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Bengaluru Coronavirus June 23 Highlights: KR Market in Bengaluru to be closed for 14 days

249 new cases were reported across the state on Monday taking the total tally to 9399. In Bengaluru alone, 126 new cases and three fatalities were recorded at the same time.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 24, 2020 9:20:38 am
Bengaluru-Bangalore-KR-Market Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 23 Highlights: Bengaluru’s iconic KR Market will also remained closed for 14 days after a complete lockdown was announced in the area on Monday. Express Photo

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 23 Highlights: The Karnataka health department Monday notified 16 hospitals as Dedicated Covid Health Centres (DCHCs) in Bengaluru in a bid to set up more health screening facilities as the number of cases in and around the city shot up in the past few days.

According to the order, these DCHCs will help allot cases as ‘mild to moderate symptomatic persons’ and to appropriate facility for the treatment of such patients.

(Scroll down for full list of DCHCs in Bengaluru)

Meanwhile, 249 new cases were reported across the state on Monday taking the total tally to 9399. In Bengaluru alone, 126 new cases and three fatalities were recorded at the same time.

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00:04 (IST)24 Jun 2020
Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: Death toll reaches 150; state caps treatment rates in private hospitals

The death toll in Karnataka linked to the coronavirus pandemic rose to 150 on Tuesday after 8 more fatalities were confirmed by the State Health Department. 

Further, Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey confirmed, “As of today, 9721 cases have been reported in Karnataka. This includes 6004 discharges. Today, 322 new positive cases have been reported and 274 people have been discharged."

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23:49 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Former Bengaluru DC Vijay Shankar IAS found dead

Former Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner and IAS Officer B M Vijay Shankar was found dead at his residence on Tuesday, police confirmed.

Shankar was staying at his house located near Ashoka Pillar in Jayanagar. He was out on bail since July 2019 when he was arrested for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam related to the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) ponzi scheme.

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told Indianexpress.com: “We have taken up BM Vijay Shankar’s death as a case of unnatural death. It is not yet time for us to jump to conclusions as an investigation is on.”

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20:02 (IST)23 Jun 2020
322 new cases in Karnataka, 107 in Bengaluru
19:53 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Bengaluru reports triple-digit surge for third consecutive day

With 107 fresh cases reported from the city, Bengaluru recorded a triple-digit surge in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases for the third straight day since Monday.

As many as 196 and 126 cases were confirmed in the city on Sunday and Monday respectively while three fatalities each were also recorded during the same time.

While 51 cases on Monday were categorised "contact under tracing", the same category saw 23 cases on Tuesday. Other major sources of infection, as identified by the Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, are Influenza-like Illness (52 cases), primary contacts of known Covid-19 patients (17 cases), Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (7 cases), and contact of containment zone (6 cases) on June 23 alone.

18:00 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Distribute pulse oximetres to Covid-19 patients: AAP

Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party in Karnataka Tuesday urged the state government to distribute pulse oximeters to Covid-19 patients to help prevent death of infected people.

"Pulse oximeters should be distributed to all home quarantined covid-19 patients in the state to monitor their oxygen levels. Covid-19 patents need to be admitted to hospitals if their oxygen saturation drops to 90% or below (Normal is 95% to 100%). Use of this relatively cheap device will forewarn the patients about the impending health crisis," AAP Karnataka said in a starement.

Further, Basavaraj Mudigoudar, Head of Digital Cell of the Party said the same would also help health personnel to provide the patient with required oxygen at their homes, in terms of emergencies. "This can significantly reduce the death rate and will alleviate the shortage of ventilators in the state," he said.

17:31 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Bengaluru airport installs new Aviation Weather Monitoring System

The Kempegowda International Airport Tuesday installed an indigenous Aviation Weather Monitoring System (AWMS) at both ends of its new runway, which is expected to help pilots with an accurate runway visual range.

Named 'Drishti', the AWMS sensors, indigenously developed by Bengaluru-based CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), are installed on a 10-metre high mast, with a life of over 60 years, BIAL officials claim.

'The sliding mechanism enables easy maintenance - a useful feature, considering the busy traffic on the runway,' a BIAL spokesperson said.

14:13 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Govt caps rates for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals and medical colleges

The Karnataka government has fixed the rates for general and multi-sharing wards for treating COVID-19 patients in private hospitals and colleges in the State that have been empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka scheme.

As per the scheme, patients referred by Public Health Authorities (PHAs) will be charged Rs. 5200 for general ward, Rs. 7000 for HDU, Rs. 8500 for an isolation ward without a ventilator and Rs. 10,000 for an isolation ward with ventilator.

Patients directly admitted by PHPs making cash payment will be charged Rs. 10,000 for the general ward, Rs. 12,000 for HDU, Rs. 15,000 for an isolation ward without a ventilator and Rs. 25,000 for an isolation ward with ventilator.

The rates will however, not be applicable for patients who have subscribed to an insurance package and for MoUs between the private hospitals and corporate entities. 50 per cent of the beds which have to be utilised for government patients will include the beds in general, shared and private wards. An additional charge of 10 per cent will be imposed on the above rates for twin sharing wards and 25 per cent for single room wards.

12:51 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Bengaluru: Police officer kills himself after testing positive for COVID-19

A police personnel who is part of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) Tuesday killed himself after he was tested positive for coronavirus.

According to sources, the officer, aged 50, was being taken to a designated hospital in Bengaluru in a police bus where he hanged himself.

More details awaited.

