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Karnataka Bengaluru April 14 Highlights: State reports 8778 fresh cases, 5500 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 14 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban district alone contributed over 60 per cent of day's cases and mortalities with 5,500 fresh infections and 55 deaths on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 15, 2021 8:16:15 am
Bengaluru, BBMP marshal, COVID-19BBMP marshals levy fine on a vendor for not wearing face mask at a busy marketplace in Bengaluru. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 14 Highlights: Karnataka’s COVID death tally crossed the 13,000 mark on Tuesday with 67 deaths while 8,778 fresh cases took the overall tally of infections to 10,83,647, the Health department said. According to the health bulletin, the state has so far reported 13,008 deaths and 9,80,519 discharges cumulatively including 6,079 on Tuesday in the state. There were 78,617 active cases in the state which includes 474 in ICUs, the department added.

Bengaluru Urban district alone contributed over 60 per cent of day’s cases and mortalities with 5,500 fresh infections and 55 deaths on Tuesday. The city has so far reported 4,93,869 infections and 4,910 deaths. There were 57,575 active cases. Mysuru emerged as another major hotspot after Bengaluru with 492 cases and two deaths.

According to the health bulletin, 350 infections were reported in Tumakuru, 290 in Kalaburagi, 198 in Bidar, 168 in Ballari, 163 in Bengaluru Rural, 150 in Hassan, 142 in Dakshina Kannada, 132 in Dharwad, 114 in Mandya and 105 in Vijayapura. Cases were also reported in Shivamogga, Raichur, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Yadgir, Kolar, Davangere, Chitradurga, Bagalkote and Belagavi.

There were 1,21,899 tests done on Tuesday including 1,11,016 using the RT PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 2.29 crore, the department added. Cumulatively, 60.77 lakh vaccinations have been done so far since the inoculation drive started in the state on January 16. (PTI)

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18:32 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Karnataka Oppn parties flays govt for poor COVID-19 handling

Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that the lockdown was not a solution to rising COVID-19 infections as it would only make lives more difficult. "Lockdown is not a solution. First it has to be identified how this disease spreads and accordingly, treatment should be provided. The government relaxed the norms when the number of coronavirus cases dropped, due to which they have gone up now," Congress leader Siddaramaiah said.

He charged the state government with minimising the tests when cases reduced substantially, allowing everyone to come in without checking them and letting people congregate at public events.

If the government is willing to impose lockdown, it should deposit Rs 10,000 into the account of one crore families belonging to the economically weaker section, the Leader of Opposition in the assembly told reporters.

He also claimed that he has not received any invitation from the government on the all-party meeting yet.

JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy said the government should focus on the availability of essential drugs such as Remdesivir and beds in hospitals as it is being projected that by the month end, cases may shoot up to 20,000 a day.

17:23 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Sanitation workers get new uniforms, protective equipment on Ambedkar Jayanti

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday distributed safety vests, new uniforms and equipment to sanitation workers of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in front of B R Ambedkar’s statue in Bengaluru’s Vidhana Soudha as part of an event to commemorate the late leader’s 130th birth anniversary.

This was a long-standing demand of sanitation workers, widely known as BBMP ‘pourakarmikas’, to get proper protective equipment. The sanitation workers will now wear a bright dual-coloured uniform. “Green and bright orange colours were picked to ensure that they are easily spotted. The pourakarmikas are often sweeping roads and this would add to their safety as well,” BBMP Special Commissioner D Randeep told Indianexpress.com.

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16:35 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Karnataka transport strike: KSRTC suffers revenue loss of Rs. 152 crores

As the indefinite strike by the employees of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and other three corporations over wage-related issues entered the 8th day on Wednesday, the KSRTC reported a revenue loss of Rs. 152 crores. 

The workers of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), and North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), under the banner of Karnataka State Road Transport Employees League, have called for an indefinite strike starting from Wednesday, demanding that the government implement a salary system as per the 6th Pay Commission for workers of state transport undertakings.

KSRTC reported Rs.70 cr loss, BMTC. Rs.20 cr, NWKRTC Rs. 30.5 cr and NEKRTC Rs. 31.5 cr loss from last eight days.

