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Karnataka Bengaluru April 12 Highlights: State reports 10,250 fresh cases, 40 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 12 Highlights: Cumulatively 10,65,290 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,889 deaths and 9,83,157 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. 

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 13, 2021 8:18:43 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19 vaccine, Lasika UtsavaA woman gets inoculated in Bengaluru as part of the three-day ‘Lasika Utsava’ organised to enhance Covid-19 vaccination coverage. Express Photo

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 12 Highlights: Karnataka reported 10,250 new COVID-19 cases and 40 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 10.65 lakh and the toll to 12,889, the Health department said on Sunday. Out of the 10,250 fresh cases reported, 7,584 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The day also saw 2,638 patients getting discharged after recovery.

Cumulatively 10,65,290 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,889 deaths and 9,83,157 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. Out of 69,225 active cases, 68,785 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 440 are in Intensive Care Units.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 4,81,982, followed by Mysuru 58,211 and Ballari 40,560. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban headed the list with 4,25,930, followed by Mysuru 55,224 and Ballari 39,256. A total of over 2,26,90,258 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,32,706 were on Sunday alone.

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17:53 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Private Hospitals to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients, says Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar

Private hospitals have been asked to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients as it was done during the first wave, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar. He was speaking to the media in Bengaluru after video conference with the Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Association (PHANA).

The minister said that private hospitals have been advised to vacate beds occupied by non-Covid patients who don't require hospitalisation and reserve the same for Covid patients. Private hospitals have agreed to reserve 50 per cent beds for covid patients within a week. Patients without symptoms and with mild symptoms will be isolated in hotels and Covid care centres. Only patients with severe conditions will be treated in hospitals, he said.

"Drugs companies have stopped production of Remdesivir. We need this drug. Private hospitals have complained that the medicine is not available in the market. We will discuss the issue with drug controller and supply the medicine to private hospitals at government rates", said Dr. Sudhakar. "We have taken measures to ensure sufficient quantity of ventilators and oxygen. If required industrial oxygen will be utilized", he added.

"Technical advisory committee has evaluated the situation for next two months and advised on the necessary steps to be taken. Experience acquired in last one year will help us to fight Second wave. Government is very well aware that people are suffering due to economic slowdown. There is no consideration of lockdown as of now", the minister said.

"Staff who have committed blunders in Covid testing have been suspended. Good work done by the government should not be overlooked due to this one reason. We have done 2.2 crore covid tests out of which 85% are RT-PCR, he said. People should cooperate in controlling the pandemic. We have not said that lock down will be imposed. But we are appealing to the public not to make lock down inevitable", he said.

15:49 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Karnataka: Not just Bengaluru, four other districts witness spike in Covid-19 cases

Even as capital city Bengaluru continues to drive the Covid-19 surge during the second wave in Karnataka, official data identified four other districts — Kalaburagi, Mysuru, Bidar and Tumakuru — as contributors to the overall caseload with a high incidence of new cases and fatalities.

Among them, Kalaburagi has reported 1,668 new cases and 17 deaths since April 2021 started. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Kalaburagi DHO Dr Rajashekhar Mali blamed “a sense of complacency” among the general public in the district for the recent surge. “We have been continuously requesting people to avoid unnecessary travel and meetings even when cases had seen a major dip in between. However, most people chose not to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines, which has forced the district administration to take strict action against violators,” he said.

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14:41 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Karnataka CM says lockdown could be imposed if need arises

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said the state government could impose lockdown if the necessity arises.

“People need to respond for their own good. If they don’t heed then we may have to take stringent measures. If required and if necessity arises, we will impose lockdown,” Yediyurappa told reporters in Bidar.

Reacting to queries on the growing coronavirus cases in the state, which saw the numbers breaching 10,000 on Sunday, he said the Prime Minister had also spoken to him about the measures taken by his government.

“(I told him) we have imposed night curfew in the districts where the coronavirus cases are rising,” Yediyurappa said.

