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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus February 25 Highlights: State reports 383 new cases, 4 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 25 Highlights: Out of 6,062 active cases, 5,940 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 122 are in ICU.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 25, 2021 8:22:19 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 25 Highlights: Karnataka recorded 383 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 related fatalities on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 9,48,849 and the death toll to 12,303. The day also saw 378 patients getting discharged after recovery, pushing the tally to 9,30,465, the Health department said in its bulletin.

It said, out of 6,062 active cases, 5,940 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 122 are in ICU. A total of over 1,84,31,322 samples have been tested so far, out of which 50,827 were tested on Tuesday alone, and 5,649 among them were rapid antigen tests, according to the bulletin.

All the 4 deaths reported Tuesday were from Bengaluru Urban. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 240, Mysuru 26, Shivamogga 18, Dakshina Kannada 17, Tumakuru and Udupi 12, Belagavi 10, followed by others.

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16:33 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Women delegation meets Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Women

A delegation of women, women's rights activists and organisations from Karnataka met the Chairperson of the Karnataka State Commission for Women, Pramila Naidu in connection with the alleged illegal arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi on February 20.

A representation demanding that our State Commission take Suo Moto cognizance of the matter similar to the Delhi Commission of Women was submitted. It sought initiation of an enquiry against erring police officials. The delegation also sought that immediate action be taken against Harayana Cabinet Minister Anil Vij for his hateful tweet as also other social media accounts spreading hateful/misogynistic content against her.

16:06 (IST)24 Feb 2021
BBMP pourakarmikas stage protests for various demands

The sanitation workers on Wednesday staged a protest demanding the BBMP to increase the minimum wage to Rs 30,000 and various other benefits.

Hundreds of pourakarmikas took part in the protest held at Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) head office.

The demand includes equal pay for equal work, direct employment for all including drivers and helpers and increase the minimum wage to Rs 30,000.

15:24 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Bengaluru: Now, another 10 residents of an apartment test Covid-19 positive; tally reaches 20

Days after 10 people tested positive for Covid-19 in an apartment in Bengaluru, another 10 residents of SJR Watermark Apartment in Ambalipura, Bellandur ward, were diagnosed with the disease. With this, Bengaluru city now has three Covid-19 clusters.

“511 samples were collected on Monday, of which 10 were tested positive. On Tuesday, 544 were collected, the results of which are expected on Wednesday,” said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad.

The apartment consists of nine towers with approximately 504 total flats. According to BBMP officials, out of the total, only 470 flats are occupied

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14:42 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Centre rushes high level teams to states witnessing surge in COVID-19 cases

The Centre has deputed multi-disciplinary teams to states witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The central teams have been deputed to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir.

The three-member multidisciplinary teams are headed by joint secretary level officers in the health ministry, the Union Health Ministry said.

“These teams will work closely with the states and UT administration and ascertain reasons for the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. They will also coordinate with health authorities of the states and UT for requisite COVID-19 control measures to break the chain of transmission,” the ministry said.    

The states and UT have been advised for regular critical review of the emerging situation with district officials concerned to ensure that gains made so far in COVID-19 management are not lost, the ministry stated.

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13:32 (IST)24 Feb 2021
IN PICS | BBMP marshals deployed at Bengaluru wedding halls

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) marshals are now deployed at wedding halls in various parts of the city after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru. BBMP marshals have been deployed to check whether people are following social distancing and wearing masks.

10:07 (IST)24 Feb 2021
1.54 lakh healthcare workers in Karnataka take second dose of Covid vaccine

Around 1,54,831 healthcare workers have taken the second dose of COVID vaccine in Karnataka so far, the state health department said.

The highest coverage was recorded in Belagavi (12,463) district while the lowest was in Chamarajanagar (1,231). “Overall, 27,260 of the 58,741 targeted healthcare and frontline workers for the day were vaccinated on Tuesday,” the department said.

60 per cent of the targeted 7,28,349 healthcare workers and 47 per cent of the targeted 2,91,037 frontline workers have been vaccinated so far. Cumulatively, the state has achieved 71 per cent coverage in terms of vaccinating healthcare and frontline workers.

09:33 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Bengaluru violence last year was SDPI plan to create communal unrest: NIA chargesheet

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a chargesheet, recently presented in a special court in Bengaluru, cited that the violence that erupted in the city on August 12, 2020, was part of a larger conspiracy by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) to create communal disharmony in the country. Dalit Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s house and two police stations were torched in August over a Facebook post by the MLA’s nephew Naveen. The NIA charge sheet said that SDPI cadres provoked him with a derogatory message to insult Hindu gods in a social media post and tagged him to incite violence. 

"The SDPI in Bengaluru was unhappy with the decisions of the Union government on certain matters which are repeal of Article 370, issue of CAA/NRC, Supreme Court verdict on Babri Masjid case, Triple Talaq etc. They were waiting for an opportunity to create communal disharmony and thereby create unrest in the country,” the chargesheet stated.

Reacting to the chargesheet, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said it was a conspiracy by the SDPI and added that social media had become an easy tool for such organisations. "These handlers (of social media) are not only in India, but also outside. I am confident that justice will be done," Bommai told reporters.

08:53 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Disha Ravi Mother: Waiting to hug her… stand by our kids in fight for justice

“I am waiting to hug her once she comes back home.” That was Manjula Nanjaiah, the mother of activist Disha Ravi, soon after her daughter was granted bail by a Delhi court in the toolkit case Tuesday evening.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Manjula said: “This was difficult for anyone but when our children have not done anything wrong, why do we need to fear? We have to stand beside our children when they are fighting for truth and justice.”

“I would like to thank everyone, especially the legal team, who was with her, helping her. I have confidence in our judiciary system. Since our daughter had not done anything wrong, we were confident of her getting bail,” said Manjula, a homemaker who stays in Chikkabanavara, about 30 km from Bengaluru city, with Disha and their pet dog Sammy. Disha’s father Ravi Annappa, an athletics coach, is based in Mysuru but has been staying with Manjula since their daughter’s arrest.

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08:16 (IST)24 Feb 2021
State reports 383 fresh cases, 4 deaths

Karnataka recorded 383 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 related fatalities on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 9,48,849 and the death toll to 12,303. The day also saw 378 patients getting discharged after recovery, pushing the tally to 9,30,465, the Health department said in its bulletin.

It said, out of 6,062 active cases, 5,940 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 122 are in ICU. A total of over 1,84,31,322 samples have been tested so far, out of which 50,827 were tested on Tuesday alone, and 5,649 among them were rapid antigen tests, according to the bulletin.

All the 4 deaths reported Tuesday were from Bengaluru Urban. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 240, Mysuru 26, Shivamogga 18, Dakshina Kannada 17, Tumakuru and Udupi 12, Belagavi 10, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 4,04,183, followed by Mysuru 53,967 and Ballari 39,226. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 3,95,344, followed by Mysuru 52,764 and Ballari 38,596.

08:04 (IST)24 Feb 2021
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Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 4,04,183, followed by Mysuru 53,967 and Ballari 39,226. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 3,95,344, followed by Mysuru 52,764 and Ballari 38,596.

At least six people were killed in a blast at a quarry site at Hirenagaveli village, Chikkaballapur district in Karnataka, after a bunch of gelatin sticks exploded in the wee hours of Tuesday. Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident. As per the reports, the blast occurred when gelatin sticks were being transported in a vehicle. A case has been registered in Peresandra police station and police are investigating.

READ | Karnataka: Six dead after gelatin sticks explode in Chikkaballapur

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