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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 7 Highlights: Bengaluru recorded 981 new cases on Monday while 10 more fatalities were linked to the pandemic.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 8, 2020 8:28:30 am
Dinesh Gundu Rao on Karnataka crisis: ‘This was a Rs 1000-crore has been going on for a year’ Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey and former Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao and his family members have tested negative for the virus.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 7 Highlights: The Karnataka government Monday revoked the license of 110 pharmacies for failing to maintain and share sales report of Influenza-like Illness and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection-related drugs.

Earlier, the state government had ordered all chemists, druggists and pharmacists across hospitals to note down the contact details of all those purchasing medicines for the “treatment of symptoms like fever (antipyretics and anti-inflammatory), cold (anti-allergic) and cough (anti-tussive)”.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru recorded 981 new cases on Monday while 10 more fatalities were linked to the pandemic. The total tally exceeded the 10,000 mark as well since the first case in Karnataka was confirmed in the capital city on March 8.

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18:31 (IST)07 Jul 2020
BBMP PRO office staff tests COVID-19 positive

Bengaluru Mayor M Goutham Kumar and few other officers of BBMP have gone into self-quarantine after a personal assistant to the Mayor has tested positive for COVID-19.

The BBMP PRO office in the head office was also sealed by the authorities on Tuesday.

A meeting by Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashok now has been postponed due to the personal assistant and another BBMP staff testing positive for COVID-19.

18:28 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Karnataka: Expert committee submits guidelines to govt on online classes

Screen time per session as follows:

  • Pre-KG: 1 session daily (30 mins)
  • Grades 1-5: 2 sessions daily (30 mins each)
  • Grades 6-8: 3 sessions daily (30-45 mins each)
  • Grades 9-10: 4 sessions daily (30-45 mins each)
17:12 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Karnataka: As Covid-19 cases rise, doctors say need more contact-tracing, ICU beds, ventilators

With Covid-19 cases and fatalities in Karnataka on the rise, doctors in Bengaluru say the state government needs to restructure its strategy to fight the pandemic, with enhanced contact-tracing, more oxygen beds, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities and ventilators the need of the hour.

“While asymptomatic cases may not need beds and can be treated at home, most symptomatic cases need facilities like adequate oxygen supply, ICU, and ventilators for effective treatment,” Dr Suriraju V, Managing Director (MD) of Regal Hospital in Chokkanahalli, said.

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17:11 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Coorg administration issues closure of resorts, hotels and home stays

With the threat of coronavirus looming large, the Kodagu(Coorg) district administration asked all homestays hotels and resorts to not entertain any guests and shut their businesses from July 7 till further notice.

Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy, has stated in the order, that all resorts, hotels, service apartments, residential hostels and homestays must stop giving accommodation to people outside the district and this includes businessmen and tourists. "Those who have already arrived at accommodation places must not be forcibly vacated and they must be allowed to stay till the date of booking. But the dates must not be extended. Those guests who have booked accommodation and have not come must be asked to cancel their bookings," the order stated.

Earlier, the District Administration had been criticised by the residents of Kodagu for not closing down resorts and homestays despite rising COVID-19 positive cases in the district. After lifting of lockdown and easing of inter-district border restrictions increased the tourist flow into Coorg.

There are 82 active cases in Kodagu and one death has been reported so far, 36 containment zones have been declared in the district.

15:42 (IST)07 Jul 2020
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14:01 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Covid-19 situation: Centre team meets CM Yediyurappa

In the wake of the growing numbers related to the coronavirus pandemic in Karnataka, a team of officials from the Union Ministry of Health Tuesday met Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in Bengaluru.

While the team was apprised of the Covid-19 scenario in the state, discussions were also held to strategise the State's response action to the pandemic.

Representing the Centre, Arti Ahuja, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr P Ravindran, Director, Emergency Medical Relief and others took part in the meeting also attended by Karnataka Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, Medical Education Minisrer Sudhakar K, and Health Minister B Sriramulu among others.

