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Karnataka Bengaluru May 14 Highlights: 344 more deaths, 35,297 fresh infections reported across state

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) May 14 Highlights: Meanwhile, the active caseload in the state rose to 5,93,078 active cases. So far, 14,74,678 people have been discharged, including 34,057 on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 17, 2021 7:56:12 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Live May 14 Highlights: The cumulative Covid-19 death toll in Karnataka Thursday rose to 20,712 as 344 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Of the 35,297 fresh infections, 15,191 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The capital city also reported 161 fatalities, the highest among all 30 districts in the state in the state. The city has so far reported 10,14,996 infections and 9,125 deaths. There were 3,59,565 active cases in the state capital.

Also read| From arranging oxygen to distributing food to the needy: How Karnataka cops are helping people get through pandemic

Meanwhile, the active caseload in the state rose to 5,93,078 active cases. So far, 14,74,678 people have been discharged, including 34,057 on Thursday. The state also inoculated 68,658 lakh people including 24,135 people from the age group of 18 to 44, as per the health bulletin.

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16:57 (IST)14 May 2021
26 triage centres in Bengaluru now functional: BBMP


The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the local municipal body governing the Karnataka capital, Friday announced that 26 walk-in triage centres were functional across all zones of the city in total.

According to BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, these 26 functional triage centres were in Covid Care Centres and maternity hospitals in eight zones of Bengaluru. Discussing expansion of the same plan, he added that such centres would soon be opened in all 198 wards within city limits.

"People with symptoms for Covid19 can walk directly into triaging centres. They need not contact the BBMP instead can directly go to triage centres where physicians will assess their condition and recommend home isolation or Covid Care Centre or treatment at stabilisation centres. They will be sent to hospitals if required," Gupta said. He added that medical equipment like thermal scanners, pulse oximeters, consumables/medications are in place at these centres.

Also read| Bengaluru: BBMP now offering walk-in triage centres for appropriate Covid treatment

16:49 (IST)14 May 2021
 Karnataka notifies revised interval between Covishied doses to 12-16 weeks

Ciiting recommendations made by vaccination experts, the Karnataka government Friday officially notified a revision in the interval between receiving two doses of Covishield vaccine to 12-16 weeks.

"The earlier interval of 6 to 8 weeks of time for Covishield vaccination between 2 doses is revised to 12 to 16 weeks. Citizens are requested not to come to vaccination centres if they have not completed 12 weeks after the first dose of Covishield vaccine," an official note from the Health Department read.

However, it clarified that the revised time interval is applicable only to Covishield and not to the Covaxin vaccine.

"The Centre on May 13 had informed that based on the recommendation of  National Technical Advisory Group of Immunization (NTAGI) and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration (NEGVAC) the second dose of COVISHIELD vaccine should be administered to eligible beneficiaries at 12 to 16 weeks interval after receiving the first dose," a senior officer in the health department explained.

From Friday (May 14), Karnataka has been inoculating persons aged 45 and above, waiting for their second dose on priority. “The state government has decided that the vaccine procured directly by the state for vaccination of persons between 18 to 44 years will be utilized for vaccination of beneficiaries who are due for the second dose. Therefore all vaccines available with the state government (ie. supplied by GoI & procured directly by state) will be utilized for vaccination of beneficiaries due for the second dose,” the government had clarified in a note issued on Wednesday.

15:49 (IST)14 May 2021
Health Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar visits DRDO campus ; scientists briefed  about the 2-DG drug 

Health Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar visited the DRDO campus in Bengaluru where he was briefed by scientists about the ongoing efforts at the premier research organisation to find solutions to tackle the pandemic. This comes a day after the Minister's interaction with another premier science institute, the IISc 


The 2-DG drug developed by DRDO is a big break through and could be a game changer in the battle against pandemic as it helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces oxygen dependence. PM-CARES Fund will procure 1.5 lakh units of Oxycare System at a cost of Rs 322.5 crore. Another innovative solution, the Oxycare system reduces the work load and exposure of healthcare providers by eliminating the need of routine measurement and manual adjustments of Oxygen flow

13:27 (IST)14 May 2021
Karnataka HC reiterates order to clear Covid-19 tests in 24 hours

The Karnataka High Court has reiterated an order asking the state government to provide Covid-19 test results within a span of 24 hours following the death of a court staffer who provided a sample for testing on May 10 but was not reportedly given information of a positive test result until May 12 (when he died).

“We direct that the state government shall again issue a direction to all the laboratories to ensure that such incidents are not repeated and test reports are made available within 24 hours,” a Division Bench of the High Court said Thursday while ordering action against authorities involved in the delay of communicating the court staffer’s test report.

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12:18 (IST)14 May 2021
Karnataka: Congress seek permission to procure Covid vaccine directly, presents 'Rs 100-crore plan'

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Friday announced that it has prepared a 'Rs 100 crore plan' to procure vaccines directly from vaccine manufacturers to be administered to people in the state. Senior party leaders Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar also sought permission from the Centre and the state governments to allow them to do so. “Since the Modi and Yediyurappa governments have collectively failed to vaccinate the masses, we want to do it ourselves. We just need two small permissions, one from the central government and one from the state government,' state Congress chief D K Shivakumar said in Bengaluru. 

