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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 27 Highlights: Karnataka witnesses record rise in Covid-19 cases, Sunday curfews to resume

The concerned officers have been directed to distribute PPE kits and pulse oximeters to asymptomatic health workers testing positive for the infection.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 29, 2020 8:24:00 am
Yediyurappa, Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, COVID-19 In a meeting with Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, MLAs from Bengaluru suggested that marriage halls with huge capacities located on the outskirts of the city should be used to quarantine asymptomatic persons. Express Photo

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 27 Highlights: In the wake of a steady spike in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Karnataka, the state government Saturday decided to reimpose Sunday curfews. The same will resume from July 5. “No activities shall be permitted then except essential services,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government allowed health workers testing positive and are asymptomatic for coronavirus to be in Home Quarantine, following guidelines of isolation protocol.

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23:08 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Netizens miffed as Karnataka minister K Sudhakar’s daughter, wife use TikTok to wish on his birthday

A birthday message for Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar became a big topic of discussion on social media, but for the wrong reasons.

When the minister shared a TikTok video sent by his daughter and wife, who are currently in a Covid-19 facility, people pointed out that the minister should know better and that he should urge his family to boycott the Chinese video-sharing platform and lead by example.

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21:35 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Full lockdown on Sundays from July 5, night curfew to begin at 8 pm

The Karnataka government Saturday decided to reimpose Sunday curfews in a bid to contain the transmission of the novel coronavirus, on the day it recorded its biggest single-day spike in the number of cases.

Denying a complete lockdown, Chief Minister B.S Yediyurappa announced Sunday curfews, beginning July 5. “No activities shall be permitted except essential services and supplies,” he said.

The government also decided to extend the timing of night curfew (from 9 pm to 5 am) to 8 pm to 5 am with effect from June 29. Besides, all government offices shall remain closed on all Saturdays from July 10.

21:35 (IST)27 Jun 2020
596 new cases in Bengaluru

Bengaluru on Saturday recorded 596 new Covid-19 cases — the biggest single-day spike. Three more deaths linked to the virus were also confirmed in the capital city.

At the same time, 918 new cases were reported from across the state as the tally in Karnataka rose to 11,923. The death toll in the state — with 11 more people succumbing to the infection — rose to 191.

As many as 8,888 cases and 146 deaths have been linked to the recorded in the last 30 days, as per statistics shared by the Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

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20:37 (IST)27 Jun 2020
99-year-old woman becomes oldest in Karnataka to beat Covid-19

A 99-year-old woman in Karnataka became the oldest in the state to defeat Covid-19, nine days after she tested positive for the virus. The average recovery period observed in the state is about 17 days. The woman had contracted the pathogen after coming in contact with her grandson and was hospitalised on her 99th birthday on June 18. According to officials of the health department, the patient was admitted to Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru after she tested positive for novel coronavirus.

“The patient aged 99, who was also suffering from hypertension, was admitted to our hospital on June 18 after she tested positive for coronavirus. She was treated as per the protocol and we were elated to see her recover,” Dr Smitha S Segu, nodal officer in charge of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute told Read more here

20:31 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Karnataka records highest single-day spike with 918 new cases

Meanwhile, Karnataka witnessed the biggest single-day spike in Covid cases on Saturday as 918 cases were recorded and 11 more deaths were linked to the pandemic. In Bengaluru alone, 596 more people tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours as three more fatalities were also confirmed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

20:29 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Rise in Covid-19 cases: Karnataka to resume Sunday curfew

In the wake of a steady spike in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Karnataka, the state government Saturday decided to reimpose Sunday curfew. The same will resume from July 5. “No activities shall be permitted except essential services,” CM Yediyurappa announced.

19:17 (IST)27 Jun 2020
'Staff who tested positive in Tumkur had no contact with students'

Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Friday clarified that the official who tested positive for coronavirus at an exam centre in Tumkur had no contact with students.

The incident had forced the education department to send all staff members deployed at the exam centre to go on quarantine.

Clarifying the same, Suresh Kumar said the official was not deployed for invigilation in any exam room. “The officer on duty at Arasikere Government High School, Pavagada, had tested positive on Friday evening after he left the place. However, the official was deployed for duty only at the chief examiner’s room and had not visited any exam room where students were seated,” he said.

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17:37 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Covid-19 positive SSLC student can take exams later: Minister

Hours after it was confirmed that a student attending SSLC exams in Hassan had tested positive for Covid-19, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said the student will not be allowed to complete the exams in this attempt.

"Instead, he (the student) will be allowed to attend supplementary exams as a fresh candidate for the remaining papers," he said.

Meanwhile, the minister added that health officials would "closely monitor" the health condition of 19 other students who took the exam in the same hall. According to the Minister, a decision of whether they will be allowed to attend the remaining exams will be based on a report submitted by an expert committee.

