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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 19 Highlights: Vikasa Soudha staff get work from home after employee tests positive

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 19 Highlights: 95.46 per cent of the total students who registered for the Pre-University Certificate (PUC) board examinations in Karnataka attended the only remaining exam which was held on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 20, 2020 8:35:34 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 19 Highlights: As the number of fresh cases and fatalities linked to the coronavirus pandemic in Karnataka continues to witness a steady hike, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said that the situation would have been better if the influx of passengers from other states was avoided.

“We would have been more successful in containing the *spread of the novel corona) virus if we could stop people coming from other states,” Yediyurappa said. However, he added that the state is capable to work together and contain the pandemic effectively.

Meanwhile, 95.46 per cent of the total students who registered for the Pre-University Certificate (PUC) board examinations in Karnataka attended the only remaining exam which was held on Thursday.

According to statistics shared by the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), as many as 5,68,975 students attended the exam while 27,022 gave it a miss. A total of 5,95,997 students had enrolled themselves for the examination.

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21:44 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Bengaluru witnesses sudden spike in fresh cases; total rises to 982

With 138 fresh cases and 7 deaths were confirmed Bengaluru today, the total number of coronavirus cases in the city rose to 982.

Meanwhile the city's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has notified 246 active containment zones within city limits. Total active cases: 521 (June 19). Discharges so far: 392. Deaths: 58.

20:54 (IST)19 Jun 2020
COVID-19: 337 new cases, 10 more deaths in Karnataka

New cases: 337
Total cases: 8281
Discharges: 5210 (230 today)
Deaths: 124 (10 today)
Active cases: 2943

Fatality Rate: 1.50%
Recovery Rate: 62.92%

20:47 (IST)19 Jun 2020
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19:08 (IST)19 Jun 2020
No masks: BBMP collects Rs 2.38 lakh from violators

Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has so far collected Rs 2,38,606 as penalties from those not wearing masks as directed by the government.

According to BBMP officials, most cases to date were recorded in BBMP South Zone (326), followed by East (249), and West (172) zones. 49 people were fined by BBMP Marshals on Friday alone.

15:54 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Covid-19 impact: Outbound baggage to get ultraviolet treatment at Bengaluru airport

In a move to enhance passenger and staff safety in Karnataka in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport will now scan outbound baggage with ultraviolet (UV) treatment.

“Two custom-designed UV tunnels have been created to disinfect trolleys after every use. These tunnels are located at a cordoned-off area of the Terminal,” a Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) spokesperson told

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15:13 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Covid-19: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa’s home office shut after staff’s relative tests positive

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s office-cum-residence in Bengaluru was shut for a day on Friday after an employee’s relative tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Confirming this to, BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar said, “The entire premises at CM’s home office ‘Krishna’ (on Kumarakrupa Road, Seshadripuram) was shut after a woman police constable on duty there reported that her husband tested positive for COVID-19.”

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13:44 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Centre asks states to adopt practices implemented by Karnataka to fight COVID-19

The Centre has asked Indian states to adopt the practices which are being followed in Karnataka to contain the spread of the virus in the state. With comprehensive contact tracing and household surveys, the state has been meticulous in tracing both high risk and low risk contacts and quarantining them.

13:05 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Employee tests positive: Vikasa Soudha staff gets WFH

A couple of days after an employee working in Vikasa Soudha tested positive for coronavirus, employees in the building were asked to work from home on Friday.

The first such order from the Karnataka government, the decision was taken to enable Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials to sanitise the entire building.

Aan employee of the Food and Civil Supplies Department had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

12:57 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Bengaluru DRM office shut after a Station Master tests positive for COVID-19

The office of the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of the South Western Railway in Bengaluru has been shut down on Friday as a Station Master at Hebbal railway station tested COVID 19 positive on Thursday.

Station master had visited the DRM office recently. An order announcing the closure of the DRM office for disinfection purposes has been issued by Senior Divisional Personnel Officer, K Asif Hafeez. According to the order, the Divisional office will reopen on Monday, June 22.

12:48 (IST)19 Jun 2020
COVID-19: No general transfers of Karnataka Govt employees this year

The Karnataka government has decided not to go for general transfers of government employees this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) the transfers will be done only in rare cases approved by the Chief Minister.

“In order to limit expenses in the backdrop of COVID-19 situation and with an intention not to hamper COVID related works, it has been decided to drop the general transfer for the year 2020-21 and in rare cases, transfers can be done after obtaining approval from the Chief Minister, " order stated.

General transfers of Karnataka government employees are usually done during May and June by following certain guidelines.

10:24 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Karnataka Congress to launch ‘jail bharo’ campaign against Centre and State government

The Karnataka Congress has decided to launch ‘jail bharo’ movement against hike in fuel prices by the Centre and the State BJP government’s decisions to introduce amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act and Agricultural Produce and Marketing Committees.

A Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting chaired by former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday decided to launch protests in all district headquarters and Bengaluru. The party will announce dates for holding protests soon.

This will be a black legislation. The Congress will protest this across the state,” Siddaramaiah, who is also the leader of the opposition, said in a tweet.

09:40 (IST)19 Jun 2020
IMD forecasts heavy rain in coastal Karnataka

Yellow alert has been issued in coastal districts Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Karnataka from June 19 to June 23 as heavy rains are expected in the coastal region of Karnataka for the next three to four days.

The Indian Meteorological department has forecast strong winds and heavy rainfall in Coastal Karnataka and cautioned the fishermen not to venture into the sea.

On Thursday parts of Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu and Shivamogga districts received rain.

08:34 (IST)19 Jun 2020
More BMTC employees test positive, buses likely to get ‘partition’

With four more employees of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) testing positive for coronavirus, the public transport corporation is mulling over having physical partitions within buses to keep employees away from such risks.

“Partitions made of rexine were installed in some 30 buses used to ferry passengers from airports to quarantine centres. We are planning on a design to extend the same to other buses too,” an official said.

To date, two BMTC employees of Indiranagar depot, and one each in Koramangala, RR Nagar, and KR Puram have tested positive for COVID-19 in the city.

Also read: BMTC employee tests positive for Covid-19, depot sanitised

08:34 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Bengaluru: 50 squads to enforce home quarantine of returnees

Bengaluru’s local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has launched 50 dedicated teams to enforce home quarantine of those returning to the city from other states and countries.

“The squads with vehicles will spread out to different parts of the city and reach quickly in case of complaints,” BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar said.

As on June 18, Bengaluru has recorded 844 coronavirus cases of which 408 are active. With 51 fatalities so far, the capital city has witnessed the most deaths due to the pandemic in the state.

08:33 (IST)19 Jun 2020
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Meanwhile, Bengaluru has among the lowest Covid burden among cities with population of 10 million or more.

Epidemiologists say central to the city’s Covid-19 control programme has been its continuing practice of quarantining positive cases and identifying contacts within 24 hours of a positive test result — a practice many of the other metros have struggled to keep up with as numbers started swelling.

Read | Why Bengaluru Covid count is least among big cities

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