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COVID-19 Karnataka wrap: Five dead; CM requests private companies not to cut salaries amid lockdown

Incidentally, all five deaths reported in the state so far are of patients aged 60 and above. This is the second death reported from Kalaburagi. The other fatalities so far were reported from Tumkur, Chikkaballapura, and Bagalkote.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal , Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru | Updated: April 8, 2020 9:14:47 pm
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With one more death related to COVID-19 reported from the state, the death toll in Karnataka rose to five on Wednesday.

“The deceased is a 65-year-old man from Kalaburagi who also suffered from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI), the Department of Health & Family Welfare Services confirmed.

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According to the health department the 65-year-old man was first admitted in a private hospital and only on April 6 the person was sent to a designated government hospital.

Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, who is the state’s spokesperson for coronavirus-related developments said, “There is a clear negligence by the private hospital, they have only referred the patient to government hospital only after two days. We have given notice to the hospital and under the act of criminal negligence a police case will be registered. The hospital has been shut and the entire medical staff of the hospital has been quarantined.”

“We have identified 20 primary contacts of the deceased patient and they have been sent to the quarantine centre. The combined team of the health department and the police are investigating how the patient got COVID-19,” he added.

Incidentally, all five deaths reported in the state so far are of patients aged 60 and above. This is the second death reported from Kalaburagi. The other fatalities so far were reported from Tumkur, Chikkaballapura, and Bagalkote.

CM requests private companies not to cut salaries

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday requested private companies working in the state not to deduct salaries of their employees in the wake of lockdown measures in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video statement released on Wednesday, the CM said, “Private companies are requested not to cut their employees’ salaries. We are in talks with companies that are facing economic challenges at the moment.”

The CM further appealed to house-owners to “analyse the current economical status of their tenants” before demanding rent. “It is important that we understand that the entire country is going through the same at the moment and not just those from Karnataka,” he said.

Yediyurappa further assured that measures have been taken to ensure seeds, fertilisers, and other essentials are in sufficient stock to be distributed to the farmers. “Farmers need not panic and hoard these. I have taken personal responsibility to ensure these are provided to farmers on a daily basis,” he said.

Speaking about schools seeking fee for the upcoming academic year in advance, the CM said he has directed Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar to oversee that private schools do not pressure parents to do so. “If they do so, action will be taken against them,” he reiterated.

Karnataka CM reaches out to Belagavi nurse serving in COVID-19 ward

On Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa called up Belagavi-based nurse Sunanda, after he saw the video of the nurse’s daughter crying for her to come home.

Sunanda Korikoppa, is a staff nurse of Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences, she is under quarantine for four days, after she served at the hospital for a week. On Tuesday several television news channels aired a video of her three-year-old daughter Aishwarya crying outside the hospital for her to return home, which left her teary-eyed.

Moved by this, Yediyurappa reached out to Sunanda over the phone and assured her of all support and thanked the nurse for her efforts in the battle against COVID-19.

Watch: Bengaluru police use drones for aerial inspection

Following the footsteps of Kerala Police, the Bengaluru City Police has started to use drones to enforce the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat further spread of the novel coronavirus.

While the drones were initially used in areas under the jurisdiction of DCP South from Tuesday, the same is expected to be used in other areas as well. According to Rohini Katoch Sepat, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), the drones will be used to effectively deploy more personnel to enforce measures in certain areas in the city.

“In a first of its kind initiative DRONES are being used to check movement of people and vehicles in high density areas , with this we will be able to strategise and effectively deploy police @BlrCityPolice @bcpsouth @DgpKarnataka #covidindia,” she wrote on Twitter.

Tablighi Jamaat: Karnataka files FIR against 57 attendees from other countries

The Karnataka government initiated legal action against 57 attendees from other countries who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference held in Delhi with a direction to blacklist them for visas to India in the future. While 31 of them were identified in Bengaluru, 10 were in Belagavi and 8 each in Bidar, and Tumkur, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said.

“To date, 808 attendees of the congregation have been quarantined in Karnataka. Of these, 276 people are in Bengaluru, while 482 others are from other districts,” he stated.

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