16:33 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Mangaluru sea accident: Indian Navy deployed as search for missing fishermen intensifies

A day after three fishermen drowned to death and nine others are missing after a fishing boat capsized off Mangaluru coast on Tuesday, search was intensified for the others as the Indian Navy deployed its surface and air assets for the same. 

INS Subhadra, a patrol vessel, has reached the site, 40 nautical miles west of New Mangalore, from Karwar with a diving team. 'Two specialist diving teams are undertaking snagline search in the area in an effort to locate the sunk fishing craft,' the Indian Navy confirmed. 

Further, Indian naval ships Tillanchang and Kalpeni along with naval aircraft from Goa are also deployed in the area to augment search and rescue efforts of Coast Guard vessels.

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16:15 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Weather update: Evening rains predicted in Bengaluru, 9 other districts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted evening rains in Bengaluru (both Urban and Rural), Chamarajanagara, Mandya, Mysuru, Kodagu, Hassan, Kolar, Chikamagalur, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada districts on Tuesday. 

According to their forecast issued at 4 pm, “thunderstorms with lightning accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph” are likely in these north Karnataka districts during the next three hours.

16:10 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Karnataka CM reiterates no Covid-19 lockdown

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday reiterated that there will be no lockdown in the state, but strict measures will be implemented to contain the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters BS Yediyurappa said, "Barring lockdown, all other measures will be taken. Already we have imposed night curfew in some cities. If required we will extend it to some other districts as well."

The Chief minister said he would consult the Opposition party leaders on the next course of action and deliberate on their suggestions. He also ruled out lockdown on the weekends.

The Chief Minister has convened a meeting with the opposition leaders on April 18, a day after the bypolls to Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency and Maski and Basavakalyan assembly segments.

16:05 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Decision on SSLC exams based on situation in coming days: Karnataka Education Minister

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Wednesday said that the state government had not taken any decision like the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to cancel or postpone SSLC examinations. 

'We will take an appropriate decision after reviewing the (Covid second wave) situation in the sate in the coming days. As of now, we have not taken any decision like the CBSE,' he said. 

The Minister's statement comes amid speculations that more states in India would postpone or cancel board examinations similar to CBSE's decision announced on Wednesday. 

As per the timetable released earlier, Karnataka SSLC exams for the academic year 2020-21 are scheduled to begin on June 21.

15:36 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Davanagere: Former minister UT Khader escapes unhurt after accident

Congress MLA and former Karnataka minister U T Khader escaped unhurt after his car hit a truck in Davangere district on Wednesday morning. 

According to the jurisdictional Davanagere Rural police, the Mangaluru MLA's Toyota Innova car hit a truck near Anegodu village. "The car crashed into the rear end of a truck which slowed suddenly after which the front end of the car was badly damaged," a police officer said. 

A case has been registered at the Davanagere Rural police station. Khader later returned to Bengaluru in another vehicle.

14:00 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Weather update: Rain very likely to occur at many places over Karnataka

Rainfall occurred at a few places over Coastal Karnataka and North interior Karnataka and at isolated places over South interior Karnataka, according to IMD.

Chief amount of rainfall in cm: Kalaburgi, Kalghatgi Arg (Dharwad), Nippani (Belagavi),  Kalaburgi 3 cm each, Kiravatti (Uttara Kannada), Kundgol (Dharwad), Sedam (Kalaburgi), Kanabargi Aws (Belagavi dt), Sringeri HMS (Chikkamagaluru) 2 cm each.

Raichur recorded the highest Maximum temperature of 37.4C in the State.  

Forecast for State for the next 24 hours: Rain/thundershowers very likely to occur at many places over the State. 

Thunderstorm warning: Thunderstorm with lightning likely to occur at isolated places over the state with gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 Kmph over Interior Karnataka

Local Forecast for Bengaluru city over the next 24 hours: Generally cloudy sky. Rain or thundershowers very likely. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 33 and 21 degree Celsius respectively.

