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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 16 Higlights: Incentives for over 3000 BMTC staff who worked during lockdown

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 16 Highlights: Karnataka reported 3,176 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total tally of those infected to 47,253 in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 17, 2020 8:18:43 am
Bangalore-BMTC-Bengaluru-buses-bus-public-transport-Majestic-station The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to give a Rs 250 per day incentive to over 3,000 staffers who worked during the COVID-19 lockdown in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 16 Highlights: The Karnataka government announced an incentive of Rs 5,000 to the people who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection and are willing to donate plasma to other COVID-19 patients.

Karnataka medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar on Wednesday appealed to the recovered patients to donate plasma and save lives. “We have decided to give an incentive of Rs 5,000 to the plasma donor. Please come forward voluntarily and help the patients recover by donating plasma,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 3,176 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total tally of those infected to 47,253 in the state.

According to the Karnataka health department, 1,076 patients were discharged and 87 deaths reported on Wednesday. Till date, 18,466 persons have recovered and 928 deaths are reported. There are 27,853 active cases, and 597 are admitted in the ICU.

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18:50 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Watch| Yediyurappa-led govt has no moral right to remain in power, D K Shivakumar says

Reacting to Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu's remark that only God can save the state, insisting that public cooperation was key to controlling the spread of the pandemic, Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar urged the B S Yediyurappa-led state government to resign from power.

"The Yediyurappa government has no moral right to remain in power when they can't manage Covid-19 'leaving everything to God'. The CM and his cabinet should hence resign, and President's rule should be imposed," he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sriramulu had said in Chitradurga, "Tell me whose hand it is (to control the disease). Only God has to save us all. Awareness among people is the only way. In such a situation, the Congress leaders have stooped to the lowest level of politics. It doesn’t suit anybody."

15:59 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Don't admit asymptomatic patients, Medical Education Minister warns Bengaluru hospital

Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar Thursday warned the authorities of CV Raman General Hospital in Bengaluru for violating the Covid-19 protocol by admitting patients who are asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic.

As per the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the state government, such patients were advised either to be in home quarantine or to be shifted to any Covid Care Centre. However, in a surprise visit to the hospital, Minister Sudhakar found this was violated.

"During my surprise visit to CV Raman General Hospital, Indiranagar I instructed doctors to ensure asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients are sent to Covid care centres," he said.

Further, the Minister also instructed the hospital authorities to equip high flow oxygen beds and ventilators in the ICUs immediately.

12:38 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Over 3,000 BMTC staff who worked during lockdown to get incentives

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to give a Rs 250 per day incentive to over 3,000 staffers who worked during the COVID-19 lockdown in Bengaluru.

According to a circular issued by BMTC the incentive will be given to 3,397 employees who worked between March 26 and April 20 by risking their lives to provide bus services to the people working in the essential services in the city.

12:10 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Health Minister's statement reflects govt's poor ability to handle Covid crisis: D K Shivakumar

Citing Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu's statement "Only God can save us from coronavirus," Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President D K Shivakumar said the same reflects the poor ability of the government to handle the ongoing crisis related to the pandemic.

"Why do we need such a govt if they cannot tackle the pandemic? This govt's incompetency has left citizens to God's mercy," Shivakumar wrote on Twitter.

11:02 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Karnataka govt orders hospitals to display bed allocation details at registration counters

The Karnataka government Wednesday ordered all hospitals to display details of bed allocation at their registration counters to make it easier for patients or their bystanders to identify the availability of beds for Covid-19 treatment.

As per the order issued by Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, the display system should include specific details of different categories of beds as ‘Reserved’, ‘Occupied’, and ‘Available.’

The order specified that the display system should give out details of isolation beds (general wards), ICU beds, ICU beds with ventilators, beds with high-flow oxygen (HDU), and beds with regular flow oxygen.

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10:13 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: BBMP hires 852 healthcare professionals to enhance Covid-19 treatment

In the wake of the demand for doctors and healthcare professionals to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 situation in Bengaluru, the BBMP hired 852 professionals in a recruitment drive held over the last few days.

According to statistics shared by the local civic body, a total of 308 doctors, 428 Group-D employees, 56 supporting staff members and 34 staff nurses were hired.

The recruitment drive took place in the city from July 10 to 15.

09:33 (IST)16 Jul 2020
‘Only God can save us from Coronavirus’ says Karnataka health minister

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, health minister B Sriramulu said only divine help could save us from COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters in Chitradurga district, Sriramulu said, “Only God can save us from Coronavirus and we have to bring in caution on our own."

“Worldwide the number of Corona cases is increasing. All of us should be alert. Cases in the state I am sure one hundred per cent, will only go up in the next two months,” he added.

08:28 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Karnataka seer dies of Covid-19

Rampura Mutt Seer Halaswamy (55) in Honnali taluk of Davanagere district died of Covid-19 in a Hospital in Shivamogga on Wednesday.

According to the district administration, Seer was brought to the Covid designated hospital three days ago due to respiratory disorder.

The seer was popularly known as Mullugadduge Swami in the district. He headed the Rampura Mutt and Gavi Mutt in Channagiri taluk in Davanagere District.

08:27 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Bengaluru registers nearly 2,000 COVID-19 cases, 60 deaths on Wednesday

Bengaluru reported 1,975 cases according to the Karnataka health department and reported a record 60 deaths on Wednesday.

According to BBMP’s Covid-19 War Room data, Shanthala Nagar gained the top spot with 40 cases followed by Kempegowda Nagar - 31, Jayanagar - 28, Pattabhinagar - 26, Chamarajpet - 21, Vasanthpura, Agrahara Dasarahalli and Chikpet - 20 cases each.

The total positivity rate in the city has gone up to 12.37%, while the active rate is 74 %. The total number of containment zones in the city is 7,053, while 5,598 zones are active. Total death tally in Bengaluru is 437.

08:26 (IST)16 Jul 2020
Karnataka reports biggest single-day spike with 3,176 new Covid-19 cases

Karnataka on Wednesday reported the biggest single-day spike with 3,176 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally of those infected to 47,253 in the state.

Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar attributed the rise to a milestone in testing. “The state conducted 22,204 tests on Wednesday alone. This is a new milestone, which coincides with another achievement of detecting over 3,000 cases in a single day. In the coming days, the testing capacity will be stepped up to 40,000-50,000 per day,” he said.

According to the Karnataka health department, 1,076 patients were discharged and 87 deaths reported on Wednesday. Till date, 18,466 persons have recovered and 928 deaths are reported. There are 27,853 active cases, and 597 are admitted in the ICU.

Bengaluru urban reported 1975 cases, Dharwad 139, Bellary 136, Mysuru 99, Vijayapura 80 and Dakshina Kannada 76 cases.

08:26 (IST)16 Jul 2020
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The Karnataka government has issued a clarification about the operations of e-commerce firms and food delivery companies during the week-long lockdown that started Tuesday evening in Bengaluru.

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An order issued by the state’s chief secretary TM Vijaya Bhaskar, dated 14 July 14, stated that e-commerce companies are allowed to operate from 5 am to 8 pm, and food home delivery is allowed from 5 am to 10 pm during the lockdown.

READ | Bengaluru lockdown: Here are the fresh guidelines for e-commerce, food delivery services

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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