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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 15 Highlights: AAP urges govt to increase state bed capacity to 1.5 lakhs

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 15 Highlights: Karnataka is among the six states in India that have more active cases that recoveries, according to the Union Health Ministry. As of July 14, the state has 25,839 active cases as opposed to 17,390 recoveries cumulatively since March.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 16, 2020 8:25:03 am
Bengaluru, COVID Care Centre, ICU, COVID-19 Citing the trend of an increase in symptomatic Covid-19 cases in Karnataka over the past two weeks, the Aam Aadmi Party Wednesday urged the BJP-run state government to increase the number of beds to 1.5 lakh during the ongoing lockdown period.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 15 Highlights: The Bengaluru City Police (BCP) Tuesday decided to seek help from young citizens between the age of 18 to 45 to work as Civil Police Wardens to enforce Covid-19-related guidelines in the city.

In a tweet, BCP Commissioner Bhaskar Rao wrote, “Inviting physically fit n service minded residents of Bengaluru, both men and women, between the age of 18 to 45 to Volunteer as Civil Police Warden to help the local police in regulation and enforcement of anti-Covid measures. To register log on to http://bcp.gov.in.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka is among the six states in India that have more active cases that recoveries, according to the Union Health Ministry. As of July 14, the state has 25,839 active cases as opposed to 17,390 recoveries cumulatively since March. The other states are Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Sikkim.

On Tuesday, Karnataka overtook Gujarat to become the state with the fourth highest caseload of novel Coronavirus infections in the country. The state added about 2,500 new cases, and now has over 44,000 infections.

Karnataka, the fastest growing state in the country right now, has seen a very sharp rise in its Coronavirus numbers. In the two weeks of this month, the state has added almost 29,000 new cases, an average of more than 2,000 per day. Just a week prior to that, it was detecting between 350 and 450 cases every day.

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18:57 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Special trains to operate as scheduled before: SWR

All special trains that were scheduled before the announcement of the lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts will continue operations, the South Western Railway clarified on Wednesday.

Here's the full list of trains that will operate during the lockdown:

1. Train No.02080 / 02090 Yesvantpur – Shivamogga Town – Yesvantpur Janshatabdi Daily Express Special.
2. Train No.02079 / 02080 KSR Bengaluru – Hubballi – KSR Bengaluru Daily Janshatabdi Express Special.
3. Train No.06549 / 06550 KSR Bengaluru – Belagavi – KSR Bengaluru Daily Express Special
4. Train No.02629 / 02630 Yesvantpur – H. Nizamuddin – Yesvantpur Karnataka Sampark Kranthi Bi-weekly Express special. (From Yesvantpur on Tuesdays and Thursdays: From H. Nizamuddin on Wednesdays and Fridays)
5. Train No.06503 / 06504 KSR Bengaluru – Mysuru – KSR Bengaluru Daily Express Special
6. Train No.02691 / 02692 KSR Bengaluru– New Delhi – KSR Bengaluru Daily Rajadhani Express Superfast Special
7. Train No.02295 / 02296 KSR Bengaluru – Danapur – KSR Bengaluru Daily Sanghamitra Express Special.
8. Train No.01301 / 01302 Mumbai CSMT – KSR Bengaluru – Mumbai CSMT Daily Express
9. Train No.02245 / 02246 Yesvantpur – Howrah – Yesvantpur Five-days-a-Week express (From Yesvantpur on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: From Howrah on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

However, passengers have been asked to reach boarding stations well ahead of departure time for thermal screening and other formalities.

18:25 (IST)15 Jul 2020
12,500 more tests daily by next 12 days: Medical Education Minister

In a bid to enhance its testing capacities, the Karnataka government has decided to establish Covid-19 testing labs in 25 private medical colleges across the state.

After a review meeting held with representatives of these institutions, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said that the labs would begin functioning within 12 days, with a cumulative 12,500 more tests expected to be done on a daily basis.

"The private medical colleges have assured me that the labs will start functioning in 10-12 days. We are targetting a minimum 500 tests per day in each of these labs," he said.

18:06 (IST)15 Jul 2020
KPCC President DK Shivakumar visits Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President DK Shivakumar Wednesday visited Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru and inspected the measures taken by the hospital authorities treating COVID-19 patients.

Speaking to reporters, Shivakumar said, “I thank all the health care workers here for their service. They are doing good work. I spoke to the patients via video conference and inspected the quality of food provided to the patients.”

17:56 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Karnataka man builds house of dreams in shape of camera

A man’s exceptional love for photography also involved a dream — that of living in a house shaped as a camera. When Ravi Hongal turned that dream into a grand reality, it was just a matter of time before the world sat up and took notice. For the past few days, this unique house in Karnataka’s Belagavi city is breaking the internet.

