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Karnataka Bengaluru May 12 Highlights: 480 more deaths linked to Covid-19, active caseload up at 5.87 lakh

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News: The state also inoculated 1.26 lakh people including 20,278 people from the age group of 18 to 44 on Tuesday, as per the health bulletin.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 13, 2021 9:55:05 am
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni was hearing a PIL filed by city-based lawyers Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari, seeking directions to the Centre, the Maharashtra government and the BMC to provide door-to-door vaccination facility for people over 75 years of age, the specially-abled and the bed-ridden. (File)

The cumulative Covid-19 death toll in Karnataka Tuesday rose to 19,852 as 480 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Of the 39,510 fresh infections, 15,879 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The capital city also reported 259 fatalities, the highest among all 30 districts in the state in the state. The city has so far reported 9,83,519 infections and 8,690 deaths. There were 3,62,696 active cases.

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Meanwhile, the active caseload in the state rose to 5,87,452 active cases. So far, 14,05,869 people have been discharged, including 22,584 on Tuesday. The state also inoculated 1.26 lakh people including 20,278 people from the age group of 18 to 44, as per the health bulletin.

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20:44 (IST)12 May 2021
Karnataka reports 527 more deaths, 39,998 fresh infections

The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Wednesday linked 527 more deaths in the last few days to Covid-19, as the death toll rose to 20,368 since March 10 last year. The daily test positivity rate was observed to be at 29.67 per cent from across the state in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 275 more fatalities were recorded in Bengaluru Urban alone, Shivamogga reported 26, Kalaburagi 23, Hassan 19, Ballari 17, Tumakuru 14, Bengaluru Rural 12 and 10 each from Haveri, Kodagu and Mandya. 

18:51 (IST)12 May 2021
103-year-old freedom fighter H.S Doreswamy won battle against COVID-19

103-year-old Gandhian and freedom fighter H.S Doreswamy has won the battle against COVID-19. He got admitted recently to Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bengaluru. 

He is now discharged from the hospital, according to his family members. 

18:26 (IST)12 May 2021
Bengaluru airport to get 150-bedded oxygenated Covid treatment centre 

A 150-bedded oxygenated Covid treatment centre will be set up at the premises of the Kempegowda International Airport on May 18, the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) announced on Wednesday. 

According to BIAL officials, the centre will include a pharmacy, pathology unit, nurses’ station, restrooms and a dining area. While suitable drinking water facilities and visitor areas will be set up, an ambulance is planned to be on standby 24x7 to cater to emergencies. The centre will also ensure safe disposal of waste, including bio-waste.

"An eminent panel of doctors, including Dr Naresh Shetty, Dr Nandakumar Jairam and Dr Alexander Thomas, would provide technical assistance in the functioning of the Centre. All staff, including doctors and nursing support, would be provided by the Karnataka government. The initiative is funded by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through its subsidiary Fairfax India Holdings Corporation. The Canada-based group has committed US$5 million (Rs 37 Crore) to provide COVID-19 relief in India," a BIAL spokesperson said. 

18:17 (IST)12 May 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP appoints nodal officers for each WDC across 198 wards

Bengaluru's local civic body the BBMP Wednesday officially appointed 198 nodal officers, one each per ward within the city. 

As per the order issued by BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, the nodal officers have been directed to ensure the setting up and profer function of Decentralised Triage and Emergency Response (DETER) set up in each ward. 

(DETER) Committees were formed by the Karnataka government, overseen by BBMP, to manage the pandemic at the local level.

Also read| Explained: The role of DETER committees formed in Bengaluru to streamline Covid management at local level

18:00 (IST)12 May 2021
Karnataka govt sought details on  'black fungus' from experts 

The Karnataka government on Wednesday has sought information from health experts about Mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’  being detected among COVID patients

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar, said, "I had a discussion with the technical advisory committee and the clinicians to submit a detailed report on black fungus in two days. Based on that, we will take a call."

Black fungus, a rare fungal infection, are on the rise among COVID-19 patients in some states, including Karnataka. 

17:58 (IST)12 May 2021
Step down hospitals should begin soon: Home Minister 

Karnataka Home and Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai Wednesday said urged all concerned stakeholders to begin operations of step-down hospitals in hotels in Bengaluru soon. "Step-down hospitals in hotels should be opened up with the support of private hospitals as soon as possible to start treating Covid-19 patients," he said. 

Further, he instructed officers to find more such facilities in their respective BBMP zones and to increase the number of beds in such facilities gradually. 

16:46 (IST)12 May 2021
Vaccine shortage prompts Bengaluru city dwellers to head to rural districts for jabs; local residents express anger

Amid an acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, Bengaluru city dwellers are heading to nearby rural districts to get inoculated, fuelling anger among local residents who are now complaining of non-availability of vaccines in rural areas surrounding Bengaluru city.

