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Karnataka Bengaluru April 28 Highlights: State reports 31,830 fresh cases; 17,550 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 28 Highlights: Of the three lakh active cases in the state, 2,06,223 are in Bengaluru Urban district alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 29, 2021 8:12:17 am
Bengaluru COVID-19, Bengaluru VaccineResidents wait to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 at an apartment building in Bengaluru. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 28 Highlights: Karnataka’s COVID-19 tally surpassed the 14 lakh mark while the active cases in the state crossed the three lakh figure with 31,830 fresh infections being reported on Tuesday, the Health department said. As many as 180 deaths took the toll to 14,807, it said.

According to the health bulletin, Karnataka’s cumulative COVID cases now stood at 14,00,775, while there are 3,01,899 active cases including 2,063 in ICUs. So far 10,84,050 people were discharged cumulatively including 10,793 in the state on Tuesday.

Of the three lakh active cases in the state, 2,06,223 are in Bengaluru Urban district alone. The city contributed more than 50 per cent of day’s cases and mortalities with 17,550 fresh infections and 97 deaths on Tuesday. The city has so far reported 6,87,751 infections and 6,002 deaths.

There were 1,70,117 tests done on Tuesday including 1,51,631 using the RT-PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 2.51 crore, the department added. Over 90 lakh people have been inoculated so far, it said. (PTI)

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19:11 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Covid second wave: Centre should intervene, Modi should address 'ongoing health emergency,' says Siddaramaiah 

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to “address the ongoing health emergency” in the country, and demanded that the Centre be committed to help state governments combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added that the Centre needs to intervene in the present scenario. “People are dying without necessary adequate healthcare infrastructure like beds, ventilators, medical oxygen, and potential treatment drugs like Remdesivir. The demand is 35-40 times more than what is being allocated to Karnataka,” he said. 

While Karnataka contributes more than Rs 2.5 lakh crore as taxes, the Centre has allocated only Rs 21,694 crore back to the state, he alleged. “In the interest of the people of Karnataka, I strongly demand the Central government to release more funds and allocate necessary infrastructure immediately to address the crisis,” he wrote to Modi.

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18:51 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Karnataka Congress to set up Covid-19 war room, leaders who own hospital to reserve 100 beds for patients 

Amid the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic across Karnataka, the state Congress unit to start a 24/7 dedicated helpline and war room to help people during the Covid-19 crisis, while leaders who own medical colleges and hospitals reserve 100 beds for covid patients. 


Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) D K Shivakumar said  that the helpline wll come up very soon  which will also work as the war room to assist citizens with telemedicine, consultation, counselling, food delivery, sourcing leads for hospital beds, medication, oxygen and ventilator supply etc. 


“We will use our Congress cadres, volunteers and also leaders at the district, taluk and village levels to reach out to the people in need,” Shivakumar said.


The opposition party in Karnataka took the decision to set up the war room after directions issued by AICC general secretary Randeep Surjewala. 

17:54 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Exposed to 'severe, deadlier' virus now, pourakarmikas demand better safety equipment, facilities

Sanitation workers, including those deployed to collect medical waste, under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have alleged that they have not been provided sufficient masks or gloves despite raising a demand with the authorities. “With almost 2 lakh active cases, our members who handle medical waste of those in home isolation are in a terrible situation. They have not been given any mask/gloves since last year despite asking for them repeatedly,” the BBMP Pourakarmika Sangha alleged.

According to Nirmala M, the President of the Sangha, the sanitation workers are being exposed to a more “severe and deadlier” strain of the virus ever since the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit Bengaluru.

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17:48 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Karnataka: 20 double mutant Covid variant cases detected in Bengaluru, Kalaburgi

Doctors at the genome sequencing lab at NIMHANS in Bengaluru have detected 20 cases of “double mutant” variant (B.1.617) in two clusters reported from Bengaluru and Kalaburgi.

This is apart from 46 UK strain and six South Africa variant cases that had been reported earlier in Karnataka.

According to V Ravi, nodal officer for genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 in Karnataka, all 20 cases had a travel history to Maharashtra.

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15:02 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Vaccination for 18-45 age group likely to face delays: Health officials

In Karnataka, several district health officers indicated that the vaccination for the 18-45 age group could be delayed by a week, though officially the government says it has adequate stocks. No statistics on existing stocks were available.“We have been given no guidelines on this yet. Senior officers have told us that procurement will take more time,” an official said.

Health Minister K Sudhakar told indianexpress.com that the state has placed an order for one crore doses of Covishield with SII. On procurement of Covaxin, the state is yet to spell out its stand. “Till date, we have inoculated 50 per cent of our healthcare workers, 30 per cent of frontline workers and 4 per cent of people aged above 60 and aged between 45-59 (with comorbidities) with both doses,” Sudhakar said.

While Karnataka has administered over 88 lakh doses, statistics show there is a sharp fall in those who have taken the second dose among the high-priority age groups. Only 15 per cent of those above 60 and five per cent of those in the 45-60 age category have taken the second jab. “We need to spread better awareness on why taking the second dose of the vaccine is so important,” said Dr Giridhar R Babu of the Public Health Foundation of India.

