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Karnataka Bengaluru News May 13 Highlights: Karnataka reports 39,998 new cases, 517 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru News May 13 Highlights: There were 1,34,792 tests conducted on Wednesday including 1,24,232 using RT-PCR and other methods. So far 2.74 crore tests have been done cumulatively, the health department said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru (karnataka) |
Updated: May 14, 2021 8:36:16 am
Medics and relatives after 23 Covid- 19 patients died, allegedly due to shortage of oxygen cylinders, in Chamarajanagara District of Karnataka, Monday. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka’s death toll due to COVID-19 touched 20,368 with 517 fatalities on Wednesday, while 39,998 fresh cases took the infection count to 20,53,191, the health department said.

The state has 5,92,182 active cases whereas the total discharges stood at 14,40,621 with the recovery of 34,752 people today.Bengaluru Urban district reported 16,286 infections and 275 fatalities, which is highest in the state. The city has so far reported 9,99,805 infections and 8,964 deaths.There were 3,60,619 active cases.Tumakuru district registered 2,360 infections, which is second to Bengaluru, and 14 deaths.

According to the health bulletin, there were 1,823 infections in Ballari, 1,773 in Mysuru, 1,572 in Hassan, 1,223 in Mandya, 1,138 in Bengaluru Rural, 1,125 in Shivamogga, 1,077 in Dakshina Kannada.

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Bagalkote, Belagavi, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Kodagu, Kolar, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Vijayapura and Yadgir were among the districts with over 500 cases.

The department said 26 deaths took place in Shivamogga, 23 in Kalaburagi, 19 in Hassan, 17 in Ballari, 14 in Tumakuru, 12 each in Koppal and Bengaluru Rural, and 10 each in Haveri, Kodagu and Mandya. Deaths were reported in 19 other districts as well.

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18:53 (IST)13 May 2021
Mangaluru: Fast-track court sentences man to 10 years imprisonment for sexual harassment

A man in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by a fast track special court Thursday for sexually harassing a six-year-old girl. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on the convicted person, identified as Santhosh K (35).

While Rs 15,000 of the amount should be handed over to the victim, as per the court's direction, the remaining Rs 5,000 to the government. Further, the court also ordered the Legal Services Authority to pay Rs 1 lakh solatium to the victim.

As per the case filed in Karkala police station in 2019, Santhosh was the owner of the house which was rented out to the parents of the minor victim. Karkala police had submitted the charge sheet to the court, after which a total of ten witnesses were questioned in the court. The case was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.

18:33 (IST)13 May 2021
From arranging oxygen to distributing food to the needy: How Karnataka cops are helping people get through pandemic

From arranging oxygen for hospitals or Covid-19 patients in distress to distributing food for the needy, cops in Karnataka, who are often vilified for excesses, have turned a new leaf this pandemic. Going the extra mile to help the needy, they have often saved the lives of many in the past one-and-a-half years.

Recently, swift action taken by police officers from Mahalakshmi Layout police station in Bengaluru helped a private hospital arrange alternate medical oxygen after a possible leak that was reported by the facility.

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17:00 (IST)13 May 2021
Karnataka postpones SSLC exams amid pandemic

The Karnataka government 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. The exams were originally scheduled to be held from June 21 to July 5.

"Revised dates will be announced much ahead of the schedule. Students should not get disheartened and instead continue with their studious preparations," Kumar urged. 

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15:29 (IST)13 May 2021
IISC developing a vaccine for Covid-19

Prof.Govindan Rangarajan, the director of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Thursday apprised the health minister Dr Sudhakar about the ongoing efforts at IISc to develop a vaccine for Covid-19.

The vaccine being developed by IISc is promising as the results show better neutralising effect than the existing vaccines. This vaccine which is yet to begin human trial process could be a big break through in India's battle against pandemic as the vaccine can be stored in room temperatures up to 30?. From a public health point of view this is a huge advantage as it enables government to scale up distribution of vaccine in a much faster and easier way.

14:35 (IST)13 May 2021
Karnataka lockdown: Relief for MGNREGA workers as state govt permits work

In a decision that is expected to bring relief to several workers and families in rural areas of the state, the Karnataka government has revised its lockdown orders to allow works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) with certain restrictions.

“Works under MGNREGA are allowed, subject to the condition that not more than 40 workers will be deployed at any location and following Covid Appropriate Behaviour,” the order issued by N Manjunath Prasad, Member Secretary, State Executive Committee of the Disaster Management Authority stated.

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09:52 (IST)13 May 2021
Covid-19 Karnataka: With 527 new deaths, cumulative toll exceeds 20,000

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.

Meanwhile, 34,752 people recovered from the infection on Sunday and another 88,437 people were inoculated. However, only 22,506 people from the age group 18 to 44 were inoculated on Wednesday, as per government data.