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14:01 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Beds at Bengaluru hospitals fill up as COVID-19 second wave sweeps city

Amid the surge of coronavirus cases in Bengaluru, beds in Covid care centres, government hospitals and private hospitals are filling up fast.

Bengaluru has 51,236 active cases until Sunday evening, though most of the asymptomatic patients have quarantined themselves in their houses according to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) officials. As per the officials, only 872 of 3,474 government quota beds allocated in government and private hospitals are available.

The positivity rate in the city has touched 6.2%. According to BBMP, 26,262 persons were in home isolation as on Friday, 3,877 patients were admitted in private hospitals and 1,071 are in private Covid Care Centres.

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13:16 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Bengaluru metro books 231 cases, collects Rs 57,750 fine for violating Covid-19 rules

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL)  in the last five days has booked 231 commuters and collected Rs 57,750 as fines for not maintaining social distancing or wearing face masks in Metro trains and stations in Bengaluru.

According to officials, squads comprising operations, maintenance staff and security personnel were entrusted with the job of booking violators. 

Recently, the BMRCL had decided to levy a fine of Rs 250 on those who violate prescribed Covid protocols amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city.

13:04 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady across the country for the 13th consecutive day on Monday, April 12, 2021. The auto fuel prices were last revised on March 30, when petrol fell by 22 paise per litre and diesel slipped by 23 paise in the national capital.

The price of petrol in Bengaluru is Rs. 93.59 per litre and diesel is Rs. 85.75 per litre.

12:14 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Septuagenarian finds love after 69-year-old responds to her matrimonial ad

It is said that age is just a number, and there is no one particular age to fall in love and get married. Setting a beautiful example for the society, a 73-year-old woman from Mysuru, Karnataka decided that it was now her time to find a partner, for she didn’t want to stay alone for the rest of her life.

According to news reports, the woman is a retired school teacher, who put out a matrimonial advertisement in a newspaper seeking a ‘Brahmin husband’. And as fate would have it, she even received a response from a 69-year-old man, a retired engineer and a widower. Reports suggest that the woman was on the lookout for a companion who would want to stay with her for the rest of their life.

While the matrimonial advertisement made it to the papers in the regional language, it stated that the septuagenarian is seeking an alliance with a man who is “healthy and older than her”. And he must also be a “Brahmin” and from her “community”.

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10:52 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Karnataka: 130 taken into custody for rave party in Hassan district

Police have taken 130 people into custody for allegedly participating in a rave party at an estate on the outskirts of Alur taluk in the district, official sources said on Sunday.

The police, acting on a tip-off, raided the spot on Saturday night and seized liquor, ganja and other narcotic substances from the premises, the sources said.

Attendees of the party include people from Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Goa and other places. The vehicles of the attendees have also been seized.

The owner of the estate has been arrested and cases have been registered, they said.

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10:28 (IST)12 Apr 2021
PM Modi speaks to Yediyurappa, suggests focus on micro containment zones to control COVID

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested focusing on micro containment zones to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the state.

The Chief Minister who spoke to the Prime Minister Sunday said that the latter also appreciated the state government's efforts. "Spoke to Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri narendramodi ji and apprised him about the measures being taken in the state to mitigate second wave of pandemic. PM appreciated the government's efforts and suggested to focus on micro containment zones to contain the spread of infection," Yediyurappa tweeted.

Following the video conference with Modi, Yediyurappa on Thursday had announced a corona curfew between 10 pm to 5 am in seven district centres of the state along with Manipal, from April 10 to 20, aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19.

The Chief Minister also appealed to the people, those eligible, to get vaccinated. "Vaccine is the biggest weapon available to us in this battle against Covid-19. I urge all eligible citizens to get vaccinated and also encourage people around you to get vaccinated. Let us continue to stay protected by wearing masks and following social distance," he said in another tweet.

As suggested by the Prime Minister at Thursday's videoconferencing with various Chief Ministers, the state government is organising vaccination drives from April 11 - Jyotiba Phule's birthday till April 14 - Ambedkar'sbirthday. (PTI)

09:37 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Karnataka announces new timings for Govt offices in certain districts due to summer heat

The Karnataka government on Sunday said its offices in certain northern districts of the State would function from 8 am to 1.30 pm from April 12 till May end due to the summer heat.