12:42 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Kerala Government cancels daily passes of commuters to Mangaluru

The Kerala government cancelled daily travel passes of commuters to Mangaluru in the wake of rising number of Covid-19 cases in the district.

The decision by Kasaragod district administration left many commuters from Kerala agitated who staged a protest at Talapady check post on Tuesday.

The Kasargod administration took the decision to cancel travel passes to Mangaluru at an emergency meeting presided over by E Chandrashekaran, district in-charge minister at the district commissioner's office on Monday.

11:46 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Karnataka revokes licenses of pharmacies for failing to record details of identify ILI, SARI cases

The Karnataka government Monday revoked the licenses of 110 pharmacies for failing to maintain a record of those buying medicines for Influenza-like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

Among the violators whose licenses were revoked, most were from Kalaburagi district (70), followed by Vijayapura (15) and Raichur (9) districts. Meanwhile, five in Bagalakote, four each in Mysuru and Bidar, and three in Bengaluru were also identified for violating the norms.

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10:26 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Cauvery water supply to be hit on Wednesday

Cauvery Water supply will be disrupted on July 8(Wednesday) between 8 am and 4 pm in many parts of Bengaluru. According to Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board(BWSSB), the disruption of water supply is for carrying out pipe interlinking work under the Unaccounted For Project and fixing of bulk flow meters for an eight-hour period.

The following areas will be affected: Yeshwanthpur, Bashyam Park, Malleswaram, Seshadripuram, Okalipura, Srirampura, Mathikere, & surrounding areas.

Sadashivanagar, KG Tower, Seshadripuram, Jayamahal, Palace Guttahalli, RMV 2nd Stage & surrounding areas. R T Nagar, Hebbal, Sanjay Nagar, Manorayanapalya, Ganganagar & surrounding area, Chickpet, KR Market, Cubbonpet & surrounding area, Majestic Area, Kasturba Road, Shivajinagar, Fraser Town, Sampangi Ramnagar, Anand Rao circle, Machlibetta, Bharathi Nagar, Vasanth Nagar, Maruthi Sevanagar, Vidhana Soudha and surrounding areas.

ITI Colony, Indiranagar, Shastri Nagar, HAL 3rd Stage, Thippasandra, LIC colony, Anandapura and areas under Jeevan Bimanagar & Indiranagar sub station, Ulsoor G street, OGI Garden, Murphy Town, Cambridge Layout, MG Road, Domlur and areas under Ulsoor sub station. Hanumanthnagar, Srinagar, Girinagar, Chamarajpet, Vittal Nagar, Bytarayanapura and surrounding areas.

10:04 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Karnataka Health Commissioner, Dinesh Gundu Rao test negative

Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey Monday tested negative for coronavirus. "I thank one and all who prayed for my Covid-19 report to be negative. I wish to share with you that my test report is negative and I will continue to be part of the fight against the pandemic," he wrote on Twitter confirming the same.

Meanwhile, former Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao and his family members also tested negative after undergoing Covid-19 tests in the wake of a police security personnel deployed at his residence testing positive.

"One more gunman and two more house staff have tested Corona positive. My wife, two daughters and myself are all negative. We will, as per government rules, be home quarantined for 14 days," the legislator of Gandhinagar constituency in Bengaluru said.

09:54 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Explained: For arresting cough particles, mask shape and material matter

The importance of wearing a mask has been repeatedly stressed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. It may have become all the more relevant now, with 239 scientists having written to the World Health Organization about the possibility of airborne transmission of the virus (as reported in The New York Times).

What kind of masks works best, given that not everyone has access to an N-95? What material, and what shape can best arrest droplets from the mouth, and the smallest particles (aerosols)?

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09:32 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Karnataka: What are the norms for persons who are symptomatic on arrival?

