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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 22 Highlights: IMD issues yellow alert in several districts for next few days

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 22 Highlights: Karnataka reported 3,649 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total tally of infected to 71,069 in the state. The death toll in Karnataka stands at 1,464.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 23, 2020 8:23:20 am
mumbai rains, thunderstorm mumbai, diwali, mumbai weather update, mumbai news, latest news The IMD has issued a yellow alert for Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Kodagu districts on July 23 and 24. Further, several coastal districts have been put on yellow alert from July 24 to 26 as well. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 22 Highlights: Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued show-cause notices to 291 private hospitals in the city instructing the hospitals to provide details about the availability of beds, ICU, and ventilators in the hospital.

Also Read | Karnataka CM says no more lockdown, says stable economy necessary to fight pandemic

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has directed the private hospitals to notify it about the availability of beds in the hospitals in 24 hours failing which the hospital management will be booked under the National Disaster Management Act.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 3,649 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total tally of infected to 71,069 in the state. State also saw 61 deaths and 1,664 discharges on Tuesday. The death toll in Karnataka stands at 1,464. Out of total positive case, 44,140 cases are active in the state while 25,459 patients have discharged, according to the state health department.

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00:10 (IST)23 Jul 2020
Watch| Bengaluru roads get back to normal after week-long lockdown
18:33 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Karnataka CET: Kerala candidates, families to be in home quarantine after exam

The Kerala government Wednesday decided to impose home quarantine for Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) candidates and families after the exam.

"On completing the exam on July 31, candidates and families should be in room quarantine for seven days. They will also be subjected to antigen tests on the fifth day," Kasaragod District Collector D Sajith Babu informed. He added that the Kerala government will ferry candidates to Thalappady checkpost in Kasaragod on July 30 and 31.

"While the Karnataka government will ferry students from the checkpost to their exam centres, candidates should not use any other mode of transport for the same," he added.

17:42 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Karnataka Governor nominates five MLCs to Legislative Council

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala nominated five MLCs to Karnataka Legislative Council hours after Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa met the Governor in a 'Courtesy visit’ on Wednesday.

Yediyurappa nominated H Vishwanath who joined BJP last year and other BJP leaders, CP Yogeshwar, Dr. Talwar Sabanna, Shantarama Budna Siddi and BJP Mahila Morcha leader Bharathi Shetty.

16:18 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Karnataka rains: Yellow alert in several districts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Wednesday announced yellow alert for several districts in Karnataka, in the view of forecasting heavy rains. 

A yellow alert has been sounded for Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Kodagu districts on July 23 and 24.

Further, several coastal districts have been put on yellow alert from July 24 to 26 as well.

"Coastal districts are very likely to experience widespread rainfall from July 24 to 26. Isolated heavy rainfall is expected over Uttara Kannada, Udupi, and Dakshina Kannada during these days and hence a yellow alert has been issued for these districts," C S Patil, Director of IMD Bengaluru said.

13:56 (IST)22 Jul 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa meets Governor in a ‘cordial’ visit

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday met State Governor Vajubhai Vala.

According to a statement from the CM’s office, the interaction which took place at Raj Bhavan was part of a “cordial visit.”

12:29 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Waive all property taxes in urban local bodies and rural panchayats: DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar urged Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to waive all property taxes, in urban local bodies and rural panchayats in Karnataka for a period of one year on humanitarian grounds.

“Citizens are bearing a huge financial brunt of the Corona Pandemic. It's imperative on the Govt to ease the financial burden on citizens. I urge CM @BSYBJP to waive all property taxes, in urban local bodies and rural panchayats, for a period of one year on humanitarian grounds,” Shivakumar tweeted on Wednesday.

10:47 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Congress plans to take up ASHA workers’ protest, urges Karnataka govt to address concerns

In the view of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers continue to stage protests demanding better working conditions, and health cover, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has urged the state government to address their concerns “immediately.”

After KPCC President D K Shivakumar, Jayanagar MLA Sowmya Reddy and others visited them on Tuesday, the party has decided to take up protests demanding the same.

“They’ve been working for 12 years, and all they’re asking for is to receive their state and central govt pay totaling to ₹12,000,” Sowmya Reddy said.

Further, she tweeted, “If still no one responds to grant their reasonable demands, @INCIndia will lead a ‘#BengaluruChalo’ protest held soon against this injustice!”

Also Read | Bengaluru: ASHA workers, BBMP pourakarmikas stage protests for better working conditions, health cover

10:37 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Govt extends work from home norms for IT firms, BPOs till Dec 31

The government on Tuesday said it has extended connectivity norms for work from home for IT and BPO companies till December 31. The time period for work from home was expiring on July 31.

