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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 1 Highlights: Kerala blocks roads to state after cases in Dakshina Kannada rise

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 1 Highlights: The Sunday lockdown in Karnataka will be reimposed and enforced every week "until further others" from July 5.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 2, 2020 8:55:45 am
Kasargod, Kerala, Dakshina Kannada, COVID-19 The roads were blocked by dumping mud on the roads.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 1 Highlights: As Covid-19 cases continue to witness a steady increase in Bengaluru, the number of patients admitted to Intensive Care Units in designated hospitals shot up to 171 on Tuesday. As of June 6, the number of patients in ICUs in the city was five.

Following the latest trend of a sudden rise in fresh cases and fatalities linked to Covid-19 on a daily basis, several leaders of the opposition had urged the government to announce a complete lockdown.

The Sunday lockdown in Karnataka will be reimposed and enforced every week “until further others” from July 5. No activity other than essential services and supplies will be allowed then.

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22:21 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Experts ask govt to focus on people with comorbidity, suggest home isolation for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients

Medical experts in Karnataka on Wednesday suggested the government to give priority to patients with comorbidity and those in serious conditions to bring down the fatality rate linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a meeting convened by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in Bengaluru to strategise Covid-19 containment plans, medical experts also suggested that treating asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients in home isolation will be appropriate as it would lessen the burden on hospitals.

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20:30 (IST)01 Jul 2020
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16:27 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Kerala blocks roads to Karnataka after Covid-19 cases rise in Dakshina Kannada

The Kasaragod district administration in Kerala blocked few roads leading to Karnataka on Wednesday.

The roads were blocked by dumping mud on the roads. According to reports, roads leading to Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka were blocked in Manjeshwar, Adhur, Badiadka and Rajapuram.

As of now, the pass facility is only available at Talapady. The blockade comes against the backdrop of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Dakshina Kannada. In Dakshina Kannada, there are 292 active cases of Covid-19, with 44 new cases reported on Tuesday.

16:15 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Students condemn govt demand to vacate hostels in short notice

Several students staying in Bangalore University's girls' hostel in Bengaluru Wednesday condemned the state government's direction asking them to vacate their rooms "in short notice."

The decision was taken in the wake of converting government college hostels to Covid Care Centres for the treatment of asymptomatic patients as the number of patients kept increasing.

"The plan of turning government campuses into Covid relief centres is the need of the hour and we are with the decision. Yet, this short notice has created a tension-filled atmosphere amongst students," Apoorva C M, Vice President, AIDSO Bengaluru District Committee said.

Students had been asked to go to their natives in March when lockdown began. However, they had left their belongings in their rooms, for which students are forced to arrive now, she added.

14:56 (IST)01 Jul 2020
A Buddhist monk choked to death while eating a samosa; police registers case

An 18-year-old Buddhist monk identified as Bayar Javaklan Dashdorj from Mongolia, residing at Tibetan settlement camp in Mundagod in Uttara Kannada district choked to death on Tuesday while eating a samosa.

According to Karnataka police, the deceased was living in Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundagod Tibetan Camp. The police have registered a case in the Mundagod Police station.

13:42 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Sunday lockdown: Mysuru zoo to be open on Tuesdays instead

The Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens and Karanji Lake Nature Park in the city will be closed for public viewing on Sundays, in the wake of the Karnataka government announcing lockdown on Sundays beginning July 5.

However, these will be open on Tuesdays — the usual day-off — in this regard, a circular issued on Wednesday read.

11:08 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Kodagu reports 7 new COVID-19 cases on July 1

Seven more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Kodagu district in South Karnataka on Wednesday.

With this, the total tally of COVID-19 patients in the district has risen to 54. Kodagu deputy commissioner Anies Kanmani Joy said, “Six new patients are the primary contacts of COVID-19 patient from Nellihudikeri, Somwarpet Taluk and one case is an ILI patient from Thithimathi village in Virajpet Taluk.”

10:44 (IST)01 Jul 2020
IN PICS| Karnataka SSLC exams continue; Social Science paper today

As the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams continue in Karnataka, students will answer the Social Science paper on Wednesday.

According to Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB), the exams that began on June 25 will to continue till July 4 as scheduled, despite growing concerns among many in the wake of the rise in coronavirus-related numbers in the state.

Meanwhile, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar visited exam centers in Ramanagara district inspecting adherence to the guidelines stipulated by the health department to hold the exams.

10:14 (IST)01 Jul 2020
COVID19: KSRTC to stamp the hand of all passengers

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to stamp the hand of all passengers before they are allowed to board the buses.

According to KSRTC, the decision to employ hand-stamp was made in the wake of the sudden jump in the number of cases reported from Bengaluru and other districts in the state.

