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Karnataka Bengaluru May 3 Highlights: State reports 37,733 fresh cases, 217 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 3 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban district accounted for 21,199 fresh cases and 64 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 4, 2021 8:06:56 am
Bengaluru Lockdown, Bengaluru, COVID-19A bird's eye view of Bengaluru during lockdown amid coronavirus second wave in the city. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 3 Highlights: Karnataka’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 16 lakh mark on Sunday following 37,733 fresh infections while 217 more deaths took the toll to 16,011, the health department said. According to a health bulletin, the state’s COVID tally stood at 16,01,865 whereas there are 4,21,436 active cases. As many as 11,64,398 people were discharged cumulatively including 21,149 on Sunday in the state.

Bengaluru Urban district accounted for 21,199 fresh cases and 64 deaths. The city has so far reported 7,97,292 infections and 6,601 deaths. There were 2,81,767 active cases.

There were 1,58,365 tests done on Sunday including 1,45,941 using the RT PCR and other methods, taking the total tests done so far to 2.59 crore, the department added. As of Sunday, 98 lakh inoculations were conducted in the state comprising the first and second doses of vaccine. (PTI)

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14:56 (IST)03 May 2021
Rahul Gandhi attacks state govt over Chamarajanagar hospital incident

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked the ruling BJP in Karnataka following the death of 24 people in the Chamarajanagar Government District Hospital allegedly due to oxygen shortage in 24 hours. 

"Died or Killed? My heartfelt condolences to their families. How much more suffering before the ‘system’ wakes up?” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

All India Congress Committee general secretary and Karnataka in charge, Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded the Health Minister to resign. 

"his is murder by designed negligence of Yediyurappa Govt! The Health Minister must resign. Will CM Yediyurappa ji own moral responsibility for the deaths?” Surjewala tweeted.

13:34 (IST)03 May 2021
24 die allegedly due to Oxygen crisis in Chamarajanagar

As many as 24 patients who were being treated for Covid-19 in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district died in the last 24 hours due to its general hospital running out of medical oxygen.

Chamarajanagar Deputy Commissioner, Dr MR Ravi said that 23 people died in government hospitals, one person died in a private hospital. “We can’t say whether all have died due to lack of oxygen,” he added

Meanwhile, District in-charge and Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Suresh Kumar has sought a detailed report from the administration. Kumar said “I have asked the administration for a detailed report on the exact reason for the death. If any official negligence is found guilty he will face strict action.

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12:42 (IST)03 May 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged across the country for the 18th straight day on Monday, May 3, 2021. The auto fuel prices were last revised on April 15, when petrol fell by 16 paise per litre and diesel slipped by 14 paise in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol is costs Rs. 93.43 per litre while diesel can be purchased at Rs. 85.60 per litre.

11:37 (IST)03 May 2021
Karnataka: Wildlife sanctuaries shut to avoid Covid infection among animals

Following an advisory issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Central Zoo Authority to prevent the spread of coronavirus among wildlife, the Karnataka Forest Department clarified that all such protected areas in the state were already closed to visitors for 15 days, since the lockdown began.

Officials clarified that all safari and tourism activities were suspended in areas including Nagarhole, Bandipur, Biligiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple (BRT), Bhadra, and other places.

“Field staff have been directed to be extra vigilant and to take note of any weakness found among animals. People staying close to protected areas will also not be allowed to venture into the forests in a bid to avoid any way in which the virus can be transmitted to the wildlife,” a senior official confirmed.

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10:43 (IST)03 May 2021
Karnataka gears up for a possible third wave

CM Yediyurappa has recently announced that the BJP-led government in Karnataka will soon form a panel of experts and will speed up the vaccination drive as part of the state’s preparation for a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“An expert group will be constituted to advise the government on prevention and mitigation of possible third and future waves of infection. The pandemic is an unprecedented challenge to humanity and we have to defeat it together with confidence, compassion and collaboration,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

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10:07 (IST)03 May 2021
Karnataka to use services of medical, nursing students to intensify Covid battle

The Karnataka government has devised an action plan by roping in final-year medical and nursing students to help the state combat the coronavirus pandemic better. As per the decision taken by CM Yediyurappa after a meeting with stakeholders of top private medical hospitals in the state, the government will use the services of final year nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, hospital management students, Ayush doctors, and dentists for Covid duty.

