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Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka reports 1,290 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths

Bangalore Highlights: According to reports, the Karnataka government is considering more containment measures to control the spread of the virus. The state cabinet is likely to decide later this week after consulting experts.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 4, 2022 11:00:05 am
Beneficiaries wait to receive a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a government hospital amid fear of spread of 'Omicron variant' in Bengaluru, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka reported 1, 290 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths today, the health department said. Among the districts, Bengaluru urban reported the highest number-1,041 fresh covid-19 infections. According to reports, the Karnataka government is considering more containment measures to control the spread of the virus. The state cabinet is likely to decide on the measures later this week after consulting experts.

Meanwhile, the state vaccinated 3,80,133 children between the age of 15-18 on the first day nation started inoculating adolescents. Karnataka has 31.75 lakh eligible beneficiaries in this age group.

In other news, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh tested positive for Covid-19 Saturday. Taking to Twitter, he asked all those who came in contact with him to get tested.

 

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Bangalore News Live: City records 923 fresh Covid-19 cases, accounts for 75% of state count; follow this space for the latest.

22:11 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnataka achieves 59 per cent first-dose vaccination coverage for children

Karnataka inoculated 59 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries on the first day of the vaccination drive for the 15-18 age group. The Bengaluru Urban district, which had a target of vaccinating 32,800 beneficiaries, jabbed 8,784 persons. Neighbouring districts like Ramanagara and Mandya inoculated 60 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries. Dakshina Kannada vaccinated 97 per cent, Kodagu (100 per cent), Udupi and Uttara Kannada (103 per cent), Haveri (273 per cent), Dharwad (225 per cent) and Belagavi (220 per cent).

Districts like Raichur, Mysuru, Chikkaballapur, Yadgir, Gadag, Bengaluru Rural, Chitradurga and Bagalkot performed below the state average. Read More

21:39 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnataka’s technical advisory committee recommends stricter measures to combat Omicron threat

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will hold a meeting with experts on January 4 in the background of rising Covid-19 cases in the state. Expressing worry over the surge in cases of Omicron, the state’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in its 144th meeting has recommended imposition of stricter measures to the state government.

“From the previous experience of two waves in Karnataka, the case surge in Bangalore / Karnataka was preceded by the surge in Mumbai/Maharashtra. Hence, after detailed deliberations TAC makes the following recommendations as an early measure of mitigation: 3 color codes shall be given like WTPR less than 1% = yellow; 1 to < 2% = Orange; and 2% and more = Red for imposing curbs in public activities,” the TAC report read. Read More

19:12 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnataka reports 1290 new Covid-19 cases today

Karnataka reported 1290 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths today, state health department said. 

18:56 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnataka: Above 3.8 lakh children vaccinated on day 1

Karnataka vaccinated 3,80,133 children between the age of 15-18 today, the first day nation started inoculating adolescents.

18:21 (IST)03 Jan 2022
NIA raid in Mangaluru: B M Basha's daughter-in-law held for suspected ISIS links

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday raided the house of B M Basha, son of former Ullal MLA late B M Idinabba, and arrested Basha's daughter-in-law Deepthi Marla alias Mariam for suspected ISIS links, police sources said.
        
Krisha Kumar, DSP, Assistant Investigating Officer, NIA, Delhi along with Ajay Singh P I and Monika Dhikwal arrested Mariam, who is wife of Anas Abdul Rahiman, son of Basha.
        
NIA officials had earlier raided the house of Basha in August 2021. After holding an inquiry for two days, they arrested Amar Abdul Rehman, another son of Basha. The officials had suspicion on Mariam's ISIS links during the raid last year. (PTI)

15:51 (IST)03 Jan 2022
7,100 kids vaccinated so far, BBMP chief

7,100 kids have been vaccinated within BBMP limits in the first half of the day, said BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta

15:24 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Watch: Congress MP DK Suresh and BJP Minister CN Ashwathnarayan come close to blows in front of Chief minister

Karnataka Congress MP DK Suresh and BJP Minister CN Ashwathnarayan created a ruckus in front of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai over development works at a government event in Ramanagara district on Monday.

14:24 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Won’t allow haphazard growth, need blueprint for Bengaluru’s development: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday called for greater emphasis for the “comprehensive development” of Bengaluru and said that officials have been instructed to prepare a roadmap for the purpose, he said.

“We will not allow haphazard growth in Bengaluru anymore. A blueprint should be prepared for the comprehensive development of the city and it would be developed accordingly,” Bommai said.

