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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 20 Highlights: Lockdown in Kalaburagi extended till July 27 midnight

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 20 Highlights: The video shows a doctor lamenting about over 100 patients being gathered in a small space. The video went viral on social media.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 21, 2020 8:24:38 am
Kodagu, Kodagu District, Karnataka According to an order issued by Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner, B Sharat, the decision to extend the lockdown was taken as the number of COVID-19 cases in the district is increasing. Express Photo: Darshan Devaiah B P

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 20 Highlights: The Bengaluru City Police on Sunday arrested a man who circulated false videos claiming to show the condition of Victoria Hospital treating Covid-19 patients in the city.

The video shows a doctor lamenting about over 100 patients being gathered in a small space. The video went viral on social media.

Also Read | Half of Karnataka’s coronavirus cases, deaths are from Bengaluru

“City Crime Branch swiftly identified and arrested this person who has been circulating false videos of panic in Victoria Hospital, Bangalore. Kudos to all doctors and medical professionals who are doing their best. False news busted,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao tweeted.

“Covid False video about conditions of hospitals in Bangalore circulated on social media. Case registered in Cybercrime PS. While government, society at large fighting the pandemic, some are creating/forwarding messages/videos which has potential to create panic in society. Refrain from it,” Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Sandeep Patil tweeted.

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16:49 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Kannada Actor Aishwarya Arjun tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Aishwarya, daughter of actor Arjun Sarja, took to Instagram and said, “I have been tested positive for COVID-19. I am quarantined at home while taking all necessary precautions guided by a professional medical team. To anyone who was in been in contact with me in the past few days, please take care.”

Last week her cousin actor Dhruva Sarja and his wife Prerana Sarja tested positive for COVID-19. 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 Chiranjeevi 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.

16:23 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Poor, low-income communities not seeking treatment due to stigma around Covid-19: Nodal officer

After a meeting with ward committees across Bengaluru wards, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Principal Secretary L K Atheeq said the stigma attached around the coronavirus pandemic has led to low-income communities choosing not to get treated on time.

"Poorer & low-income communities in BBMP area are not seeking care despite having symptoms. Reason: fear, anxiety & stigma," he wrote on Twitter.

Atheeq, who is also the nodal officer appointed by the government to head community involvement in the task force team, added," They are also not aware of what should be done in case of symptoms. Many hide symptoms and look for hospital beds in an advanced stage, leading to an increased number of Covid-19 deaths."

16:04 (IST)20 Jul 2020
BBMP Chief transfer: No plans to approach CAT, says B H Anil Kumar

A couple of days after his transfer, former BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar Monday denied rumours that mentioned him approaching the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to challenge the government action.

"There were news reports that I would be approaching the CAT. It is completely untrue and there are no such plans," the 1987-batch IAS officer said.

Anil Kumar is now posted as the Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Public Enterprises. His predecessor N Manjunatha Prasad had taken over as the BBMP chief "until further orders" on Saturday.

13:30 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Lockdown in Kalaburagi extended due to rise in COVID-19 cases

The lockdown imposed in Kalaburagi district has been extended till the midnight of July 27 by district administration.

According to an order issued by Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner, B Sharat, the decision to extend the lockdown was taken as the number of COVID-19 cases in the district is increasing.

Kalaburagi district in North Karnataka reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The district has a total of 2743 COVID-19 cases so far, this includes 1,771 cured and discharged patients, and 926 active cases. 46 deaths have been reported due to the virus, taking the toll to 789 in the district.

13:29 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Prof. R T Krishnan is new IIMB Director

Former IIM Indore Director Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan Monday took charge as Director of Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore following the superannuation of Prof. G Raghuram.

Taking over the charge officially, Prof. Krishan said, “It is an extraordinary privilege to lead IIMB at this most challenging time when there is an opportunity to re-define management education.”

Further, he emphased that an important priority for IIMB is to enhance impact.

10:23 (IST)20 Jul 2020
E-auction of BDA sites to begin from today

The e-auction of 308 Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) sites is scheduled to start from Monday at 11.00 am, and those interested must pay Rs 4 lakh per site as earnest money deposit (EMD) to get themselves registered.

Sites will be auctioned in the following areas: Banashankari VI Stage: 1st Block, 4th Block and 11th Block; Sir M Visveswaraiah Layout: 2nd Block, 3rd Block, 4th Block, 5th Block, 6th Block, 7th Block and 9th Block; Further Extension of Sir M Visveswariah Layout 8th Block; Banashankari VI Stage: 6th Block, 9th Block and 10th Block; Further Extension of Anjanapura Layout: 9th Block and 11th Block; Further Extension of Anjanapura 5th Block G; Anjanapura Township Layout: 2nd Block, 5th Block and 8th Block.

According to BDA, the auction will take place on the portal: https://eproc.karnataka.gov.in. The auction will be done in five phases. Sites with serial number 1 to 75 will be auctioned on August 6, 76 to 127 on August 7; 128 to 191 on August 8; 192 to 254 on August 11 sites from 255 to 308 will be auctioned on August 12, BDA said.

