Karnataka Bengaluru Live Updates: Bengaluru reports 20,870 fresh cases, 132 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News Live Updates: According to the health bulletin, the state has 4,64,363 active cases whereas 12,10,013 people have been discharged so far including 24,714 people on Tuesday.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News Live Updates: Karnataka on Tuesday reported 44,631 new COVID-19 cases and 292 deaths, taking the caseload and fatalities to 16,90,934 and 16,538 respectively, the health department said. According to the health bulletin, the state has 4,64,363 active cases whereas 12,10,013 people have been discharged so far including 24,714 people on Tuesday.

Bengaluru Urban district, which is the main contributor of daily spike in cases, now has 3,01,712 active cases. The city reported 20,870 infections and 132 deaths on Tuesday. Cumulatively, Bengaluru has 8,40,274 cases and 6,845 deaths.

According to the health bulletin, 2,293 infections were reported in Mysuru, 2,278 in Hassan, 1636 in Tumakuru, 1,506 in Mandya, 1,280 in Kalaburagi and 1,162 in Kalaburagi. Bagalkote, Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Raichur, Shivamogga, Udupi and Uttara Kannada reported over 500 cases.

There were 1,53,707 tests done on Tuesday including 1,40,609 using the RT PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 2.62 crore, the department added. A total of 99.36 lakh inoculations have been done in the state, comprising the first and second dose of vaccine, as of Tuesday. (PTI)

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Karnataka, five cabinet ministers have been appointed by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to manage the covid situation in the state.

Minister for Large and Medium Industries Jagadish Shettar has been appointed the in-charge of Oxygen Centres. He will coordinate with the central government to ensure there is no shortage of oxygen, Yediyurappa told reporters.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwathnarayan has been asked to coordinate with all medical colleges in the state and ensure that there is no shortage of Remdesivir injection and human resources.

Home minister Basavaraj Bommai and Revenue Minister R Ashoka will look into the requirement of beds in government and private hospitals. Forests Minister Arvind Limbavali will be in charge of various war rooms and call centres,” he added.

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At a time when many Covid patients in Bengaluru are reportedly struggling to find hospital beds for treatment, Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Tuesday alleged that there was “widespread corruption” in allocating Covid beds in Karnataka’s capital city.

“Bribes are being taken to allocate Covid beds. An unholy nexus of BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) officers, Arogya Mitras and certain private agents is behind this scam,” Surya alleged, claiming this had led to an “artificial shortage” of beds in the city.

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Amid the nationwide vaccination drive across the country, the Karnataka government has declared journalists as frontline workers. “Journalists will be administered vaccine on a priority basis,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said after a cabinet meeting in Bengaluru.

Karnataka is now among the few states that have announced free vaccination for journalists. Earlier Punjab, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh had declared journalists as ‘frontline workers’.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held in Bengaluru Tuesday evening. Apart from this, Yediyurappa has directed district in-charge ministers to oversee the provision of oxygen, beds, Remdesivir and other requirements in their respective districts.

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Several citizen activist organisations in Bengaluru have highlighted that finding medical aid for Covid-19 in the city without a BU (Bengaluru Urban Covid patient) number was challenging for many. 

An open letter written to CM Yediyurappa, endorsed by several associations including Hasiru Dala, Janaagraha, Whitefield Rising, Helpling Hands, and Bangalore Apartments’ Federation also pointed out instances where a BU number was assigned after a five-day wait since getting an SRF number (Specimen Referral Form) while submitting sample for testing. 

“We saw two deaths – one patient got his BU number positive, he was critical by then so he died in hospital, the other patient got his BU number just after his death in an ambulance with massive heart attack and his BU number came later and it was negative,” the letter noted among other loopholes they demanded that the government should address to minimise the impact of the pandemic on the citizenry.

On a day when Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya and MLAs Satish Reddy, Ravi Subramanya, and Uday Garudachar alleged that there was “widespread corruption” in allocating Covid beds in Karnataka’s capital city, the police announced the arrest of a duo suspected of having involvement in the same.

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant confirmed that two people have been arrested while others were questioned by the police for alleged fraud and irregularity in the allotment of beds in return for money from Covid-19 patients.

“A case has been registered in Jayanagar police station for fraud and cheating allegedly committed in allotment of beds on BBMP portal for Covid patients. The case has been handed over to the Central Crime Branch for a detailed and in-depth investigation,” Pant confirmed.

Karnataka on Tuesday reported 44,631 new COVID-19 cases and 292 deaths, taking the caseload and fatalities to 16,90,934 and 16,538 respectively, the health department said. According to the health bulletin, the state has 4,64,363 active cases whereas 12,10,013 people have been discharged so far including 24,714 people on Tuesday.

Bengaluru Urban district, which is the main contributor of daily spike in cases, now has 3,01,712 active cases.The city reported 20,870 infections and 132 deaths on Tuesday. Cumulatively, Bengaluru has 8,40,274 cases and 6,845 deaths.

According to the health bulletin, 2,293 infections were reported in Mysuru, 2,278 in Hassan, 1636 in Tumakuru, 1,506 in Mandya, 1,280 in Kalaburagi and 1,162 in Kalaburagi. Bagalkote, Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Raichur, Shivamogga, Udupi and Uttara Kannada reported over 500 cases.

Other than Bengaluru, fatalities have been reported in 26 districts including 27 deaths in Ballari, 15 in Shivamogga, 14 in Tumakuru, 10 in Mysuru, eight each in Bagalkote, Chamarajanagar and Uttara Kannada, six each in Mandya and Haveri.

There were 1,53,707 tests done on Tuesday including 1,40,609 using the RT PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 2.62 crore, the department added. A total of 99.36 lakh inoculations have been done in the state, comprising the first and second dose of vaccine, as of Tuesday. (PTI)

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The flex board which was displayed on the way to Giddenahalli crematorium.

A banner displayed on behalf of a local BJP leader near a crematorium in Bengaluru where Covid-19 victims were taken for their final rites drew criticism after a photograph of the same went viral. The hoarding claimed that free food and refreshments were arranged for people attending funerals at the Giddenahalli crematorium “under the guidance of Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath.”

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The Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to postpone the second-year Pre-University (II PU) board examinations in the wake of the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. “New dates will be announced well in advance,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar announced. He also appealed to the students to continue with their preparations “without getting disheartened.”

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