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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus January 29 Highlights: 2.84 lakh people vaccinated in Karnataka so far, says state Health Minister

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 29 Highlights: As of January 28 evening, cumulatively 9,37,933 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 1, 2021 8:28:04 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 29 Highlights: Karnataka has vaccinated over 2.84 lakh people since the launch of the vaccination drive on January 16, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.

“The world’s largest vaccination drive is now also the fastest vaccination drive. After the launch on 16 Jan, India has crossed 2 million inoculations in just 11 days,” Sudhakar tweeted.

He said that Karnataka had vaccinated 2,84,385 health warriors till Thursday, with 18,230 inoculations in a single day on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 550 new cases of COVID-19 and two fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,37,933 and the death toll to 12,209, the Health Department said on Thursday. The day also saw 644 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 550 fresh cases reported on Thursday, 311 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

As of January 28 evening, cumulatively 9,37,933 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,209 deaths and 9,19,503 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. It said, out of 6,202 active cases, 6,052 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 150 are in ICU.

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18:23 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Karnataka PUC II exams to commence from May 24

The second year pre-university (class 12) exams in Karnataka will be held from May 24, and will be continued till June 10, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said on Friday, as reported by news agency ANI. The minister earlier announced the dates of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams which will be conducted from June 14 to 25.

The state government also decided to commence full day classes for class 9, 10, and first and second year Pre-University students from February 1.

The schools and PUC colleges across the state were shut due to COVID-19 pandemic since early last year. Earlier starting from January 1, the education department had reopened the class 10 and second-year PUC (class 12) students, along with Vidyagama programme for students from standards six to nine with the schools functioning for half day.

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16:57 (IST)29 Jan 2021
2.84 lakh people vaccinated in Karnataka so far: Health Minister

Karnataka has vaccinated over 2.84 lakh people since the launch of the vaccination drive on January 16, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said. 

“The world’s largest vaccination drive is now also the fastest vaccination drive. After the launch on 16 Jan, India has crossed 2 million inoculations in just 11 days,” Sudhakar tweeted.

He said that Karnataka had vaccinated 2,84,385 health warriors till Thursday, with 18,230 inoculations in a single day on Thursday.

15:59 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Railway terminal at Baiyappanahalli to open by February end

After facing several delays, the Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal at Baiyappanahalli in Bengaluru is likely to be ready by February end , South Western Railways (SWR) officials said.

The third coaching terminal for the city–after Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna(KSR) Bengaluru and Yesvantpur railway stations– is expected to decongest rush in the two existing stations.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, E Vijaya, Chief Public Relations Officer, SWR, said: “The terminal is expected to be ready by February end. Once this terminal is operational, more long-distance trains from Bengaluru to other metros like Mumbai and Chennai and also trains connecting Bengaluru to all districts within Karnataka can be run. This coaching terminal will help decongest the KSR Bengaluru and Yesvantpur stations.”

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14:04 (IST)29 Jan 2021
RSS leader compares Mangaluru’s Ullal to Pakistan, urges people to elect Hindu legislator

Veteran Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat Friday compared Mangaluru’s Muslim-majority municipality Ullal to Pakistan, daring the people of the region to elect a Hindu legislator instead of always electing a Muslim for the post.
 
This is the second time that Bhat, a RSS strongman in the coastal Karnataka region, has drawn a comparison between Ullal and Pakistan in the last six months.
 
Speaking to a local media, Bhat said, “The land which is now called Pakistan, was with India. The Sindhu River is flowing there only. The people who live there were all Indians. The people living there changed their mindset after the partition. The same mindset is now seen today in Ullal. I don’t have any regret regarding my statement on Ullal becoming Pakistan.”
 
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12:22 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Full day classes for Class 9, 10, PUC students from Feb 1 in Karnataka

The Karnataka government has decided to hold full-day classes for students of classes 9, 10 and first and second year Pre-University across the state from February 1, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said on Thursday.

The decision was taken in consultation with the state Technical Advisory Committee for COVID-19, keeping in mind the health and educational future of the students, based on the experience we have gained so far.