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14:26 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Yediyurappa requests people to follow lockdown rules

Hours after the 14-day lockdown started in Karnataka to contain the spread of COVID-19, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday appealed to the people to abide by the norms to break the chain of Covid infection. 

"The 2-week strict rules to break the chain of Covid virus have begun. My appeal to everyone: follow the guidelines, cooperate with the government, stay indoors, and step out only if it’s an emergency," he said. 

"Together, we all can defeat the Covid-19 pandemic,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

14:16 (IST)28 Apr 2021
No passes to be issued for lockdown, ID cards would suffice to permit essential commute: Bengaluru police

ID cards or documents justifying the reason for commute and return to and from places would suffice to permit people to step out of their homes for essential or emergency purposes till May 12, Bengaluru City Police clarified on Wednesday. 

"The Bengaluru City Police is not issuing any passes for any purpose during the period of lockdown from 28-4-2021 to 12-5-2021," the clarification mentioned.

13:38 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Weather update: Rain likely at south-interior, coastal parts of Karnataka

The India Meteorological Department has predicted rain/thundershowers at a few places over south-interior, coastal and at isolated places over north-interior parts of Karnataka in the next 24 hours. 

At the same time, mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas of Bengaluru on Thursday, the forecast noted. "Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 33 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively," it mentioned.

12:58 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Central govt played catalyst role in spreading Covid-19 by allowing Kumbh mela, election campaigns: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to "address the ongoing health emergency" in the country, demanding that the Centre should be committed to help state governments combat the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"The Central government played the role of a catalyst in increasing the number of (Covid-19) cases by allowing events like Kumbh mela and huge campaigns during election," Siddaramaiah noted. He added that it was unfortunate that the Central government was doing "very little to ease the stress" and did not plan for the second wave in advance, despite warning from the Parliamentary Committee.

12:41 (IST)28 Apr 2021
IN PICS | KSRTC Fly Bus services continue to operate from Bengaluru airport

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Wednesday continued to operate the ‘Fly Bus’ services from Bengaluru Airport to Mysuru, and Madikeri for the benefit of passengers arriving at the airport in the Karnataka capital.

While schedules are planned even amid the curfew in place across the state till May 12 (6 am), officials urged passengers to use the online booking facility (http://ksrtc.karnataka.gov.in) to confirm tickets.

12:31 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Sanitation workers handling medical waste allege no supply of mask, gloves

Sanitation workers (pourakarmikas) working with Bengaluru's local body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike have alleged that they have not been provided with sufficient masks or gloves despite high demand raised by them to the authorities. This includes those who are deployed to collect medical waste as well, they add. 

'With almost 2 lakh active cases, our members who handle medical waste of those in home isolation are in a terrible situation. They have not been given any mask/gloves since last year despite asking for them repeatedly,' the BBMP Pourakarmika Sangha alleged. 

They added that the sanitation workers were also not provided with transport facilities to mustering centres. 'There has been no proper toilet facilities, water, soaps, or sanitisers at these centres as well despite us working throughout the pandemic, Ratna, a worker said.

10:28 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Karnataka reports hundreds of previously unaccounted deaths amid second wave

360,960 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected on Tuesday. So far, about 1.8 crore people in India have been infected. Active cases close to 30 lakh now. Daily death count crossed 3,000 mark for the first time. 3,293 deaths were reported on Tuesday. 
States like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jharkhand reported hundreds of previously unaccounted deaths. Total death toll is now over two lakh. 

10:12 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Regional passport office to be closed during 'close down' period

As Karnataka went for a 14 day "close down" from Tuesday night, the regional passport office has announced that its office across Karnataka will be closed. 

On Tuesday, in a statement, Bharath Kumar Kuthati, Regional Passport Officer, Bengaluru, said that all the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) and the Post Office Passport Seva Kendras in Karnataka will be closed from Wednesday during the close down period. 

The head office at Koramangala will also be closed for applicants and only emergency cases will be attended. He has requested applicants to reschedule their appointments accordingly.

09:58 (IST)28 Apr 2021
IMA ponzi scam: Former Congress minister Roshan Baig, IMA MD Mohammed Mansoor Khan named in CBI chargesheet

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday said it has filed a supplementary chargesheet naming former Karnataka minister R Roshan Baig and I-Monetary Advisory (IMA) founder and Managing Director Mohammed Mansoor Khan, among others, in the alleged Rs 4,000 crore ponzi scam.

According to CBI sleuths, the chargesheet was filed before the Special Judge for CBI cases in Bengaluru. “The former minister, his firm, and others, including the MD of a group of entities based at Bangalore and its other directors, have been named in the chargesheet in the case, in which investigation is ongoing,” sources in the CBI told Indianexpress.com.

