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Karnataka Bengaluru April 6 Highlights: State’s Covid tally over 10 lakh with 5,279 fresh cases, 32 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 6 Highlights: A total of over 2,19,87,431 samples have been tested so far, out of which 97,829 were on Monday alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 7, 2021 8:26:05 am
A medic administers the Covid-19 vaccine in Bengaluru on Friday. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 6 Highlights: Karnataka clocked over 5,000 new Covid-19 cases and 32 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 10.20 lakh and the death toll to 12,657, the Health department said on Monday. The day also saw 1,856 patients getting discharged after recovery.

Out of the 5,279 fresh cases reported on Monday, 3,728 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

Cumulatively 10,20,434 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,657 deaths and 9,65,275 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. Out of 42,483 active cases, 42,138 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 345 are in Intensive Care Units. (PTI)

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16:49 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Victoria Hospital visit: BBMP Chief Commissioner instructs to increase bed capacity for Covid-infected, vaccination rate

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta instructed Victoria Hospital administration to increase the bed capacity reserved for Covid-19 patients as well as the vaccination rate. 

He visited the hospital to review the vaccination process and bed capacity in the wake of the second Covid19 wave, today. Speaking to media persons, he said that the hospital has three session sites for vaccination and 100 to 120 people are being vaccinated on daily basis. "Out of over a thousand patients who visit the hospital every day, more than 300 people can be vaccinated by creating awareness about the vaccine", he opined. "The hospital staff has been instructed to take action in this regard and install instruction boards at hospital premises about the vaccine."

He further said that previously, all beds at Victoria Hospital were dedicated to treating patients infected with Covid-19. There are now 150 beds dedicated to Covid-infected people and the remaining beds are being used to treat those suffering from other illnesses. "As all beds currently reserved for Covid have been filled, instructions have been given to increase the bed capacity for Covid-infected patients", he said.

16:48 (IST)06 Apr 2021
RTC employees' strike: KSRTC to hire pvt, school buses temporarily

In a bid to ensure the public is not affected by the strike called by employees of the road transport corporations in the state, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has been allowed to temporarily hire private buses and school buses. 

"These buses shall ply on regular routes. The government has directed us to take appropriate steps to operate private buses across all districts," a senior KSRTC official clarified.

16:48 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Vaccination to be doubled in Bengaluru; 2 lakh vaccines to arrive tomorrow: BBMP Commissioner

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that zonal health officers have been instructed to double the vaccination rate in the city in the wake of the second Covid wave in Bengaluru. "At present 35,000 people in the city are being vaccinated on daily basis. The BBMP has been taking several measures to contain the Covid-19 virus", he added. 

Speaking to media persons after chairing a meeting on compliance of covid norms, vaccination, and testing, with special commissioners, joint commissioners and health commissioners, Gaurav Gupta said that there is a dire need to increase the vaccination rate in the city. "Asha workers have been instructed to raise awareness among those eligible for the vaccine and encourage them to get vaccinated. Additionally, the vaccination rate will be doubled as 2 lakh vaccines will arrive tomorrow," he informed.

16:38 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Bengaluru metro conducts trial runs on Purple Line Mysuru Road-Kengeri section

The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) began trial runs on the western extension of Purple Line Mysuru Road-Kengeri section on Tuesday. 

The western extension of the existing Purple Line of the Namma Metro will be connecting Mysuru Road to Kengeri in the city.

The section, which is planned to open for commercial operation in June, is expected to cater to 75,000 passengers a day, according to BMRCL. Metro Trains were run at slow speeds on Tuesday morning to test the line by the namma metro team.

16:25 (IST)06 Apr 2021
‘Precious’: Married for 72 years, elderly couple shares the secret of ‘what makes it work’. Watch

In the age of online dating apps where relationships come with an expiry date, one elderly couple is giving #RelationshipGoals online after they have spent over 70 years together. Sharing the secret of a successful marriages of over seven decades, these grandparents from south Bengaluru have left all delighted online.
 
In a sweet video going viral, the man says he is 101 years old, while his wife is 90, and together they have been married for 72 years. Spilling the beans on ‘what makes it work’, the duo shared tips for younger generation looking for ways to strengthen their relationships.
 
From asking them to share at least one meal a day to holding hands, no matter what, the pair’s tips have left netizens swooning online. As the couple advised to “be the first one to say sorry”, they added that it’s the promise to remain together forever kept them united.

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15:27 (IST)06 Apr 2021
BMRCL MD Ajay Seth transferred

Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Managing Director Ajay Seth has been transferred by the government. Seth, a 1987 batch Karnataka-cadre IAS  officer, has been appointed as the secretary to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under Union ministry of finance on Tuesday.

Ajay Seth was appointed as managing director of the BMRCL, replacing Mahendra Jain in July 2018.

