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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 26 October 2021

  • Karnataka logs 290 new Covid cases, 10 deaths
    Karnataka on Monday logged 290 new cases of Covid-19 and 10 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,86,276 and death toll to 38,017. The day also saw 408 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 29,39,647, leaving 8,583 active cases.
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  • Vaccine efficacy shouldn’t be doubted: SC
    The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea against Covid vaccination and said the doubt should not be created about efficacy of the vaccines without any proof as it is the only way to protect people from the virus.
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  • 7 dists in Karnataka have jabbed 50% with both doses
    Seven districts in the state have fully vaccinated at least 50% of their target population, with Bengaluru Urban leading with a second-dose coverage of 68%, reports Sunitha Rao R. Ramanagara, BBMP (both 54%) and Kolar (51%) follow, while Udupi, Kodagu and Chikkaballapur districts have inoculated half (50%) of their eligible populations.
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  • 25% eateries closed in FY21 due to Covid: Study
    Around 25% restaurants across the country may have shut down permanently and at least 23 lakh people have lost their jobs in FY21, a study by the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) and management consultancy firm Technopak shows.
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  • Cheerful atmosphere as pupils return to schools
    Government primary schools wore a festive look on Monday as students were welcomed back on campus with flowers and people dressed in costumes of cartoon characters. Schools for primary sections reopened across the state after a gap of 18 months. Several government schools reported encouraging attendance of 65% to 75%.
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  • Govt wary of  variant; no cause for concern, say experts
    Tests have shown that a couple of people at least have been infected with a new variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus, and although the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, has said it’s not a variant of concern (VoC) as yet, the state government has increased vigilance.
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  • ₹14 crore collected in fines since last May
    From May 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, to date, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has collected around ₹14.1 crore as fines from citizens for either failing to wear masks or violating social distancing norms.
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  • 1,700 complaints against hospitals for overcharging
    The State Government on Monday told the High Court of Karnataka that nearly 1,700 complaints had been received from the public on private hospitals, including many of prominent ones in State, collecting excess amount for treating COVID-19 patients.
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  • Some Russian areas shut offices as daily virus cases hit new peak
    Russia reported its highest single-day Covid case tally since the start of the pandemic on Monday as some regions imposed a workplace shutdown to combat a surge in infections and deaths. Faced with worsening disease rates and frustrated by the slow takeup of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine by its own population, authorities are introducing stricter measures this week to try to slow the spread of the pandemic.
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  • WHO to consider Covaxin EUL today
    The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) technical advisory group will consider granting Emergency use listing (EUL) for Covaxin, India’s indigenously made vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a meeting on Tuesday.
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