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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus February 23 Highlights: State reports 317 new cases, 5 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 23 Highlights: Out of 6,061 active cases, 5,933 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 128 are in ICU.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 24, 2021 8:04:09 am
COVID-19 test, Coronavirus TestA total of over 1,83,80,495 samples have been tested so far, out of which 45,868 were tested on Monday alone. Express Photo: Ashish Kale

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 23 Highlights: Karnataka Monday reported 317 new COVID-19 cases and five fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,48,466 and the death toll to 12,299. According to the health department, 287 patients got discharged after recovery, and the total tally is 9,30,087. Out of 6,061 active cases, 5,933 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 128 are in ICU.

A total of over 1,83,80,495 samples have been tested so far, out of which 45,868 were tested on Monday alone, and 1,855 among them were rapid antigen tests, said department bulletin.

Out of the five deaths reported on Monday, three were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Dharwad and Tumakuru.

Among the districts where the new cases were recorded, Bengaluru Urban reported 181 cases, Mysuru 29, Tumakuru 17, Udupi 14, Dakshina Kannada 10, and followed by others. Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 4,03,943, followed by Mysuru 53,941 and Ballari 39,221. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 3,95,104, followed by Mysuru 52,753 and Ballari 38,594.

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18:30 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Strict measures to allow only license holders to use explosives for quarrying: State Mines and Geology minister

Karnataka Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh R Nirani on Tuesday said strict measures will be put in place, so that only license holder will be allowed to use explosives for quarrying or mining, here on. His statement comes in the backdrop of a quarry blast at Chikkaballapur district this morning, in which six people died.

He stressed on the importance of training skilled workers and creation of a mining school to avoid such tragedies. "To see to that such incidents don't not happen, mining should happen in a scientific way... aimed at providing training to license holders in mining and use of explosives for mining, measures are being taken by the government to start a school of mining," Nirani said.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, he said in the coming days those involved in mining will be trained, and strict measures will taken to ensure that only license holders are allowed to use explosives. "Measures are being taken to maintain strict vigil at check posts regarding transportation of large quantities of explosives from other places and whether they are with license.

Also the quantity of explosives that can be transported for mining is being fixed," he said, adding in this case as per preliminary information the explosives were already brought in.

Expressing condolences to the families of victims, Nirani assured all assistance to the kin of the deceased and the injured. Assuring action against the culprits, he said the government will conduct a thorough probe and take action against those responsible for the blast. (PTI)

17:30 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Opposition alleges govt patronage to illegal quarrying in Karnataka

The opposition parties on Tuesday held the BJP government in Karnataka responsible for the blast at a quarry site in Chikkaballapur district, which left six dead, saying it did not pay attention to safety aspects even after a similar recent incident.

Congress state unit chief D K Shivakumar said, "The blast in Chikkaballapur which killed six people occurred due to the irresponsible government." Pointing out that the Chikkaballapur blast was the second such incident in the last one month, he sought to know how many innocent lives would the government sacrifice.

"At the time of the explosion in Shivamogga, I had stressed on a safe system for handling and transporting these explosives and strict adherence to the rules and regulations but this government, which is caught with its own internal problems could not pay attention." He also termed the statement on action against the guilty as 'ridiculous.'

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too came down heavily on the government, saying "the Chikkaballapur explosion within a month of the Shivamogga gelatin explosion is a testament to the state government's inaction, irresponsibility and collusion in this illegality and corruption."

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy charged the government with encouraging illegal quarrying in the state, which led to this incident. Kumaraswamy alleged that many ministers and MLAs were involved in the illegal quarrying in the state. He demanded stringent action to curb illegal quarrying. (PTI)

16:44 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Bengaluru airport inaugurates the first-ever disabled aircraft recovery equipment at an Indian airport

Runway emergency handling capabilities at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) received a boost with the installation of Disabled Aircraft Recovery Equipment. This makes Bengaluru Airport the first in India and South Asia to own the state-of-the-art kit that will enable faster resumption of operations during aircraft incidents on the runways.
 
“The Kunz GmbH-manufactured recovery kit was virtually inaugurated and commissioned today by Mr. Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL, in the presence of Mr. Andreas Fuge, MD, Kunz Gmbh, Mr. Milan R Zatakia, MD & Chairman, Millennium Aero Dynamics Pvt. Ltd,” BIAL said in a statement.
 
“The acquisition of this aircraft recovery equipment is an important milestone for us at BLR Airport. Being prepared is the key to running a high-performance airport. This is not only important for the Airport, but also for the entire aviation ecosystem as a whole,” said Mr. Hari Marar.
 
The transportable kit is capable of recovering the world’s largest passenger aircraft, Airbus A380, in addition to all other aircraft during an aircraft incident on the runway, ensuring that runway closure is minimised. Disabled aircraft on the runway have the potential to cripple airport operations, resulting in flight delays, diversions and loss of revenue for both airlines as well as airport operators. The effective recovery of all types of disabled aircraft in the movement area addresses key risks and ensures that operations, business continuity and organisational resilience remain unaffected.

15:28 (IST)23 Feb 2021
WATCH | Six dead after gelatin sticks explode in Chikkaballapur

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.

14:07 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Deve Gowda meets Kerala JDS leaders

JDS national President and former Prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda today discussed strategies for the upcoming Kerala elections at his residence in Bengaluru.