15:17 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Congress leader Lakhan Jarkiholi to campaign for BJP in Belagavi bypoll

In a setback to the Congress, party leader Lakhan Jarkiholi has agreed to campaign against his brother Satish Jarkiholi in the upcoming Lok Sabha bypolls in Belagavi. Senior BJP leaders including Jagadish Shettar, Byrathi Basavaraj, Umesh Katti, and Annasaheb Jolle had met Lakhan at his residence in Gokak in a bid to persuade him to join the party. Lakhan said a final call will be taken on joining the party after he consults his brothers Ramesh and Balachandra, both currently BJP MLAs.

“I have decided to extend my support to Mangala Angadi (BJP candidate at Belgaum), considering the requests made by BJP leaders. They have also urged me to join the party,” Lakhan told reporters outside his residence.

BJP candidate Mangala Angadi and her daughter also visited Lakhan’s residence seeking his support ahead of the April 17 bypoll.

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14:44 (IST)06 Apr 2021
BBMP commissioner reviews vaccination process

BBMP commissioner Gaurav Gupta visited Victoria Hospital today to review the vaccination process and bed capacity in the wake of COVID second wave in Bengaluru. 

"The doctors have been instructed to increase the vaccination rate. I also directed the authorities to make sure there is no shortage of beds," he said.

14:08 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Transport strike: Cab drives offer moral support, but services to be as usual

Cabs and taxi services will continue to operate in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka even as several employees of the state-run public transport corporation have decided to begin an indefinite strike on Wednesday, demanding pay revision. 

'We offer our moral support for tomorrow's strike by transport employees. However, our services will continue as usual,' Tanveer Pasha, President of Karnataka Ola, Uber Drivers and Owners Association said on Tuesday. 

Several employee unions of staff working at Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North-East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), North West Road Transport Corporation (NWRTC), and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) have decided to stay off duty, demanding an immediate response from the government over their demands.

Meanwhile, BMTC has issued an order saying employees not reporting to work would face a 'loss of pay.'

Also Read | Karnataka Transport Minister cites poll code for delay in pay revision, asks transport employees to wait till May 4

13:27 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Weather update: Bengaluru to experience temperature upto 35 degrees

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Tuesday predicted that a dry and cloudy weather condition would continue in Bengaluru with mercury levels likely to go up to 35 degrees Celsius. 

"Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 35 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively," IMD's Bengaluru forecast read. Meanwhile, rain or thundershowers are predicted at isolated places over the state.

13:06 (IST)06 Apr 2021
More than 48 lakh people have been vaccinated so far, says Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar

Karnataka is in the 6th position in the country with over 48 lakh people receiving the jab already, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar. He was speaking to the media in Bengaluru on Tuesday. 

"48.05 lakh people have been vaccinated till yesterday, 1,95,554 people have got the jab in last 24 hours. Over 22.5 lakh people who received vaccination are above the age of 60 years. 10.4 lakh people are between 45-59 age group. Karnataka is in 6th position in the country in implementing the vaccination drive. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are other statres leading the drive", he he said. The Union government has responded positively for our request and provided additional 15 lakh dosages of vaccine yesterday, he added.

11:24 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Mangaluru: Robbery at church during mass time, investigation on

A case of robbery was reported from a church in Mangaluru, police officials said on Tuesday. According to the police, the perpetrator(s) entered St Sebastian's Church in Bendore to rob Rs 4.98 lakh from the church office. 

"According to the complaint filed by the church authorities, the incident is said to have taken place during the time of the holy mass on Monday morning. The priest has said he forgot to lock the office while he stepped out to the church to deliver the holy mass," an officer from Mangaluru East police station said.

An investigation is underway to ascertain how many people were involved in the incident. "We are also checking CCTV footages available from the area," the officer added.

11:07 (IST)06 Apr 2021
CM assures support for investment of Triton Electric Vehicle in Karnataka

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa held a virtual meeting with Himanshu Patel, CEO and Founder of Triton Electric, on investment opportunities for Triton Electric vehicles in Karnataka on Monday evening.

“The Government of Karnataka is very keen to support entry of new age firm like Triton Electric Vehicles and all assistance will be provided with complete customised facilitation,” the Chief Minister said. He explained that EV cluster in Ramanagara is being created over an area of 500 acres which will offer a strong and concentrated EV ecosystem.

10:34 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Security guard of dredging vessel found dead

The body of a 42-year-old security guard of a stranded dredger was found in the sea off Guddekopala near Mangaluru on Monday, police sources said. The deceased, Shankar, is of north Karnataka origin. He joined work only a few days back, the sources said. 

The company, which owned the vessel, had deployed private securitymen to guard the stranded dredger 'Bhagavathi Prem,' they said. The dredger got stranded in the sea two years ago.

Shankar had gone missing since midnight Sunday, the sources said. Two other security guards were in the dredger. The exact cause of the death is yet to be ascertained.