Officers said that Baig had allegedly received several crores of rupees from IMA funds for election expenditure. “The funds from unauthorised deposits were allegedly raised from innocent public to the tune of Rs 4000 crore (approx) from around one lakh investors. This was then diverted to the minister, who spent funds from it on various social and cultural activities in his constituency to increase his popularity,” the chargesheet said.

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09:44 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Hours ahead of Karnataka ‘close down’, people go into panic buying, crowd shops

The Karnataka ‘close down’ announced by the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, which will take effect from 9 pm Tuesday and will remain in force till 6 am of May 12, sent many across the state into panic buying. With just hours left to the mini-lockdown, scores were seen rushing to their nearest grocer, anxious to stock up on ration and other essentials.

Vegetable markets and grocery shops at all major cities wore a crowded look as locals gathered in numbers to fetch essentials. Most people mistook the government’s announcement as a total lockdown like the one announced by the CM on March 23, last year. While a few were seen massing outside liquor stores, most gathered at grocery shops.

As per the leeway granted under the current ‘close down’, shops selling essential commodities will remain open from 6 am to 10 am. Hospitals and pharmacies will be open, while liquor shops, restaurants and hotels can only offer takeaways. “Lockdown is good to avoid the spread of Covid-19 but the government should have given more time for people to stock up on groceries. Though it has allowed essential shops to remain open from 6 am to 10 am, this is not enough. Because of the limited hours to fetch essentials, shops will be more crowded, thereby enabling the virus to spread faster,” Chandiraka, a homemaker from Dasarahalli in North Bengaluru, said.

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09:22 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Covid-19 vaccine registration to open for all adults at 4pm: Here’s how to register

All those above 18 years of age can register for vaccination against Covid-19 using the CoWIN platform or Aarogya Setu app, starting at 4 PM today. All Indian adults will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine starting May 1 so you can start registering in the afternoon.

There are currently two Covid vaccines being administered in India which include the Covaxin that has been developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, and Covishield that has been developed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca and is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. Sputnik V which was developed in Russia and is imported and sold in India by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories – has also been approved by the Indian drug regulator.

Read here on how to register through CoWIN and Aarogya Setu

09:21 (IST)28 Apr 2021
IN PICS | 14-day close down begins in Karnataka

A strict 14-day 'Closedown' has been imposed in Karnataka starting 9 pm Tuesday till May 12 to cut the chain of COVID-19 transmission amid a surge in the second wave of Covid-19 cases. 

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced the “close down” after a cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon.

All the shops were closed apart from hospitals and pharmacies. Shops selling essential commodities and other essential shops will be allowed to remain open only from 6 am to 10 am.

09:00 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Police call out fake video attributed to city hospital

The Bengaluru City police Tuesday clarified that a fake video was circulated in social media which reportedly indicated vandalism and violence at a private hospital in the city. 

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Dharmender Kumar Meena, no such incident had taken place in Yeshwantpur area, which falls under his jurisdiction. "It has been observed that a false news item with a video regarding violence/vandalism in People's Tree Hospital, Yeshwantpur is doing rounds on social media. "No such violence or vandalism has taken place in this hospital. The video being circulated now is from a hospital in Delhi, not Bengaluru," he said. 

He also warned people not to forward unverified messages or videos.

08:48 (IST)28 Apr 2021
20 double mutant Covid variant cases detected in Bengaluru, Kalaburgi

Doctors at the genome sequencing lab at NIMHANS in Bengaluru have detected 20 cases of “double mutant” variant (B.1.617) in two clusters reported from Bengaluru and Kalaburgi.

This is apart  the 46 U.K. strain and six South Africa strain cases that had been reported earlier in Karnataka. 

According to V. Ravi, nodal officer for genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 in Karnataka, all the 20 cases had a travel history to Maharashtra. 

The NIMHANS lab received the samples in late March and the sequencing was completed by the lab on April 15.

08:37 (IST)28 Apr 2021
Bengaluru civic body chief says ‘close down’ will reduce Covid cases in a few days

With Bengaluru going under 14-days ‘close down’ starting Tuesday night, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said he is confident that Covid-19 cases will reduce in another few days.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced the ‘close down’, which took effect from 9pm Tuesday night, following an unrelenting surge on Covid-19 cases across the state.

The BBMP chief said that stern action will be taken by the police against violators, adding that the civic administration is confident that the cases would decrease during the mini-lockdown.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday said it has filed a supplementary chargesheet naming former Karnataka minister R Roshan Baig and I-Monetary Advisory (IMA) founder and Managing Director Mohammed Mansoor Khan, among others, in the alleged Rs 4,000 crore ponzi scam.

READ | IMA ponzi scam: Former Congress minister Roshan Baig, IMA MD Mohammed Mansoor Khan named in CBI chargesheet

With Bengaluru going under 14-days ‘close down’ starting Tuesday night, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said he is confident that Covid-19 cases will reduce in another few days. The BBMP chief said that stern action will be taken by the police against violators, adding that the civic administration is confident that the cases would decrease during the mini-lockdown.

READ | Bengaluru civic body chief says ‘close down’ will reduce Covid cases in a few days

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