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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 22 Highlights: Covid-19 recoveries outnumber new cases for 8th consecutive day

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 22 Highlights: According to the state health department, out of 1,00,440 active cases, 99,493 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 947 are in ICU.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 23, 2020 8:10:41 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19 Testing, Coronavirus Test, Door to door testingA volunteer testing a two-year old baby in Bengaluru’s Bommanahalli Zone. (Express photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 22 Highlights: Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Thursday claimed that over 80 per cent of the total samples tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours were tested using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method.

Meanwhile, 5,872 new cases and 88 related deaths were reported on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 7,82,773 and the death toll to 10,696.

The day also saw 9,289 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 5,872 fresh cases reported, 2,717 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone, Bengaluru Rural reported 366, Davangere (304), Mysuru (220), Dakshina Kannada (215), Mandya (208), Shivamogga (177), Ballari (145), Tumakuru (143), Hassan (140), followed by others.

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21:29 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Need to maintain highest standards in training: Air Marshal RD Mathur

Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force, Bengaluru Thursday emphasised the need for air warriors to impart and maintain the highest standards of training, in view of the technological advancements that the Indian Air Force has made over the years.

"Our trainees should sustain the steep learning curve and be fully effective air warriors upon completion of training," Mathur urged. Mathur, the Param Vishisht Seva Medal awardee of the year, had taken over the command from Air Marshal AS Butola earlier this month.

He was addressing personnel at the Airmen Training School in Sambra, located in Belagavi district. Further, he reviewed all training activities conducted at the school and inspected various critical infrastructure projects being undertaken for the trainees.

18:30 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Police arrests social media 'impersonators' for financial fraud

The CID Cybercrime Division of the Bengaluru City Police Thursday arrested four persons from Rajasthan who allegedly impersonated public figures, government officers, police officials on social media to transfer funds from friends and followers.

According to the police, the accused — identified as Ansar, Balvinder Singh, Saini, and Saddam — were arrested after the investigating team visited Bharatpur and other places in Rajasthan based on leads received during the probe.

In the past few months, the Cybercrime Division had registered at least four cases based on several incidents. “Over 10 such cases were filed in different police stations across Karnataka after which a team including K R Nagaraj (DSP, Cyber Crimes Division, CID), and Nayaz Ahmed (Police Inspector, CCD, CID) was formed to investigate the matter,” an officer from the Bengaluru Cybercrime Division told indianexpress.com.

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17:46 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Over 80% of 1.7 lakh tests done today were RT-PCR: Health Minister

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Thursday claimed that over 80 per cent of the total samples tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours were tested using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method.

"The number of recoveries in the state have outnumbered the number of new cases for the 8th consecutive day. We conducted 1,07,354 tests across 155 labs in the state today out of which 86,501 i.e. more than 80% of the total tests are RT-PCR tests," he tweeted.

16:03 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Weather update: IMD forecasts evening rains in 10 districts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday predicted evening rains in ten districts of Karnataka, namely Belagavi, Bellary, Chikkamagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gadag, Hassan, Haveri, and Koppal. According to the forecast issued this afertnoon, these districts are likely to witness "thunderstorms accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain/showers."

14:04 (IST)22 Oct 2020
IN PICS | CM, Dy CM inspect electric bus before trial run

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Deputy CM Laxman Savadi Wednesday inspected the electric bus beginning trial runs in the city. While Savadi, also in charge of the Transport Department, took a ride in the bus from Shantinagar bus depot to Vidhana Soudha, top officials of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and other related departments accompanied him.

If successful, BMTC hopes to lease and operate 300 e-buses in the city under the Centre’s FAME 2 scheme.

12:02 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Karnataka: Tulu film actor, rowdy-sheeter Surendra Bantwal hacked to death

Tulu film actor and rowdy-sheeter Surendra Bantwal, was stabbed to death in his apartment at Bantwal town in Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday. According to Bantwal police, his body was found with multiple stab wounds lying on a sofa.

Bantwal police station inspector TD Nagaraj said “A team formed to investigate the case from all possible angles. According to the preliminary investigation, he was hacked to death with lethal weapons.”

Police said that 39-year-old Surendra’s body was discovered by his friends after their calls went unanswered on Wednesday afternoon. Forensic experts including a dog squad visited the spot and conducted an investigation.

