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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 2 Highlights: D K Shivakumar takes charge as KPCC president

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 2 Highlights: Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said on Wednesday that two acres of land will be identified for this purpose on the outskirts.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 3, 2020 8:31:46 am
DK Shivakumar, KPCC, KPCC President, Prathigna Dina Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar took over as the President of Karnataka Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) from former KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao at the event ‘Prathigna Dina’ (oath day in Kannada) held in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 2 Highlights: After the cases in Bengaluru are increasing over the last few days and also the death tally also climbing, the Karnataka government is planning to identify a separate place on the outskirts for burying COVID-19 victims in Bengaluru.

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Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said on Wednesday that two acres of land will be identified for this purpose on the outskirts. “Bodies of COVID-19 victims in Bengaluru would not be laid to rest in burial grounds in the city and a separate place will be earmarked on the outskirts in the backdrop of safety concerns raised by the public,” he said

Sriramulu also warned against unscientific disposal of used Personal Protection Equipment(PPE) kits worn by the kin of the dead for the final rites, referring to reports about such instances.

“A news report from Bengaluru said that after last rites, the kits have been thrown there itself and due to wind it has come to houses nearby, creating panic among the residents,” he said.

The minister in a tweet on Wednesday, warned against discarding PPE kits anywhere after use and said they should be disposed of by following the procedure. “A strict action will be taken against such people. Because of someone’s neglect, common people’s lives should not be at risk. Concerned officials will be held responsible,” he said in a tweet.

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23:29 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Karnataka allows home isolation for asymptomatic patients

With 1502 fresh positive cases reported from Karnataka on Thursday, the total Covid-19 tally rose to 18016, the same day on which the state decided to allow home isolation for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients.

23:09 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Covid deaths cross 100 in Bengaluru, govt to convert 35 acres of land into public burial grounds

With the number of deaths due to the novel coronavirus reaching 100 in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government Thursday decided to turn 35.18 acres of land in different locations in the city to public burial grounds.

According to an official order signed by Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner G N Shivamurthy, ten different spots within BBMP limits have been identified for the same.

As per the list approved by the Revenue Department, these burial grounds are situated across four BBMP Zones — Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Anekal, and Yelahanka.

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18:58 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Covid-19: Mangaluru MLA tests positive

Mangaluru North MLA Dr Y Bharat Shetty Thursday confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus.

"I have been tested COVID19 positive. With all your blessings, I'm recovering & will be under treatment for few days," he wrote on Twitter.

Further, the BJP legislator requested citizens to maintain social distancing, wear mask while going out and to wash hands frequently. "Please take care of yourselves and your near ones," he added.

18:46 (IST)02 Jul 2020
As Karnataka mulls home isolation for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients, Oppn questions its ability, medical experts divided

A day after the Karnataka government indicated that it would recommend home quarantine for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients in a bid to lessen the burden on hospitals, opposition leaders Thursday questioned the government’s ability to handle the situation while experts remained divided on the suggestion.

“It is shocking to see COVID-19 patients being turned down by the hospitals due to lack of beds. The government has failed in its duty to protect the citizens,” former chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy said.

Criticising the government, he added, “The CM and his cabinet colleagues wasted precious time in mere talking for the last three months. As the escalated Covid numbers stare them in the face, they are now helpless.”

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18:25 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Plea in Delhi HC against domicile reservation in NLSIU

A plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Karnataka government’s decision to impose 25 per cent domicile reservation in the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru.

The matter came up for hearing on Thursday before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan which recused from hearing it and directed that it be listed before another bench.

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17:43 (IST)02 Jul 2020
'Man of Lakes' featured in 'Mann Ki Baat' gets life-time free bus pass

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Thursday issued a lifetime free bus pass for "Man of Lakes" Kaamegowda, an 82-year-old man credited with building 14 ponds on a barren hill in Mandya.

