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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 4 Highlights: Karnataka task force to set up booth-level committees to fight COVID-19

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 4 Highlights The task force committees will act at the ultra local level.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 6, 2020 8:30:27 am
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar also warned of legal action against those health workers for disrespect to the bodies.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 4 Highlights: After rising number of coronavirus cases in Karnataka, the state COVID Task Force decided to set up booth-level task force committees across the state, including 8,800 in Bengaluru for monitoring and surveillance.

On Friday after meeting with ministers and officials, Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said detailed guidelines will be prepared by the task force for home isolation for asymptomatic cases including 17 days ‘home isolation’ for patients below 50 years of age.

The minister also warned of legal action against those health workers for disrespect to the bodies.

“There will be booth-level task force committees throughout the state right from the village to Bengaluru. These task force committees will act at the ultra local level, ” he said.

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18:41 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Bengaluru Bishop admitted to hospital with mild Covid-19 symptoms

Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore Bernard Moras was admitted to St John’s Medical College in the city after he developed mild symptoms of Covid-19.

According to a statement issued by the Archdiocese of Bangalore, Moras had gone to the hospital for for a routine checkup on July 2 after he felt unwell.

“Yesterday (July 3) it was confirmed that he has mild symptoms of Covid and doctors at St John’s Medical College have assured that his situation is stable at present,” Archbisop Peter Machado confirmed.

18:33 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Siddaramaiah asks govt to evaluate if SSLC exams were held safely in Karnataka

Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah suggested the Karnataka government to ascertain whether the recently concluded SSLC exam was conducted safely by checking the primary contacts of patients testing positive for COVID-19, between June 15 to July 20.

“@CMofKarnataka seems to be motivated & overconfident to conduct more exams after 'assuming' that SSLC exams were conducted safely. I too hope that everybody are safe. But we will have to wait for 15 days to know the exact outcome,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

“My strong suggestion to the govt is to collect data from all #COVID19 positive patients reported/ing between 15th June to 20th July to check if any of their primary contact wrote SSLC exams. This will help the govt to evaluate if at all exams can be conducted safely,” he said in another tweet.

18:28 (IST)04 Jul 2020
IN PICS| Bengaluru: Huge turnouts at supermarkets, liquor shops ahead of Sunday lockdown
17:11 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Karnataka Government to construct guest house at Tirumala

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), approved the blueprint of the Karnataka government for a Rs 200 crore convention hall and guest house at Tirumala.

In a meeting at the residential office of the Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, TTD chief M V Subba Reddy approved the blueprint. The Karnataka government owns seven-acre land at Tirumala, the state government will be constructing a 320 room guest house with a dormitory and a marriage hall on that land.

According to TTD, In 2008, TTD gave 7.05 acres of land on a 50-year lease to the Karnataka Government. ‘It was agreed to construct a Complex as per TTD norms leaving 1.94 acres vacant leased land on West Mada Street keeping in view the necessities of pilgrims during Brahmotsavams and other days and taking up construction activity in the remaining leased land. The Karnataka Government would soon submit a plan to the TTD Board for approval,” TTD said in a statement.

“Thereafter the Karnataka Government will also deposit Rs 200 Crore with TTD for taking up construction works. The foundation stone for the construction will be laid by Karnataka CM,” the statement added.

16:42 (IST)04 Jul 2020
State medical education minister orders enquiry on Bengaluru medical college following harassment allegations

After a doctor at a medical college in Bengaluru alleged harassment after complaining of faulty PPE and masks, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has ordered an enquiry and said that the management will be held responsible if found guilty.

According to the minister, the doctor had complained about shortage of N95 masks and faulty PPE kits at KIMS but was later chastised for the same. The doctor later tested positive for COVID-19. She was harassed by the management after she informed the management of her plight.

16:02 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Home isolation in Karnataka: Here are the guidelines patients need to follow

According to government guidelines, while in home isolation, Covid-19 positive patients should wear an N-95/medical facemask at all times. The mask should be discarded after 8 hours of use or earlier if they become wet or visibly soiled. While disinfecting the mask, 1% Sodium Hypo-chlorite solution should be used.

The patient must stay in the identified room only and maintain a physical distance of 2 meters or 6 feet from other people in the home, especially elderly and those with comorbid conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease and renal disease among others.

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15:28 (IST)04 Jul 2020
BBMP chief apologises to family members of Covid patient who died on road waiting for ambulance

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) commissioner BH Anil Kumar on Saturday apologised to the family members of 65-year-old COVID-19 patient who died on the road waiting for an ambulance in Hanumanthanagar, South Bengaluru.