Since the last few days, Bengaluru city residents in the age group of 18 to 44 have been booking vaccine slots on CoWIN website to get their jabs in neighbouring districts of Bengaluru rural, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagara, and Tumkuru. They are travelling at least 50 to 70 km away from the city to get vaccinated, creating shortage for people living in rural areas.

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16:35 (IST)12 May 2021
Covid second wave: KCET postponed to Aug 28,29

KCET 2021 will be conducted on August 28 and 29 while the Kannada Language Test will be held on August 30, the executive director of the Karnataka Examinations Authority confirmed on Wednesday.

As per the revised schedule, Biology (first shift) and Mathematics (second shift) exams will be held on August 28. Physics and Chemistry exams will be held on August 29 in the first and second shifts respectively.

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16:22 (IST)12 May 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP Chief Commissioner admits vaccine shortage

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta Wednesday admitted that the Karnataka capital was facing a shortage of vaccines explaining that this had led to the civic body deciding to vaccinate those in need on priority. 

"Priority is given to those who need to get the second dose and to those above 45 years of age. Those between 18 and 45 will be provided with the vaccine once there is an adequate supply of vaccine," Gupta said.  

He added that there is an adequate vaccine storage facility in the city but the vaccine is distributed only according to the supply. He urged all citizens must pre-register on the CoWin portal and visit the vaccine centres only after the schedule is fixed. This will prevent a large number of gathering at the vaccination centres. In addition, as there is a vaccine shortage in a few vaccine centres at private hospitals, vaccination drive is being carried out in only some hospitals. The state needs 3 crore vaccines and the demand for the same has been submitted according to the city’s population, he explained. 

There is no shortage of testing kits and laboratories in the city, the Chief Commissioner said he has issued a directive that people with symptoms, and their primary contacts, and others who have come in close contact with them must be tested immediately. 

16:13 (IST)12 May 2021
Adopt CET allotment model for efficient, transparent Covid-19 management: Karnataka Congress

While complaints are on the rise that the lack of real-time data on the availability of hospital beds, oxygen, Remdesivir, and other Covid-related resources is affecting Covid management in Bengaluru and in other parts of the state, Karnataka Congress Chief D K Shivakumar has suggested the government to adopt the same system used to allot colleges to attendees of the Common Entrance Test (CET) in the state for the same.

“The state government can easily adopt the already-working model used in CET to display and allot seats to aspirants of professional courses across the state. The colleges’ display and updates on seat vacancies allow students to secure admissions. Similarly detailed and real-time data covering bed availability at all hospitals (both government and private), nearby vaccination centres and slots available per day, Remdesivir supply and such should be integrated to a single portal,” Shivakumar explained.

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15:52 (IST)12 May 2021
Karnataka postpones Common Entrance Test 

The Karnataka government Wednesday decided to postpone the Common Entrance Test — the gateway for admission to undergraduate engineering, technology, yoga and naturopathy, farm science and pharma courses — in the wake of the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

KCET 2021 will be conducted on August 28 and 29 while the Kannada Language Test will be held on August 30, the Executive Director of the Karnataka Examinations Authority confirmed on Wednesday.

The move comes a week after the second-year Pre-University (II PU) board examinations in the state were postponed due to the pandemic. 

14:56 (IST)12 May 2021
Cyclists’ makeshift rear protection to avoid police thwacks leaves netizens in splits

In a video that is making rounds on social media, a man from Karnataka’s Udupi was seen riding a cycle with makeshift rear protection, helmet and a mask to avoid thwacks of lathi from the police.

The video, which was shared on Twitter by journalist Nolan Pinto, shows the cyclist using an aluminium roofing sheet fixed to his cycle as protection from the police.

According to the tweet, the move comes after several reports of a motorist, flouting lockdown rules, got beaten by the police.

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13:18 (IST)12 May 2021
Black fungus cases among Covid patients rise in Bengaluru, BMCRI begins research

After Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana and Gujarat, Karnataka is now reporting the occurrence of mucormycosis, or ‘black fungus’, in Covid-19 patients.

Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) in the city is researching eight samples collected from recently infected patients who had shown the symptoms of black fungus.

A rare but serious fungal infection, mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’ is being detected relatively frequently among Covid-19 patients in some states. The disease often manifests in the skin and also affects the lungs and the brain.

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12:34 (IST)12 May 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP now offering walk-in triage centres for appropriate Covid treatment

In a move expected to ease access to appropriate Covid-19 treatment in Bengaluru, civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday announced that triage centres would begin operations across the 28 constituencies within the city limits.