As photos of the house go viral, we spoke to Hongal, 49, who has been a photographer for the last 33 years. While Hongal’s love for photography is well-known in the region, the house that was completed recently has come as a pleasant surprise for everyone with people from nearby areas arriving to take photographs and selfies

Hongal says building the house wasn’t an easy task. “I love photography and camera and everything related to it. Over the years a lot has changed in the area, but my love for it remains the same,” he told indianexpress.com over the telephone.

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17:28 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Enhance bed capacity to 1.5 lakhs in Karnataka: AAP

Citing the trend of an increase in symptomatic Covid-19 cases in Karnataka over the past two weeks, the Aam Aadmi Party Wednesday urged the BJP-run state government to increase the number of beds to 1.5 lakh during the ongoing lockdown period.

"If the government fails to arrange sufficient beds in the state by the mid-July or August, the state will witness a massive health crisis. With the number of symptomatic cases increasing over the past two weeks, private hospitals in Bengaluru are refusing to treat new cases. If the infection gets worse, what about other patients and infected people? Is the government planning to provide proper medical facilities including beds, ventilators etc?" a party statement questioned.

Further, AAP Karnataka's State Media Convener Jagadish V Sadam added that the government should convert more big venues to Covid Care Centre like the one set up at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre.

"The Aam Aadmi Party has appealed to the government to begin similar Covid Care Centres in every district to provide beds and other medical facilities. This is a good solution to keep other patients away from Covid-19 patients," he said.

16:36 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Kannada actor Dhruva Sarja, wife Prerana test positive for COVID 19

Kannada actor Dhruva Sarja and his wife Prerana Sarja tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Dhruva Sarja said that he and his wife were getting hospitalised since they were showing mild symptoms. “My wife and I have both been tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms and hence chosen to get ourselves hospitalised. I’m sure we’ll be back all fine! All those who were in close proximity with us please get yourselves tested and remain safe,” he tweeted.

On June 7 his brother and actor Chirranjeevi Sarja(39) passed away in Bengaluru following a heart attack.

Recently, Mandya MP and popular South Indian actress Sumalatha Ambereesh too tested positive for COVID-19.

14:26 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Bengaluru lockdown: Karnataka Govt issues new guidelines for e-commerce, food delivery companies

The Karnataka government issues clarification about the operations of e-commerce companies and food delivery companies during a week-long lockdown which started on Tuesday evening in Bengaluru.

In a clarification order issued by the State's chief secretary on Wednesday, it stated that e-commerce companies are allowed to operate from 5 am to 8 pm and Food home delivery companies are allowed to operate from 5 am to 10 pm during the lockdown period.

To curb the spread of Covid-19 in Karnataka, the state government last week announced complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts, from July 14 to July 22.

13:03 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Minister promises action after Bengaluru hospital hands over Rs 9 lakh bill to Covid suspect

After a bill estimate amounting to Rs 9,09,000 which was handed over to a Covid-19 suspect patient in a private hospital in Bengaluru went viral, Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar promised action against the hospital for violating fixed rates.

He said, "Any private hospital found to be charging excessively than the fixed rates will face action. The government has already fixed rates for patients going directly to private hospitals and those referred by the government separately."

The bill estimate from Columbia Asia Hospital, Whitefield had included the ventilator cost of Rs 1,40,000 and was reportedly given to a patient who spent 10 days in ICU isolation.

11:22 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Karnataka goes past Gujarat, now has fourth biggest caseload

On Tuesday, Karnataka overtook Gujarat to become the state with the fourth highest caseload of novel Coronavirus infections in the country. The state added about 2,500 new cases, and now has over 44,000 infections.

Karnataka, the fastest growing state in the country right now, has seen a very sharp rise in its Coronavirus numbers. In the two weeks of this month, the state has added almost 29,000 new cases, an average of more than 2,000 per day. Just a week prior to that, it was detecting between 350 and 450 cases every day.

The state government says one of the reasons for the steep rise has been more focussed and targeted testing of primary and secondary contacts of already infected persons. The state has also increased its testing numbers during this period.

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10:33 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Karnataka minister K S Eshwarappa in home quarantine after his staff tests Covid-19 positive

Karnataka Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj K S Eshwarappa said that he and his family members have tested negative for COVID-19 and gone into self-quarantine.

After one of his staff tested positive for novel coronavirus, BJP senior leader Eshwarappa and his family members were tested for the virus. “I and my family have tested negative in the COVID-19 test. This has brought huge relief for all of us,” Eswarappa said.

The throat swabs of 21 persons including family members of the minister had been sent to the laboratory and they were tested negative. "However, we have gone into home quarantine voluntarily,” he added.

10:31 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Govt advises Christ University not to conduct exams

The Karnataka Higher Education Department has advised Christ (Deemed to be) University in Bengaluru not to conduct examination for intermidiate semesters, in the wake of the Covid-19 situation.

“For the intermediate semester/year, inter alia, the students are to be promoted to higher semester based on the grading system consisting of 50% marks for internal evaluation and 50% marks for the performance in the previous semester,” the letter mentioned.

Earlier, students had protested against the varsity’s move demanding cancellation of the exams scheduled.