He met and discussed the assembly elections with JDS National Working President and MLC B.M. Farooq, Kerala Water Resources Minister and MLA K. Krishnankutty, and Kerala JDS President and ex-Minister Mathew T. Thomas.

13:28 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Another COVID-19 cluster found in Bengaluru as 10 people in apartment infected with virus

A Covid 19 alert has been sounded in another apartment in Bengaluru after ten people were found positive for the coronavirus, officials said on Monday night.
 
“The 10 cases at the SJR Watermark Apartments, comprising nine blocks housing 1,500 people, were found between February 15 and 22, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said in a statement.
 
“Based on the finding, six contiguous blocks of the apartment at Bellandur of Mahadevapura Zone have been declared as a containment zone by the BBMP, he added.

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12:35 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Explosion of quota demands: Who wants what, why in Karnataka

The Karnataka government has been besieged in recent weeks by demands from caste groups asking to be included among beneficiaries of job and education quotas in various categories, or to be placed in a category different from where they are currently. Despite an upper limit of 50 per cent reservations for all caste groups together, there is a strong push for quotas from even sub-sects of caste groups that are considered to be dominant communities.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has promised to consider the demands of all caste groups — including his own dominant Veerashaiva Lingayat group, and a sub-sect called the Panchamasali Lingayats, who have been pressing for inclusion under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota. After a meeting on February 18, the state cabinet has said that the demands need to be studied in greater detail to see “what can be done within the framework of the Constitution”.

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10:20 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Karnataka: Six dead after gelatin sticks explode in Chikkaballapur

At least six people are dead 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. According to 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. 

According to police, an FSL team is at the spot. A police official from the Peresandra police station told Indianexpress.com, the body of the dead person killed cannot be identified since the blast is extreme and the vehicle used to transport gelatin sticks is also completely damaged.

Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar, who is also in-charge of the district, visited the spot on Monday morning and said “these are illegally held explosives, we will take action against those responsible for the incident. The dead bodies are seen in different directions, police are investigating the incident.” “I have briefed about the incident to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and police have arrested two people regarding this case,” he added.

In January last month in a similar kind of incident six people were killed after a massive explosion that took place near a gravel and boulder crushing facility in Shivamogga district. Following the incident, the quarry owner and a person who allegedly supplied dynamite to him were arrested by the police.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted regarding the incident and said “Pained by the loss of lives due to a mishap at Chikkaballapur in Karnataka. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover quickly: PM @narendramodi,” PMO tweeted. 

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister said that he has spoken to the officials and minister Sudhakar and directed officials to conduct enquiry on the incident.

09:04 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Another COVID-19 cluster found in Bengaluru as 10 people in apartment found infected with virus

A Covid-19 alert has been sounded in another apartment in Bengaluru after ten people were found positive for the coronavirus, officials said on Monday night. 

"The 10 cases at the SJR Watermark Apartments, comprising nine blocks housing 1,500 people, were found between February 15 and 22, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said in a statement. "Based on the finding, six contiguous blocks of the apartment at Bellandur of Mahadevapura Zone have been declared as a containment zone by the BBMP", he added. 

The remaining three blocks are located 200 metres away and have not yet reported any cases, BBMP said. 

Prasad also said that nine mobile teams were deployed on Monday and 500 RT-PCR samples taken and results expected by today. "Sanitisation has been done and social-distancing measures are being imposed at these locations," he said. 

Earlier, an apartment in Bengaluru's Bommanahalli became a COVID hotspot after 103 people were found infected. 103 people out of 1,052 residents of the apartment tested positive after a recent party in the apartment. 

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

08:33 (IST)23 Feb 2021
Marshalls to be deployed in wedding halls

The Karnataka government has planned to deploy Marshalls in marriage halls to ensure Covid-19 guidelines are followed. “Marshalls will be deployed in marriage halls to ensure Covid guidelines are followed. People attending large gatherings are not following the guidelines. In Fact, people urged me to remove the face mask when I attended a function. Therefore, it is necessary to deploy a Marshall to ensure the Covid guidelines are followed. Not more than 500 people are allowed in a gathering and a face mask is compulsory for all. Catering service providers will also be instructed to get tested before they render service,”  Health minister Sudhakar said after a video conference with all District Administrations.

“Meetings and gatherings are happening in violation of the Covid guidelines. We may have to enforce strict guidelines if cases are increased. We don’t want a situation like Maharashtra where lockdown has been reimposed in certain areas,” Sudhakar added.

08:21 (IST)23 Feb 2021
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K Sudhakar, Karnataka, Karnataka Health Minister Karnataka Health, Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar. (Express Photo)

The Karnataka government has planned to deploy Marshalls in marriage halls to ensure Covid-19 guidelines are followed. “Marshalls will be deployed in marriage halls to ensure Covid guidelines are followed. People attending large gatherings are not following the guidelines. In Fact, people urged me to remove the face mask when I attended a function. Therefore, it is necessary to deploy a Marshall to ensure the Covid guidelines are followed. Not more than 500 people are allowed in a gathering and a face mask is compulsory for all. Catering service providers will also be instructed to get tested before they render service,” Health minister Sudhakar said after a video conference with all District Administrations.

“Meetings and gatherings are happening in violation of the Covid guidelines. We may have to enforce strict guidelines if cases are increased. We don’t want a situation like Maharashtra where lockdown has been reimposed in certain areas,” Sudhakar added.

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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