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Karnataka Bengaluru May 7 Highlights: CM Yediyurappa announces complete lockdown in state from May 10 to May 24

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 7 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban has so far reported 8,87,086 infections and 7,145 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 8, 2021 11:17:23 am
Amid India's second wave, lockdowns have been imposed in most states. (File)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 7 Highlights: Reeling under the rising Covid-19 cases, Karnataka has decided to impose a complete lockdown in the state from 6 am on May 10 to 6 am of May 24. Essential services will be allowed to remain functional from 6 am to 10 am every day. All commercial activities are prohibited.

Karnataka’s active caseload breached five lakh with 49,058 fresh COVID-19 infections on Thursday, while the toll stood at 17,212 with 328 deaths, the health department said. According to the department bulletin, the infection count is now 17,90,104 whereas there are 5,17,075 active cases in the state. With 18,943 discharges on Thursday, 12,55,797 people have been discharged so far.

Bengaluru Urban district alone reported 23,706 fresh infections and 139 fatalities. The city has so far reported 8,87,086 infections and 7,145 deaths. There were 3,32,732 active cases.

Mysuru and Tumakuru emerged as the next major hotspots in Karnataka with 2,531 and 2,418 infections and 18 and 14 fatalities respectively. According to the bulletin, 1,652 infections were reported in Kalaburagi, 1,526 in Udupi, 1,503 in Hassan, 1,191 in Dakshina Kannada, 963 in Bengaluru Rural and 922 in Ballari. Bagalkote, Belagavi, Chamarajanagar, Davangere, Dharwad, Kodagu, Kolar, Raichur, Shivamogga, Uttara Kannada, Vijayapura and Yadgir were among the districts with over 500 infections.

A total of 1,64,441 tests were done on Thursday, including 1,53,370 using the RT PCR and other methods, taking the tally to 2.65 crore, the department added. (PTI)

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20:11 (IST)07 May 2021
Karnataka reports over 48,000 new Covid-19 cases, nearly 600 deaths

According to the state bulletin released on Friday, Karnataka reported over 48,000 new Covid-19 cases and 592 deaths. The positivity rate stood at 30.69%. 

20:08 (IST)07 May 2021
Revised guidelines for Karnataka lockdown
20:08 (IST)07 May 2021
Karnataka extends Covid restrictions from May 10 to May 24

The Karnataka government has announced the extension of Covid-lockdown already in place in the state from May 10 to May 24. Essential services allowed from 6 am to 10 am every day. All commercial activities prohibited.

16:20 (IST)07 May 2021
DRDO develops artificial intelligence algorithm to detect Covid-19 presence from chest X-rays

In a development expected to help diagnose Covid-19 in suspected patients faster, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) have created an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to help detect Covid-19 from chest X-rays.

According to its developers, the tool named Atman AI used for Chest X-ray screening has shown an accuracy rate of 96.73 per cent. Dr U K Singh, Director, CAIR, DRDO said the development of the diagnostic tool was part of DRDO’s effort to help clinicians and partners on the frontline to help rapidly diagnose and effectively treat COVID-19 patients.

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15:03 (IST)07 May 2021
24 patients asked to be to shift amid oxygen shortage in Chikkamagaluru

A hospital in Chikkamagaluru has asked 24 Covid-19 patients to be ready to shift to other hospitals amid a shortage of oxygen. 

According to reports, the director of the hospital said there is an oxygen shortage and two patients had already shifted to another hospital.

“We have asked patients to be ready. We have also informed the additional drug controller in the district to supply oxygen.”

15:02 (IST)07 May 2021
Bengaluru bed-blocking 'scam': Cong leaders to meet BBMP Chief Commissioner, top cop

Intensifying their demand to take action against BJP MP Tejasvi Surya and MLAs Satish Reddy, Ravi Subramanya, and Uday Garudachar for allegedly trying to "communalise" anomalies found in the city's municipal body bed allotment system, senior Congress leaders announced that they will meet the BBMP chief and the city police commissioner on Friday.

According to the Congress, a delegation led by BTM Layout MLA and KPCC Working President Ramalinga Reddy will meet Gaurav Gupta and Kamal Pant. Other leaders who will be part of the delegation are Rajya Sabha MP Syed Naseer Hussain, Chamarajpet MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan, MLA, Shantinagar MLA N A Harris, Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad, and AICC spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa.

Also Read | Bengaluru reacts to Tejasvi Surya: ‘CM, Opposition leaders should stand up…,’ says Guha, others demand probe

14:33 (IST)07 May 2021
Weather update: Rain likely in 4 Karnataka districts

The India Meteorological Department has predicted rain/thundershowers at Bidar, Kalaburagi, Vijayapur and Bagalkote on Friday. 

As per the forecast issued at 2.10 pm, these districts are likely to experience "thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph in the next three hours."

