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Karnataka Bengaluru May 6 Highlights: State reports 50,112 fresh cases, highest spike till date

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 6 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 23,106 infections and 161 fatalities.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 7, 2021 8:09:23 am
Karnataka, Covid-19Ambulances lined up at Bommanhalli crematorium for the last rites of COVID-19 victims amid surge in coronavirus cases in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 6 Highlights: Karnataka on Wednesday reported the single largest day spike in both COVID-19 cases and fatalities since the start of the pandemic, with 50,112 infections and 346 deaths. This took the total caseload to nearly 17.5 lakh and the fatalities to 16,884. Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 23,106 infections and 161 fatalities.

The day also saw 26,841 people getting discharged. Cumulatively, 17,41,046 positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka, which includes 16,884 deaths and 12,36,854 discharges, the bulletin said. Active cases stood at 4,87,288.

Tumakuru and Mysuru were the second major COVID hotspots in Karnataka with 2,790 and 2,335 infections and 10 and 12 fatalities on Wednesday. Udupi was next with 1,655 cases, Mandya 1,621, Hassan 1,604 , Dakshina Kannada 1,529, Bengaluru Rural 1,033, in Dharwad 1,030 and 1,009 in Chikkamagaluru. Ten districts reported cases in excess of 500 each.

A total of 2.63 crore samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,55,224 were on Wednesday alone. The release said 86 people have so far tested positive for the UK strain, six for the South African strain and 62 for the Double Mutant (B.1.617) one. A record one crore inoculations, comprising the first and second doses of the vaccine, have been done since the start of the vaccination drive on January 16, the department said. (PTI)

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20:10 (IST)06 May 2021
Karnataka: Active caseload exceeds 5 lakh, 328 more deaths linked to pandemic

The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare services Thursday linked 328 more deaths in the last few days to Covid-19, as the death toll rose to 17,212 since March 10 last year. The daily test positivity rate was observed to be at 29.83 per cent from across the state in the last 24 hours. 

Meanwhile, 139 more fatalities were recorded in Bengaluru Urban alone, Ballari reported 26, Mysuru 18, Shivamogga 16, 14 each from Tumakuru and Kalaburagi, 12 from Kodagu. Other districts that reported deaths were Bagalkote (7), Belagavi (1), Bengaluru Rural (8), Bidar (4), Chamarajanagar (5), Chikkaballapura (3), Dakshina Kannada (5), Davangere (3), Dharwad (6), Gadag (2), Hassan (9), Haveri (3), Mandya (2), Raichur (9), Udupi (5), Uttara Kannada, Vijayapura (6 each), and Yadgir (2).

Meanwhile, 18,943 people recovered from the infection on Sunday as another 21,425 people were inoculated.

18:55 (IST)06 May 2021
Karnataka approves new Covid-19 pvt hospital package rates for govt-referred patients

The Karnataka government Thursday approved revised package rates allowed to be charged by private hospitals admitting Covid-19 patients based on referrals made by public health authorities. 

As per an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar, a patient getting treated in a general ward can be charged Rs 5200 per day, while the same for a bed with HDU (high-dependency unit) is fixed at Rs 8000 daily. The charges for an isolation ICU are fixed at Rs 9750 per day without ventilator and Rs 11,500 daily with ventilator. 

According to Kumar, the decision to revise the rates was taken after private hospitals requested the CM to enhance package rates for treatment in each category "taking into account the increasing costs in recruiting manpower and consumables' costs." He noted, "The representation has been considered in depth by the Director of Health and Family Welfare and the Technical Committee."

16:56 (IST)06 May 2021
Centre moves SC against Karnataka HC order asking enhancement of oxygen for state

The Centre Thursday moved the Supreme Court against the Karnataka High Court order asking it to increase the daily liquid medical oxygen (LMO) allocation for the state to 1,200 MT from the present 965 MT. The Centre has also sought a stay on the high court order.

A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the state is being supplied 965 MT LMO presently and the order needed to be stayed urgently.

The bench also comprising Justice M R Shah, in its hearing, said it will have to look at the paper book before issuing any order regarding the issue.

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15:01 (IST)06 May 2021
Karnataka to use services of 1 lakh medical, nursing students to combat Covid second wave

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.