"We held a discussion with the Health Minister (K Sudhakar) and COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee members at the meeting. It was decided to start full day classes for class 9, 10, first and second year PUC (class 11 and 12) students from February 1," Suresh Kumar said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said, the Vidyagama programme, which enables continued schooling for students from classes six to eight, will continue as it is.

A decision on starting classes for the other students would be taken after observing the present set up till the second week of next month, he added.

10:04 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Namma Metro purple Line services to be hit for 2 hours on Sunday

Namma Metro services between Byappanahalli and MG Road stations from 7am to 9am on Sunday will be closed due to maintenance work to be taken up on Purple Line between Trinity and Halasuru stations, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said in a press release. 

"Trains will run only between MG Road and Mysuru Road. After completion of work, normal services will be restored after 9 am,” said BMRCL.

Meanwhile, metro service on green line will run normally as per schedule on this day.

09:44 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Karnataka reports 550 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Karnataka reported 550 new cases of COVID-19 and two fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,37,933 and the death toll to 12,209, the Health Department said on Thursday. The day also saw 644 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 550 fresh cases reported on Thursday, 311 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.
 
As of January 28 evening, cumulatively 9,37,933 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,209 deaths and 9,19,503 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. It said, out of 6,202 active cases, 6,052 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 150 are in ICU.
 
Out of the 2 deaths reported on Thursday, both were from Bengaluru Urban. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 311, followed by Dakshina Kannada (34), Kodagu (22), Mysuru (19), Tumakuru (18), Kalaburagi (16) and Chikkaballapura and Chitradurga (15) among others.

08:55 (IST)29 Jan 2021
Karnataka KSEEB to conduct SSLC exams from June 14

The Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams in Karnataka will be held from June 14, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said on Thursday. The exam will be conducted till January 25. The state government has decided to hold full-day classes for students of class 9, 10, and first and second year Pre-University across the state from February 1, the minister said .

The decision was taken in consultation with the state Technical Advisory Committee for COVID-19, keeping in mind the health and educational future of the students, based on the experience we have gained so far.

“We held a discussion with the Health Minister (K Sudhakar) and COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee members… at the meeting it was decided to start full day classes for class 9, 10, first and second year PUC (class 11 and 12) students from February 1,” Suresh Kumar said.

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08:44 (IST)29 Jan 2021
21 communal violence cases withdrawn after Karnataka govt order

As many as 21 cases involving communal violence and violence in the course of cow protection were dropped by courts in Karnataka between October and December last year, based on an August 31, 2020 order by the BJP government. The beneficiaries were the BJP MP from Mysuru Prathap Simha, 206 members of Hindu groups, and 106 Muslims.

The criminal cases were dropped ahead of a December 21, 2020 order of the Karnataka High Court, asking the state government not to stop prosecution of the cases. The order came on a petition filed by the human rights body People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

“…No further steps shall be taken on the basis of the order dated 31st August 2020”, the High Court said in its December 21 order.

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08:15 (IST)29 Jan 2021
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A total of over 1,68,16,459 samples have been tested so far, out of which 66,061 were tested on Thursday alone, and 5,117 among them were rapid antigen tests. Meanwhile, an estimated 44 per cent of designated beneficiaries earmarked for Thursday have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine in Karnataka, taking the total number of those vaccinated in the state so far to 2,84,385, the official data showed.

According to the data released by the office of the state Health Minister, out of 41,634 targeted beneficiaries for vaccination,18,230 was achieved till 8.30 PM on Thursday in 446 sessions held. Cumulatively, the number of healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19 from January 16 till Thursday 8.30 PM stands at 2,84,385. It is against the targeted 5,42,041 beneficiaries, with a cumulative coverage of 52 per cent.

No major or severe AEFI (Adverse event following immunisation) cases were reported across the state on Thursday, the department said.

The government has said that the health warriors who are in the forefront in the fight against coronavirus will be given priority, and people with comorbidity are the next priority.

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