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Covid curve flattens, 1,000 cases added in two months- The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU: For the past 65 days, less than 1,000 Covid-19 cases have been added to the state tally, which now stands at 29,93,599. The positivity rate, which has been on the decline since June 6, reduced from over 8 per cent to the current 5.68 per cent. The recovery rate in Karnataka has been largely on the rise since May 12, when it was at 70.16 per cent, to 98.48 per cent on November 21. 

For the past 21 days, daily deaths have been in single digits, with one fatality on Sunday, taking the total to 38,175, while retaining the mortality rate at 1.27 per cent. Active cases have been reducing for the most part since May 18, when the number was 5,75,028, to the present day where it is 7,064.

In Bengaluru too, cases started dipping below the daily 1,000-mark on June 24. At the end of September, the daily caseload started falling below 200. On Saturday and Sunday, 134 fresh cases were reported each day. The recovery rate in the city is at its highest at 98.23 per cent, while the mortality rate continues at 1.30 per cent, even as one death took the city’s toll to 16,323. Active cases which recently fell below the 6,000-mark, currently stand at 5,798.

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Covid-19: Gurugram fully vaccinates 89% of its eligible population

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Nearly 89% of eligible population in Gurugram has been vaccinated with both doses against Covid-19, according to data from the district health department on Wednesday.

In Gurugram, first-dose vaccination has crossed 100% as several people from other districts and a migrating population have also been vaccinated in the district, health officials said.

Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer (CMO), Gurugram, said, “It is a matter of pride for all of us that almost 90% eligible population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the district.”

In Gurugram, 1,803,656 people are eligible for Covid-19 vaccination. Of which, 1,600,752 (88.75%) beneficiaries have been administered both doses of vaccine, shows the data. So far, the district has administered a total of over 3.86 million doses — 2,262,523 first doses and 1,600,752 second doses.

According to the officials, on Wednesday, 13,435 people were given the Covid-19 vaccine in the district, with 3,559 people administered first dose and 9,876 second dose.

When asked about by when the district is targeting to achieve 100% vaccination, the CMO said, “We have not set any target as such, our focus is on continuous vaccination of all eligible people. To increase the pace of vaccination, 14 morning and four evening vaccination sessions have also been conducted in the past few days apart from vaccination at fixed sites.”

On November 11, Gurugram had achieved the mark of 80% double-dose vaccination coverage, when the state government set a deadline of January 2022 to achieve 100% vaccination coverage to all districts.

Meanwhile, the CMO directed the private hospitals in the district to conduct two mega vaccination drives in December so that the vaccination pace could be further increased.

The officials said that the door-to-door vaccination campaign has also helped and will continue in December. Till now, 101,784 people have been vaccinated through the door-to-door campaign in the district which started in November.

A new initiative was also started by the CMO from Wednesday where all the hospitals, labs, industries, malls and other institutions will be given special appreciation for getting 100% vaccination done of all their employees.

The health department, with the help of district administration, is also planning to start a checking drive again against those who do not wear face masks, as special instructions have been received from the state government to prepare for any possible third wave especially in the wake of the new Omicron variant.

“I appeal to the general public to wear face masks and follow all Covid-19 safety protocols seriously. People who are not wearing a face mask will be dealt with strictly. The district administration will now intensify the checking in public places,” said Yadav.

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How Gujarat’s Goan coach plotted Goa’s ouster in the Santosh Trophy | Goa News

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Panaji: When the Gujarat State Football Association (GSFA) appointed Marcelino Pereira as their head coach for the senior team, the brief was simple. Don’t concede too many goals in the Santosh Trophy qualifiers, like they did in the past, particularly against strong teams like Goa.
In the previous edition, which was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Gujarat finished bottom of their group and conceded 13 goals in four games.
When a new committee took charge of the GSFA, they started the hunt for an outstation coach. They asked around, got recommendations and among those who suggested Marcelino was India U-16 head coach Bibiano Fernandes.
The choice was spot on.
Pereira got a free hand to select the players he wanted. Most of them were amateur footballers who were groomed for a month. What followed stunned Indian football.
Pereira’s Gujarat team knocked five-time champions Goa out of the national football championship for the Santosh Trophy. The 1-0 victory in Bhavnagar helped Gujarat qualify for the main draw of the tournament after 36 years.
Not surprisingly, Gujarat celebrated, and Goa mourned.
“Gujarat is not like what it was before,” Marcelino told TOI on Wednesday. “Gujarat will be one of the powerful sporting states because of the facilities here. As Goans say, we are giants of football. We have come up to that level and are slipping now, I think. Other states are quickly catching up.”
Gujarat topped group A with seven points and conceded only a goal, that too in their comeback 2-1 win over Daman and Diu in the second match after a disappointing goalless draw against Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
“In the first game we flopped because Dadra & Nagar Haveli were not playing football. It was more physical. Second match we were down and went on to win the game 2-1. There I got little confidence. And we used it against Goa,” said Marcelino.
Marcelino believes Gujarat is moving in the right direction. They had appointed a Spanish women’s coach for their under-17 residential academy, and it is now showing results. Wingers Rudrarajsinh Jadeja and Anirudhsinh Takor are products of the academy and Marcelino has no doubt about their potential.
Gujarat are delighted but will have a herculean task in the final round against 32-time champions West Bengal, Services and others.
“This team will perform, and I want to work hard with the team, especially in the finishing,” said Marcelino.
While Marcelino has enjoyed the limelight, many fingers have been pointed at Goa’s dismal performance and the role of head coach Anthony Pereira.
“When a team wins, everybody is there with the team, but when they lose, they point out fingers at coaches which is not right. I was surprised when sports personalities remarked that this result is not acceptable. How can you say this? On a given day anybody can play well, and a good team can play worse,” said Marcelino.

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“Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night” arrives in theaters across North America on December 3, 2021. For those in Japan, the film has been available for a couple of months, having debuted back in late October. Funimation teamed up with Sony’s distribution company, Aniplex of America, to bring the movie to fans across the world, including the approaching North American release, plus a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on December 9. The film will be available both in its original Japanese with English subtitles, and in English dub.

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