According to Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan, who also heads the ministerial taskforce, the students will also be provided with incentives for their service.

“As many as 17,797 medical students including interns, PG, final year students will be deployed for Covid duties across the state as part of their final postings. While the nursing department has 45,470 students, services of students pursuing dental (2538), Ayush (9654), and pharmacy (9936) courses will also be sought. We nearly have 40,000 students in related streams as well,” he highlighted.

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15:00 (IST)06 May 2021
Karnataka to increase rapid tests

After a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, Karnataka is now planning to increase Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) from the existing less than 10% to over 30%. 

This follows an advisory from the Indian Council of Medical Research to all States to increase rapid tests.

Accordingly, the State’s COVID­19 ministerial task force headed by Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan that met on Tuesday gave an administrative nod to the Health Department to procure more RAT kits.

14:50 (IST)06 May 2021
Covid bed-blocking scam: AAP demands arrest of BJP MLA

A couple of days after BJP leaders in Bengaluru alleged “widespread corruption” in allocating Covid beds in the city, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) filed a police complaint demanding the arrest of Bommanahalli BJP MLA Satish Reddy. 

Further, the party urged Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant to arrest people, including leaders from the ruling party, if their links were found in the alleged scam. "We demand an immediate arrest of persons involved including Bommanahalli MLA Satish Reddy whose involvement has been exposed by BBMP officials, media and other sources. I have filed a complaint in Bommanahalli Police Station," AAP Karnataka Convenor Prithvi Reddy wrote. 

He explained, "It has been widely reported in the press and social media that the kingpin of this scam is MLA from Bommanahalli, Mr Satish Reddy. I have attached a copy of Vijay Karnataka (local Kannada daily) with this complaint which details out the scam of Satish Reddy and his followers who have been blocking beds. It has been reported that over the last 4 days, such bed-blocking has resulted in the death of 17 people."

14:50 (IST)06 May 2021
Bengaluru staring at new variant of Covid-19, fear medics; scientists say no evidence

Last week, shortly after a 52-year-old patient died at the Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, a 750-bed government Covid-19 treatment facility in Bengaluru, a doctor in-charge of emergency care at the hospital tried to calm down angry relatives of the patient who could not fathom how someone they spoke to the previous night had died in the morning.

The doctor told the relatives of the patient that the hospital was witnessing many patients suffering from severe lung damage caused by the Coronavirus — despite RT-PCR tests showing up a negative report for the infection. The doctor said medical professionals are now suspecting the involvement of a new Covid-19 variant in these cases.

The phenomena of deaths occurring among a sizeable number of persons due to lung failure— despite RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests showing negative results for the Covid-19 infection— during the surging second wave in Karnataka, has raised concerns among a section of doctors who suspect these cases to linked to new variants of the virus even as scientists reject the theory.

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14:42 (IST)06 May 2021
Summer vacations in Karnataka schools till June 14

Schools will remain closed till June 14 in Karnataka. The department of public instruction has revised the schedule for the academic year 2021-22 due to spike in Covid-19 cases. As per the new schedule, the new academic year will commence from June 15. The SSLC exam will be held from June 21 to July 5.

The high school teachers will have to conduct revision classes for SSLC students preparing for exam from June 1-14. Meanwhile, the state government has deferred II PU exams and decided to promote I PU students to higher classes.

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14:28 (IST)06 May 2021
Bengaluru: Fuel prices up for third consecutive day

As petrol and diesel prices witnessed a hike for the third straight day across the country on Thursday, the same in Bengaluru has risen by 41 paise and 50 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 94.01 in the Karnataka capital, as on Thursday. At the same time, diesel rate is at Rs 86.31. The same were at Rs 93.60 and Rs 85.81 on Tuesday, when the prices hiked then after remaining steady for 18 consecutive days.

14:18 (IST)06 May 2021
Australia’s Covid-19 travel ban on citizens returning home from India challenged in court by Australian who is stranded in Bengaluru

Australia’s controversial temporary ban on citizens returning home from coronavirus-hit India was challenged in the federal court in Sydney on Thursday by a 73-year-old Australian, who has been stranded in Bengaluru since March last year.

