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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus February 27 Highlights: State reports 453 new cases of COVID-19, seven fatalities

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 27 Highlights: Out of 5,576 active cases, 5,455 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 121 are in ICU.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: March 1, 2021 8:19:08 am
COVID-19 test, Coronavirus testA total of over 1,85,62,530 samples have been tested so far, out of which 68,166 were tested on Thursday alone. (Representational)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 27 Highlights: Karnataka Thursday reported 453 new cases of COVID-19 and seven related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,49,636 and the death toll to 12,316. According to the health department, the day also saw 947 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 453 fresh cases reported, 271 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

“As of February 25 evening, cumulatively 9,49,636 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,316 deaths and 9,31,725 discharges,” the Health department said in its bulletin. Out of 5,576 active cases, 5,455 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 121 are in ICU.

Out of the 7 deaths reported on Thursday, 4 were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Kalaburagi, Mandya and Udupi.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 271, followed by Mysuru (27), Tumakuru and Dakshina Kannada (24), Kalaburagi and Udupi (12), followed by others.

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18:30 (IST)26 Feb 2021
BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta reviews progress of Smart City road projects

Gaurav Gupta, the Administrator of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), along with officials concerned, reviewed the progress of Smart City road projects undertaken by BBMP, today. Speaking after the inspection, the administrator informed that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will soon inaugurate nine roads developed under Smart City Ltd. "Of the 36 roads that are being constructed, five have been thrown open to the public so far", he said.  

He visited Raj Bhavan Road, Nehru Planetarium Road, Cantonment Road, Queen's Road, Kasturba Road and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road and inspected the progress. Gupta instructed the authorities to complete the pending work immediately. 

Raj Bhavan Road and Nehru Planetarium Road: Gaurav Gupta instructed the officials to take necessary actions to clear the pedestrian underpass at Raj Bhavan Road as it is not being used. Illegal OFC cables dangling from the trees towards the pedestrian tracks must be immediately cleated, he said. The administrator said that Smart City projects must make sure that the pedestrian tracks must be even and uniform especially around the tree structures as they are in the TenderSure model. Smooth movement of pedestrians must be ensured. A section of the work at Nehru Planetarium Road is complete. Seating arrangements have been made near the trees while the installation of street lights is pending. 

Cantonment Road and Queens Road: The administrator also visited Cantonment Road and Queens Road on the occasion. Noticing RCC the electric poles on the pedestrian tracks, he immediately contacted the managing director of BESCOM and asked them to take necessary measures to clear them as soon as possible. He also ordered the smart city officials to install the electrical cables underground and said that the roads must be asphalted soon after the completion of the construction work. 

Kasturba Road and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road: As the pedestrian tracks are almost complete on both sides at Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, he asked the officials to asphalt the roads immediately. The public toilet which is on the pedestrian track must be cleared as it will cause inconvenience to the pedestrians, he said. 

Smart City Ltd. Managing Director Rajendra Cholan, Chief Engineer Ranganath Naik and other concerned officials were present on the occasion.

17:35 (IST)26 Feb 2021
ISRO lining up launch of India's geo imaging satellite GISAT-1

The Indian Space Research Organisation is lining up the launch of its geo imaging satellite GISAT-1 close on the heels of the February 28 PSLV-C51 mission. The launch of GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 rocket was originally planned for March five last year, but was postponed a day before the blast-off due to technical reasons.

Secretary in the Department of Space and ISRO Chairman K Sivan told PTI that the technical issues have been resolved and the delay in the launch was due to COVID-19-induced lockdown which affected normal work. Sources in the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency said ISRO is now looking at March-end-early-April timeframe for the mission from Sriharikota spaceport.

According to ISRO, GISAT-1 will facilitate near real-time observation of the Indian sub-continent, under cloud-free condition, at frequent intervals. Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will launch GISAT-1 from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

Weighing about 2268kg, GISAT-1 is the firststate-of- the-art agile earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10, according to ISRO officials. (PTI)

15:42 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Key accused in Chikkaballapura quarry blast arrested

G S Nagaraja, one of the partners of the quarry and the prime accused in the Chikkaballapura quarry blast case has been arrested, police said. Nagaraja, also a local BJP leader from Gudibande who had been absconding since the blast, was held on Thursday, police sources said.

