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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 17 Highlights: Govt decides to begin random testing; slum-dwellers, delivery boys to be under scanner

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 17 Highlights: Meanwhile, CM Yediyurappa, the Karnataka cabinet, and top government officers Wednesday interacted with PM Narendra Modi to discuss the pandemic situation in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 18, 2020 8:27:47 am
bangalore karnataka coronavirus updates news covid-19 bengaluru The Karnataka government Wednesday decided to begin random testing of people who possibly interact with a large number of others as part of their work. (Representational)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 17 Highlights:  In the wake of a sudden spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, the Health Department Wednesday decided to begin random testing for people who are likely to come in contact with a large number of others as part of their work.

According to an order issued by Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (H&FW), the government will now begin random testing using RT-PCR pooled sample technique in people including slum-dwellers, vendors/bill collectors in malls, supermarkets, markets and footpaths, and delivery boys of food chains and couriers.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 204 new positive cases and eight more fatalities — five in Bengaluru and one each in Shivamogga, Ballari, and Bidar districts in the last 24 hours.

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00:02 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Bengaluru: Total rises to 827; fatality rate mounts to 5.20%

The fatality rate of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru witnessed a further hike on Wednesday, as the city has confirmed 43 deaths linked to the pandemic so far. While the fatality rate for Karnataka as a whole is at 1.32 per cent, it is 5.20 per cent in Bengaluru.

22:38 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Karnataka can treat 1 lakh Covid patients, to double capacity: CM tells PM

In a video conference held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa claimed that the State’s present healthcare infrastructure was capable of treating one lakh Covid-19 patients. "This will be ramped up to treat two lakh infected persons at the same time," Yediyurappa said.

Further apprising the PM on the pandemic-related situations in the state, the CM said that 673 fever clinics have been established as a precautionary measure to avoid the possibility of further spread of the novel coronavirus in hospitals and clinics.

"Out of the 1.68 crores families in the State, a survey of 1.5 crores families has been conducted and information regarding vulnerable has been documented. This survey has helped to take precautionary measures and also to take special care about such persons," Yediyurappa said apprising the PM of various measures taken in the state to combat the pandemic.

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16:22 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Yediyurappa, Modi take part in video conference

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday participated in a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the coronavirus situation. A two-minute silence was observed in CM's meeting to pay tribute to the martyred soldiers.

15:51 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Congress announces candidates for Karnataka Legislative Council polls

The Indian National Congress Wednesday announced its candidates for the upcoming Legislative Council polls scheduled to be held on June 29.

According to a party release, former Rajya Sabha MP B K Hariprasad and incumbent MLC Naseer Ahmed have been picked party nominees for the same, as approved by the High Command.

Party sources revealed that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) had shortlisted six nominees out of which two were picked.

"KPCC president D K Shivakumar, after consulting Congress Legislative Party Leader Sidddaramaiah and senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge had shortlised six names — Muddahanumegowda, S Manohar, Saleem Ahmed, H M Revanna, M R Seetharam and Naseer Ahmed," a party leader in Bengaluru told Indianexpress.com

15:32 (IST)17 Jun 2020
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15:12 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Karnataka to set up Covid-19 Care Centres with 20,000 beds in Bengaluru

Karnataka government plans to set up Covid-19 Care Centres with 20,000 beds in Bengaluru. According to Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, these Centres will monitor and treat asymptomatic cases.

“BBMP Commissioner has been directed to ensure that 20,000 beds are available in COVID Care Centres in Bengaluru. This will reduce the burden on hospitals and ensure that beds are available for those who need it,” Sudhakar said.

14:10 (IST)17 Jun 2020
SC dismisses petition challenging SSLC exams

The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed challenging Karnataka SSLC exams scheduled to be held from June 25, in the view of the coronavirus pandemic.

The order was passed after the SLP was listed for hearing before Justice L Nageswara Rao, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice S Ravindra Bhat.

“Exams will be held as planned from June 25 to July 4. All preparations are already in place,” officials from the Primary and Secondary Education Department said.

13:50 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Survey by doctors explores presence of COVID-19 in India as early as November

With anecdotal accounts from a doctors network suggesting presence of severe respiratory tract infections between December and January — before the first Covid-19 case was detected in India — an attempt is being made by doctors in Bengaluru to assess whether Covid 19 infections occurred prior to January 30. The move is part of a larger effort to find plasma donors for Covid 19 patients.

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13:16 (IST)17 Jun 2020
After Interpol notice, German man arrested from a village in Bengaluru

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials arrested a German national from Hulimangala village, outskirts of Bengaluru after a Red Corner Notice (RCN) was issued against him by the Interpol on the request of the National Crime Bureau (NCB), Wiesbaden, for kidnap and causing body injuries in Germany in 2015.

The arrested is identified as Alexander Bruno Wehnelt (55). B Dayanand, Additional Director General of Police (Economic Offences Division) and Interpol liaison officer, CID, said, “Alexander had come down to Bengaluru soon after committing the crime. Though his visa had expired in 2016 he has been living in the city. He was giving German lessons to some students. On Monday we arrested him after learning about his whereabouts.”

12:57 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: GIMS gets tele ICU; some Vikasa Soudha offices sealed as staff tests positive

Karnataka Tuesday recorded 317 new cases of COVID-19 and seven fatalities, taking the total number of infections in the state to 7,530 and death toll to 94.

Meanwhile, in the last two days, the number of patients admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has also gone up. There were only 16 COVID-19 patients in ICUs till Sunday, but according to the health department, the number has increased to 72 on Tuesday. At the same time, 322 patients were discharged after recovery.