Members of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest in front of Christ University(deemed-to-be-university) near the Dairy circle in Bengaluru on Monday against the University's decision to hold the semester-end examinations online for all students except those in their final years.
09:29 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Over 80 Bengaluru Metro workers test positive for COVID-19

More than 80 Bengaluru metro workers employed along Nagawara-Gottigere Metro Line (Reach-6) of Phase-2 project have tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Chief Public Relations Officer, B L Yashvanth Chavan said, “About 80 workers tested positive last week and all those who tested positive have been sent to GKVK COVID Care Centre. All the primary and secondary contacts have been traced and asked to isolate themselves.”

“The test of these workers was conducted after one of the employees who have interstate travel history tested positive for Covid-19,” he added.

According to BMRCL, Larsen & Toubro has awarded the contract for constructing package 2 and 3 of the Gottigere-Nagavara (Reach 6). The contractor has carried out tests on nearly 200 workers in the camps.

09:28 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Karnataka man booked after ‘GPS shows he flouted home quarantine 163 times

A man in Udupi district of Karnataka was Tuesday booked for violating home quarantine 163 times in a 14-day period.

The Kundapura police said Sahab Singh arrived at his rented house at Koteshwara in the district from Mumbai on June 29 and was ordered home quarantine by the district authorities till July 13, as per the protocol by the health department for interstate travellers.

However Singh, a businessman, went out in Kundapur and Udupi taluks, and also visited hotels in the district. According to Flying Squad officer N G Bhat, during this time, his mobile GPS tracker revealed that he had violated home quarantine 163 times and was found visiting various places.

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08:49 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Liquor sales go up as people stock up for lockdown

After the Karnataka government announced a week-long lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and rural districts, liquor sales have doubled.

According to the Excise department, they have registered a record sales on July 13 and 14, ever since the lockdown was lifted in the city. The department reported a sale of 4.89 lakh cases of Indian Made Liquor(IML)worth Rs 215.55 crore and 0.83 lakh cases of beer worth Rs 14.83 crore.

On Tuesday till 5pm, the state saw an overall sales worth Rs 179 crore, with 3,88,478 cartons of Indian Made Liquor and 68,653 cartons of beer being sold.

08:28 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Bengaluru police PSI dies of COVID-19

A 59-year-old police sub-inspector attached to the control room in the Bengaluru commissioner’s office died due to COVID-19. He is the sixth police official to die of novel coronavirus in Bengaluru.

According to Bengaluru city police, he was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a private hospital in Attibele in Bengaluru Rural and was working at the control room for the past two years.

The deceased was admitted to a private hospital in Attibele area on July 10. The PSI is survived by his wife and son.

08:27 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Health dept shut down OPDs of two private hospitals in Bengaluru

The health department officials closed outpatient departments (OPDs) of Apollo Hospital, Jayanagar, and Vikram Hospital, in Cunningham Road, Bengaluru on Tuesday for not treating COVID-19 patients referred by the BBMP.

According to a circular by Health Department, the two hospitals will risk losing their licences under the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act if they continue to turn away Covid-19 patients after the 48-hour OPD closure.

08:27 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Hospitals cannot refuse treatment to probable Covid-19 patients: BBMP Commissioner

Stating an official order by the Karnataka government, BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar Tuesday said no hospital can deny treatment or admission to a probable Covid-19 patient.

“Hospitals cannot refuse to treat or admit suspected Covid patients. A test should be done and they should be kept in isolation till results arrive and then shifted to Covid or non-Covid section and treated accordingly,” he said.

This statement comes at a time when the state government and BBMP is facing widespread criticism for not issuing detailed guidelines to hospitals for admitting patients, and other issues like non-availability of hospital beds and ambulances in Bengaluru.

08:26 (IST)15 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: 1267 fresh cases, 3452 active containment zones

As the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city alone reported 1267 new cases while the same was 2496 in Karnataka on Tuesday.

At the same time, at least 20 wards in the city recorded over 10 cases each on Tuesday, BBMP statistics revealed. According to BBMP’s Covid-19 War Room data, Chikkasandra topped the list with 23 cases, followed by Shantala Nagar (21), Vasanthapura (19), Sarakki (17), Hombegowda Nagar (17) and Jayanagar (16), among others.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 3452.

The health department also attributed 56 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru's death toll on Tuesday. With this, 377 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.

08:25 (IST)15 Jul 2020
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Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown 5.0, unlock phase 1, lockdown in Bengaluru and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

As many as 68,866 students secured distinction this year.

Meanwhile, a higher number of students have cleared the Karnataka Pre-University of class 12 exam 2020 as compared to last year, with a marginal increase from 61.73 per cent in 2019 to 61.80 per cent this year.

READ | Pass percentage rises, students from rural areas fall behind

At the same time, the Karnataka government has ordered people who have provided samples for Covid-19 testing and are awaiting results to be under strict home quarantine.

READ | People awaiting test results must observe strict quarantine, says Karnataka Govt

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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