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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 25 August 2021

  1. Despite decline, active COVID-19 cases hover around 20,000
    With a steady decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the State, active cases too have plummeted significantly, going below the 25,000 mark in the past one month. However, they have stagnated and are hovering around 20,000 since August 10, despite a robust recovery rate of 98%.
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  2. No RT-PCR test needed at Karnataka airports for select travellers
    Following recommendations from the State’s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee and guidelines from the Centre, the State government has exempted those arriving from the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East from RT-PCR testing at airports.
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  3. Experts seek faster pace of vaccination
    They also highlight the need to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour and keep complacency at bay. The complacency in people’s behaviour early this year was one of the major reasons for the severe second COVID-19 wave.
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  4. Hypertension hits a third of Indians; more women get treatment
    Nearly one-third of Indian men and women suffer from hypertension, but surprisingly much more women get treatment for their high blood pressure compared to men, says a new study published in The Lancet on Tuesday.
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  5. Schools struggle to handle both online, offline classes
    Commencement of physical classes for class 9 and above from Monday has turned out to be hectic for schools as they now have to manage both online and offline classes. Several private unaided schools are unhappy over the government’s insistence that online classes must continue despite the resumption of physical classes.
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  6. No third wave for now, clarifies BBMP
    BENGALURU, DHNS: The third Covid wave is not expected for now, the BBMP has clarified, allaying fears that the outbreak could be imminent.  “Experts have stated that if at all there is an outbreak of the third wave, it has to be through the new variants of the Covid virus.
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  7. Covid in India maybe entering some kind of stage of endemicity
    Covid-19 in India may be entering some kind of stage of endemicity where there is low or moderate level of transmission going on, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation Dr Soumya Swaminathan said.
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  8. Maharashtra Covid daily death rate a cause for concern
    Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 119 Covid-19 deaths as experts point out the “worrying” average daily death rate. Even amid a waning second wave.
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  9. Centre Asked If 84-Day Gap Between 2 CoviShield Doses Due To Efficacy Or Availability Kochi
    The Kerala High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre whether the 84-day gap between two doses of CoviShield was based on availability of the vaccine or its efficacy.
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  10. Saudi Arabia lifts this rule for fully vaccinated Indians looking to return
    In a relief to those travelling to Saudi Arabia, the country has allowed fully-vaccinated Indian nationals to return without quarantining in a third country based on certain conditions.
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