12:46 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Covid-19 tracker | Bidar: 2 more deaths, 198 new cases

With two more deaths in Bidar linked to Covid-19 on Tuesday, the cumulative death toll rose to 196. Among the deceased were a 56-year-old female patient and a 65-year-old female patient, both diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) while getting admitted to a designated hospital on April 6 and 9 respectively.

Meanwhile, 198 more people tested positive in the north Karnataka district that shares borders with Maharashtra and Telangana. The active caseload in Bidar stands at 1977 as 301 others recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours.

12:42 (IST)14 Apr 2021
IN PICS | Union Minister Sadananda Gowda takes second dose of Covid vaccine

Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers of India D V Sadananda Gowda was administered his second dose the Covid-19 vaccine in Bengaluru on Wednesday. 

After getting inoculated in K C General Hospital in Malleshwaram, the MP representing Bangalore North Lok Sabha constituency said, "I humbly request everyone to cooperate with Covid vaccination drive. Everyone aged above 45 should come forward to take the vaccine. Let us continue to follow all precautionary measures to mitigate this stronger second wave."

12:02 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Explained: How two states and three spots are vying to be Hanuman’s actual birthplace

Even as constrution work on the Ram temple in Ayodhya starts, the southern states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are engaged in a tussle over the birth place of Hanuman. While Karnataka claims Hanuman was born on the Anjeyanadri Hill in Kishkinda near Hampi in North Karnataka, Andhra is pegging Anjanadri in the seven hills of Tirumala as his birth place. Now, a third spot is also being projected as a possible birthplace based on references in the Ramayana.

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11:34 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Covid-19 tracker | Mysuru: 492 new cases, 2 deaths

With 492 new Covid-19 cases identified on Tuesday, the active caseload in Mysuru rose to 2,266. Meanwhile, 184 others recovered from the infection as the cumulative recoveries since March 2020 rose to 59,065 in the district.

At the same time, two more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. These included an 80-year-old male patient, a 42-year-old female patient, and a 91-year old patient, all diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) before testing positive. Mysuru is the only district other than Bengaluru Urban to have reported over a thousand Covid-19 deaths (1,088 till date) since the pandemic broke out.

11:18 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Ambedkar Jayanti: DK Shivakumar pay tributes on 129th birth anniversary

Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar and other leaders on Wednesday paid tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution BR Ambedkar on his 120th birth anniversary.

The event held at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office on Queens Road in Bengaluru. 

Meanwhile, Ambedkar jayanti was also celebrated in the BBMP head office.

10:57 (IST)14 Apr 2021
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa hands over new uniforms to BBMP pourakarmikas, pays tribute to Ambedkar

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa handed over new uniforms to sanitation workers in Bengaluru on Wednesday. He also paid floral tributes and respects to Dr B R Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. The event took place in front of Vidhana Soudha.

Sanitation workers in Bengaluru will be donning new uniforms, colour-coded based on their nature of work, from Wednesday. In a bid to address their long-standing demand, the government has also decided to provide them with new gloves and masks, all in the right size of the workers.

While workers collecting wet waste will get green colour uniforms, dry waste collectors will be provided blue and sweepers will now wear a rust-brown uniform. Workers would be provided winter wear and raincoats as well. 

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Social Welfare Minister B Sriramulu and BBMP Commissioner Gaurav Gupta took part in the event, also held to observe the 130th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar.

09:37 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Couple drown in Kali river while taking selfie

A couple drowned in Kali river in Joida town of Uttara Kannada district while taking a selfie, police sources said on Tuesday.

The bodies have been fished out.

The incident occurred on Monday evening when they lost their balance and fell into the river while taking the selfie, the sources said. They were from Bidar. (PTI)

09:24 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Bengaluru police collect 83 lakh fine from those violating Covid-19 norms

Bengaluru city police collected over Rs 83-lakh fines from 33,614 violators of Covid rules in the city in the first 11 days of April. 

According to Bengaluru police, fines were collected from the people who were not wearing a face mask and for not maintaining social distance in public places. 

The police have collected, Rs 80,29,725 for not wearing mask and Rs 32,00,161 for not maintaining physical distancing in public places., police said in a statement.

