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Karnataka Bengaluru May 10 Highlights: 490 more deaths linked to Covid-19, 47,930 new infections

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News: Vaccination for 18-44 age group to begin in select government hospitals today. Only those who have registered and secured a slot online will be allowed, Health and Education Minister Sudhakar has clarified.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 12, 2021 7:50:32 am
Karnataka, Covid-19A COVID-19 patient on oxygen support at a hospital, during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 10 Highlights: The cumulative Covic-19 death toll in Karnataka Sunday rose to 18,776 as 490 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Of the 47,930 fresh infections, 20,897 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The capital city also reported 281 fatalities, the highest among all 30 districts in the state in the state.

Meanwhile, Ballari has emerged as another major hotspot in the state with 2,141 infections and 21 fatalities reported on Sunday alone. Other districts with most cases were Hassan (2349), Tumakuru (2,001), Mandya (1,959), Mysuru (1,854), and Dakshina Kannada (1,694).

Also read| Karnataka confused over new lockdown norms

As of Sunday, 1.52 lakh inoculations were done in the state comprising the first and second doses of vaccine.


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20:04 (IST)10 May 2021
Karnataka reports 596 more deaths, 39,305 infections

The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Monday linked 596 more deaths in the last few days to Covid-19, as the death toll rose to 19,372 since March 10 last year. The daily test positivity rate was observed to be at 31.66 per cent from across the state in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 374 more fatalities were recorded in Bengaluru Urban alone, Ballari reported 26, Hassan 22, 15 each Bagalkote, Mandya and Tumakuru, 12 each from Haveri and Mandya and 11 each from Shivamogga and Uttara Kannada. Other districts that reported deaths were Belagavi (2), Bengaluru Rural (7), Bidar (4), Chamarajanagar (7), Chikkaballapura, Chickmagaluru (5 each), Chitradurga (2), Dakshina Kannada (5), Davangere (3), Dharwad (8), Gadag (2), Kalaburagi (3), Kodagu (9), Kolar (8), Mysuru (7), Raichur (3), Ramanagara (7), Udupi (2), Vijayapura (6), and Yadgir (3).

Meanwhile, 32,188 people recovered from the infection on Sunday as another 80,823 people were inoculated. However, only 6737 people from the age group 18 to 44 were inoculated on Monday, when the government officially began vaccination for the same. 

19:46 (IST)10 May 2021
No bar for vehicle usage for shopping essentials: Karnataka DGP

Meanwhile, on Monday evening, Karnataka IG&DGP Praveen Sood clarified that citizens will be allowed to use private vehicles to buy essentials from shops.

“To buy groceries, vegetables and daily needs, there is NO BAR for using vehicle to yr neighbourhood shop in cities or nearest availability point in rural areas. Use this facility with discretion & not as a licence for free run everyday. Stay at home for your own safety,” he tweeted.

Also read| ‘How will I walk for miles to buy essentials, how will 40 people come to my home for marriage?’: Karnataka confused over new lockdown norms

18:54 (IST)10 May 2021
Bengaluru Covid bed allocation ‘scam’: 3 more held, total arrests by CCB now 7

With three more arrests confirmed on Monday, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka Police has so far apprehended seven people in the BBMP bed allocation “scam” in Bangalore.

The latest accused to be arrested by the CCB have been identified as Shashidhar, Venkoba Rao, and Sudhir Uma Rani. “While Shashidhar worked as an Arogya Mitra, Rao and Rani were working as staff members at Sparsh Hospital (RR Nagar) and Punya Hospital (Basaveshwar Nagar),” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil confirmed.

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18:42 (IST)10 May 2021
Bengaluru vaccination drive hits hurdle: Delay in supply from cold chain centre

The fourth phase of the Covid vaccination drive in Karnataka witnessed initial difficulty as many vaccination centres in the capital Bengaluru did not receive vaccine vials from the cold chain centre at Dasappa Hospital.

