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Karnataka Bengaluru April 26 Highlights: 14-day lockdown across state from Tuesday

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 26 Highlights: Essentials shop will remain open from 6 am to 10 am every day. No public transport will be available.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 27, 2021 8:14:47 am
B S YediyurappaKarnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa looks on during the cabinet meeting which was held on Monday to discuss COVID-19 and measures to tackle it across the state. (Image: CMO)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 26 Highlights: After the Karnataka cabinet meeting on Monday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced lockdown across the state from April 27 at 9 pm till May 9. According to Yediyurappa, the essentials shop will remain open from 6 am to 10 am every day. No public transport will be available.

The separate guidelines will be issued by the government later in the day. Since the Covid cases are increasing in Karnataka and in the same capacity in the city Bengaluru, few members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which held a meeting on April 24 in had advised the government for a two-week-long down. Following their recommendation, the government has decided on the two weeks lockdown.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported another biggest single day spike of 34,804 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total caseload to 13.39 lakh, while 143 related fatalities pushed the toll to 14,426, the Health department said on Sunday. Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 20,733 cases. The day also saw 6,982 patients getting discharged after recovery.

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18:32 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Delay in Covid test results leads to longer wait for hospital beds in Bengaluru

With daily Covid-19 cases rising beyond the 20,000 mark in Bengaluru, delays in releasing test results is leading to longer waits for patients seeking hospital beds.

While the city civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has accused private labs of not following protocol — from swab collection to uploading results on Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal — many labs in the state capital say their capacity is stressed due to the high volume of tests.

After a patient tests positive, a Patient Code (P Code) is generated based on the positive report uploaded on the ICMR portal. The BBMP COVID-19 War Room then assigns a BU code to the patient for admission in a hospital.

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16:37 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Weather Update: Parts of Karnataka to witness thundershowers in next 3 hours

Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has forecast isolated to scattered and very light to moderate rains likely over South Interior Karnataka, North Interior Karnataka, Malnad and Coastal Karnataka districts. Thunderstorms are likely to occur at isolated places over the State.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement that thunderstorm accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph is likely to affect Dakshina Kanndada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Haveri, Dharwad and Belagum.

15:54 (IST)26 Apr 2021
WATCH | Virus is spreading aggressively across state, says CM Yediyurappa
14:43 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Karnataka announces free vaccine for those between 18-45 years

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday after the cabinet meeting announced free vaccine for those between 18-45 years in the state.

BS Yediyurappa had on Thursday approved the purchase of one crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines at a cost of Rs 400 crore.

The vaccine doses will be administered to citizens aged between 18 and 44 starting May 1.

"Covid-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost to citizens between 18-44 years of age at all govt vaccination centers across Karnataka. Union Govt vaccination drive for citizens above 45 years of age will continue. I urge all eligible to register themselves from April 28", Yediyurappa said in a tweet.

14:38 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Karnataka Govt announces lockdown from tomorrow for 14 days

After the Karnataka cabinet meeting on Monday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced lockdown across the state from April 27 at 9 pm till May 9. 

According to Yediyurappa, the essentials shop will remain open from 6 am to 10 am every day. No public transport will be available. 

The separate guidelines will be issued by the government later in the day. Since the covid cases are increasing in Karnataka and in the same capacity in the city Bengaluru, few members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which held a meeting on April 24 in had advised the government for a two-week-long down. Following their recommendation, the government has decided on the two weeks lockdown.

13:47 (IST)26 Apr 2021
COVID-19: Former PM HD Devegowda writes to PM Modi

Former PM H D Devegowda wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, offering suggestions to tackle the Cvid-19 pandemic. “This is a national crisis and we need to fight it as one nation. We should support all constructive measures taken to save lives and reduce suffering” he wrote.

"If the government decides to give vaccines free to all citizens, that would be a great humanitarian gesture," he wrote.

13:06 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Accident in Chitradurga; 3 people including a child killed

Three people including a child were killed when a minitruck overturned after its driver lost control of the vehicle at Hiriyur town in Chitradurga on Monday morning. 

According to police, the deceased were identified as Selvi (35), Neelamma (29) and Deepika (6).