Yediyurappa also confirmed the same in a series of tweets. “Held detailed discussion with the management of private hospitals to expand the availability of beds and optimise the existing resources. Oxygen beds will be set up at step-down hospitals using portable oxygen concentrators and centralised oxygen beds will be converted into ICU beds,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the CM’s office added in a statement, “To overcome the shortage of ‘medical human resource’, the government has decided to rope in final-year medical and nursing students for COVID duty and give them grace marks. Their final year exam will be postponed and they will be given incentives.”

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09:44 (IST)03 May 2021
Yediyurappa assigns district ministers in a bid to improve Covid management

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa brought a minor rejig in the cabinet into effect on Sunday by assigning district responsibility to six ministers. The exercise is seen as one to ensure smooth COVID management in the districts.

As per the notification issued by the government, Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol, who holds the Public Works portfolio, will be in charge of Belagavi. He was the district in-charge minister of Bagalkote and Kalaburagi.

As Belagavi in-charge minister, he will replace Ramesh Jarkiholi, who had to step down as minister owing to the alleged sex-for-job scandal on March 3. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti will be in charge of Bagalkote district, whereas Mining and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani will look after Kalaburagi district.

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09:10 (IST)03 May 2021
Bangalore Development Authority gets a new chief

The Karnataka government has recently appointed Rajesh Gowda as the Commissioner of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) after H.R. Mahadev retired from service.

Gowda will also hold the post of Managing Director, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) as concurrent charge.

09:09 (IST)03 May 2021
Mamata like Goddess Durga.. her toughness a model for us: Karnataka JDS leader Kumaraswamy

Janata Dal (Secular) floor leader in the Karnataka legislative assembly H D Kumaraswamy Sunday lauded West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee among other leaders who emerged victorious in their respective states where assembly elections were held recently.

“Mamata Banerjee has emerged like Goddess Durga who triumphed against evil forces. The people of the country have asserted regional pride through the results of these elections to different state assemblies. These results are a fresh example of people rallying behind leaders of regional parties who have won their hearts,” the former Karnataka CM said.

He added, “I want to repeat that the toughness of Mamata Banerjee who rose against the immoral experiments of power is going to be our model and the patience of DMK leaders who managed to move forward despite adverse political situation will be a lesson for us.”

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08:52 (IST)03 May 2021
Karnataka bypolls: BJP wins Belagavi, Basavakalyan; Congress takes Maski

As the votes of the recenly held bypolls to three seats in Karnataka, including a Lok Sabha segment, were counted on Sunday, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party won two constituencies while the Opposition Congress emerged victorious in one.

Of the three, the by-election at Belgaum (Belagavi) Lok Sabha constituency was the lone contest that went down the wire. BJP candidate Mangala Suresh Angadi won by a thin margin of 5,240 votes against Congress candidate Satish Jarkiholi who gave her a tough fight till the last few rounds of counting. However, the final margin is yet to be declared by the Election Commission (EC). It can be recalled that Mangala’s late husband and former Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi had won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the same segment by a margin of over 3.91 lakh votes.

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08:51 (IST)03 May 2021
Data on ICU patients missing from health bulletin since last 3 days

As patients and volunteers continue to scramble in and around Bengaluru to find an ICU bed for critically-ill Covid patients, the data that mentioned the number of patients admitted to ICUs across the state has been missing from the government’s daily health bulletin.

“To get an ICU bed in Bengaluru or even in neighbouring districts these days is a miracle. At least 500 people are on the waitlist daily, with many succumbing to the virus as they fail to find one on time,” a volunteer from the Emergency Response Team (ERT) set up by individuals and members of various NGOs and other organisations in Bengaluru alleged. 

He continued, “Meanwhile, Appendix -3 of the daily health bulletin, which specified the number of patients admitted to ICUs across 30 districts of the state, has been missing since Friday (April 30, 2021).”