The primary healthcare centre (PHC) representatives were seen standing in long queues awaiting their vaccine vials for the day. “We got a message on Sunday saying that vaccine vials should be collected from the Dasappa Hospital on Monday and we reached the hospital to collect vials for our PHC, but so far the vaccine has not been given to any PHC or general hospital representatives,” said Shakuntala Pharmacists from Kengeri primary health care centre.

An Asha worker from Seggehalli maternity hospital also faced a similar situation at the Dasappa Hospital. “I have not even had breakfast and came here to collect the vials but so far they have not said anything and are asking us to wait. There was no lunch either and there are no washroom facilities here. We’ve been standing in queue for eight hours now to get the vaccine,” said the Asha worker.

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17:05 (IST)10 May 2021
A new Covid Care Centre inaugurated in GKVK campus

The BBMP has set up a new Covid Care Centre in GKVK campus in Yelahanka Zone. The Covid Care Center (CCC) was inaugurated today by BBMP Chief Commissioner Shri Gaurav Gupta, MLA and COVID in charge Yelahanka zone Shri Vishwanath, and MLA Shri Krishna Byregowda.

The Chief Commissioner said that the 380-bed Covid Care Centre has 80 beds for men, 80 women, 170 general and 50 oxygenated beds. More oxygenated beds will be added shortly. The centre is also equipped with two ambulances for attending emergencies.

Armed with 12 doctors, 12 nurses, 24 health assistants and 36 housekeeping staff along with data operators and marshals, the centre is ready to attend to asymptomatic as well as mild to moderate category of patients. There are 20 five-litre and 30 ten-litre Oxygen concentrators at the centre, he said and added that the ten-litre concentrator can provide oxygen to two people. The centre has skilled doctors and staff to treat and monitor patients with the utmost care, he said. 

He said that triaging of Covid19 patients will be done upon admission and suitable medications will be provided. The vitals of patients will be monitored three times a day. Counselling facilities are also provided for patients in need. Food provided will be healthy and nutritious, he informed. 

There are more than 2,400 beds in the CCCs across the city and over 700 beds are equipped with oxygen. Steps have been taken to resolve the problem of beds in the city. Measures are being taken to oxygenate 20 to 30 per cent of all the CCCs, Gaurav Gupta said.

16:56 (IST)10 May 2021
IN PICS| INS Kolkata arrives at Mangalore port with medical aid amid Covid-19

INS Kolkata arrives at Mangalore Port as part of Samudra Setu operation with 400 bottles and two containers of 30 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen from Qatar and Kuwait. The lead ship had left Shuwaikh Port, Kuwait on May 5.

16:35 (IST)10 May 2021
Weather Update: Karnataka to experience light-modeerate rain from May10-14. Bengaluru  to experience light rain

Due to trough, Karnataka to experience light-moderate rain from May10-14. Bengaluru to experience light rain. According to IMD forecast for Karnataka Rain/thundershowers very likely to occur many places over Coastal Karnataka and  at a few places over Interior Karnataka.

Local Forecast for Bengaluru city Next 24 hours Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershowers likely in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 34 and 23 degree Celsius respectively.

Rainfall occurred at few places over Coastal Karnataka and at isolated places over Interior Karnataka. Chief amounts of rainfall (in cm): Yedwad (Belagavi dt) 5 ; Bhatkal (Uttara Kannada dt) 4 ; Belthangadi (Dakshina Kannada dt) Madikeri PTO 3 each;  B Bagewadi (Vijayapura dt), Bellur (Mandya dt) , Sravanabelagola (Hassan dt) 2 each;  Karkala (Udupi dt), Puttur HMS (Dakshina Kannada dt) ,Yelburga (Koppal dt) Bukkapatna Sira ( both Tumakuru dt) , Kammardi , Yagati (both Chikkamagaluru dt), Hassan PTO ,Hagaribommanahalli (Ballari dt) 1 each.  Raichur recorded the highest Maximum temperature of 39.0 C in the State.

15:21 (IST)10 May 2021
‘How will I walk for miles to buy essentials, how will 40 people come to my home for marriage?’: Karnataka confused over new lockdown norms

Ever since the Karnataka government put out its revised set of guidelines that are to be followed during the ongoing fortnight-long lockdown, Spoorthi Seethamma Muruvanda and her sister, both residents of Kodagu, have been in a fix as to when they can step out to get groceries or medicines for the household.