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14:53 (IST)27 Jun 2020
SSLC student writing exam tests positive for COVID-19

A SSLC student writing exam in Arkalgud taluk of Hassan district in Karnataka has tested COVID-19 positive on Saturday. On Friday, a Karnataka government employee on SSLC exam duty at a school in Pavagada, Tumakuru district, tested positive for Covid-19. SSLC exams began in Karnataka amid coronavirus fears on Thursday.

"The 16-year-old was attending the exam in centre situated in Arkalgud town in Hassan. He had recovered from dengue recently and had sent the swab for testing after developing an Influenza-like Illness a couple of days back," an official told

The official added that the examination center chief was informed by the district administration as soon as the test results were out with 13 more people apart from the student testing positive in Hassan on Saturday.

Further, officials claimed that the student was shifted to another separate classroom where he completed the examination.

13:19 (IST)27 Jun 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka CM Yediyurappa lays foundation stone for Kempegowda statue

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Saturday laid the foundation stone to begin construction of a 108-feet tall bronze statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, credited to be modern Bengaluru's founder.

The statue will be erected near the premises of Bengaluru International Airport. located in Devanahalli, on the outskirts of the city.

Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shivakumar, and Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan were among others who attended the event.

12:09 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Turn marriage halls to turn quarantine facilities: MLAs urge CM

In a meeting with Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, MLAs from Bengaluru suggested that marriage halls with huge capacities located on the outskirts of the city should be used to quarantine asymptomatic persons.

Responding to the same, CM Yediyurappa said that action has been taken to identify hotels in the city to provide such facility. Further, the CM said, “Officers have been also directed to monitor the treatment given by private hospitals to Covid-19 patients.” He further requested MLAs to inspect hospitals in their respective constituencies to report the actual situations there.

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10:41 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Police will raid, initiate action on violation of unlock guidelines: Bengaluru Police Commissioner

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao Saturday warned all shops, malls, banks, hotels, offices, and other establishments in the city of strict action if found to be violating unlock guidelines.

“All of you are already aware of precautions to be taken. If you do not implement mask wearing and ensure safe distance, City Police will raid and initiate legal action. This has already started,” he said.

Earlier on Friday, DCP (North) Shashi Kumar had raided shops and establishments in areas under his jurisdiction in the city. His team was seen closing down shops not following the rules, while gifting roses to those implementing guidelines properly.

Bengaluru Police conducted raids on shops under the jurisdiction of DCP (North) Shashi Kumar on Friday.
09:31 (IST)27 Jun 2020
HC urges state govt to consider online classes upto Class 5 for few hours

The Karnataka High Court on Friday urged the state government to consider conducting online classes upto Class 5 for a few hours, during a hearing challenging the ban on online classes in the state upto Class 5.

The court observed that the government has to come up with a solution to conduct classes until a decision is made based on a report filed by an expert committee. The hearing has now been adjourned to June 29.

09:01 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Another lockdown essential in Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Friday urged the government to announce another lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.
“The state needs another lockdown but this time it should be well planned. Last time, it was imposed without a second thought impacting the people’s health and even the economy of the State, he said.

He further suggested that lockdown was imperative in the wake of the daily rise in the number of fresh cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic in the State.

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08:55 (IST)27 Jun 2020
IN PICS| Exam centres in Dakshina Kannada ready for today’s SSLC exam

As the Karnataka SSLC examinations continue amid pandemic scares, students will attend Mathematics/Sociology paper today.

Here’s how some exam centres in Dakshina Kannada looked like this morning, as students started arriving:

08:25 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Karnataka: Covid-19 tally crosses 11,000; 1935 in Bengaluru

With 445 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Friday, the total tally linked to the pandemic rose to 11,005 in Karnataka. As many as 180 people have succumbed to the infection so far.

Among all 30 districts in the state, capital Bengaluru has recorded most cases (1935) and most fatalities (81) so far. As many as 1327 cases are active as on Friday, according to statistics shared by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

Kalaburagi is second on the list with most active cases (381), while Ballari is third (361).

The first positive case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Bengaluru on March 9.

08:25 (IST)27 Jun 2020
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bengaluru coronavirus, bengaluru coronavirus cases, BMTC employee tests positive for coronavirus, BMTC coronavirus contact tracing, karnataka coronavirus As many as 1776 BMTC employees categorised as “high-risk staff” have been tested so far.

Meanwhile, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) stated that 22 of its employees have tested positive for coronavirus so far, of which five have recovered.

Of these, six employees were among 144 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Bengaluru on Friday.

Read | 22 employees tested positive for Covid, 5 recovered so far: BMTC

At the same time, the South Western Railway Friday announced beginning operations of overnight trains between Bengaluru and Belagavi.

According to the schedule, the daily superfast express will depart at 9 pm to arrive at the destination at 7.25 am the next day (both sides).

Read | Bengaluru-Belagavi special night train to run daily

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