The CM also said that a zonal-level coordination committee comprising officials from civic agencies like BBMP, BESCOM, BWSSB and various departments would be constituted to improve the synergy in executing civic projects. Moreover, a monitoring committee with a coordinator at the state level would also be constituted, he said, adding that a government order to this effect would be issued in two-three days. Read more 

12:35 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnataka: 10 new Omicron cases take tally to 76

Karnataka has reported 10 new cases of Omicron, taking the tally to 76, said Health Minister K Sudhakar on Monday. Out of these 10 new cases, eight are from Bengaluru and two from Dharwad. Five have international travel history to the United States, Belgium and Dubai. All are asymptomatic and have been isolated.

While eight patients were fully vaccinated against Covid-19, two patients aged, 13 and 14, were not eligible for vaccination. The 13-year-old is a primary contact of a 19-year-old man who travelled from the US to Bengaluru on December 14 with a negative RT-PCR report and developed mild symptoms 11 days later. Read more 

11:57 (IST)03 Jan 2022
K'taka govt likely to announce more COVID containment measures this week

Faced with fresh COVID-19 threats, the Karnataka government is considering more containment measures to control the spread of the virus and the state cabinet is likely decide in this regard, later this week after consulting experts.

The government has already imposed containment measures like "night curfew" from 10 PM to 5 AM, since December 28 till January 7 morning, to control the spread.
       
"We are monitoring both COVID and Omicron situation, it is spreading at a very fast pace in the country, in the state and in neighbouring states, so we need to have a discussion with experts. In this regard I will have a discussion with experts tomorrow evening," Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.
       
Speaking to reporters here, he said, the cabinet during its meeting on Thursday will discuss the situation in the state and the measures that need to be put in place, and decide on certain long term measures. ---PTI

10:53 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnataka: 10 new Omicron cases take tally to 76

Karnataka has reported 10 new cases of Omicron, taking the tally to 76, said Health Minister K Sudhakar on Monday. Out of these 10 new cases, eight are from Bengaluru and two from Dharwad. Five have international travel history to the United States, Belgium and Dubai. All are asymptomatic and have been isolated. Read more 

09:17 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnataka: Right Wing members attack Dalit family over ‘conversion’

Five members who claimed to be from a right-wing Hindu outfit have been booked for allegedly assaulting and robbing a Dalit family in Belagavi, a district in Karnataka- Maharashtra border.

On December 29, Akshay Kumar Karaganvi, a pastor, was organising annual prayers at his residence, when seven members of a right-wing outfit allegedly entered his house and interrupted the prayers. Read more 

09:17 (IST)03 Jan 2022
Karnatraka records 1,187 fresh Covid-19 cases

Karnataka on Sunday recorded 1,187 fresh Covid-19 cases, of which Bengaluru reported 923 cases which accounts for 77.75% of Karnataka’s fresh case count. The fresh load increased Karnataka’s positivity rate to 1.08 %. As many as six people died out of the infection while 275 people recovered from the disease.

The total number of active cases in Karnataka now stands at 9,386 of which 7,876 are in Bengaluru. The last time when the state had seen over 1,000 cases in a single day was on September 9 last year when it recorded 1,074 cases.

20:31 (IST)02 Jan 2022
With Covid-19 cases increasing in Maharashtra, CM directs strict vigil at Belagavi border

There has been a spike in Corona, Omicron cases in the last one week. This count of cases is especially high in Maharashtra with Mumbai in the lead. We have issued instructions for strict vigil in border districts as the region has high business interaction with Mumbai, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

Speaking to media persons at Belagavi airport Bommai said, only those who have been double dose vaccinated and have RTPCR test report  are being allowed to enter the state. Not only the Belagavi check post, even other check posts around have been asked to tighten measures.  Border areas of neighboring  Vijayapura district too has been asked to tighten its check posts. About 11 check posts have been put up in Vijayapura district. Though the tight measures would cause a bit of inconvenience to passengers, it is inevitable in the interest of public health in Belagavi district, he said.

20:30 (IST)02 Jan 2022
Karnataka: Covaxin to be administered to teenagers from tomorrow 

With vaccination for the age group of 15-18 years all set to roll out from Monday, the Karnataka government has decided to vaccinate the age group with Covaxin. 

On Sunday, the state government said that the children born in and before 2007 will be eligible for the vaccination. State has a target of 31.75 lakh beneficiaries of 15-18 age group. The state has set a target of 31.75 lakh beneficiaries in the age group mentioned. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will be launching the driver at BBMP Higher Primary and Pre-University College, Bairaveshwara Nagara, Moodalapalya in Bengaluru. 