However, she is not the only one who is confused. Sharing experiences of many in the hilly district, she told that people were forced to walk downhill to the marketplace after parking the car near a hall in Virajpet.

According to the new rules, private vehicles are not permitted to ply except in cases of a medical emergency or to commute to hospitals or healthcare centres for vaccination. Locally, however, some police forces and district administrations have earmarked parking spaces far from markets or commercial areas, thereby forcing people to walk for long distances to get essentials.

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14:13 (IST)10 May 2021
Bengaluru ITI hospital to be revived soon: Sadananda Gowda

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda Monday announced that the ITI Hospital situated in Dooravani Nagar in the city is likely to be revived soon to offer Covid-19 treatment. 

"ITI Hospital in Bengaluru will be revived in cooperation with State Govt to provide health care to Covid patients. There will be oxygenated beds & other critical facilities. The process of getting necessary permission is underway," Gowda, who also represents Bangalore North in the Lok Sabha said.  

Several residents of the area including around a thousand contractual employees of the ITI near KR Puram in the city had recently demanded rejuvenation and infrastructural development of the hospital urging Gowda to take suitable action. 

12:16 (IST)10 May 2021
Bengaluru: Private hospitals body launches Search My Bed portal for covid patients

The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) in Bengaluru on Sunday launched a ‘searchmybed’ portal where the public can view bed status in various private hospitals which is vacant to treat Covid19 patients.

The portal which is similar to Bengaluru civic body BBMP’s bed status portal is updated in real-time where the public can contact hospitals to book the beds.

According to PHANA, the web portal shows the bed status in various hospitals of the city, as well as the contact numbers.

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11:15 (IST)10 May 2021
Citizens' cooperation crucial: CM Yediyurappa

As Karnataka began the fortnight-long statewide lockdown to mitigate the spread of coronavirus on Monday, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa urged the citizens to follow all related guidelines. 

"As we begin the 14-day strict restriction to break the chain of infection, I request all citizens to follow the guidelines in letter and spirit. Your cooperation is crucial to contain the spread of the virus. Together we can defeat the pandemic.," he tweeted. 

To date, Karnataka has reported over 19.3 lakh Covid infections and 18,776 related fatalities. Of these, over 9.3 lakh cases and 6191 deaths have taken place since April 1 this year alone. 

09:42 (IST)10 May 2021
Bengaluru: Covid-19 positivity rate up at 38.86 per cent

The test positivity rate in Bengaluru, within BBMP limits, was up at 38.86 per cent on Sunday, as per the bulletin issued by the local civic body. Meanwhile, it also noted that 144 out of the total 198 wards in the Karnataka capital reported over 500 cases in the last 10 days alone. 

While 3.5 lakh cases were termed active in the city, as many as 32,881 people across age groups were inoculated in the city (data as on May 8, 2021). 

09:00 (IST)10 May 2021
With Bengaluru crematoriums running out of space, pyres burn at granite quarry outside city

With the seven designated crematoriums in Bengaluru for the victims of Covid-19 no longer able to take the load of bodies, an isolated granite quarry has been identified on the outskirts of the city to carry out cremations.

Also, a long-unused burial ground in Tavarekere has been designated for Covid-19 burials, Bengaluru Urban District Commissioner Manjunath said.

“The granite quarry in Geddanahalli was recently converted into a crematorium to ensure that the dead get a dignified cremation. The quarry has been flattened, and we have set up about 15 iron platforms for the pyres,” Manjunath told The Indian Express.

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08:43 (IST)10 May 2021
Karnataka lockdown starts from today: what’s allowed and what’s not

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Friday evening announced a complete lockdown across the state to arrest the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown is imposed from 6 am on May 10, Monday, till 6 am on May 24.

In an order issued by the government, Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar has stated: “The situation of Covid-19 in the state was reviewed and it was observed that daily new Covid-19 positive cases have continued unabated with a high positivity rate. The state is satisfied that further stringent containment measures are needed to be implemented to combat the surge of cases.”

