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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 31 Highlights: Make arrangements to speed up Covid-19 testing, Karnataka Guv tells CM

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 31 Highlights: With the health department linking 22 more fatalities that took place in the last few days to the pandemic, the death toll in Bengaluru rose to 1009 on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 3, 2020 8:23:34 am
Yediyurappa, Vajubhai Vala, COVID-19 During the meeting, CM Yediyurappa and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai apprised the Governor on actions taken by the government to contain the pandemic, and processes in place for testing, reporting and treating.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 31 Highlights: Breaking yet another record, Karnataka reported its biggest single-day spike of Covid-19 cases Thursday as 6,128 more people tested positive for the infection, while the total rose to 1,18,632. Of these, 45 per cent is from Bengaluru alone.

With the health department linking 22 more fatalities that took place in the last few days to the pandemic, the death toll in the city rose to 1009 on Thursday.

READ | Karnataka: Govt to ramp up testing in Bengaluru; strict action against pvt hospitals charging more

Meanwhile, in view of the daily rise in fresh cases reported from Bengaluru, the Karnataka government Thursday decided to ramp up testing across all eight Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) zones in the city.

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18:22 (IST)31 Jul 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka CM, Dy CM felicitates K Kasturirangan

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan met Dr K Kasturirangan, the drafting committee chairman of the new National Education Policy in Bengaluru. The leaders felicitated the former ISRO chief and held a brief discussion as part of the 'courtesy-call' meet, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office read.

16:53 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Bengaluru Airport landscape acquires Mediterranean flora and fauna

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has imported exotic Mediterranean trees and plants from Spain and Italy. This includes world-renowned Dragon Trees (Dracaena Draco) and Cupressus varieties.

After a 10-week voyage from Europe, followed by a two-day road trip from Mumbai, the trees and plants, packed in temperature-controlled containers, arrived in Bengaluru in good health. All the plants and trees will be kept in a greenhouse for 10 weeks to acclimatise to the local weather and soil conditions, before they are moved to their respective locations. The arrival of this consignment marks the beginning of the process of acquiring exotic, rare, endangered and threatened flora and fauna from across the world, BIAL said in a release.

“BIAL has always focused on maintaining aesthetic green spaces – right from the inception of BLR Airport. The gardens at the Airport are one of our most outstanding features, and passengers have now come to expect this natural beauty when they pass through the Airport. In keeping with Bengaluru’s image as the Garden City of India, BIAL is working to reflect this image at the Airport by creating world-class landscapes. This will ensure that our landscape endorses the building of biodiversity and sustainability, in keeping with the garden-themed Terminal 2,” said Prasannamurti Desai, Head – Landscaping, BIAL.

16:22 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Bengaluru top cop transfer: Bhaskar Rao was to complete tenure on Aug 2

Incumbent Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao was transferred out from the post a couple of days before the completion of his one-year tenure.

Rao’s IPS batchmate (1990) Kamal Pant has replaced him as the top cop of the city.

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15:46 (IST)31 Jul 2020
IMD predicts rain in several parts of Karnataka for the next five days

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in several parts of Karnataka from July 31 to August 4.

IMD on Friday issued yellow alerts for Bidar, Kodagu, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Kalaburagi and Shivamogga districts.

Meanwhile, heavy rain lashed different parts of the coastal Karnataka region since Thursday morning. The IMD has stated that the districts of Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada are already experiencing winds at 50 kmph with sea wave above 3 metres in the Arabian Sea.

15:10 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Kamal Pant is new Bengaluru Police Commissioner

The Karnataka government Friday posted Kamal Pant as the new Bengaluru City Police Commissioner and ADGP.

Incumbent Commissioner Bhaskar Rao is transferred and posted until further orders as ADGP (Internal Security Division), a government notification stated.

15:06 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Make arrangements to speed up Covid-19 testing, Karnataka Guv tells CM

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala Friday suggested Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to make arrangements to make Covid-19 testing facilities faster.

"The Governor suggested CM to make arrangements for speed test, use of Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy medicine to control coronavirus in all affected areas of the State," a Raj Bhavan statement read.

Further, Vala suggested a ban on sale and distribution of tobacco, gutka, pan masala, and all types of pouches in which such products are sold.

During the meeting, CM Yediyurappa and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai apprised the Governor on actions taken by the government to contain the pandemic, and processes in place for testing, reporting and treating.

13:49 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: KR Market, Kalasipalya markets to remain shut till August 31

Bengaluru's iconic KR Market, Kalasipalya markets will continue to be closed till August 31, BBMP Commissioner informs.

"The decision was taken to prioritise safety in the wake of Covid-19 spread," N Manjunatha Prasad confirmed.

13:38 (IST)31 Jul 2020
IN PIC | CM Yediyurappa inaugurates new KEONICS centre

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa inaugurates a new building facilitated to work for warehousing, and incubation of startups in the state under the ambit of Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation (KEONICS) in Bengaluru.

11:15 (IST)31 Jul 2020
New Education Policy: Karnataka task force report on August 20

A special task force led by the Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) will submit a detailed report on the implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP) in the state on August 20.

