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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 30 Highlights: State govt launches job portal to connect employers and job seekers

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 30 Highlights: Karnataka reported 1,105 new cases of COVID-19 taking the tally of those infected to 14,295 in the state of which 6,382 are active.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 1, 2020 8:31:44 am
Yediyurappa, Skill Connect, Karnataka, Job Portal After launching the portal on Monday, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said “the portal would provide an impetus to job creation, as well as the economic revival of the state.”

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 30 Highlights: Bengaluru continued to report a spike in Covid- 19 cases as 738 people tested positive on Monday taking the tally to 4,052.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 1,105 new cases of COVID-19 taking the tally of those infected to 14,295 in the state of which 6,382 are active. The death toll is at 230 as 19 more people died on Monday.

Of the total 6,382 active cases reported in Karnataka, Bengaluru has 3,427 active cases. On Monday, Ballari reported 76, Dakshina Kannada 32, Bidar 28, Uttar Kannada 24, Kalaburagi 23; Hassan and Vijaypura 22 cases each; Udupi and Tumkakur 18 cases each Dharwad and Chikkamagaluru 17 cases each, Chikkaballarpur reported 15 cases. Mysuru reported six cases, Bengaluru rural reported three cases, Devanagere, Ramanagara, Chitradurga reported two cases each, and Kodagau and Haveri reported one case each.

According to the health department, the number of people in intensive care units (ICU) in Karnataka is 268.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Monday held meetings with private hospitals to increase the number of beds in the hospitals to treat the COVID- 19 patients.

Private hospitals in Bengaluru agreed to provide 50 percent of beds dedicated to Covid-19 treatment to the government. Revenue Minister and in-charge of Bengaluru COVID affairs R Ashoka said that an additional 2,000 beds will be made available by the private hospitals.

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23:37 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Karnataka: Govt tenders ‘unconditional apology’ after video shows bodies of Covid victims dumped in pits

Facing criticism over a video clip that showed bodies of coronavirus victims being dumped in a large pit in Karnataka’s Bellari, Deputy Commissioner (DC) S S Nakul Tuesday tendered an “unconditional apology” and said he is “deeply upset and sorrowful at the manner in which the remains of the deceased were handled.”

In the video that surfaced online, six men wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits are seen dumping the corpses covered in black body bags into large pits in what appears to be a cremation ground.

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22:08 (IST)30 Jun 2020
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20:26 (IST)30 Jun 2020
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19:01 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Coorg homestays come up with ‘workation’ offer to bring tourists back

Facing a brunt due to Covid-19 lockdown, the tourism industry in Coorg (Kodagu) has come up with an innovative initiative to attract tourists.

Homestays and resorts in Coorg have started a ‘Work-from-resort’ also called ‘workation’ initiative, where employees can stay at the homestays or resorts and work from there. The resorts have come up with attractive packages that offer rooms at affordable rates.

The step has been taken to boost the income and tourism sector in the district, a few homestay owners in the district said, adding that the increase in Covid-19 cases in the area continues to be an obstruction in getting new bookings.

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18:24 (IST)30 Jun 2020
32 employees tested positive, 12 recovered so far: BMTC

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) Tuesday stated that 32 of its employees have tested positive for coronavirus so far, of which 12 have recovered.

"With view of early detection and speedy treatment of Covid 19, BMTC had organised random testing of crew. This proactive step was taken in the interest of employees," a statement read.

Further, officials added that all primary contacts of employees who tested positive are tracked by the BBMP and have been put on home quarantine "after due briefing regarding dos and don'ts of the same."

A driver-cum-conductor attached to KR Puram depot was the first among BMTC employees to get infected. He was discharged from the designated hospital after he recovered from the infection last week.

17:47 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Siddaramaiah demands all-party review committee to monitor COVID-19 treatment

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah demanded the government to form an all-party review committee to monitor complaints regarding COVID-19 treatment in the State.

On Tuesday he tweeted that the professional leaders with medical education should be included in the committee. “there are allegations of negligence, discrimination and corruption in government hospitals dedicated to COVID-19 treatment. Those with political influence can survive but the poor are helpless. The Chief Minister should focus on this issue,” he said in a series of tweets.

“Patients have the legal right to know in detail the treatment they are receiving. Patients are being left in the dark without being informed of the drug being given to them and the treatment that is being followed. Isn’t this unfair Yediyurappa,” he questioned.

“Private hospitals who are willing to reduce treatment fees should be careful not to compromise on the quality of treatment. The government must be given full details of the medication and the treatment that is being followed,” he added in another tweet.

14:10 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Karnataka CM seeks 4,500 beds for COVID-19 patients from private medical colleges

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa conducted a meeting with the management of various private medical colleges on Tuesday to seek at least 4,500 beds to treat COVID-19 patients in Bengaluru.

After the meeting, Yediyurappa said, “Government is already making arrangements for 2,000 beds in the two government medical colleges in the city. Apart from this, we have asked a total 4,500 beds in private medical colleges in Bengaluru to treat COVID-19 patients. I have requested private colleges to cooperate with the government to treat the patients. A coordination committee will be formed to  ensure better coordination to fight the pandemic.”

According to the Chief Minister’s office, the representatives of the Medical college management promised to cooperate with the State Government in the treatment of the Coronavirus cases.

Yediyurappa also assured the private medical college managements that necessary arrangements will be made to provide insurance cover for the medical and para-medical staff involved in the treatment of the patients.

11:07 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Karnataka to organise mega online job mela on July 7

The Karnataka government will organise a mega online job mela on July 7 to bridge the gap between job-seekers and providers. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said, “the state government is committed to providing impetus to creating jobs by reviving economic and industrial activities that have been affected by COVID-19.”