Police have also picked up another person named Ganesh, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is said to be the person who regularly carried out blasting for the crusher unit, for investigation.

Six people were killed when the gelatin sticks they were trying to hide exploded accidentally at a stone quarry site at a village in Chikkaballapura district, early on Tuesday.

Police on Wednesday had announced the arrest of five people - three partners of the quarry and two employees - in connection with the case. Gudibande Police Station Circle Inspector Manjunath and Sub-Inspector Gopal Reddy have been kept under suspension pending enquiry, on charges of dereliction of duty. (PTI)

14:07 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Karnataka to spend Rs 13.8 crore on luxury SUVs for ministers, MPs amid pandemic

Amid a pandemic and financial crisis, the Karnataka government has approved the purchase of new Innova cars for its 32 ministers and 28 MPs at a cost of Rs 13.8 crore.

According to the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Services (DPAR), the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government in the state has increased the allowance of ministers and MPs to buy vehicles to Rs 23 lakh.

The Opposition parties have criticised the move by the government. The former chief minister and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy said the decision should have been postponed for a year in view of the financial crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the government has already have taken a loan of around Rs 85,000 crore in the name of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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13:10 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Karnataka transport department starts cargo business

Starting from Friday, KSRTC, along with other transport corporations are starting cargo services. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa inaugurated ‘Namma Cargo’ services on Friday morning at Vidhana Soudha. 

This is the first time the state transport department is venturing into the parcel and cargo business. Customers have to book their parcels at the booking counter at the state road transport bus stands and the department has also started a 24x7 call centre - 1800-208-5533 to address any issues related to service. The customers can also track, book cargo service on the website www.nammacargo.in. 

For five years, Strategic Outsourcing Private Limited will be the business facilitator and the transport department is providing space to the company to set up its parcel counters at bus stands, Savadi said.

12:24 (IST)26 Feb 2021
ISRO gears up to launch its new-generation mini rocket on maiden flight

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to launch a new-generation compact rocket on its maiden orbital test flight, the space agency said. Multiple sources in the Bengaluru-headquartered organisation said on Thursday that SSLV-D1 is targeted to be launched towards the end of March or early April -- most likely in the first month of the financial year -- though no firm date has been set so far.

"We are flying an earth observation satellite (EOS-02) on board the the first development flight of SSLV", ISRO Chairman and Secretary in the Department of Space, K Sivan told PTI. SSLV has been designed to meet "launch on demand" requirements in a cost-effective manner for small satellites in a dedicated and rideshare mode. 

It is a three-stage all solid vehicle with a capability to launch up to 500 kg satellite mass into 500 km low earth orbit (LEO) and 300 kg to Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). With lower per kg launch cost, the mini launcher will have multiple satellite mounting options for nano, micro and small satellites.

Sivan had earlier termed the SSLV an innovative vehicle which can be assembled in just 72 hours. "Instead of 60 days (for building a PSLV), it (SSLV) will be assembled in three days; instead of 600 people (needed to build a PSLV), it (SSLV) will be done by six people", he had said. (PTI)

11:49 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: State reports 453 new cases, seven fatalities

Karnataka Thursday reported 453 new cases of COVID-19 and seven related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,49,636 and the death toll to 12,316.

According to the health department, the day also saw 947 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 453 fresh cases reported, 271 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone

As of February 25 evening, cumulatively 9,49,636 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,316 deaths and 9,31,725 discharges,” the Health department said in its bulletin.

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11:11 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Karnataka govt to develop Nandi Hills as an international tourist destination: Minister

Nandi hills, a popular hill station in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka which is about an hour’s ride from Bengaluru city, will be developed as an international tourist destination, said state Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Thursday. The minister additionally serves as the district in-charge.

Nandi hills, which draws a large number of visitors from Bengaluru, especially on weekends, to watch the spectacular sunrise, offers a breathtaking array of flora and fauna and is also of historical and spiritual significance to locals. “Nandi hills meets all the qualifications to be developed as an international tourist destination. The government has already sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the purpose,” the minister said.