A case has been registered, the police said. (PTI)

10:22 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Karnataka: Minister cites poll code for delay in pay revision, asks transport employees to wait till May 4

In a second appeal made to road transport employees’ unions in the state urging them to cancel plans of an indefinite strike from April 7, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi cited the model code of conduct, which is in place for the upcoming bypolls, as the hindrance for the government to take a decision on revising their salaries.

Reiterating that an indefinite strike would cause inconvenience to the general public, Savadi said, “The government is unable to make any announcement on pay revision as the Model Code of Conduct is already in place in Bidar, Raichur and Belagavi (for the upcoming bypolls). It is mandatory that prior permission is sought from the Election Commission (EC) and we have already approached them in this regard.”

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10:06 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Civic body plans to set up CCCs at assembly constituency level

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the municipal body governing the Karnataka capital, is likely to set up smaller Covid Care Centres (CCCs) at the assembly constituency-level in a bid to ensure treatment as cases rise in the city.

While nearly 80% contracting the virus in the city opt for home isolation, many have reported of not having the necessary facilities, BBMP officials said. 

As on Monday, Bengaluru Urban has 30,782 active cases, the most among all districts in the state.

10:05 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Bengaluru airport fails to create awareness on Covid-19 protocols; passengers violate restrictions

Despite the circular issued by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) recently asking airport operators to ensure Covid-19 protocol is followed properly after the sudden rise in Coronavirus cases in India, the Bengaluru International Airport has failed to comply with the various covid protocols or creating awareness, complain passengers.
 
Dr Pavan Patil from Gadag — also a member of Karnataka Medical Council (KMC) — who was travelling to Hubballi on Monday early morning, was shocked to see passengers not following social distancing and not wearing masks inside the airport premises.
 
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Dr Pavan Patil said, “I was shocked to see how negligent were the passengers and the airport authorities in following the Covid-19 protocols amid the second wave. No social distancing; eatery points are open and so definitely, people will open their masks in a closed environment which will increase the cases.”
 
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10:05 (IST)06 Apr 2021
BBMP to set up a panel to decide to hold historical Bengaluru Karaga festival

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will take a call on whether to hold the city’s historical festival, Bengaluru Karaga this year amid Covid 19 

BBMP commissioner Gaurav Gupta and other officials who held the meeting said that they would take a decision soon. The event, which is scheduled to be from April 19 to 27 is associated with the Thigala community and attracts lakhs of devotees every year.

Last year, due to Covid-19 and lockdown, the festival was held within the temple premises. For the first time last year, the 350-year-old Karaga procession which marks the culmination of the 11 day celebration was not held. 

An Utsava committee needs to be formed before taking any decisions and an official from Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Department has been appointed as administrator.

09:47 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Decision on assessment for Class 1-9 students soon: Karnataka Education Minister

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Monday announced that a decision on assessment for students in classes 1 to 9 in the state would be decided soon, in the wake of offline physical classes being suspended due to the ongoing second wave.

“The decision on how they (students of class 1-9) will be assessed for the academic year 2020-21 will be taken in a couple of days,” he said after a meeting with school managements and parents association in Bengaluru.

Suresh Kumar added that the suggestion put forth by unaided schools will also be considered before reaching a conclusion on the matter. “If unaided schools are planning to conduct summative assessments to promote students to the next class, we shall look into it as well,” he said.

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09:29 (IST)06 Apr 2021
Covid-19: Karnataka reports 32 more deaths, people aged 24 to 86 on fatality list 

The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare services Monday linked 32 more deaths in the recent days to Covid-19 on Monday, as the death toll rose to 12,657 since March 10 last year.

While 18 of these fatalities were recorded in Bengaluru Urban alone, three and two others succumbed to the infection in Mysuru and Kalaburagi respectively. Other districts that reported deaths were Ballari, Bidar, Haveri, Kolar, Mandya, Shivamogga, Tumkur, Vijayapura, and Yadgir.

While the youngest among the deceased was a 24-year-old male patient who complained of fever when he was admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru, an 86-year-old male patient in the same city was the oldest on the list.

“He (86-year-old patient) was diagnosed with breathlessness after which he was admitted to a designated hospital on March 25. His health condition worsened over the days as he died on Sunday,” a health official explained.

Bengaluru airport Passengers not following social distancing at Bengaluru airport. (Express Photo)

Despite the circular issued by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) recently asking airport operators to ensure Covid-19 protocol is followed properly after the sudden rise in coronavirus cases in India, passengers complained that the Bengaluru International Airport has failed to comply with the various Covid protocols or creating awareness.

READ | Bengaluru airport fails to create awareness on Covid-19 protocols; passengers violate restrictions

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Monday announced that a decision on assessment for students in classes 1 to 9 in the state would be decided soon, in the wake of offline physical classes being suspended due to the ongoing second wave. “The decision on how they (students of class 1-9) will be assessed for the academic year 2020-21 will be taken in a couple of days,” he said after a meeting with school managements and parents association in Bengaluru.

READ | Decision on assessment for Class 1-9 students soon: Karnataka Education Minister

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