14:19 (IST)07 May 2021
Chamarajanagar deaths: HC says govt should have come to it before setting up probe body, appoints its own panel

After the Karnataka government appointed a one-man commission of a retired High Court judge to inquire into the 23 deaths in Chamarajanagar district hospital allegedly due to oxygen shortage on May 3, the Karnataka High Court has expressed displeasure over the state government’s ‘propriety’ in appointing a commission.
 
The Court on Wednesday deputed a fact-finding committee comprising two retired HC judges to look into the incident. The committee of the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority has Justices AN Venugopala Gowda as chairman and KN Keshavanarayana as a member. A division bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka passed an order to this effect
 
The state had Wednesday morning, in an order by the home department, appointed retired Karnataka High Court judge Justice BA Patil to carry out an inquiry into the Chamarajanagar tragedy. The order said the commission would submit its report within one month.

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13:53 (IST)07 May 2021
Karnataka caps CT Scan, X-ray prices

The Karnataka government Friday decided to cap rates of CT scan and digital X-ray in private hospitals in the state, as the demand for the same in diagnosing Covid-19 has been on the rise in the recent days.

“Since CT-Scan or X-Ray is becoming increasingly necessary to detect Covid-19 infection, Government has decided to cap the price of CT-Scan and Digital X-Ray in private hospitals and labs at Rs 1,500 and Rs 250 respectively (sic),” Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar tweeted.

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13:53 (IST)07 May 2021
Bengaluru: Fuel prices up for fourth consecutive day

As petrol and diesel prices witnessed a hike for the fourth straight day across the country on Friday, the same in Bengaluru has risen by 70 paise and 83 paise for each litre of petrol and diesel respectively since May 4. 

According to the Indian Oil Corporation, each litre of petrol will cost Rs 94.30 in the Karnataka capital. At the same time, diesel rate is Rs 86.64. The same was at Rs 93.60 and Rs 85.81 on Tuesday, when the prices hiked then after remaining steady for 18 consecutive days.

13:52 (IST)07 May 2021
Remdesivir allocation to Karnataka increased to 2,62,346 from May 10 to 16

The allocation of Remdesivir has been increased to 2,62,346 from May 10 to May 16 to Karnataka, said Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Friday.

In a tweet, Sudhakar thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda for their continued support to strengthen the State's battle against Covid-19 pandemic.

Karnataka's active COVID cases breached the five lakh mark with 49,058 fresh infections, including 23,706 in Bengaluru Urban district, on Thursday.

13:03 (IST)07 May 2021
SC refuses to intervene in Karnataka HC order on increased oxygen quota to state

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the Karnataka High Court’s order asking the central government to increase the state’s daily quota of liquid medical oxygen from 965 MT to 1200 MT. The apex court rejected the Centre’s challenge against the High Court order, calling it a “well calibrated and judicious exercise of power”.
 
A Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah, observed that the Karnataka High Court had examined the demand correctly. “We will not leave the citizens of Karnataka in the lurch,” Justice Chandrachud told the Solicitor General.
 
The bench refused to accept the Centre’s argument that if every high court start passing orders for allocating oxygen, the supply network of the country would devolve into chaos, PTI reported.

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13:03 (IST)07 May 2021
Vaccination update: Walk-ins for second dose allowed at PHCs, says BBMP Chief Commissioner

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta Friday clarified that walk-ins were allowed for people aged 45 and above to get the second dose of Covid vaccines at primary health centres located in Bengaluru. 

"The stock received is equally distributed to all wards. Vaccination of 45+ is done on priority. Walk-ins at UPHCs are allowed for 2nd dose only," he tweeted with a list of vaccination centres where he claimed vaccines are available. 

12:21 (IST)07 May 2021
Yediyurappa offers special prayers at Annamma Devi Temple amid Covid pandemic

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday morning offered a special pooja at Sri Annamma Devi Temple in Majestic area which is considered to be the guardian goddess of Bengaluru. 

He offered pooja at the temple amid of  Covid-19 crises in Bengaluru and Karnataka. People believe that this goddess was a saviour during times of pox and other attacks or sickness on people.

11:39 (IST)07 May 2021
Lesson learnt from Chamarajanagar tragedy: Prompt action saves 200 lives as Bengaluru hospital runs out of oxygen

A major tragedy similar to the Chamarajanagar incident, where 23 people died due to oxygen shortage, has been averted at KC General Hospital in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru by the prompt action taken by Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwatha Narayan along with the timely alert by the doctors at the hospital who were monitoring the oxygen supply vertical in the hospital.

The government-run KC General Hospital had about 200 patients admitted for Covid-19 treatment at the time, of which 100 patients were on ventilators and ICU beds while another 100 were on oxygen-supported beds.

The hospital, which has an oxygen storage tank with a capacity of 6 tonnes, almost came down to barely 0.5 tonnes on Wednesday night. The oxygen supply which was supposed to come from Bellary based ProxAir private company did not arrive on time, creating panic among the staff of the hospital. Dr Renuka Prasad was monitoring the oxygen supply vertical. The staff immediately alerted Dr Ashwath Narayan, who is also the MLA of Malleshwaram constituency, about the emergency situation.