The decision was taken in a meeting held Thursday by Deputy CM Ashwathnarayan. "A resolution was passed accepting the NEP. The task force will be presenting a plan of action on Aug 16 and a detailed report on August 20," Ashwathnarayan, who also handles the Higher Education portfolio said.

08:37 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Ambulance driver attacked in Bengaluru

A 33-year-old ambulance driver was beaten up by relatives of a Covid-19 patient who died on the way to the hospital in Bengaluru.

The family members of a 75-year-old patient alleged that the driver did not provide oxygen while carrying the patient to hospital.

The driver later lodged a complaint at the Sadashivanagar police station.

Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar condemned the attack on the ambulance driver. "Such attacks are inhuman", the minister tweeted, adding that people should not attack drivers who bring patients to hospital.

08:34 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Karnataka CET: 57 Covid-19 positive students attend test

As many as 57 candidates who are asymptomatic and had tested positive for Covid-19 attended the Mathematics paper of the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2020 held on Thursday, while 49 such students attended the Biology paper.

According to statistics shared by the Karnataka Examinations Authority, the Biology paper recorded 75.89 per cent attendance while the same for Mathematics was 89.22 per cent.

Also Read | Karnataka allows asymptomatic Covid-19 positive students to attend KCET

08:33 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Karnataka yet to achieve self-set target of 35,000 daily Covid-19 antigen tests

The Karnataka health department informed that 20,488 rapid antigen detection tests were done on Thursday, across 30 districts of the state. This is far from the target set by the government earlier this month, when Sudhakar had announced that the state was aiming to conduct 35,000 antigen tests daily.

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

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08:33 (IST)31 Jul 2020
BBMP suspends licences of 19 private hospitals

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) suspended the licences of 19 private hospitals temporarily for not providing beds to Covid-19 patients in Bengaluru South.

According to BBMP officials, as per the government order, all private hospitals in the city were asked to reserve 50 percent of beds in their hospitals for Covid-19 treatment. But the 19 hospitals have not reserved the beds, a senior BBMP official said.

Following hospital licences have been suspended in the city - Anugraha Vittal Hospital, Vinayaka Hospital, Prashanth Hospital and Radha Krishan Hospital in Basavanagudi. Gurushree Hospital, Kalabhairava Hospital, Padmasri Hospital and Maruthi Hospital in Vijayanagara.

ProMed Hospital, NU Hospital, Deepak Hospital, Sevakshetra Hospital and Udbhava Hospital in Padmanabhanagar. Gangothri Hospital, Acura Hospital and Karanth Hospital in BTM Layout. HCG Hospital, Trinity Hospital, and Maiya Hospital in Chickpet.

08:31 (IST)31 Jul 2020
Karnataka reports record spike of 6,128 COVID-19 cases in a day

Karnataka reported the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 tally on Thursday with 6,128 people testing positive for the coronavirus. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state increased to 1,18,632.

At least 83 patients succumbed to the disease on Thursday, taking the total death tally to 2,230. There were 69,700 active coronavirus cases in the state and 793 people recovered from the disease, according to the bulletin by the state health department.

Bengaluru reported 2,233 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, which is also highest in a day since the outbreak. The total number of cases in Karnataka’s capital stood at 53,324 of which 3,65,23 were active cases. The death toll in the city crossed the 1,000-mark with 22 fatalities on Thursday

Mysuru recorded the second-highest daily addition with 430 cases, followed by Ballari 343, Udupi 248 and Bengaluru Rural with 224, according to the daily bulletin of the health department.

08:30 (IST)31 Jul 2020
After HC prod, Karnataka guidelines on last rites focus on tradition, dignity

In the wake of the Karnataka High Court calling for protection of the dignity of people who succumb to Covid-19 and for respecting customs and traditions of their families, the state health department Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for management of bodies of Covid-19 patients, with emphasis on protection of tradition and dignity of the dead.

The July 27 court order followed instances of dumping of such bodies in pits in Ballari and families being forced to deviate from cultural practices for conducting last rites.

“The dignity of the dead, their cultural and religious traditions should be respected and protected throughout. Hasty disposal of the dead body of a Covid -19 person should be strictly avoided,” state the guidelines issued by the health department.

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08:29 (IST)31 Jul 2020
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bengaluru news, bangalore news, bangalore covid news, bengaluru coronavirus cases, bengaluru lockdown, Bangalore civic worker dies, Indian Express The July 27 court order followed instances of dumping of such bodies in pits in Ballari and families being forced to deviate from cultural practices for conducting last rites. (PTI)

Meanwhile, in the wake of the Karnataka High Court calling for protection of dignity of people who succumb to Covid-19 and for respecting customs and traditions of their families, the state health department Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for management of bodies of Covid-19 patients, with emphasis on protection of tradition and dignity of the dead.

READ | After HC prod, Karnataka guidelines on last rites focus on tradition, dignity

At the same time, actor-turned-politician Sumalatha Ambareesh, who tested negative for Covid-19 on July 22, is now waiting for her doctor’s nod to donate plasma, she said in an exclusive interview with indianexpress.com.

Watch full interview | Have recovered, now waiting for doctor’s nod to donate plasma: Karnataka MP Sumalatha

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