12:35 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Enforce Home Quarantine strictly, avoid stigma: BBMP advises RWAs

As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Bengaluru continues to increase day by day, the city’s local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Monday advised residents welfare associations (RWAs) to strictly enforce Home Quarantine (HQ) process among incoming residents from other states.

In an advisory issued by BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar, RWAs were directed to be on the lookout for any visitors or members of houses who are returning to their respective areas. “RWAs should report these cases to BBMP helpline or police control room or via WhatsApp/Telegram at 91 9777777684,” the advisory read.

Further, RWAs have been asked to paste a poster outside houses of returnees indicating that the members of the household are on HQ for 14 days. “RWAs should also ensure there is no social stigma attached to the persons under HQ. They should instead appreciate that effective HQ is key to prevent the spread of the pandemic,” Anil Kumar added.

11:30 (IST)23 Jun 2020
IN PICS | Bengaluru's iconic KR Market shut, lockdown in surrounding areas

Bengaluru's iconic KR Market and surroundings remain closed for public with no economic activity as a complete lockdown is in place for the next fortnight, after several clusters of coronavirus infections were found in the area.

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10:59 (IST)23 Jun 2020
H D Kumaraswamy demands 20-day lockdown in Bengaluru

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy demanded that a 20-day lockdown be imposed in Bengaluru following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city. He tweeted that there was no point in only sealing some areas of the city, after Chief Minister Yediyurappa ordered strict lockdown in K R Market, Siddapura, VV Puram, Kalasipalya and surrounding areas on Monday.

10:24 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Two key COVID-19 testing labs in Bengaluru go offline after staff test positive

Two key government laboratories conducting RT-PCR tests for the coronavirus in Bengaluru were forced to go offline on Monday after staff at the labs – which handle a huge chunk of the testing in Karnataka – reportedly tested positive for the virus.

A laboratory at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute which is part of the ICMR’s Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory network and a laboratory at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences in Bengaluru which handle together around 2,000 Covid-19 samples each day will not be operational for testing for a few days.

The two key labs have gone offline at a time when coronavirus cases in the city of Bengaluru are spiking and the state government has decided to impose a lockdown on localities in the city where a large number of cases are being reported.

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09:23 (IST)23 Jun 2020
SWR to operate 2 Shramik Special trains today

As more migrants travel back to their natives in north India from Karnataka, the South Western Railway will operate two more Shramik Special trains on Tuesday.

While the train to Jodhpur from Bengaluru will be operated via Bhopal and Jaipur, the other train is to Guwahati. The latter, which will depart from KSR Bengaluru railway station will be operated via Nirgundi, Howrah and New Jalpaiguri, SWR officials confirmed.

To date, 247 such trains have ferried 3.61 lakh passengers from the state since May 3.

09:01 (IST)23 Jun 2020
1.31 lakh home quarantine violations in Karnataka: Govt report

As many as 1.31 lakh violations have been recorded in Karnataka since home quarantine was put in place, data released by the State government revealed.

The government had imposed Home Quarantine to those returning from other places and those qualifying as primary or secondary contacts of patients testing positive for Covid-19 from March when the nationwide lockdown began. With 58, 832 of these violations reported from Bengaluru, the violations from the capital city alone amounted to 44.86% of the total cases, the report indicated.

At the same time 15,157 people were warned by authorities, while FIRs were filed against some. CM Yediyurappa Monday directed officials to continue the practice 'more strictly' to avoid further spread of the pandemic.

Other districts that reported most violations include Mysuru (11,307), Kalaburagi (10,385), and Dakshina Kannada (8,256).

08:32 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Karnataka Medical Education minister's father, wife and daughter test positive

Karntaka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar's wife and daughter have tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, his father — Keshava Reddy (82) — had also tested positive for the infection.

08:31 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Bengaluru: 16 DCHCs to lessen burden on Covid hospitals

The Karnataka health department Monday notified 16 hospitals in and around Bengaluru city as Dedicated Covid Health Centres (DCHCs) to help allot cases as 'mild to moderate symptomatic persons' and to appropriate facility for the treatment of such patients.

Here's the full list of such hospitals:

  • Sir CV Raman General Hospital
  • General Hospital, Jayanagar
  • KC General Hospital
  • ED Hospital
  • ESI Indiranagar
  • ESI Rajajinagar
  • ESI Peenya
  • Command Hospital
  • KR Puram General Hospital
  • Yelahanka General Hospital
  • Anekal General Hospital
  • Nelamangala General Hospital
  • Doddaballapura General Hospital
  • Hosakote General Hospital
  • Devanahalli General Hospital
  • Leprosy Hospital, Magadi Road

A total of 2984 beds are available in these facilities together in which 1330 will be reserved for Covid patients. With 527 oxygenated beds, 167 ICU beds and 92 beds with ventilators, these centres are expected to lessen the burden on designated Covid hospitals in the city.

Also read | Karnataka ropes in 518 private hospitals to augment Covid-19 treatment facilities

08:27 (IST)23 Jun 2020
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Karnataka CM, B S Yediyurappa, Rajya Sabha polls, Karnataka news, Indian express news "Adjoining streets of positive cases’ residences also will be sealed,” Karnataka CM Yediyurappa said after a meeting with top government officers in Bengaluru on Monday. (File Photo)

Meanwhile, four areas in Bengaluru — KR Market, Siddapura, VV Puram, Kalassipalya — and adjoining streets were put under complete lockdown on Monday. "Adjoining streets of positive cases’ residences also will be sealed,” Karnataka CM Yediyurappa said after a meeting with top government officers in Bengaluru on Monday.

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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 23 Highlights