The health and family welfare department said that the second dose of the vaccine will be administered after 28 days, as per the protocol of the government. All districts have planned for district launch by district in-charge Ministers and taluk launch by MLAs.DCs have conducted preliminary meetings with both Health and Education department for coordination and implementation. On day one we plan to vaccinate 6 lakh odd children in 4000+ sessions.With existing stock of 16 lakh doses of COVAXIN all districts have geared up with micro plan, logistics, staff etc. Schools and colleges will be the vaccination centres and they will provide support staff and space for vaccination, said the Karnataka government.

20:29 (IST)02 Jan 2022
At 923, city reports 77% of Karnataka's fresh Covid-19 cases

Bengaluru on Sunday reported 77.75% of Karnataka’s fresh Covid-19 cases at 923. The overall number of new cases recorded in Karnataka was 1,187, taking the positivity rate at 1.08 %. As many as six people died out of the infection while 275 people recovered from the disease.

09:44 (IST)02 Jan 2022
Bengaluru: Notorious burglar ‘Escape Karthik’ arrested for 17th time

Police officials from the West Division on Friday said that they have arrested a notorious burglar called Karthik Kumar alias Escape Karthik. The arrested criminal is said to have committed at least 80 burglaries.

The police said that five cases have been cracked with the arrest of Karthik and gold ornaments worth Rs 11.43 lakh have been seized from him. Notably, this is the 17th time that Karthik has been arrested. He had earlier managed to escape twice from police custody, which earned him the nickname of ‘Escape Karthik’ in police circles.

A police officer said, “He is involved in at least 80 theft cases. These cases have been reported from many parts of Bengaluru, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. He first committed crime at the age of 16 in 2005, when he stole ornaments from a house. He used to come out on bail and again commit burglary. In 2008, he managed to escape from Parappana Agrahara Central Prisons in a food van. He was caught again after 45 days.” Read more. 

09:44 (IST)02 Jan 2022
Minister tests positive; single-day Covid cases in state breaches 1,000-mark for first time since September last

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh tested positive for Covid-19 Saturday. Taking to Twitter, he asked all those who came in contact with him to get tested.

“I have tested positive for Covid 19 today with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself and taking all the necessary precautions and medication required. I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest,” the minister tweeted.

Meanwhile, Karnataka breached the thousand-mark in the single-day spike in cases as the state Saturday recorded 1,033 fresh Covid cases of which Bengaluru Urban reported 810 cases. The total number of active cases in Karnataka now stands at 9,386 of which 7,876 are in Bengaluru. The last time when the state had seen over 1,000 cases in a single day was on September 9 last year when it recorded 1,074 cases. Read more. 

09:43 (IST)02 Jan 2022
Cut down on wasteful expenditures: Karnataka CM tells officials on New Year

Stating that 2022 will be a challenging year in terms of economy and administration amid a possible third wave of Covid-19, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Saturday asked officials to cut down on wasteful expenditures.

Extending New Year wishes to the officials, Bommai said, “We have to prepare for the possible third wave of Covid and also push the economy forward. We can’t just sit back by imposing restrictions. We need to face it with various strategies. We have to work with greater vigour to tackle it.”

He then asked officials to cut down on wasteful expenditure in their respective departments. As for the revenue-generating departments, he wanted them to raise their efficiency to improve the state’s finances. Read more. 

09:41 (IST)02 Jan 2022
Lakes of Bengaluru: Slow rejuvenation work at Varthur raises concern

Spread over 800 acres, the Varthur Lake is one of the largest waterbodies in the Bengaluru South taluk. Notably, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in a research paper had stated that the Bellandur Lake is connected to the surrounding wetlands that drain into the Varthur Lake and, finally, into the Dakshina Pinakini river. The total farm land irrigated by the Varthur Lake amounts to 625 hectares.

Over the past decade, rapid urbanisation in the area has led to a deterioration in the water quality of the Varthur Lake.

In 2016, the state government appointed an expert committee that drafted a set of recommendations to address the issues at Varthur and Bellandur lakes. However, the government never implemented the recommendations. Read more. 

Bangalore News Live: Single-day Covid cases in state breaches 1,000-mark for first time since September last. Follow this space for the latest Bengaluru updates.

Won’t allow haphazard growth, need blueprint for Bengaluru’s development: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday called for greater emphasis for the “comprehensive development” of Bengaluru and said that officials have been instructed to prepare a roadmap for the purpose, he said.

“We will not allow haphazard growth in Bengaluru anymore. A blueprint should be prepared for the comprehensive development of the city and it would be developed accordingly,” Bommai said.

The CM also said that a zonal-level coordination committee comprising officials from civic agencies like BBMP, BESCOM, BWSSB and various departments would be constituted to improve the synergy in executing civic projects. Moreover, a monitoring committee with a coordinator at the state level would also be constituted, he said, adding that a government order to this effect would be issued in two-three days.

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