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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 3 August 2021

  1. Covid tests/million population: Kerala tops, Raj at bottom
    With the recent uptick in Covid cases, the focus is again on whether states are testing enough to detect cases early. Data shows that Kerala, where cases are currently the highest, is also the leader in testing among larger states with a seven-day average of 4,587 tests per million. At the other end, Rajasthan is at just 378 tests per million and Bengal, Haryana, MP and Gujarat all below 1,000 per million.
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  2. No Covaxin for 1st dose at govt vaccine centres
    The administration of Covaxin for the first dose has been suspended temporarily at all government Covid-19 vaccination centres due to an overall shortage of vaccines, reports Sunitha Rao R. Given the supply trickle, the state health and family welfare department decided to ensure that those due for the second dose be catered to first.
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  3. Ahead of festive season, govt wary of imposing restrictions
    Industries and business sectors are banking on the festive season beginning next week to recover from the Covid-induced slowdown. While the slight surge in cases over the past couple of days has been worrying, the government is in two minds on whether to impose restrictions.
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  4. Karnataka has 3.4k ventilators; more could have reduced deaths, say docs
    At the peak of the second wave of Covid-19 infections in April and May, several patients who were in dire need of a ventilator bed, died without getting one. In many cases, patients admitted to hospitals in Karnataka died because they could not be moved to ICUs, as all existing ventilators were occupied.
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  5. Cannot direct schools to reopen: Court
    While stressing courts cannot issue directions on the issue of reopening schools and it is for authorities to take an informed decision, the high court on Monday directed the government to place on record districtwise data of the vaccination status of teaching and non-teaching staff in all government and aided schools in the state. This data must be furnished by August 12.
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  6. New vaccination registration app finally available for Karnataka
    Karnataka’s own vaccine registration app, titled Co-Win Kar, is finally available for download on Google Play Store. Authorities are experimenting with the app on a pilot basis in Mysuru city limits and it has seen more than 100 downloads so far. Use of the app will be extended across the state later.
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  7. Surge in cases shows likely 3rd wave in Kerala: Experts
    The number of new Coronavirus cases in Kerala is surging once again, with epidemiologists and public health experts stating that this may be the beginning of the third Covid wave in the state.
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  8. Covaxin works against Delta Plus: Study
    Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin is effective in neutralising the Delta Plus (AY.1) variant of coronavirus, a study conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune has found. The Delta Plus variant was first detected in India earlier this year and subsequently in 20 other countries.
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  9. Amidst COVID-19 surge, night curfew to be tightened in Bengaluru
    The Karnataka government while taking into account the surging number of COVID-19 cases has ordered strict enforcement of the night curfew in Bengaluru.
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  10. India-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine may be available from September: Dr Reddy
    Locally manufactured Sputnik V vaccines against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) are expected to be available in India within September or October, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories told news agency ANI on Monday.
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