08:51 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Covid second wave: Karnataka issues guidelines for rituals ahead of Ramzan

Mosques in containment zones will remain closed till the zone is de-notified, a circular issued Tuesday by the Karnataka government said ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan. Further, all mosques in the state have been directed to make specific markings on the floor to ensure social distancing at all times.

The circular adds that the entry of visitors should be staggered in a bid to avoid crowding and wearing face masks is mandatory. While a trained volunteer should be deployed for thermal scanning at entry points, audio and video clips to spread awareness on preventive measures for Covid-19 are also directed to be played.

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08:34 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa to hold all-party meet to discuss Covid crisis, says there won’t be lockdown in state

With the number of Covid-19 cases on the rise, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said he has convened an all-party meeting on April 18 to decide the future course of action.

Speaking to reporters in Bidar, he said, “Former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy, as well as Congress state chief D K Shivakumar, and the members of the Technical Advisory Committee (on the pandemic) will attend the meeting on April 18.”

The all-party meeting will be held after bypolls to Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency and two assembly seats — Basavakalyan, and Maski — are over.

Yediyurappa has also clarified that the Technical Advisory Committee has not called for a lockdown to be put into effect in the state. “No one has recommended a lockdown,” Yediyurappa said, putting to rest peculations that the committee would want brief lockdowns to be imposed in parts of the state to curb the surge.

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08:23 (IST)14 Apr 2021
Karnataka reports 8,778 new cases, 67 deaths

Karnataka's COVID death tally crossed the 13,000 mark on Tuesday with 67 deaths while 8,778 fresh cases took the overall tally of infections to 10,83,647, the Health department said. According to the health bulletin, the state has so far reported 13,008 deaths and 9,80,519 discharges cumulatively including 6,079 on Tuesday in the state. There were 78,617 active cases in the state which
includes 474 in ICUs, the department added.

Bengaluru Urban district alone contributed over 60 per cent of day's cases and mortalities with 5,500 fresh infections and 55 deaths on Tuesday. The city has so far reported 4,93,869 infections and 4,910 deaths. There were 57,575 active cases.

Mysuru emerged as another major hotspot after Bengaluru with 492 cases and two deaths.

According to the health bulletin, 350 infections were reported in Tumakuru, 290 in Kalaburagi, 198 in Bidar, 168 in Ballari, 163 in Bengaluru Rural, 150 in Hassan, 142 in Dakshina Kannada, 132 in Dharwad, 114 in Mandya and 105 in Vijayapura. Cases were also reported in Shivamogga, Raichur, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Yadgir, Kolar, Davangere, Chitradurga, Bagalkote and Belagavi.

Besides Bengaluru and Mysuru, deaths have been reported in other districts as well -- four in Kalaburagi, two in Bidar, and one each in Belagavi, Dharwad, Haveri and Vijayapura. A majority of the people who lost their lives were above 50 years of age barring six who were in their 40s.

There were 1,21,899 tests done on Tuesday including 1,11,016 using the RT PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 2.29 crore, the department added. Cumulatively, 60.77 lakh vaccinations have been done so far since the inoculation drive started in the state on January 16. (PTI)

Karnataka, plasma therapy Blood banks, on the whole, have seen a dip in donors since the pandemic broke out. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna/Representational)

With Karnataka, especially Bengaluru, grappling with a persistent surge in cases and fatalities amid the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for plasma has increased manifold. However, there is an acute scarcity of donors for the same. Dr Vishal Rao U S, who heads the state-supported HCG plasma bank in Bengaluru, told indianexpress.com that the demand for plasma has seen an uptick of over five times since January 2021.

READ | Demand for plasma in Bengaluru up by over five times, finding donors an uphill task

Mosques in containment zones will remain closed till the zone is de-notified, a circular issued Tuesday by the Karnataka government said ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan. Further, all mosques in the state have been directed to make specific markings on the floor to ensure social distancing at all times. The circular adds that the entry of visitors should be staggered in a bid to avoid crowding and wearing face masks is mandatory.

READ | Covid second wave: Karnataka issues guidelines for rituals ahead of Ramzan

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