“The triage centres will be walk-in facilities where any patient can come and get themselves checked, and then, depending on the need, move to either the attached Covid Care Centre or a hospital,” BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said.

Triaging is the process to determine whether patients need to be in home isolation, stabilisation centres, or a hospital, and if they need hospital beds with or without oxygen and ventilators.

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12:28 (IST)12 May 2021
Karnataka to float global tender to procure 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses

With Karnataka seeing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, the state government Tuesday decided to invite global tenders from vaccine manufacturers to procure Covid-19 vaccines. The state is facing a severe shortage of vaccines for those in the 18-45 age bracket.

Deputy Chief Minister and state Covid task force head Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said the state will procure two crore Covid vaccine doses through the global tender.

“In addition, we have already placed another order for three crore vaccine doses — one crore Covaxin and two crore Covishield,” said Narayan.


“Till now, we had depended only on vaccines supplied by the central government, and it had not been procured from the open market. Now, it has been decided to float the tender and to complete the process within seven days,” Narayan added.

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10:34 (IST)12 May 2021
'Provide Rs 10,000 compensation to those financially hit during lockdown'

Leaders of the opposition in Karnataka have reiterated that the BJP-led state government should look into providing compensation of Rs 10,000 to those financially impacted by the lockdown in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. 

Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar cited the neighbouring Tamil Nadu government's decision to credit Rs 4,000 each to the accounts of the poor in the state, adding that the same can be replicated in Karnataka as well. 

He also urged concerned ministers to visit the Agricultural produce market committee (APMCs) in the state to "understand the trouble faced by farmers." Shivakumar said, "Many helpless farmers across the state have started throwing produces on the roads due to trouble faced now. The government should assess their situation and take suitable measures to assist them."

09:58 (IST)12 May 2021
1,221 city cops infected, 11 dead in second wave of Covid-19 in Bengaluru

Around  1,221 policemen in Bengaluru contracted Covid-19 in the second wave of the pandemic while 11 have died due to the virus. 

On Tuesday, 31 policemen tested positive. Among them, 24 had taken both doses of the vaccine while four had taken just the first dose.

“Currently, there are 803 active cases among policeman. Of them, 755 policemen are in home isolation. A total of 40 personnel were discharged from hospitals on Monday. So far, 407 police staffers have been discharged,” Bengaluru police said.

09:42 (IST)12 May 2021
Karnataka reports 86 new double mutant cases 

The Karnataka on Tuesday recorded 86 new double mutant (B.1.617) cases taking the total number of cases with this strain to 148. 

Apart from this  86 U.K. strain and six South African strain cases reported so far. V. Ravi, nodal officer for genomic confirmation of SARS­CoV­2 in Karnataka,said  most of these 86 are from Bengaluru. This variant is slowly taking over and replacing other circulating strains  in the past four weeks in the state. It is one of the main reasons for the ongoing surge in Karnataka, he said. 

09:42 (IST)12 May 2021
Karnataka reports 86 new double mutant cases 

The Karnataka on Tuesday recorded 86 new double mutant (B.1.617) cases taking the total number of cases with this strain to 148. 

Apart from this  86 U.K. strain and six South African strain cases reported so far. V. Ravi, nodal officer for genomic confirmation of SARS­CoV­2 in Karnataka,said  most of these 86 are from Bengaluru. This variant is slowly taking over and replacing other circulating strains  in the past four weeks in the state. It is one of the main reasons for the ongoing surge in Karnataka, he said. 

09:37 (IST)12 May 2021
ED attaches Rs 76.67 crore linked to Chinese loan app case

As the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe into loans at exorbitant rates charged by Chinese loan apps continue, the central agency has confirmed that it has attached Rs 76.67 crore in various bank accounts and payment gateways linked to the case so far. 

As per ED officials, the amount includes those from three fintech companies out of the total seven companies under the scanner.

"Mad Elephant Network Technology Private Limited, Baryonyx Technology Private Limited, and Cloud Atlas Future Technology Private Limited, all controlled by the Chinese nationals, are the fintech companies while three others, namely  X10 Financial Services Private Limited, Track Fin-ed Private Limited, and Jamnadas Morarjee Finance Private Limited are non-banking financial companies registered with RBI," a senior official said. 

Meanwhile, in a move expected to ease access to appropriate Covid-19 treatment in Bengaluru, civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday announced that triage centres would begin operations across the 28 constituencies within the city limits.

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

At the same time, as Bengaluru continues to witness a daily surge in fresh Covid-19 infections and related fatalities, the state government has decided to manage pandemic at the local level.

Also read| Explained: The role of DETER committees formed in Bengaluru to streamline Covid management at local level

Here are a few contacts that might come in 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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