The health department is yet to issue any statement or remark on this. However, the state government has appointed a senior IPS officer to arrange 4,000 ICU beds in the city with 500 beds in each of the eight municipal zones, as per an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar recently.

08:36 (IST)03 May 2021
Karnataka: 217 more deaths, positivity rate up at 23.82%

The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare services linked 217 more deaths in the past few days to Covid-19 on Sunday, and the death toll rose to 16,011 since March 10 last year. The daily test positivity rate was observed to be at 23.82 per cent in the state in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 64 more fatalities were recorded in Bengaluru Urban alone, while Ballari reported 18, Chamarajanagara 15, Tumkauru 13, Shivamogga 12, and 11 others succumbed to Covid-19 at Hassan district. Other districts that reported deaths were Bagalkote (1), Belagavi (2), Bengaluru Rural (5), Bidar (6), Chikkaballapura (3), Chikkamagaluru (2), Dakshina Kannada (1), Davangere (2), Dharwad (3), Haveri (4), Kalaburagi (7), Kodagu (2), Kolar, Koppal, Mandya (5 each), Mysuru (8), Raichur, Udupi (2 each), Uttara Kannada (7), Vijayapura (3), and Yadgir (1).

As many as 21,149 people recovered from the infection on Sunday as another 23,539 people were inoculated. The government is yet to begin vaccination for people aged 18 to 44 even though the same was symbolically launched by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday.

08:26 (IST)03 May 2021
Karnataka reports 37,733 fresh cases, 217 deaths

Karnataka's COVID-19 tally crossed the 16 lakh mark on Sunday following 37,733 fresh infections while 217 more deaths took the toll to 16,011, the health department said. According to a health bulletin, the state's COVID tally stood at 16,01,865 whereas there are 4,21,436 active cases. As many as 11,64,398 people were discharged cumulatively including 21,149 on Sunday in the state.

Bengaluru urban district accounted for 21,199 fresh cases and 64 deaths.The city has so far reported 7,97,292 infections and 6,601 deaths. There were 2,81,767 active cases.

According to the bulletin, 2,750 infections were reported in Mysuru, 1,302 in Tumakuru, 1156 in Ballari, 996 in Dakshina Kannada, 792 in Hassan, 741 in Dharwad, 691 in Bagalkote, 653 in Mandya and 620 in Shivamogga. Bidar, Koppal, and Uttara Kannada were among the districts, which reported over 500 cases. 

Other than Bengaluru, 18 deaths were reported in Ballari, 15 in Chamarajanagar, 13 in Tumakuru, 12 in Shivamogga, 11 in Hassan, eight each in Ramanagara and Mysuru, seven each in Uttara Kannada and Kalaburagi and six in Bidar. Deaths were reported in other districts as well.

There were 1,58,365 tests done on Sunday including 1,45,941 using the RT PCR and other methods, taking the total tests done so far to 2.59 crore, the department added. As of Sunday, 98 lakh inoculations were conducted in the state comprising the first and second doses of vaccine. (PTI)

08:26 (IST)03 May 2021
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As the votes of the recenly held bypolls to three seats in Karnataka, including a Lok Sabha segment, were counted on Sunday, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party won two constituencies while the Opposition Congress emerged victorious in one. Of the three, the by-election at Belgaum (Belagavi) Lok Sabha constituency was the lone contest that went down the wire. BJP candidate Mangala Suresh Angadi won by a thin margin of 5,240 votes against Congress candidate Satish Jarkiholi who gave her a tough fight till the last few rounds of counting.

READ | Karnataka bypolls: BJP wins Belagavi, Basavakalyan; Congress takes Maski

Janata Dal (Secular) floor leader in the Karnataka legislative assembly H D Kumaraswamy Sunday lauded West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee among other leaders who emerged victorious in their respective states where assembly elections were held recently. “Mamata Banerjee has emerged like Goddess Durga who triumphed against evil forces. The people of the country have asserted regional pride through the results of these elections to different state assemblies. These results are a fresh example of people rallying behind leaders of regional parties who have won their hearts,” the former Karnataka CM said.

READ | Mamata like Goddess Durga.. her toughness a model for us: Karnataka JDS leader Kumaraswamy

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