The deceased tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and his family members immediately called an ambulance to reach a hospital.

However, as he waited for the ambulance for nearly three hours, he collapsed on the road complaining of breathlessness and died. The videos of the body lying on the road went viral on social media.

13:52 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Karnataka: Are patients with comorbid conditions allowed home isolation?

If the patient has comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and thyroid disease, they have to be well-managed and under good clinical control as assessed by a medical officer/physician.

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13:25 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad tests negative for #Covid19

Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad has tested negative for COVID-19.

"I had isolated myself from past 4 days. I got myself tested & I am happy to inform you that the result has come back negative,” Arshad wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for all the wishes & prayers. Request you all to stay safe", he tweeted.

12:47 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Permission for home isolation: Medical conditions required for patients in Karnataka

The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services has directed that each Covid-19 patient in home isolation should always have an oxygen saturation of not less than 95 per cent. The patient shall have a pulse oximeter, digital thermometer and personal protective equipment (facemasks, gloves) to be used during home isolation.

The patient should be aged 50 or below. Home isolation shall not be applicable to pregnant women. However, lactating mothers are allowed home isolation after assessment and instructions.

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11:39 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Explained: Who are asymptomatic and mild symptomatic Covid-19 patients?

Patients who test positive for Covid-19 but have no symptoms of the infection— like chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell and sore throat — are termed asymptomatic patients

However, asymptomatic patients could turn out to be the ones who may spread the infection to others. While it is likely that they may be less contagious than someone who is actively coughing, there is no evidence to suggest that the asymptomatic patients do not spread the virus. They, however, need no treatment.

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10:39 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Karnataka tourism industry suffered losses of Rs 20,000 crore due to COVID-19 lockdown

The Karnataka tourism industry suffered losses of Rs 20,000 crore due to Covid-19 and lockdown, said Tourism Minister C T Ravi.

The minister said that though the government had allowed functioning of hotels, the response was very poor. "We will launch programmes to draw tourists once the pandemic is brought under control," he said.

09:53 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Karnataka nod for home isolation of asymptomatic patients

Based on a recommendation by a committee of experts to introduce a system of home isolation for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients, a ministerial task force of the Karnataka government on Friday approved introduction of home isolation, provided the houses of asymptomatic patients have a room for isolation with an attached bathroom.

An expert panel had recommended home isolation as a means to ease pressure on hospitals and institutions on account of a spike in Covid-19 cases in cities like Bengaluru, since nearly 70 per cent of cases are asymptomatic.

“An SOP has been put out for home quarantine of asymptomatic patients. The technical committee’s report on home isolation has been accepted by the task force,” Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said after a meeting of the Covid-19 task force on Friday.

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08:54 (IST)04 Jul 2020
BBMP, police, health officials collects Rs 67 lakh in fines for not wearing masks

BBMP along with the police and health officials have fined 33,540 people for not wearing masks and maintaining social distancing in Bengaluru so far.

The authorities have also booked cases against 118 commercial establishments for not maintaining social distancing.

BBMP has collected Rs. 67.04 lakh as penalty from 31,740 people for not wearing masks and 1,800 for not maintaining social distancing in the city.

08:38 (IST)04 Jul 2020
Karnataka: As ASHA workers demand better safety equipment, govt lauds their role in fighting Covid

The Union Health Ministry on Friday praised Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers for their role in fighting COVID-19 in Karnataka, as the frontline health workers complained of inadequate safety equipment and delayed honorarium, and said they will stage a protest from July 10 against the difficulties faced by them.

Praising ASHA workers, the Union health ministry said they have been actively participating in the COVID-19 household surveys in Karnataka and screening inter-state passengers, migrant workers, and others in the community for symptoms of COVID-19.

In a statement, the ministry said, “Recognizing the increased vulnerability of certain population groups to COVID-19, in a one-time survey to identify households with the elderly, persons with co-morbidities, and immune-compromised individuals, about 1.59 crore households were covered.”

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08:25 (IST)04 Jul 2020
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Based on a recommendation by a committee of experts to introduce a system of home isolation for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients, a ministerial task force of the Karnataka government on Friday approved introduction of home isolation, provided the houses of asymptomatic patients have a room for isolation with an attached bathroom.

READ | Karnataka nod for home isolation of asymptomatic patients

An expert panel had recommended home isolation as a means to ease pressure on hospitals and institutions on account of a spike in Covid-19 cases in cities like Bengaluru, since nearly 70 per cent of cases are asymptomatic.

READ | Karnataka: As ASHA workers demand better safety equipment, govt lauds their role in fighting Covid

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