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09:31 (IST)13 May 2021
Bengaluru police files FIR against doctor, five other staff for 'negligent death' of Covid patient 

The Bengaluru police have filed an FIR against a duty doctor and five other employees of a private hospital in the city for alleged charges of death of a Covid-19 patient caused by their negligence. 

According to Jeevanbhima Nagar police, the complaint was filed by the nodal officer and BWSSB Executive Engineer Ravindra Kumar against the staff of Manipal Hospital after the patient was discharged a day after she was referred to the hospital on April 29. 

'As per Kumar's complaint, the patient succumbed two days after she was discharged from the hospital without giving proper treatment. An investigation is now underway,' an officer from Jeevanbhima Nagar police station said. 

09:23 (IST)13 May 2021
Cyclone may hit coastal region in Karnataka  by Sunday

The Coast Guard has swung into action to alert fishermen in the Coastal Karnataka region in high seas to return to the nearest shore in view of a possible cyclonic storm hitting Karnataka coasts by Sunday.

The India Meteorological Department has forecast the formation of a low-pressure area over the South­ East Arabian Sea later this week. The low pressure area may intensify into a cyclonic storm, to be named Tauktae, over East­ Central Arabian Sea by May 16 to 21.

09:18 (IST)13 May 2021
Amid fresh rumours, BJP rules out replacing BSY: ‘Focus on Covid’

Amidst growing rumours of a change of guard in Karnataka, the BJP leadership has ruled out any plans to replace Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa while the state fights the Covid-19 crisis.

The rumours had gained fresh currency following a dash to New Delhi by Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Yediyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra on May 7 to meet Amit Shah. On Tuesday, BJP organising secretary B L Santosh met Yediyurappa.

Bommai, considered a possible replacement for Yediyurappa, said, “I want to state very clearly that there was no political motive behind the visit to Delhi. During the Covid-19 crisis there is no question of thinking about anything other than the Covid-19 situation.”

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09:14 (IST)13 May 2021
Bengaluru: Following flak, BBMP gives free food to all beneficiaries, without ID proof

Karnataka’s scheme to distribute free food to the needy during the lockdown saw some hiccups on its first day Wednesday, with beneficiaries in Bengaluru complaining they were asked to produce an identity proof.

However, hours later, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta announced that food packets would be distributed to everyone, without the need for ID documents.

Veena S A, a transwoman activist who visited the Indira Canteen in Binnypete area in Bengaluru, said it was disturbing to know that people had to produce documents to get free food. “The lockdown has affected the livelihood of many, especially those who earned daily wages. While we expected this scheme to help such people, the staff insisting on an ID card or mobile number is unacceptable, as it furthers marginalises the deprived,” she said.

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09:11 (IST)13 May 2021
Centre showing serious bias against Karnataka in allocating Covid resources: Kumaraswamy 

Criticising the Centre for not allocating resources as demanded by the Karnataka state government to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy alleged the BJP-led Centre of showing "serious bias" to the state government led by the same party. 

"Why the Centre has so much contempt against Karnataka and Kannadigas? Is it due to the fact that Karnataka has elected highest MPs for the BJP or is it an effort to project Yediyurappa as a villain?" he questioned. 

Further, the former Karnataka CM reminded the Centre that it is their obligation to take care of the needs of those in a dire situation. "Instead, if indifference is shown, people are bound to revolt," he said. 

08:44 (IST)13 May 2021
Chamarajanagar oxygen tragedy: HC panel submits preliminary report; toll may be higher than 24

The panel of Karnataka Legal Services Authority led by retired judge, Justice A S Venugopal Gowda, which is probing the reported deaths of Covid patients at the district hospital at Chamarajanagar due to the shortage of oxygen, submitted its preliminary report to the high court and said  toll may be higher than 24 in the case.

The report confirmed  that 24 Covid-19 patients died due to lack of oxygen in the district hospital May 3 night as oxygen was not available for four hours from 10.30pm on May 2, the panel, headed by retired HC judge Justice AN Venugopala Gowda, noted that 62 died in the hospital between May 4, 2021 and 6.15am on May 10, 2021 and at least 36 were in-patients on May 2.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to import vaccines, as shortage of dosages hit the state and the demand went up substantially with alarming rise in COVID cases. "We have to purchase vaccines for people between 18-44 years age group. We have already paid money to the two vaccine manufacturers in the country for three crore doses.Out of three crore doses, we have received seven lakh," Karnataka Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar told reporters here.

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He said the government will administer vaccines as and when the stocks arrive. "Since we are not getting adequate vaccines because there are just two manufacturers, we are going to issue orders to import (vaccine)," Ravi Kumar said. He added that the Government of India has approved only one vaccine outside India.

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