According to the order from the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR), the new timings would be applicable to Vijayapura district in Belagavi division, and all the districts in Bagalkote and Kalaburagi divisions.

The order has been issued after considering the representations from the Karnataka State Government Employees Association. Stating that the timings have been changed from 10 am - 5.30 pm to 8 am - 1.30 pm in these districts in view of the severe summer in April and May, the order asked the government employees to discharge their duties in the changed hours without causing any inconvenience to the public.

Meanwhile, the change would not be applicable for employees who have been instructed to do emergency work, related to COVID-19, by the district's Deputy Commissioners or CEOs of the Zilla Panchayats.

09:09 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Police probe fire at makeshift Mysuru library

The police in Mysuru have launched an investigation into a fire that recently destroyed a library operated on a public playground by an economically underprivileged city worker.

The fire that occurred in the early hours of April 9 at the Shantinagar area destroyed hundreds of books, including Kannada copies of religious scripts like the Bhagwad Gita and Quran, that had been collected over the last ten years by 62-year-old Syed Ishaq—out of his love for books and the Kannada language. 

The library, as well as an adjacent sofa repair shop, were gutted in the fire, the cause of which is yet to be established, local police officials said.

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08:43 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Bengaluru Traffic Police announces Rs 500 fine for two-wheelers without rear-view mirrors, indicators

In a bid to bring down road fatalities, Bengaluru Traffic Police will step up checks on two-wheeler riders and fine those found without rear-view mirrors and indicators.

Joint Commissioner (Traffic) B R Ravikanthe Gowda cited the findings of a study on accidents in the Karnataka capital to strictly enforce the rules.

“A lot of accidents, also including those resulting in fatalities, were found to have happened as the motorists failed either to use the rear-view mirrors or to switch on the indicator promptly before taking a turn. A recent study analysing accidents in Bengaluru has shown that sudden deviations have been the prime cause to fatal accidents,” he said.

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08:15 (IST)12 Apr 2021
Over 10,000 fresh COVID-19 cases. 40 deaths reported in state

Karnataka has reported over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases and 40 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 10.65 lakh and the toll to 12,889, the Health department said on Sunday. Out of the 10,250 fresh cases reported, 7,584 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The day also saw 2,638 patients getting discharged after recovery.

Cumulatively 10,65,290 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,889 deaths and 9,83,157 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. Out of 69,225 active cases, 68,785 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 440 are in Intensive Care Units.

Among the 40 deaths reported on Sunday, 27 are from Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi and Mysuru 3, Kalaburagi 2, and one each from Bagalkote, Bengaluru Rural, Bidar, Shivamogga and Vijayapura. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 7,584, Kalaburagi 291, Bidar 290, Mysuru 277, Hassan 170, Dharwad and Tumakuru 150, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 4,81,982, followed by Mysuru 58,211 and Ballari 40,560. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban headed the list with 4,25,930, followed by Mysuru 55,224 and Ballari 39,256.

A total of over 2,26,90,258 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,32,706 were on Sunday alone. (PTI)

08:14 (IST)12 Apr 2021
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Among the 40 deaths reported on Sunday, 27 are from Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi and Mysuru 3, Kalaburagi 2, and one each from Bagalkote, Bengaluru Rural, Bidar, Shivamogga and Vijayapura. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 7,584, Kalaburagi 291, Bidar 290, Mysuru 277, Hassan 170, Dharwad and Tumakuru 150, followed by others.

In a bid to bring down road fatalities, Bengaluru Traffic Police will step up checks on two-wheeler riders and fine those found without rear-view mirrors and indicators. Joint Commissioner (Traffic) B R Ravikanthe Gowda cited the findings of a study on accidents in the Karnataka capital to strictly enforce the rules.

READ | Bengaluru Traffic Police announces Rs 500 fine for two-wheelers without rear-view mirrors, indicators

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