Kaamegowda's achievements were featured in the latest 'Mann Ki Baat' episode presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appreciating his 'Aatmanirbhar’ efforts.

16:03 (IST)02 Jul 2020
20 inmates, 6 officials of Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru test positive for COVID-19

Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru reported 26 COVID-19 positive cases including 20 inmates and six officials.

The health department had taken a sample of about 150 people from jail three days ago. In the report, 26 of them have tested positive.

According to police, the patients have been shifted to the Covid-19 Care Centre at Haj Bhavan on Thursday.

At Parappana Agrahara Bengaluru Central Jail there are over 5,000 inmates.

12:29 (IST)02 Jul 2020
DK Shivakumar takes charge as KPCC president

Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar took over as the President of Karnataka Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) from former KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao at the event 'Prathigna Dina’ (oath day in Kannada) held in Bengaluru.

Due to COVID-19 the event was streamed live for party leaders and cadres across Karnataka.

A former minister and the incumbent MLA from Kanakapura, Shivakumar was appointed KPCC president on March 11 replacing Dinesh Gundu Rao who resigned from the post after Congress’ dismal performance in the bypolls held to 15 constituencies in November 2019.

12:13 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Karnataka: Active cases outnumber recoveries yet again

As the rate of fresh Covid-19 cases confirmed in Karnataka continues to be on a steady rise, the number of active cases in the state outnumbered cumulative recoveries on Wednesday yet again, after over a month's gap.

According to statistics shared by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka has 8194 active Covid-19 cases as on July 1 as opposed to 8063 discharges recorded to date.

This has led to the recovery rate in the state dropping to 48.83 per cent as the tally rose to 16,514.

11:35 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Shocking to see Covid-19 patients turned down by hospitals: Kumaraswamy

Raising concern over the lack of beds available for Covid-19 treatment in the state, former Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy Thursday said it was shocking to see patients turned down by hospitals.

"The government has failed in its duty to protect the citizens. The CM and his cabinet colleagues wasted precious time in mere talking for the last three months. As the escalated Covid numbers stare them in the face, they are now helpless," he said.

Further criticising the government for an alleged lack of cabinet coordination, he said, "Even when you have a proven model in Kerala government's success in Covid management, the ministers waste time in issuing contradictory statements and do nothing. Karnataka suffers due to lack of co-ordination in the cabinet.

10:02 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Govt ICUs full, beds short, Bengaluru battle against surge leaves ambulances stranded

A system designed to centralise bed allocations in Bengaluru, with the municipal corporation given the powers to inform patients, determine the severity of their symptoms, and ensure their transfer in ambulances to hospitals or care centres, has led to chaos in the city.

Ambulances, often carrying multiple people, are waiting for hours outside hospitals as the latter demand paperwork regarding tests, which is not being made available to patients.

Ambulance drivers say it is they who are facing the brunt of the new system. “We have become like call centres,” M Rudresh, an ambulance driver who had just deposited a 35-year-old, severely unwell patient at Bowring Hospital, said. “BBMP officials tell us to pick up a patient and drop them. We have to coordinate between the patients and hospitals. Sometimes the patients do not have the documents and we are shunted between hospitals. It is chaotic.”

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10:00 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Mangaluru DC office to remain closed for sanitisation

As the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing in Mangaluru, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office will be closed for three days starting from July 3 to July 5 for sanitisation, informed DC Sindhu B Rupesh in a press release.

The entry of the public is banned at the DC office premises and the DC also directed for the closure of all offices including the elected representatives and ministers.

09:38 (IST)02 Jul 2020
IN PICS| Karnataka SSLC Exams: Students to attend First Language paper today

As the Karnataka SSLC exams continue, with just two more days left for its conclusion amid the pandemic, students will attend the First Language paper today.

