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Covid 19 Top 10 News Updates for Bangalore – 7 December 2021

  • Karnataka reports 301 new cases, seven deaths
    Karnataka on Monday reported 301 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 29,98,400. Bengaluru Urban reported 162 cases and three deaths. With seven deaths, the toll rose to 38,237. This is apart from 29 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons.
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  • Govt to consult experts on clusters in schools, hostels
    Amid fresh Covid-19 clusters in the state, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said the government is closely monitoring the situation and will decide on further containment measures, including closing down schools and hostels, after consulting experts.
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  • Despite cluster outbreaks, positivity rate less than 1%
    Despite the profusion of cluster outbreaks, especially in educational institutions across the state, and the threat of Omircron, the new coronavirus variant of concern, the Covid-19 test positivity rate (TPR) in Karnataka remains well within the safe limit.
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  • Vax seekers being forced to take test before jab
    With the state government increasing the daily Covid-19 testing target to one lakh, health personnel are under tremendous pressure to find people willing to take the test. In a bid to meet targets, staff are directing people turning up for vaccination to undergo tests.
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  • More than 130 schoolkids +ve for Covid so far in Karnataka
    As on December 6, over 130 schoolgoing children have tested positive for Covid-19, said the department of public instruction (DPI).
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  • Int’l travellers deferring trips, but few cancellations
    The Delta variant of Covid-19 delayed the wedding of Mayank and Khushi Bansal (names changed on request) from March to last week. And now Omicron has forced this Delhi-based couple to defer their dream honeymoon in Switzerland indefinitely.
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  • Future pandemics could be more lethal: AZ vax scientist
    Future pandemics could be even more lethal than Covid-19 so the lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators of the Oxford-Astra-Zeneca vaccine said.
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  • Sensex, Nifty slide 1.65% as Omicron raises uncertainty
    Benchmark equity indices slumped 1.65% on Monday on fears of a rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and its potential adverse impact on the economy. Technology, automotive and pharmaceutical stocks were the worst hit, while all sectoral indices ended in the red.
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  • Unvaccinated face higher risk of hospitalisation, shows data
    The triaging of thousands of patients over a three month period by corporation health officers in the city has shown that more unvaccinated individuals are ending up in the ICU than those with at least one dose of a vaccine.
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  • Nations on high alert as Covid variant spreads
    Russia has confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country in travellers who returned from South Africa, health officials said on Monday.
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