08:42 (IST)10 May 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP decentralises Covid-19 triage, emergency response

In a bid to effectively prevent Covid19 at the ward level, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has formed a ward-level Decentralised Triage and Emergency Response (DETER) Committee. 

According to Forest Minister Arvind Limbavalli, the state government has issued a directive to manage the spread of the virus at the ward level. Likewise, measures are being taken to curb the virus in line with Mumbai and Chennai.

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08:38 (IST)10 May 2021
Mangaluru: People from Bengaluru to be allowed only with genuine reason

Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Shashikumar on Sunday clarified that people travelling from Bengaluru to Mangaluru will be allowed "only if they have a genuine reason."

He said that the force is not using force on the public within the city, he said, adding it is monitoring the situation and working on humanitarian grounds at checkpoints. "Travellers coming from the railway stations and airport canusetheir tickets as passes. In case of violation, police have booked cases and seized the vehicles," he explained. 

However, Shashikumar added that a majority of people were strictly following the government order. "150 home guards have been deployed in the city so far," he said.

08:27 (IST)10 May 2021
Karnataka lockdown: Bengaluru top cop urges people to abide by all guidelines

With the statewide lockdown till May 24 to break the chain of Covid transmission in the state beginning on Monday, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has urged people to strictly abide by the guidelines and warned of stringent action against violators.

“I urge my fellow Bengalureans to follow the lockdown guidelines from Monday more strictly. We can only be successful in our fight against #COVID19 if we work together, Stay Home, Stay Safe!” he tweeted.

The BJP government had decided to impose a total lockdown in the state — the “last resort” prescribed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tackle the surge in his address to the nation two weeks ago.

08:26 (IST)10 May 2021
Private hospitals body in Bengaluru launches Search My Bed portal for covid patients 

The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) in Bengaluru on Sunday launched a 'searchmybed' portal where the public can view bed status in various private hospitals which is vacant to treat Covid19 patients. 

The portal which is similar to Bengaluru civic body BBMP's bed status portal is updated in real time where the public can contact hospitals to book the beds. 

According to PHANA, the web portal shows the bed status in various hospitals of the city and the contact numbers and address are mentioned in the portal. 

Dr Prasanna HM, the president of PHANA, said, "as of 136 hospitals in the city have registered and 1,699 beds private beds have been displayed in the portal Live and only three are vacant as of now(Sunday). We are expected to reach 10,000 beds after the addition of more hospitals. Among them, at least 1,000 beds will be an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and we would add 150 to 200 ventilators."

Dr Rajashekar, Secretary of PHANA said "In the coming days, more and more hospitals will be enrolled, the hospitals need to update the data periodically as and when patients discharges happen. The hospitals will be encouraged to display the data in real time on the portal."

08:17 (IST)10 May 2021
Karnataka to begin vaccination for 18-44 age group today

The Karnataka government has announced that Covid-19 vaccination will be provided to citizens aged 18-44 across the state on Monday (May 10).

According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, vaccines will be provided at district hospitals, government medical colleges and taluk-level hospitals across the state to begin with.

“In Bengaluru, vaccines will be provided for citizens aged between 18 to 44 years at KC General Hospital, Jayanagar General Hospital, Sir C.V.Raman General Hospital, Government Medical Colleges, ESI Hospitals and NIMHANS,” he mentioned.

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Meanwhile, a police investigation into irregularities in the allotment of beds through the centralised system of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) —highlighted by BJP South Bengaluru MP Tejasvi Surya recently — has led to the arrest of four people linked to the BBMP South Zone war room, searches at eight zonal war rooms and 16 different hospitals.

Also read| Bengaluru bed scam: Man linked to PA of BJP MLA is under scanner

At the same time, the Indian Army inducted its first batch of 83 women soldiers as part of its military police on Saturday. A low-key attestation parade for the soldiers took place at the Dronacharya Parade Ground in Bengaluru.

Also read| Army inducts first batch of women in military police

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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