09:01 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Karnataka: Experts suggest home isolation for asymptomatic Covid patients

Medical experts in Karnataka on Wednesday suggested the government to give priority to patients with comorbidities 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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09:01 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Govt ICUs full, beds short, Bengaluru battle against surge leaves ambulances stranded

A system designed to centralise bed allocations in Bengaluru, with the municipal corporation given the powers to inform patients, determine the severity of their symptoms, and ensure their transfer in ambulances to hospitals or care centres, has led to chaos in the city.

Ambulances, often carrying multiple people, are waiting for hours outside hospitals as the latter demand paperwork regarding tests, which is not being made available to patients.

On June 27, Karnataka Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Dr Om Prakash Patil issued a circular forbidding government and private laboratories from conveying positive results of Covid tests to individuals concerned directly. They were told to upload the results on the ICMR portal and only share details with state officials.

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09:00 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Notices to 18 hospitals in Bengaluru as 52-year-old dies

Karnataka’s Commissioner for Health and Family Welfare Services has issued a show cause notice to 18 private and public hospitals in Bengaluru for refusing treatment to a 52-year-old, who later died of influenza-like illness symptoms.

The notice was issued after reports indicated that Bhawarlal Sujani could not get admission at various hospitals through June 27 and 28. The hospitals, including major ones like Bowring, Fortis and Manipal, have been told to get back within 24 hours on why action should not be initiated against them, including under the State Disaster Management Act.

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08:59 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Baiyyappanahalli: Third terminal officially commissioned, to be open for passengers by October

The South Western Railway Wednesday announced the commissioning of the Third Coaching Terminal Baiyyappanahalli (TCTB) in Bengaluru. This will enable the city to get more long-distance trains.

TCTB is the third coaching terminal — where passenger trains originate and terminate — in Bengaluru, after KSR Bengaluru City and Yeshwantpur.

According to SWR officials, some of the trains proposed from TCTB are likely to be to Guwahati, Narsapur, Jaipur, Okhla, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Tambaram, Shalimar, and Hatia.

08:58 (IST)02 Jul 2020
Karnataka Government to provide nutritious food to Covid-19 patients; Here is the full menu

The Karnataka government issued orders directing the COVID-19 hospitals to provide nutritious food to boost the immunity of the patients. Breakfast will be served at 7 am followed by lunch at 1 pm and dinner at 7 pm.

Patients will be served Rava Idli on Monday, Pongal on Tuesday, Set-Dosa on Wednesday, Rice Idli on Thursday, Bisi-bele bath on Friday, Chow-Chow bath on Saturday and Set-Dosa on Sunday. The Government has also directed hospitals to provide fruits like watermelon, papaya, musk melon along with veg soup and porridge every day at 10 am.

Lunch on all days will include either Roti or Chapathi along with Rice, Dal, curd or egg. In the evening, patients will be provided with banana, cookies, fresh dates and a mango bar (vitamin C). For dinner, the same menu is repeated and also flavored milk will be given at 9 pm.

According to the circular issued by Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) the new food menu is prepared after consulting with dietitians to boost immunity among the patients. Jawaid Akhtar, has also directed the hospitals to ensure that food expenses per patient do not exceed Rs. 250 and the expenses are covered from funds available with Arogya Raksha Samithi (ARS) fund at Hospital or Disaster Relief Fund at the district level.

08:54 (IST)02 Jul 2020
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The Karnataka government has issued a show cause notice to 18 private hospitals in Bengaluru for refusing treatment to a 52-year-old man with COVID19 symptoms who later died.

Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey sent a notice to the private hospitals. "You are required to reply to the show cause (notice) within 24 hours as to why action should not be initiated against you under the provisions of KMPE and State Disaster Management Act,” Pankaj Kumar Pandey stated in the notice issued on Tuesday.

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According to health department officials, the relatives of the 52-year-old patient took him to nine private hospitals across Bengaluru on Saturday and Sunday after observing ILI like symptoms but all nine hospitals rejected admitting him on some pretext such as unavailability of beds or 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

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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