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12:40 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Karnataka Minister CT Ravi launches online Kannada classes

Kannada, Culture and Tourism Minister C T Ravi launched online Kannada classes to encourage non-Kannadigas in Karnataka to learn the language.

The initiative ‘Kali Kannada’(Learn Kannada) will be available on the minister’s official Twitter account, with the first two lessons put up on Tuesday. "I've taken up the task of teaching Kannada to all non-Kannadigas residing in Karnataka. They are in Karnataka and they are our people, so it's our responsibility to teach them our language. I'll need your help in this task. #KALIKANNADA," the Minister tweeted.

The first two lessons had a list of conversational Kannada phrases which included greeting and introductions in Kannada. That apart, a list of beginners’ vocabulary was also posted.

12:16 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Movement of heavy vehicles banned in Agumbe Ghat

The Shivamogga district administration has banned the movement of heavy vehicles on Agumbe Ghat from June 15 to October 15 following the onset of monsoon, as there was a possibility of landslides due to heavy rain during the monsoon season.

In a press note, Deputy Commissioner K B Shivakumar said heavy vehicles will have to takeThirthahalli-Koppa-Sringeri-Malaghat-Karkala (National Highway 169) route or Shivamogga-Thirthahalli, Mastikatte-Siddapura-Kundapura to reach Udupi (State Highway 56).

11:57 (IST)17 Jun 2020
KSRTC begins operations to Andhra Pradesh

Beginning inter-state operations for the first time since lockdown began in Karnataka, KSRTC will operate as many as 48 buses to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh today.

“While the first bus left at 5 am in the morning, services are operated to major destinations including Ananthpur, Chittor, Tirupati, Kadri, Kalyandurga, Rayadurga, Manthralaya, Nellore, Vijayawada, etc.,” KSRTC said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

11:10 (IST)17 Jun 2020
CCB police begins probe into Ravi Pujari’s involvement in advocate Naushad Kashimji murder case

The Karnataka police have transferred 11-year-old Mangaluru based advocate Naushad Kashimji murder case by gangster Ravi Pujari to Central Crime Branch(CCB) police.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, "in Ravi Poojary case, one murder case of advocate Naushad Kashimji of Mangaluru city has been transferred by DGP to CCB for investigation. We have obtained Police custody of Poojari for 10 days and further investigation on."

According to a senior police officer, Naushad Kashimji was gunned down on April 9, 2009 near his flat in Mangaluru. Ravi Pujari, allegedly ordered the hit on Naushad who was at the time representing Chhota Shakeel aide and Mangaluru-origin sharpshooter Rashid Malabari, who was arrested in Mangaluru while allegedly plotting the killings of right-wing leaders.

Naushad representing Malabari reportedly had angered Ravi Pujari. Pujari had also allegedly issued life threats, directing him to desist from doing so. Earlier this year, CCB police arrested Ravi Pujari (51), in the west African country of Senegal, was brought to Bengaluru. In India, Pujari has over 200 criminal cases against him, including murder, extortion and other crimes.

10:31 (IST)17 Jun 2020
5.95 lakh students to appear for PU exam tomorrow

The only remaining second-year Pre-University (PU) board exam (English) in Karnataka will be held tomorrow, as the government tries to ensure safety to students and teachers in times of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first State-level exam after the coronavirus-induced lockdown began, the exam is expected to be considered important for the government in the wake of SSLC exams scheduled to begin on June 25.

As many as 5.95 lakh students will appear for the exam in 1,016 exam centres across Karnataka on Thursday.

09:44 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients will have no hospitalisation: Medical Education Minister

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has clarified that asymptomatic coronavirus-positive patients will no longer be admitted to designated hospitals for treatment in the state.

'Instead, they will be admitted to Covid Care Centres, where their health situation will be monitored and treatment will be provided,' Sudhakar explained.

The Minister added that the decision was taken to ensure the burden on hospitals is reduced, in the wake of the sudden spike in the number of new cases in Karnataka in the last fortnight.

09:22 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Karnataka: Over 500 doctors to resign today

Over 500 MBBS doctors in Karnataka — working on a contract basis for the Health and Family Welfare department — have decided to quit en masse on Wednesday, pointing out that their demands to regularise them have been left unattended.

According to the Contract Doctors’ Association of Karnataka (CDAK), doctors from across the state will submit their resignations to Health Minister B Sriramulu and Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in Bengaluru. "Currently, more than 30 per cent of the posts are vacant in government hospitals. With the rise in COVID-19 patients, contract doctors are working on a par with regular doctors at Covid-designated hospitals,” a letter written to CM Yediyurappa read.

These doctors have been posted at various Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state.

09:04 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Karnataka KSEEB SSLC admit cards released, exams from June 25

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) has released the admit card or hall ticket for the SSLC exams scheduled to be held from June 25 onwards. Students can download their Karnataka SSLC admit card from the official website, kseeb.kar.nic.in.

Students from the containment zone, however, will not have to appear for the SSLC exams. The state education minister S Suresh Kumar had said earlier that students from these areas will be treated as fresh candidates and will be allowed to attend the exams later.

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08:24 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

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Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown 5.0, unlock phase 1 and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

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Meanwhile, a mural in Bengaluru of an iconic scene from the film Titanic features a twist to highlight the importance of wearing a mask and physical distancing to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.

Read | A Bengaluru mural features iconic scene from film Titanic with COVID-19 twist

At the same time, Karnataka Tuesday recorded 317 new cases of COVID-19 and seven fatalities, taking the total number of infections in the state to 7,530 and death toll to 94.

READ | Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: GIMS gets tele ICU; some Vikasa Soudha offices sealed as staff tests positive

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