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10:56 (IST)14 May 2021
Amid shortage, Karnataka govt mulls producing Covid vaccine at Bengaluru institute

Amid a severe shortage of Covid-19 vaccine in the state and the suspension of the vaccine drive to the 18-44 year age group, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government is now mulling the possibility to start Covid-19 vaccine manufactured at a government-run facility in Bengaluru.

The Karnataka government has recently sought information on the equipment and manufacturing capabilities of the Bengaluru-based Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAHVB).

The institute, located in Hebbal in North Bengaluru, currently produces 5 to 6 lakh doses of vaccines per year for Kyasanur Forest disease (KFD) or Monkey fever and vaccines for five other animal-related diseases.

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10:52 (IST)14 May 2021
Black fungus: Karnataka asks Centre to supply 25,000 dose of Amphotericin B

With instances of mucormycosis, also known as the black fungus, coming to light among COVID-19 patients, the Karnataka government has asked the Centre to supply 25,000 doses of Amphotericin B.

"During the video conference Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had with his counterparts in six states, we put forth a demand for 25,000 (doses of) Amphotericin B," Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar told reporters here.

The minister said due to the excess use of steroids and diabetes, cases of black fungus are being noticed as post-COVID complications.

"In Karnataka and Maharashtra such incidents happened," Sudhakar said.

09:55 (IST)14 May 2021
Karnataka SSLC exams postponed, revised dates to be announced after second wave flattens

The Karnataka government on Thursday decided to postpone SSLC (Class 10) exams in the wake of the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Announcing the decision, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said the revised schedule will be decided later. “The increasing Covid cases in the state coupled with the concerns of parents, students, and many school associations has resulted in this decision. A suitable call will be taken after the second wave of Covid -19 dies down,” he said.

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09:25 (IST)14 May 2021
Karnataka: Child Rights Commission calls for task force to deal with needs of children

With experts predicting that the third wave of the pandemic is expected to affect children more, the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) has recommended the State government to form task forces at the district level. 

KSCPCR has also urged the state government to form supervisory committees to protect the rights of children who have lost both parents to coronavirus infection. 

09:03 (IST)14 May 2021
IISc Covid vaccine better than others, can be stored at room temp: Karnataka Health Minister 

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar has claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine under development at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru is promising as the results show a better neutralising effect than the existing vaccines.

After holding discussions with IISc Director Prof Govindan Rangarajan, he said that he has also sought the institute's support in combating the coronavirus pandemic in the state. According to a note released by the Health Minister's office, the IISc Director has apprised the Minister of various researches being carried out at IISc, including designing a more efficient oxygen concentrator and also a vaccine for COVID-19 which can be stored at room temperature of up to 30 degree Celsius.

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08:49 (IST)14 May 2021
127 oxygen generation units being set up in state: CM Yediyurappa 

Claiming that the state was on track to make efforts in combating the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday said that a total of 127 oxygen generation units were being set up in the state. 

"This includes 62 being established using state govt funds, 28 allocated by the Centre, 24 others by NHAI, 11 under CSR, and two from foreign countries," he said. 

08:45 (IST)14 May 2021
‘Should we hang ourselves if Covid vaccines not manufactured’: Union Minister Sadananda Gowda

Prodded about the shortage in vaccine supply, Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda Thursday asked if government leaders should hang themselves if they fail to carry out the inoculation programme as per court orders.

His statement came after the Karnataka High Court Tuesday pulled up the state and central government over the slow pace of vaccinations in the state.

The Union Minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals, accompanied by BJP National General Secretary C T Ravi, was speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru to highlight the positive steps taken by the Union government in the second wave of the pandemic.

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08:38 (IST)14 May 2021
Karnataka sets up task force ‘for third wave’ under Dr Devi Shetty

A day after the Karnataka High Court asked the state government to place before it a plan within two weeks on preparations for the third wave of the Covid pandemic predicted by experts, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced a panel for the same.

Yediyurappa said the government was setting up a task force to prepare for the third wave under the chairmanship of Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health.

The court, that has been hearing Covid-related matters since the first wave last year, told the government to submit a plan including estimated requirements for beds, oxygen, drugs and medical personnel.

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08:37 (IST)14 May 2021
Covid-19: 344 more deaths, 35,297 fresh infections reported across state

The cumulative Covid-19 death toll in Karnataka Thursday rose to 20,712 as 344 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Of the 35,297 fresh infections, 15,191 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The capital city also reported 161 fatalities, the highest among all 30 districts in the state in the state. The city has so far reported 10,14,996 infections and 9,125 deaths. There were 3,59,565 active cases in the state capital.

Meanwhile, the active caseload in the state rose to 5,93,078 active cases. So far, 14,74,678 people have been discharged, including 34,057 on Tuesday. The state also inoculated 68,658 lakh people including 24,135 people from the age group of 18 to 44, as per the health bulletin.

Meanwhile, prodded about the shortage in vaccine supply, Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda Thursday asked if government leaders should hang themselves if they fail to carry out the inoculation programme as per court orders.

Also read| ‘Should we hang ourselves if Covid vaccines not manufactured’: Union Minister Sadananda Gowda

At the same time, after the Karnataka High Court asked the state government to place before it a plan within two weeks on preparations for the third wave of the Covid pandemic predicted by experts, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced a panel for the same.

Also read| Karnataka sets up task force ‘for third wave’ under Dr Devi Shetty

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