Stating that the government has taken several initiatives to improve the skills of the youth, he said a talent acceleration programme with the help of the skill development department would be implemented for 1,000 graduates at a cost of Rs. 2 crore.

10:25 (IST)30 Jun 2020
All BMTC employees aged over 50 granted leave owing to pandemic

BMTC has sent all employees aged over 50 and those with ailments, apart from drivers and conductors on leave to ensure their safety amid the pandemic. In a circular, BMTC cited the advisory issued by the Union Health Ministry and stated that employees with ailments such as breathing problems, heart-related issues, diabetes and kidney problems and those aged over 50 can make use of the leave available in their accounts.

Trainee employees who do not have any leave available will go on leave without stipend while permanent employees or those on probation will be granted leave not due or extraordinary leave based on the severity of their health problems.

10:09 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Karnataka Govt launches ‘Skill Connect’ job portal to  connect employers and job seekers

The Karnataka government has launched a job search portal that will connect employers and job seekers in the state. According to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, the portal is called  “Skill Connect” will provide region-wise and sector-wise job listings. An interested candidate can register on the portal and either apply for jobs or can also seek skill training.

After launching the portal on Monday, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said “the portal would provide an impetus to job creation, as well as the economic revival of the state.”

According to a press release, the portal connects the job- seekers and those who want to hire. “People should register on the portal by uploading their educational, skill qualifications, and other details. Similarly, those looking for hiring specific skilled people can also register on the portal by giving a job description,” the release said.

“If they find someone suitable for the specified job skill, the companies or industries can contact the job- seekers directly and vice-versa,” it added.

09:24 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Judicial, non-judicial and administrative functions of High Court of Karnataka suspended today

A circular issued by the High Court of Karnataka has notified that the judicial, non-judicial and administrative functions of the court, principal bench in Bengaluru have been suspended for today for sanitising the court complex due to unavoidable circumstances.

09:07 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Karnataka works on app to help patients find beds as cases rise in Bengaluru

At a time when Bengaluru faces a bed crunch due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, the software development team of Karnataka Covid-19 War Room has been entrusted with developing an app that helps patients find a hospital bed as easily as they book a cab.

“We want to create an app that will work like Ola and Uber apps for access to hospital beds. Only those who test positive for Covid-19 will be able to book a bed,” said head of the War Room Munish Moudgil, an IAS officer.

The app will have backend verifications on an ICMR database of persons who test positive for Covid-19 each day and bed allocations will happen only after these checks, Moudgil said.

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09:02 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Karnataka govt approves Rs. 5 cr for Ambareesh memorial

The Karnataka Government on Monday decided to allot an initial budget of Rs. 5 crore for late actor and politician Ambareesh's memorial which is in Kanteerava Studio in Bengaluru.

The construction work of the memorial is set to begin soon on a 1.34-acre space in Kanteerava studio. The late actor’s wife and Mandya MP Sumalatha along with members of an eight-member high-level committee, constituted by the government met Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. In the meeting, Yediyurappa directed officials to speed up the work on the memorial and approved Rs. 5 crore to the memorial on Monday.

Producer Rockline Venkatesh, actors Abhishek Ambareesh and Doddanna were present in the meeting in Vidhana Soudha.

08:42 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Minister Sudhakar tests negative, to resume regular work today

After being on home quarantine for over a week following his father, wife, and daughter testing positive for coronavirus, Karnataka’s Medical Education Miniser Sudhakar K is all set to resume regular work on Tuesday.

The minister confirmed Monday evening that his repeat test result came out negative for Covid-19.

“Since last 8 days I am under home quarantine as few in my family tested positive for Covid. my test report has come negative today, I will return to my regular duties from tomorrow,” he wrote on Twitter sharing his test report.

While he was in home quarantine, CM Yediyurappa had appointed Revenue Minister R Ashoka as Sudhakar’s replacement to handle Covid-19 affairs in Bengaluru.

08:32 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Shepherd tests positive in Tumakuru; Animal Husbandry dept to subject 43 sheep to Covid-19 tests

Tumakuru district administration in Karnataka quarantined forty three sheep after a shepherd tested positive for COVID-19 at Godekere Gollarahatti in Tumakuru district.

District Minister J C Madhuswamy has instructed the district administration and the Animal Husbandry department to subject the sheep to Covid-19 tests.

Speaking to reporters, Madhuswamy said, "There is no evidence that the sheep can contract Covid-19 and transmit the virus to the people, since the virus has many strains. I have instructed the officials to send the samples to a laboratory at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Until then, there will be a ban on the butchering of the sheep in the region.”

08:26 (IST)30 Jun 2020
Karnataka revises quarantine SOPs, curfew timings

The Karnataka government Saturday issued an order reimposing lockdown on Sundays and extending the timings of night curfew, in a bid to contain the rise in cases of Covid-19 in the state.

Following a sudden rise in Covid-19 cases and fatalities daily, several leaders of the Opposition urged the government to announce a complete lockdown. After an all-party meet and discussions with members of the Karnataka task force and other experts, the government decided to reimpose lockdown on Sundays.

The government has also revised its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) applicable to those entering Karnataka from other states — as domestic travellers were found to be among the main infectors by the State Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

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08:24 (IST)30 Jun 2020
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Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has not taken any decision about the reopening of schools in the state.

On Monday, Primary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said “there is no proposal before the government for reopening the schools in July. This issue needs to be discussed at various levels before taking the final decision.”

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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

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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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