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10:52 (IST)07 May 2021
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa holds Covid review meeting

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Friday held a review meeting with ministers and senior government officials to review measures taken to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 in the state. 

Deputy CMs Ashwathnarayan, Laxman Savadi, Health Minister Sudhakar, Revenue Minister R Ashok, Forest Minister Arvind Limbavali, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Jawaid Akhtar, and BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta were among the attendees. 

The meeting was held after PM Modi met CMs of various states in a video conference on Thursday. Yediyurappa had earlier mentioned that a decision on whether or not to announce a full-fledged lockdown would be taken based on the PM's directions.

However, the CM’s office is yet to confirm whether Yediyurappa was part of the review meeting convened by the PM.

10:14 (IST)07 May 2021
Bengaluru school sets up 120-bed oxygen facility on campus

In a bid to overcome the shortage of medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients in the Karnataka capital, Canadian International School Bangalore (CISB) Thursday announced that it will covert the school’s boarding block into a 120-bed oxygen center. The facility is expected to cater to patients who are not in need of critical medical care but are in dire need of oxygen.

According to CISB authorities, the facility will be operated in association with the Entrepreneur’s Organisation (EO) Bengaluru chapter. EO is a network of over 14,000 like-minded entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries.

CISB officials added that the school intends to equip around 50 beds in the “shortest possible time” to meet the current demand in the initial phase of the project. “In the second phase, the plan is to support the costs needed to scale up this infrastructure to 120 beds. The cost of each oxygen bed with consumables would be around Rs 1 lakh and the EO therefore plans to mobilize Rs 1 crore for the oxygen beds at CISB,” a statement read.

It added that the school and EO were working with various organizations to source five-litre oxygen concentrators for each bed.

09:24 (IST)07 May 2021
Shocked by Centre’s decision to approach SC in allocating oxygen to Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah said that he was “shocked” to know that the BJP-led central govt had approached the Supreme Court against Karnataka High Court’s direction to allocate 1200 MT of liquid oxygen to Karnataka.

Siddaramaiah wondered: “Will CM Yediyurappa and BJP’s Karnataka leadership ever fight against this decision? Karnataka needs more than 1600-1700 MT of oxygen but Central government has allocated just 675 MT of oxygen which is less than 60 per cent of the demand.”

He added, “Is PM Modi blind to Karnataka’s need?” Further criticising the elected Lok Sabha MPs from the state, he noted, “Karnataka has elected 25 BJP MPs to the Lok Sabha. Where are they hiding? Have they lost their spine to stand up against Modi? They are unfit to represent Karnataka and a blot to mankind.”

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09:06 (IST)07 May 2021
Pvt hospitals seek govt help to procure vaccines

As several hospitals across the state continued to experience a shortage in Covid vaccines, the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) has written to the Chief Secretary seeking government help in procuring new stocks. 

The letter mentioned that most private hospitals had no vaccines since May 1, except for a couple of corporate chains. 'Help us get the vaccines at the earliest, at least for the second dose individuals till the stocks are more freely available,' the letter mentioned. 

The Association has also suggested the government withhold beginning inoculation for people from the 18-44 age group temporarily to enable them prioritise the second dose for others. 

'Many patients, especially the 60-plus and vulnerable groups, are repeatedly calling our hospitals. All the vaccination centre hospitals are getting flooded with angry callers,” the Association noted. 

Meanwhile, the health bulletin issued on Thursday noted a drop of people receiving vaccines (3.30 pm) to 21,425 from across the state, including 363 people from the 18-44 age group.

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08:42 (IST)07 May 2021
The other virus

In this mounting crisis, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya has unearthed an alleged scam in the allocation of hospital beds for Covid patients. His scrutiny extends to his own party that runs both the Karnataka government and the city municipal corporation in charge of Covid management. Unfortunately, Surya’s whistle-blowing also involves a brazenly communal dog whistle. In a video released by the MP’s team, he is seen aggressively questioning officers in a BBMP war room — but by picking on 17 Muslim employees, whose names he reads out, in the 200-odd staff manning the facility. Two party MLAs, who accompanied him in this piece of political theatre, go on to ask if the war room was “a madrasa” or a “Haj Bhavan”. This nasty bit of profiling has led to social media paranoia about “terrorists” in Covid relief, and a vicious campaign against a seasoned bureaucrat of the minority community.

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In a bid to address the shortage of medical professionals in the state to combat the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Karnataka government has decided to rope in nearly a lakh students pursuing medical, paramedical, and nursing courses in the state for Covid duties.

READ | Karnataka to use services of 1 lakh medical, nursing students to combat Covid second wave

Voicing strong objection to BJP leaders in Bengaluru trying to “communalise” anomalies found in the city’s municipal body bed allotment system, prominent citizens of the Karnataka capital Thursday demanded Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s intervention to ensure “petty politicking and communalising does not worsen the situation.”

READ | Ramachandra Guha, other Bengaluru citizens speak out against Tejasvi Surya’s ‘communal’ remarks

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