10:17 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Micromanaging Covid-19: Ward committee meetings in Bengaluru today

In a bid to decentralise management of the pandemic, the Karnataka government has instructed ward commitees in Bengaluru to meet on Monday to discuss Covid-19 containment plans.

According to senior IAS officer LK Atheeq who head community involvement in the task force team, the outputs of weekly ward committees will be recorded for efficient micromanagement of the pandemic.

Several civic activism organisations and resident welfare associations were seen campaigning online, urging citizens to ensure the meeting takes place at 10 am on Monday.

09:44 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Video of pigs roaming inside govt hospital in Karnataka causes outrage

A video of a herd of pigs reportedly roaming freely inside a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Kalaburagi district has triggered outrage on social media, with people questioning the ‘negligence’ of authorities.

The video purportedly shows pigs roaming freely in the corridors of the hospital, undeterred by people walking nearby. People and staff were also seen going about their regular activities as usual.

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09:32 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: Shortage of ICU beds, ventilators, delay in ambulance-availability among major challenges

While over 8,600 beds have been allocated for symptomatic Covid-19 patients in the city—including government and private hospitals identified as ‘government quota’— over 38 per cent of them have been occupied as on Sunday, according to the BBMP portal.

However, a majority of available ICU ventilator beds in the city are in the private sector—with 358 available across 316 private hospitals and medical colleges. But only 69 of the ICU ventilator beds are currently occupied, making 297 available to the government.

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08:56 (IST)20 Jul 2020
COVID-19: Karnataka reports 4,120 new cases

Karnataka reported 4,120 new COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 63,772 and the death toll to 1,331, on Sunday.

Cumulatively, there were 63,772 COVID-19 positive cases in the state till Sunday evening, which includes 1,331 deaths and 23,065 discharges, according to the health department. Out of 39,370 active cases, 38,791 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 579 are in ICU.

Thirty-six out of 91 deaths reported on Sunday were from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Mysuru (11), Kolar (5), four each from Dharwad, Gadag and Koppal, three each from Ballari, Kalaburagi and Bidar. 

Meanwhile, Karnataka crossed the 10 lakh tests milestone on Sunday, from about 88 labs in the state.

08:35 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Bengaluru reports 2,156 new coronavirus cases

Bengaluru City on Sunday reported 2,156 new Covid-19 cases and 36 new deaths. The city’s total cases increased to 31,777, out of which 24,316 cases are active. The new deaths increase the total fatality to 667. The city’s positivity rate is 12.82%

Bengaluru city till Sunday added 50 more containment zones, as the total number of active containment zones reached 6,160 across the city.

According to BBMP, Bengaluru South has 2,014 containment zones, 1,056 in Bengaluru East, 976 in Bengaluru West, 733 in Bommanahalli, 405 in RR Nagara, 358 in Mahadevapura, 262 in Yelahanka and 103 in Dasarahalli zones.

08:34 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Fake video circulated as crowd from Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, police arrest one

The Bengaluru City Police on Sunday arrested a man who circulated false videos claiming to show a condition of Victoria Hospital treating Covid-19 patients in the city. 

The viral video shows a doctor lamenting about over 100 patients being gathered in a small space. The video went viral on social media.

"City Crime Branch swiftly identified and arrested this person who has been circulating false videos of panic in Victoria Hospital, Bangalore. Kudos to all doctors and medical professionals who are doing their best. False news busted," Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao tweeted.

"Covid False video about conditions of hospitals in Bangalore circulated on social media. Case registered in Cybercrime PS. While the government, society at large fighting the pandemic, some are creating/forwarding messages/videos which has potential to create panic in society. Refrain from it," Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Sandeep Patil tweeted.

08:33 (IST)20 Jul 2020
Karnataka's first free plasma bank set up in Bengaluru

Days after the Karnataka government announced a one-time incentive of Rs 5,000 to recovered Covid-19 patients, the state's first free plasma bank has been set up in Bengaluru.

According to a health department official, the same will operate in Victoria Hospital in collaboration with Sai Krushna Charitable Trust.

"Initially, this is open to donors who wish to contribute life-saving plasma. Once we get adequate donors, the free plasma bank will open for recipients as well," a health officer in Bengaluru Urban told Indianexpress.com.

To donate plasma, those who have recovered from the coronavirus infection can call 080-47190606, the officer added.

08:33 (IST)20 Jul 2020
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BBMP, Containment Zone, Anandapuram, KR Market, Coronavirus BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar was transferred and replaced by N Manjunath Prasad, who was the Principal Secretary of Revenue Department.

Bengaluru city till Sunday added 50 more containment zones, as the total number active containment zones reached to 6,160 across the city.

Also Read | Amid COVID 19 pandemic, govt transfers Bengaluru civic body chief

According to BBMP, Bengaluru South has 2014 containment zones, followed by 1,056 in Bengaluru East, 976 in Bengaluru West, 733 in Bommanahalli, 405 in RR Nagara, 358 in Mahadevapura, 262 in Yelahanka and 103 in Dasarahalli.

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

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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