12:33 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Centre increases Karnataka’s allocation of oxygen, Remdevisir as Covid second wave intensifies

A day after Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa stressed that Karnataka needs 1,471 tonnes of medical oxygen daily and two lakh Remdevisir vials within 10 days, the Centre has increased the allocation by 55 and 60 per cent respectively.

In a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister had highlighted that the situation in the state was grim. “The Centre has allocated only 300 tonnes of oxygen to the state. Several healthcare facilities will have to be shut if the situation continues,” he had said.

The Centre’s allocation to the state, as confirmed by Yediyurappa in a tweet, is 800 metric tonnes of medical oxygen and 1.22 lakh vials of Remdesivir. “I thank PM @narendramodi , Home Min @AmitShah & Union Min @DVSadanandGowda for increasing Karnataka’s allocation of Remdesivir fm 50,000 to 1,22,000 till Apr 30 & daily oxygen allocation fm existing 300 MT to 800 MT as per my request. This will strengthen our fight against Covid19,” he tweeted.

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11:08 (IST)26 Apr 2021
No govt support for resident doctors infected with Covid, Karnataka association alleges

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) has accused the state government of not providing any support to resident doctors getting infected with Covid-19 while treating patients.

“Around a thousand resident doctors have tested positive so far, since last year. However, the government has not taken care of any yet, and no remedy has been provided at all. The amount of mental strain this puts on us is enormous,” KARD President Dr Dayanand Sagar told Indianexpress.com.

According to the association, an estimated 6,000 resident doctors are now in service across government and private medical colleges in the state, of which 2,000 are in Bengaluru alone.

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10:02 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Bengaluru govt hospitals added just 18 ICU beds despite initial panic, govt says all ventilators deployed

Between the first and second waves of Covid-19 infections in Bengaluru in 2020 and April 2021 the number of ICU ventilator beds available for patients in government hospitals in the city went up by only 18 beds despite nearly 2,025 ventilators being supplied to the Karnataka government by the Centre last year.

While there was an initial panic by health authorities to increase ventilator beds in Bengaluru, soon complacency crept in as cases began receding in October 2020. Now, this has resulted in a situation where patients are again running between hospitals to find ICU ventilator beds.

According to official data shared by Bengaluru civic authorities last year, the total number of ICU ventilator beds available in government hospitals in Bengaluru at the peak of the Covid-19 crisis in 2020 was 99  — 77 beds in two medical college hospitals and 22 at 15 government hospitals.  According to the centralised hospital bed allocation system for Bengaluru that has been put out in the public domain since the second Covid-19 wave began in the city in early April there are 117 ICU ventilator beds in government hospitals for Covid-19 patients at present — 47 in the medical college hospitals and 70 beds in 13 other government hospitals.

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09:31 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: 7 crematoriums to allow bodies of only Covid-19 victims

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Sunday announced that seven crematoriums in the city have been identified as dedicated spaces to cremate only victims of the pandemic, referred from BBMP Covid hearse van helpline.

According to an order issued by the SWM Special Commissioner, BBMP marshals have been directed to ensure that guidelines are followed and only RFID (Radio-frequency identification)-enabled vans are allowed to the crematoriums. The list with the order mentions crematoriums at Medi Agrahara, Kudlu, Panathur, Kengeri, Summanahalli, Peenya, and Banashankari as dedicated crematoriums for Covid-19 cases.

“However, non-Covid and walk-in Covid bodies shall be sent to the remaining five crematoriums until further orders and TR Mills & Tavarekere for open cremation,” the order mentioned.

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09:29 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Kodagu reports over 1000 cases for first time

From 55 new infections reported last Saturday (April 17) to 1077 cases on Sunday (April 25), the Covid-19 tally in Kodagu district has seen a daily spike of nearly 20 times. The rural district situated with a hilly landscape had reported 548 cases on Saturday which was the highest single-day tally till then.

As of Friday, since March 2020, the district had reported a cumulative 7216 cases. However, the number has risen to 8841 with 1625 new cases over this weekend. While 2,089 of these cases are active, the district has witnessed seven fatalities linked to the pandemic since April 1. The cumulative death toll in the district is 80.

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08:52 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Karnataka Cabinet meeting today to take call on free vaccination & extending curfew

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will chair a cabinet meeting on Monday amid widespread speculation of a complete lockdown in the state. The cabinet meeting is likely to discuss extending the curfew, free vaccination for those in 18-45 age group and financial relief packages.