KSRTC officials said that this move is to instil confidence among its commuters. The round stamp is, however, different from the 'home-quarantine' stamp.

09:33 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Covid-19: 63% of Karnataka patients in ICU are in Bengaluru

Over 63 per cent of the total number of Covid-19 patients admitted to Intensive Care Units across hospitals in Karnataka are in Bengaluru alone.

According to statistics shared by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, as many as 171 patients are admitted to ICU facilities in hospitals located in Bengaluru. As of June 6, the number of patients in ICUs in the city was five.

In total, across hospitals in the state, 271 Covid-19 patients are admitted to ICU facilities, as on Tuesday.

09:15 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Sunday lockdown in Karnataka till August 2; marriages fixed will be allowed

The Karnataka government announced a complete lockdown on five Sundays in the state, starting from July 5 to August 2. However, marriages already fixed on these days shall be permitted, the state government's Unlock-2 guidelines said.

The order says the number of guests in the marriage should not exceed 50. The order issued by Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar by and large implements the Unlock 2 guidelines issued by the centre, that will be in force until July 31. 

The government further ordered, "All government offices, Boards and Corporations, except those operating and maintaining essential services, shall remain closed on all Saturdays till the second week of August.

During the Sunday lockdown and the 8 pm-5 am curfew, only essential activities will be allowed, including “operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on national and state highway/major district roads, loading and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes,” the order stated.

08:57 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: BMTC decides to wrap up daily services before night curfew

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) — in charge of operating buses in Bengaluru — has decided to aligned its services in accordance to the state government’s new night curfew timings.


Depot managers in the corporation have been told to halt operations of buses before 8 pm across zones in the city.


However, BMTC, in a recent circular, has stated that operations can be stretched till 9 pm only in case of heavy congestion at major terminals like Kempegowda Bus Station, Shivajinagar, Banashankari, Kengeri, and Yeshwantpur among others.

08:56 (IST)01 Jul 2020
Karnataka: Video shows Covid bodies dumped into pit, probe ordered

Facing criticism over a video clip that showed bodies of coronavirus victims being dumped in a large pit in Karnataka’s Bellari, Deputy Commissioner (DC) S S Nakul Tuesday tendered an “unconditional apology” and said he is “deeply upset and sorrowful at the manner in which the remains of the deceased were handled.”

In the video that surfaced online, six men wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits are seen dumping the corpses covered in black body bags into large pits in what appears to be a cremation ground.

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08:49 (IST)01 Jul 2020
National Doctors’ Day: Med Edu Minister appreciates efforts

Appreciating efforts put in by doctors to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, Karnataka’s Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar thanked them for putting in their best efforts for humanity, working round the clock to serve the world.

A qualified doctor himself, Sudhakar tweeted, “The selfless service of doctors to care & cure mankind is invaluable & manifests the saying Vaidyo Narayano Harih.”

08:49 (IST)01 Jul 2020
As Shivakumar takes charge, Karnataka Congress to put LED at every panchayat to screen event

Set to take over formally as president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee on Thursday, D K Shivakumar on Tuesday said he wants to convert the Congress’s mass base into a cadre base.

And he is attempting to do something which no Congress state unit has done before.

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08:32 (IST)01 Jul 2020
BBMP passes resolution to name Yelahanka flyover after Veer Savarkar

Despite facing serious opposition from Congress and JD(S), Bengaluru's civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday passed a resolution in council meeting to name a Flyover after Veer Savarkar in Yelahanka, North Bengaluru.

On 28 May, the 400-metre flyover, named after the freedom fighter and Hindutva ideologue, was scheduled to be unveiled by Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Savarkar’s birthday, but BBMP called the ceremony off at the last moment citing Covid-19 lockdown.

A controversy erupted over flyover with both the Congress and the JD(S) opposing the decision of the state’s BJP government to name it after Savarkar.

08:31 (IST)01 Jul 2020
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In the video that surfaced online, six men wearing PPE kits are seen dumping the corpses covered in black body bags into large pits (Video grab)

Meanwhile, facing criticism over a video clip that showed bodies of coronavirus victims being dumped in a large pit in Karnataka’s Bellari, Deputy Commissioner (DC) S S Nakul Tuesday tendered an “unconditional apology” and said he is “deeply upset and sorrowful at the manner in which the remains of the deceased were handled.”

Read, Watch video | Karnataka govt tenders ‘unconditional apology’ after video shows bodies of Covid victims dumped in pits

At the same time, facing a brunt due to Covid-19 lockdown, the tourism industry in Coorg (Kodagu) has come up with an innovative initiative to attract tourists.

Read | Coorg homestays come up with ‘workation’ offer to bring tourists back

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | 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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