The state government has also decided to push a range of activities and projects at Nandi hills to boost its tourism potential. These include trekking trails to five hills surrounding the hills, eco-tourism, conservation of archaeological monuments, beautification and infrastructure development, among others.

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10:26 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Three test positive in another apartment in North Bengaluru

Three people tested positive in another apartment in Bengaluru North on Wednesday.

The three positive cases have been detected in an apartment in Yelahanka New Town, North Bengaluru but BBMP said it is not a containment  zone yet since the civic body considers it a cluster only if the number of cases cross five. 

A person who returned from Mumbai and his family tested positive, said officials. The residents living on the same floor, the floor above and the one below are being tested too.

09:45 (IST)26 Feb 2021
COVID-19 Apartment cluster: Tally reaches 27

Days after 26 people tested positive for Covid-19 in an apartment in Bengaluru, one resident of SJR Watermark Apartment in Ambalipura, Bellandur ward, was diagnosed with the disease on Thursday, taking the tally to 27

According to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad, the health officials had collected 85 samples on Wednesday, and one tested positive.

The apartment consists of nine towers, with approximately 504 flats. According to BBMP officials, out of these, 470 flats are occupied. The city’s civic body officials have collected 1,140 samples from the flats, including of working personnel like house helpers, security guards and drivers.

Earlier, an apartment in Bengaluru’s Bommanahalli became a Covid-19 hotspot after 103 people were found infected after a party on the premises.

On February 14, 40 students of a nursing college in Kaval Byrasandra tested positive for the virus, following which Prasad said they had contracted Covid-19 while visiting their hometowns in Kerala.

09:19 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Karnataka’s second COVID vaccination round to cover about 2 crore people

Karnataka plans to vaccinate about 2 crore people in the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive meant for those aged above 60 years and those above 45 years with co-morbidities. The second phase of the vaccination drive starts on March 1.

08:45 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Chikkaballapura blast case: Five including co-owner of quarry held, two police suspended

The Karnataka police arrested five people in connection with the quarry blast in Chikkaballapura that killed six people. The government has also suspended two police officials.

Among those arrested include Raghavendra Reddy, one of the two partners of the quarry, who was arrested from Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Others arrested in the case are employees linked to the quarry. Meanwhile, GS Nagaraj, the second partner, is still on the run from police.

Gudibande police station circle inspector Manjunath and sub-inspector Gopal Reddy were suspended on charges of dereliction of duty, senior police officials said.

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08:23 (IST)26 Feb 2021
State reports 453 new cases of COVID-19, seven fatalities

Karnataka Thursday reported 453 new cases of COVID-19 and seven related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,49,636 and the death toll to 12,316. According to the health department, the day also saw 947 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 453 fresh cases reported, 271 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

“As of February 25 evening, cumulatively 9,49,636 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,316 deaths and 9,31,725 discharges,” the Health department said in its bulletin. Out of 5,576 active cases, 5,455 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 121 are in ICU.

Out of the 7 deaths reported on Thursday, 4 were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Kalaburagi, Mandya and Udupi.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 271, followed by Mysuru (27), Tumakuru and Dakshina Kannada (24), Kalaburagi and Udupi (12), followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 4,04,628, followed by Mysuru (54,019) and Ballari (39,243). Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 3,96,274, followed by Mysuru (52,799) and Ballari (38,601). A total of over 1,85,62,530 samples have been tested so far, out of which 68,166 were tested on Thursday alone, and 4,847 among them were rapid antigen tests.

08:19 (IST)26 Feb 2021
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Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 4,04,628, followed by Mysuru (54,019) and Ballari (39,243). Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 3,96,274, followed by Mysuru (52,799) and Ballari (38,601). A total of over 1,85,62,530 samples have been tested so far, out of which 68,166 were tested on Thursday alone, and 4,847 among them were rapid antigen tests.

The Karnataka police arrested five people in connection with the quarry blast in Chikkaballapura that killed six people. The government has also suspended two police officials. Among those arrested include Raghavendra Reddy, one of the two partners of the quarry, who was arrested from Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Others arrested in the case are employees linked to the quarry. Meanwhile, GS Nagaraj, the second partner, is still on the run from police.

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