Home and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Health and Family Welfare Minister K. Sudhakar said the Cabinet meeting on Monday would take a call on this.

Earlier, Sudhakar said he would present a report at the Cabinet meeting on the arrangements made to administer vaccine from May 1. Other Ministers may also present their views on present Covid-19 situation in the state.

08:44 (IST)26 Apr 2021
BJP govt has created ‘barrier’ by hiking prices of COVID-19 vaccines: Karnataka Congress

Accusing the BJP government at the Centre of having created a 'barrier' by increasing the prices of COVID-19 vaccines, the Karnataka Congress on Sunday demanded that free vaccination be provided to all citizens in the state.

The Congress also questioned the Yediyurappa government for not announcing vaccines free of cost yet for all. 'Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated, BJP govt at centre has created a barrier by increasing the prices of vaccines. (PM) Narendra Modi, instead of PR events like 'Tika Utsav', ensure free Covid19 vaccination to everyone,' leader of opposition in Karnataka assembly and Congress leader Siddaramaiah tweeted.

State Congress President D K Shivakumar said India is probably the only country which is discussing vaccine prices, when it's being given for free across the world.

'Why has Karnataka govt still not announced FREE VACCINATION for all? I demand that free vaccines be given to all citizens & a roll-out plan be shared asap,' he tweeted.

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08:33 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Karnataka postpones practical exams for II PUC students

The Karnataka government on Sunday decided to postpone practical examinations for students of second-year PUC (pre-university college), scheduled to be held across the state from April 28. However, theory examinations will be held as planned from June 21 to July 5.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said that the decision to postpone practical exams was taken based on several requests made by stakeholders concerned with the process. “The department of pre-university education (DPUE) has decided to act on requests from parents, teachers, and students to postpone practical exams in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 situation in the state,” he explained.

However, the minister clarified, “The practical exams will be conducted soon after the annual theory exams get over.” He further advised students not to get distracted by the change in schedule, and instead be prepared better for the upcoming annual examinations.

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08:25 (IST)26 Apr 2021
Karnataka reports biggest single day spike of 34,804 COVID cases, 143 deaths

Karnataka has reported another biggest single day spike of 34,804 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total caseload to 13.39 lakh, while 143 related fatalities pushed the toll to 14,426, the Health department said on Sunday. The state had previously reported its biggest single day spike of 29,438 cases on Saturday.

Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 20,733 cases. The day also saw 6,982 patients getting discharged after recovery. Cumulatively 13,39,201 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 14,426 deaths and 10,62,594 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin.

Out of 2,62,162 active cases, 2,60,670 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 1,492 are in Intensive Care Units. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 19.70 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.41 per cent.

Among 143 deaths reported on Sunday, 77 were from Bengaluru Urban, Ballari (16), Mysuru (9), Kalaburagi (7), Dharwad and Tumakuru (6), Hassan (4), followed by others.

Tumakuru, with 1,153 cases, was behind Bengaluru Urban, Kodagu had 1,077, Bengaluru Rural 864 and Mandya 814, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 6,53,656, followed by Mysuru 66,692 and Ballari 46,635. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban headed the list with 4,67,313, followed by Mysuru 60,499 and Ballari 40,443. 

A total of over 2,47,22,862 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,76,614 were on Sunday alone. (PTI)

08:19 (IST)26 Apr 2021
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Between the first and second waves of Covid-19 infections in Bengaluru in 2020 and April 2021 the number of ICU ventilator beds available for patients in government hospitals in the city went up by only 18 beds despite nearly 2,025 ventilators being supplied to the Karnataka government by the Centre last year. While there was an initial panic by health authorities to increase ventilator beds in Bengaluru, soon complacency crept in as cases began receding in October 2020. Now, this has resulted in a situation where patients are again running between hospitals to find ICU ventilator beds.

READ | Bengaluru govt hospitals added just 18 ICU beds despite initial panic, govt says all ventilators deployed

The Karnataka government on Sunday decided to postpone practical examinations for students of second-year PUC (pre-university college), scheduled to be held across the state from April 28. However, theory examinations will be held as planned from June 21 to July 5.

READ | Karnataka postpones practical exams for II PUC students

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