The Australian government, for the first time in history, recently imposed a ban on its citizens from returning home, if they have spent time in India up to 14 days before flying back. The government threatened to prosecute them with a possibility of five years of jail term or a penalty of 66,000 Australian dollars (USD 50,899).

The application was filed by Gary Newman from Melbourne, who has been stranded in Bengaluru since March last year.

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13:53 (IST)06 May 2021
Weather update: IMD forecasts rain over various parts of state

Rainfall occurred at most places over Coastal Karnataka; at many places over North Interior Karnataka and at a few places over South Interior Karnataka.

Chief amounts of rainfall (in cm): Puttur Hms (Dakshina Kannada dt) 6 cm, Subramanya (Dakshina Kannada dt), Gadag Obsy, Davanagere Pto, Teligi (Davangere dt) 4 cm each; Sulya, Mani (both Dakshina Kannada dt), Sravanabelagola (Hassan dt) 3 cm each; Manchikere, Yellapur (both Uttara Kannada dt), Hungund, Kerur (both Bagalkote dt), Sankeshwar (Belagavi dt), Channagiri, Harapanahalli (both Davangere dt) 2 cm each; Siddapur (Uttara Kannada dt ), Shirali Pto, Kota (Udupi dt), Vijayapura Pto, Mahalingapur, Jamakhandi Arg, Badami (all Bagalkote dt), Kamalapur, Sedam (both Kalaburgi dt), Nippani (Belagavi dt), Thalaguppa, Sorab, Hunchadakatte, Linganamakki Hms, Tyagarthi (all Shivamogga dt), Kalasa, Sringeri Hms, Tarikere (all Chikkamagaluru dt), Hosadurga, B Durga (both Chitradurga dt), Ballupet (Hassand dt ) 1 cm each.

Raichur recorded the highest Maximum temperature of 39.4 C in the State.

Forecast for State for next 24 hours: Rain/thundershowers very likely to occur at most places over Coastal Karnataka and at many places over Interior Karnataka.
Local forecast for Bengaluru city next 24 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershowers very likely in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 33 and 22 degree Celsius respectively.

13:28 (IST)06 May 2021
Karnataka leaders condole Ajit Singh's demise, remembers his work for farmers

Several political leaders from Karnataka Thursday condoled the death of Rashtriya Lok Dal chief and former union minister Ajit Singh (82) who succumbed to Covid-19. 

Congress legislative party leader in the state assembly Siddarmaiah tweeted, "Saddened by the unfortunate death of @RLDparty Chief & former Union Minister Shri. Chaudhary Ajit Singh. He worked extensively for the cause of farmers. My deepest condolences to his family & well-wishers."

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy said, "Ajit Singh was an able farmers' leader like his father former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh."

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge noted that Singh's death was a great loss to the nation. "One of the most committed politicians for the farmers' cause, his contributions have been immense. He will be missed," he remarked.

13:22 (IST)06 May 2021
Bengaluru: Construction worker dies after aluminium material falls from height

A construction worker died in Bengaluru on Thursday in an accident reported from the site located in RR Nagar in the city. 

According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Liton Bauri (38), originally hailing from Purulia district in West Bengal. "The incident took place when aluminium material was being shifted using a tower crane from the 23rd floor of the building under construction to its basement. Some pieces of the panel fell from the height on the labourer's head as he was working on the ground floor," an officer from Jnanabharathi police station said. 

The officer added that a case has been registered against those in charge of the construction under section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code with an investigation underway.

11:59 (IST)06 May 2021
Winning praise for Covid relief work, IYC chief Srinivas says: ‘Helping everyone in need, don’t want to do politics on this’

As the second Covid-19 wave continues to rip across the country, one leader who has gained prominence for helping patients is BV Srinivas, Indian Youth Congress president.

Along with his 1,000-member team, Srinivas, who hails from Karnataka, has been swiftly responding to SOS messages from across the country, arranging for beds, oxygen, medicines, plasma and even helping elders get vaccinated, and is winning massive praise online.

Before he joined politics, Srinivas was a cricketer who represented Karnataka in the under-19 team.

His sporting career came to an end after he hurt his eye in 2003.

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11:55 (IST)06 May 2021
From Bengaluru, a daily Twitter Spaces segment to bridge Covid-19-related info gaps

At a time when several social media accounts with a large following are turning into Covid helplines, a Bengaluru-based influencer is going the extra mile to bridge the gap between “the well-informed (government) and info seekers (public)”.