Health officers will continue to screen those arriving in the state at all possible points of entry (checkpoints, airports, seaports, railway stations), and those found with symptoms of coronavirus infection will be immediately referred to seven days of hospital isolation at a Covid-19 care centre.

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09:00 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Kodagu: 14 more positive cases as total rises to 92

With 14 more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus, as on Tuesday, the total in Kodagu rose to 92.

Confirming this, Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy said, “While the total number of positive cases in Kodagu to date is 92, 10 of them have recovered from the infection. There are 36 containment zones across 3 taluks in the district now.”

Kodagu had reported its first fatality on July 4 but the same was confirmed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services in its bulletin only on Monday.

Seven more containment zones have been opened at HC Pura, Gonikoppa, Netaji layout, Gonikoppa, Health Quarters, Thithimathi, Srimangala village, Perumbady, Arji, Virajpet taluk and two at Karike, Madikeri taluk. Three containment zones at Shirangala, Shanivarsanthe and Doddalli, Alur Siddapura and Omkareshwera temple road, Madikeri have been notifiers after completing the 14-day cycle.

08:52 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Amid Coronavirus scare, curbs on holding weddings with gatherings in Kalaburagi & Bagalkote districts

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol asked the Kalaburagi and Bagalkote district administrations not to permit weddings with gatherings in the districts as it could lead to the spread of the virus.

Karjol is also the in-charge minister of both the districts. In a letter to the Deputy Commissioners of both the districts he said marriage can be allowed to take place at the sub-registrar’s offices instead.

08:40 (IST)07 Jul 2020
No sales report: Karnataka revokes license of pharmacies failing to identify ILI, SARI cases

The Karnataka government Monday revoked the license of 110 pharmacies for failing to maintain and share sales report of Influenza-like Illness and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection-related drugs.

Earlier, the state government had ordered all chemists, druggists and pharmacists across hospitals to note down the contact details of all those purchasing medicines for the “treatment of symptoms like fever (antipyretics and anti-inflammatory), cold (anti-allergic) and cough (anti-tussive)”.

08:39 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Former CEO of a bank found dead in his car

Former CEO of Sri Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank in Bengaluru was found dead inside his car by consuming poison in his car on Monday, police said. The deceased is Vasudeva Maiya(62).

On June 18, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had raided five of his locations in Bengaluru over alleged financial irregularities in the bank. The bank is under investigation following complaints of irregularities that Rs 1,400 crore was transferred to a select few accounts.

Rohini Katoch Sepat, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), confirmed the incident. Police have registered a case and investigation is underwayunderway.

08:18 (IST)07 Jul 2020
Tally exceeds 10,000; 16 wards report 10+ cases in last 24 hours

As the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city alone reported 981 new cases and 10 more deaths while the same was 1843 and 30 respectively in Karnataka on Monday.

At the same time, at least 16 wards in the city recorded over 10 cases each on Sunday, BBMP statistics revealed.

According to BBMP’s Covid-19 War Room data, Pattabhiram Nagar topped the list with 24 cases, followed by RR Nagar (20), Dharmarayaswamy Temple (17) and Shantala Nagar (16) wards among others.

08:17 (IST)07 Jul 2020
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Latest in Karnataka phone-tapping: Actor Sumalatha on list Confirming the same, Sumalatha tweeted, "It (test result) is positive with very mild symptoms and I have been advised home treatment." (Facebook/Sumalatha Ambarish)

Meanwhile, actor-turned-politician Sumalatha Ambareesh on Monday announced that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

READ | Sumalatha Ambareesh tests positive for coronavirus

At the same time, those returning from other states (including Maharashtra) to Karnataka will now be placed under home quarantine for 14 days during which swabs will be collected and sent for testing only if the returnee starts to develop symptoms of Covid-19.

READ | Karnataka revises quarantine SOPs, curfew timings: Here are the new guidelines

Also Read | Coronavirus: Karnataka guidelines for home isolation for asymptomatic patients

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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