“DoT has further extended the relaxations in the terms and conditions for other service providers up to 31st December 2020 to facilitate work from home in view of the ongoing concern due to COVID-19,” the Department of Telecommunications said in a late night tweet.

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09:22 (IST)22 Jul 2020
WATCH: Karnataka HC Chief Justice Abhay Oka welcomes court staff recovered from COVID-19 back to work

Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka Abhay Shreeniwas Oka on Tuesday welcomed court staff member Mary Josephine who recovered from COVID-19 recently.

Mary Josephine had tested positive for COVID-19 and was quarantined for 22 days. Along with Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, Justices B Veerappa and S Sujatha were also present to welcome Josephine back.

09:08 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Karnataka ramps up testing, 35,000 Antigen tests new daily target

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said the state is now aiming to conduct 35,000 antigent tests to determine Covid-19 on a daily basis.

“In order to ramp up testing in containment zones, 2 lakh rapid Antigen test kits have been procured and supplied to all districts across the state,” he said.

With the newly procured kits, a cumulative 50,000 antigen tests will be conducted in Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts alone, he added. 

As many as 19,328 antigen tests were done across the state on Tuesday.

09:00 (IST)22 Jul 2020
KCET 2020: 1871 students from other states to write entrance test in Karnataka

Karnataka Deputy CM Ashwathnarayan, who is also in charge of the Higher Education Department, Tuesday said students who are travelling from other states and countries to attend KCET will be exempted from quarantine rules.

“As many as 1871 candidates from outside the state and 30 students from other countries are expected to appear for the test. They will be exempted from home quarantine norms and will be allowed to stay in Karnataka for 96 hours,” he said.

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08:43 (IST)22 Jul 2020
KSRTC, BMTC to commence bus services from today

As Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa made it clear that the government will not continue the lockdown, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will resume its services from Wednesday.

“As per the government’s order, the lockdown in Bengaluru will be lifted from Wednesday. Bus services from the city will be available from 6 am and regular operations will resume,” the KSRTC PRO said.

Meanwhile, BMTC announced they will operate the buses but in limited numbers. The BMTC said, “BMTC will begin the services with 1,500 buses on Wednesday and services will be increased based on passenger traffic.”

08:33 (IST)22 Jul 2020
Karnataka to deploy 640 PM Cares ventilators

Despite doubts raised by a section of medical experts about the utility of 640 ventilators supplied under the Centre’s PM Cares scheme in providing advanced respiratory support to seriously ill Covid-19 patients, the Karnataka government has decided to deploy them to tide over a severe shortage of these machines in the state’s public hospitals.

“One set of doctors said that ventilators supplied under the Central scheme cannot be used for patients. We have tested them and found them capable of delivering the oxygen needs. We will go ahead and use the ventilators,” Karnataka’s Additional Chief Secretary and Health Secretary Jawaid Akhtar has said.

Faced with a rapidly escalating caseload, the state is staring at an acute shortage of high-end ventilators needed to assist patients with severe lung damage. As of Monday evening, there were only six ICU ventilators available, out of a total of 22 in 15 government hospitals, and only two of 77 in government medical college hospitals across the state capital. As of the same time, there were 332 patients in ICUs in Bengaluru hospitals.

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08:29 (IST)22 Jul 2020
BBMP issues show-cause notices to 291 private hospitals in Bengaluru

Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued show-cause notices to 291 private hospitals in the city, instructing the hospitals to provide details about the availability of beds, ICU, and ventilators in the hospital.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has directed the private hospitals to notify it about the availability of beds in the hospitals in 24 hours failing which the hospital management will be booked under the National Disaster Management Act.

08:28 (IST)22 Jul 2020
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The 640 ventilators received by the state under PM Cares is part of 1,600 approved by the Centre for supply to Karnataka. The state has, in all, sought 2,149 ventilators.

Despite doubts raised by a section of medical experts about the utility of 640 ventilators supplied under the Centre’s PM Cares scheme in providing advanced respiratory support to seriously ill Covid-19 patients, the Karnataka government has decided to deploy them to tide over a severe shortage of these machines in the state’s public hospitals.

READ | Despite doubts about ‘low-end’ machines, Karnataka to deploy 640 PM Cares ventilators

Any queries and support related to COVID-19 in Karnataka, citizens can contact round-the-clock helpline numbers: 104(toll free) +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000

READ | Watch: Biker touches almost 300 kmph during Bengaluru lockdown; arrested for speeding

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations: BBMP Control room: 080-22221188 In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916.

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