Using Twitter Spaces, which allows users to host live audio conversations, satire account Tharle Thimma (@BLRrocKS) hopes to address the “confusion” over several Covid-related issues, including how to procure vital drugs.

The person behind the account, who chose to remain anonymous, told that the idea stemmed from a simple online query sent to a “responsive bureaucrat”.

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10:33 (IST)06 May 2021
BMRCL starts covid care centre for its employees

Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Thursday started a 100-bed COVID Care Centre at Hotel Eka for its employees and construction workers in collaboration with Multi-Specialty Hospital, Hosur Road.

17 employees have been admitted in the center so far, said BMRCL.

09:49 (IST)06 May 2021
Karnataka Covid wrap: State achieves 1 crore inoculations but reports over 50,000 new cases

Karnataka on Wednesday reported 50,112 new Covid-19 cases, the highest ever single-day count for the state. Of these, 23,106 were reported from the state capital Bengaluru.

The state also reported 346 Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 16,884. Karnataka, which has reported 174 lakh infections so far, has 4.8 lakh active cases.

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09:49 (IST)06 May 2021
As Covid restrictions return, migrants workers stare at uncertainty again: Study

With Covid-19 lockdowns and related restrictions back in many parts of the country, the livelihood of informal workers, especially migrants, has been hit yet again, a recent study found.

The study, by voluntary researchers at the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN), indicated that the vulnerabilities experienced by migrant workers during the nationwide lockdown in 2020 have resurfaced this year as well.

“As many as 81 per cent of the workers who are either still stranded or are in their homes stated that work had stopped due to locally declared lockdowns/ restrictions. On average, workers have said that work had stopped for 19 days,” SWAN found. The report also noted that 68 per cent of the workers said that they had received their full or partial wages for the previous month.

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09:48 (IST)06 May 2021
Karnataka: Police continue crackdown on Remdesivir black-marketing rackets

With the antiviral drug Remdesivir continuing to be in high demand, especially at private hospitals across the state where Covid-19 patients are treated, the Karnataka police have confirmed the arrest of 90 people allegedly found black-marketing the same. 

'As many as 90 people have been arrested in 38 cases booked so far for black marketing Remdesivir injection or packing fake Remdesivir. Our drive will continue against those trying to profiteer in this tough situation,' DG&IGP Praveen Sood said. 

Meanwhile, Bengaluru DCP (North) Dharmender Kumar Meena expressed confidence that the force would find the source of diversion of the drug soon. 'We will reach the source of diversion of this drug and take action against whoever is involved. People are requested to reach out to the police to give any information they have on the same. We will act swiftly while maintaining confidentiality,' he said.

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09:31 (IST)06 May 2021
Bengaluru powrakarmika's observe mourning after their colleague dies of Covid-19

After Susheelamma, a powrakarmika in Banaswadi, Bengaluru passed away from COVID on Wednesday, the powrakarmika workers observed mourning for her untimely demise today. 
According to the powrakarmikas who are observing mourning on the road in Bengaluru, they are demanding safety equipment including masks, gloves, sanitisers, regular testing, complete vaccination, among others in the hope of keeping their health as well as that of their families. "The workers who are in high risk category must be recused from work with payment, with immediate effect," said Nirmala M, a BBMP powrakarmika.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday ordered the police’s crime branch to investigate allegations raised by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya and two party MLAs, including Surya’s uncle, of a scam in the Bengaluru municipal corporation’s bed allotment system for Covid patients – the MP and MLAs also questioned the presence of 17 Muslim workers among 205 in the system.

READ | Bengaluru Covid bed ‘scam’: Tejasvi Surya finds communal twist, CM calls probe

At a time when several social media accounts with a large following are turning into Covid helplines, a Bengaluru-based influencer is going the extra mile to bridge the gap between “the well-informed (government) and info seekers (public)”. Using Twitter Spaces, which allows users to host live audio conversations, satire account Tharle Thimma (@BLRrocKS) hopes to address the “confusion” over several Covid-related issues, including how to procure vital drugs.

READ | From Bengaluru, a daily Twitter Spaces segment to bridge Covid-19-related info gaps

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