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12:00 (IST)22 Oct 2020
IN PICS | CNG autos join BBMP's fleet to collect dry waste

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Thursday added 18 CNG autos to its fleet of vehicles deployed to collect dry waste from different parts of the city. The vehicles were handed over to the officials by Gail (India) Limited as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

The vehicles were flagged off from BBMP headquarters by BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta, Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, and Special Commissioner (SWD) D Randeep.

10:24 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Covid-19 takes away sheen of Mysuru Dasara festivities; hotel, taxi businesses take a hit

With the 10-day Mysuru Dasara festivities, which kicked off on October 16, being a low-key affair due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hotels and taxi services have been the most affected due to low tourist footfall. The administration has restricted people at most of the events and has arranged for live telecasts of the festival, which attracts about 10 lakh people from across the country and world.

Mysuru Hotel Owners’ Association said the battered hospitality sector was expecting around 20 to 30 per cent tourist footfall after the government allowed tourist spots to reopen.

“Due to lockdown, the hotel industry is in loss, but we had expected that during Dasara there will be tourists. But so far the footfall has been low,” said C Narayana Gowda, president of Mysuru Hotel Owners’ Association. Gowda also said more than 100 hotels, restaurants and lodges have shut shop in the city.

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10:06 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Security beefed up after video shows daylight robbery at knifepoint in Bengaluru

Hours after a video went viral on social media showing two men robbing pedestrians at knifepoint during daylight, the Bengaluru police have beefed up security and patrolling in and around Chickpet metro station in a bid to nab the suspects.

In the video — shot from a pickup vehicle — two youngsters wearing black hoodies with their faces covered with handkerchief are seen walking into a narrow street from a bylane next to the Chickpet metro station to rob pedestrians threatening them at knifepoint.

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09:41 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Tulu film actor, rowdy-sheeter Surendra Bantwal hacked to death

Tulu film actor and rowdy-sheeter Surendra Bantwal(39), was stabbed to death in his apartment at Bantwal town in Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday.

According to Bantwal police, his body was found with multiple stab wounds lying on a sofa. Bantwal police station inspector TD Nagaraj said "A team formed to investigate the case from all possible angles. According to the preliminary investigation, he was hacked to death with lethal weapons."

Police said that Surendra's body was discovered by his friends after their calls went unanswered on Wednesday.

He had acted in the Tulu films including Chali Polilu and a Kannada film Savarna Deergha Sanghi. Surendra Bantwal was arrested in 2018 for wielding a talwar and threatening BJP workers in Bantwal. A video of this incident had gone viral on social media. He was later released on bail. Police said that he had around 15 criminal cases against him.

09:13 (IST)22 Oct 2020
247 villages inundated, around 43k people evacuated during Karnataka floods last week: CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday said around 43,000 people were evacuated after 247 villages in north Karnataka were inundated due to heavy rains and floods that took place last week.

After conducting an aerial survey and meeting top district administration officials of the affected areas, he said, "About 43,000 people have been evacuated from affected districts. At least 247 villages on the banks of Bhima and Krishna rivers were inundated due to the conditions."

The CM added that the extent of crop loss would be assessed only on completion of a joint survey done by the officials of agriculture, horticulture, and revenue departments. However, the CM did not make any announcement citing the model code of conduct in place due to the Legislative Council and Assembly bypolls in force. Nonetheless, the CM added that officials are being asked to ensure adequate supply of drinking water, food, and medicine to people residing in relief centres across Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur, and Bidar districts.

08:22 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Restriction for darshana at Kollur Mookambika temple

The temple authorities have restricted the darshan of deity at Kollur Mookambika Temple from 5 pm on October 24 due to rathotsava.

According to the temple's executive officer Aravind Suthagund, the rathotsava of the temple will be held on the day of Mahanavami at 5 pm. As a precautionary measure to check the spread of Covid-19, the rathotsava is restricted for the devotees.

"The rathotsava will be held in the presence of priests, and staff of the temple due to Coronavirus," he added.

The temple authorities also said that Vidyarambha will be initiated at the temple on October 25 from 4 am. Only children along with parents are allowed for Vidyarambha.

08:21 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Driven by international freight, Bengaluru airport sees growth in cargo volumes after Covid-19 slump

Cargo volumes at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, recorded positive growth in September, with international freight leading the recovery following a prolonged slump due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to airport officials, the cargo processed in September was 32,449 MT, a growth of 0.3 per cent, against the same period last year.

