the first time since the second wave of Covid-19 infections.
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