“This resurgence in cargo movement powered Bengaluru Airport to become the first metro airport in India to record growth in freight in September 2020, compared to the same period last year. Improved connectivity and increase in passenger to cargo (P2C) aircraft, combined with proactive measures by Bengaluru to enable seamless processing to have pushed cargo volumes into positive territory,” Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said in a statement on Wednesday.

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08:17 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Bengaluru police arrest delivery boy with 10 kg of marijuana

The Bengaluru police have arrested a delivery partner of an e-commerce company for allegedly trying to sell marijuana near Kalasipalyam bus stand.

According to police, around 10 kg of marijuana, worth Rs 8 lakh, was seized from the accused, Gondipalli Vanshi (20).

A senior police officer from VV Puram police station said, "Vamshi was a student of a PU college from Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh. He dropped out due to financial reasons and was working as a delivery partner for an e-commerce company in the city."

"According to the investigation, he was unable to make ends meet with his salary, and decided to start peddling drugs," police added.

08:16 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Bengaluru Metro, SWR sign MoU to provide multimodal transit integration

Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) and Bengaluru Division of South West Railways (SWR) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide multimodal transit integration facilities for passengers through Yeshwantpur railway and Metro stations.

According to the BMRCL release, this is aimed at mitigating constraints being faced by the passengers like a lack of direct and easy connectivity between railway and Metro stations, narrow access roads to the railway station on both east and west side, lack of access to Metro station for the residents living at east of the railway station, difficulty in reaching the railway station from areas west of NH-4 (Tumkur-Bangalore Road), absence of bus stand nearby and inadequate space for auto stand and limited parking facility.

The new MOU will facilitate BMRCL and SWR for use by both railway and Metro passengers. One foot over bridge (FoB-1) of 82 m length will be constructed connecting the railway station's existing FoB with Metro station's concourse, another FoB-2 of 230 m length branching out from FoB-1 and then connecting east side of the railway station to facilitate seamless connectivity, BMRCL said in a statement.

08:15 (IST)22 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Karnataka records most number of tests

Karnataka on Wednesday conducted 1,08,241 Covid tests across 155 labs in a single day, State Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said.

"Karnataka conducted 1,08,241 Covid tests across 155 labs in a single day today. So far we conducted 69,52,835 tests with a positivity rate of 5.42%. 947 patients out of 1,00,440 active cases i.e. 0.94% cases are being treated in ICU," Sudhakar said in a tweet.

He also said that the State's case fatality rate stands at 1.49%.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Sudhakar said that Covid-19 cases and death rate are on the decline in the state. The minister also hoped that the cases will not increase in Mysuru in the days to come.

08:15 (IST)22 Oct 2020
Karnataka reports 5,872 new Covid-19 cases, 88 deaths

Karnataka reported 5,872 new cases of COVID-19 and 88 related deaths, taking the total number of infections to 7,82,773 and the death toll to 10,696 on Wednesday.

The day also saw 9,289 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 5,872 fresh cases reported, 2,717 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone, Bengaluru Rural reported 366, Davangere 304, Mysuru 220, Dakshina Kannada 215, Mandya 208, Shivamogga 177, Ballari 145, Tumakuru 143, Hassan 140, followed by others.

Out of 88 deaths, 53 are from Bengaluru urban, followed by Dakshina Kannada 9, Tumakuru 4, Hassan, Kalaburagi and Mysuru 3, Ballari, Bengaluru Rural and Dharwad 2, Belagavi, Chitradurga, Davngere, Koppal, Ramanagara, Shivamogga and Vijayapura 1.

According to the state health department, out of 1,00,440 active cases, 99,493 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 947 are in ICU.

A total of over 69,52,835 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,08,241 were tested on Wednesday alone, and 21,623 among them were rapid antigen tests, the department said.

08:14 (IST)22 Oct 2020
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Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar.

Karnataka on Wednesday conducted 1,08,241 Covid tests across 155 labs in a single day, State Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said.

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"Karnataka conducted 1,08,241 Covid tests across 155 labs in a single day today. So far we conducted 69,52,835 tests with a positivity rate of 5.42%. 947 patients out of 1,00,440 active cases i.e. 0.94% cases are being treated in ICU," Sudhakar said in a tweet.

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He also said that the State's case fatality rate stands at 1.49%.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Sudhakar said that Covid-19 cases and death rate are on the decline in the state. The minister also hoped that the cases will not increase in Mysuru in the days to come.

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

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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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