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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus January 8 Highlights: Karnataka starts Covid vaccination dry run in all districts

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 8 Highlights: As of Thursday evening, cumulatively 9,24,898 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,131 deaths and 9,03,629 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: January 11, 2021 8:18:00 am
Ambulance, Bengaluru, COVID-19Ambulances seen parked by the side of a road in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 8 Highlights: A dry run for vaccination against COVID-19 is being held in all 30 districts of Karnataka today. The mock drill started at 10 am in the morning in 263 places. According to the state health department, it will be carried out in six centres in each of the state’s 30 districts, and will cover district hospitals, medical college hospitals (government and private), urban primary health centres, taluk hospitals, primary health centres, community health centres, and private hospitals.

Karnataka reported 761 new cases of Covid-19 and seven related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,24,898 and the death toll to 12,131, the Health department said on Thursday. The day also saw 812 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 761 fresh cases reported on Thursday, 399 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

As of Thursday evening, cumulatively 9,24,898 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,131 deaths and 9,03,629 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. It said, out of 9,119 active cases, 8,914 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 205 are in ICU.

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18:32 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Karnataka to receive 13.9 lakh Covid-19 vaccine vials from Centre: Health Minister

Karnataka Minister for Health Dr K Sudhakar on Friday said that the state is expected to receive 13.9 lakh Covid-19 vaccine vials in a couple of days from the central government.

After inspecting the second dry run for vaccination against Covid-19 in Aster CMI Hospital in Hebbal, Bengaluru city, Sudhakar said, “The big good news for Karnataka is that I have received information from the Union Health Ministry that tomorrow or the day after probably we will be receiving 13,90,000 vials of vaccine for the state. It’s big happy news for all of us.”

He also said that so far 6,20,000 healthcare workers have been registered for vaccination in the first phase. “Those who are left out, maybe in some medical or dental colleges, we have requested them also to register,” he added.

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16:53 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Kannada actress Radhika questioned by CCB over links with financial fraud accused

Actress Radhika Kumaraswamy on Friday was questioned by the Central Crime Branch police over her alleged links with the financial fraud accused Yuvaraj.

Yuvaraj alias Swamy,has been arrested for duping government job aspirants, politicians and others.According to CCB police, they found out transactions between him and Radhika. They had also questioned Radhika’s brother Raviraj earlier in connection with the case.

CCB summoned Radhika Kumaraswamy to questioning on Thursday.

14:40 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Karnataka to to receive 13.9 lakh covid 19 vaccine vials in a couple of days: State Health Minister

Karnataka Minister for Health Dr K Sudhakar on Friday said that the state is expected to receive 13.9 lakh Covid-19 vaccine vials in a couple of days from the central government.

After inspecting the second dry run for vaccination against COVID-19 at the Aster CMI hospital in Hebbal, Bengaluru city, Sudhakar said, “The big good news for Karnataka is that I have received information from the Union Health Ministry that tomorrow or the day after probably we will be receiving 13,90,000 vials of vaccine for the state. It's big happy news for all of us.”

He also said that so far, 6,20,000 healthcare workers have been registered who will be given a vaccine in the first phase. “Those who are left out, maybe in some medical or dental colleges, we have requested them also to register," he added.

12:24 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Karnataka’s Brahmin marriage schemes: Rs 25,000 for poor brides, Rs 3 lakh bonds for marrying poor priests

Little over a year after its creation, the Karnataka State Brahmin Development Board has obtained approvals to launch two marriage schemes on a pilot basis – one offering financial bonds of Rs 3 lakh to 25 Brahmin women who marry priests from economically weak background and the other offering Rs 25,000 each for the marriage of 550 women from economically weak families from the community.

“We have received the approval to launch the schemes – Arundhati and Maitreyi – and funds have been set aside. We are in the process of chalking out the procedures to avail these funds. This is part of our efforts to assist weaker sections of the community,” said board chairman H S Sachidananda Murthy, a BJP leader.

Under the Arundhati scheme, 550 Brahmin women from poor background will be given Rs 25,000 each for their marriage. Under the Maitreyi scheme, a financial bond of Rs 3 lakh, which is to be used over three years, will be created for 25 women who marry Brahmin priests from poor background, Murthy said.

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10:51 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Karnataka starts Covid vaccination dry run in all districts

A dry run for vaccination against COVID-19 is being held in all 30 districts of Karnataka today.

The mock drill started at 10 am in the morning in 263 places. The first dry run for the vaccination was held on January 2 in five districts — Bengaluru, Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Mysuru and Belagavi. This time, according to the state health department, it will be carried out in six centres in each of the state’s 30 districts, and will cover district hospitals, medical college hospitals (government and private), urban primary health centres, taluk hospitals, primary health centres, community health centres, and private hospitals.

On Friday morning, Health Minister Dr Sudhakar visited Aster CMI hospital in Hebbal in Bengaluru city where a dry run for vaccination is carried out. He inspected the process and arrangements made for the trail run.

09:49 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Bird flu: Six crows found dead in Karnataka, samples sent for testing

Six crows were found dead in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district amid a new strain of avian influenza being reported in several parts of the country.

According to the health department, samples have been sent for testing to identify if birds died of the virus. “Six crows have died in Dakshina Kannada district and samples are sent for testing. Precautionary measures have been taken in border districts to prevent the bird flu,” Karnataka State Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.

Dakshina Kannada district shares border with Kerala which had declared the outbreak of bird flu in two districts- Kottayam and Alappuzha as a state disaster. Karnataka has put four bordering districts on high alert on Wednesday.

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09:05 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Second dry run for Covid vaccine in all 30 districts today

The Karnataka government is all set to conduct another dry run for Covid-19 vaccination across the state on Friday. The drive will be held in 263 places.

The first dry run for the vaccination was held on January 2 in five districts — Bengaluru, Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Mysuru and Belagavi. This time, according to the state health department, it will be carried out in six centres in each of the state’s 30 districts, and will cover district hospitals, medical college hospital (government and private), urban primary health centres, taluk hospitals, primary health centres, community health centres, and private hospitals.

“The dry run will be an exercise for end-to-end testing of COVID-19 vaccination process except the actual vaccination and will include planning and preparations, including prerequisites for vaccine introduction and use of Co-WIN portal, uploading beneficiaries and session site details, verification of documents at session sites, mock drill of beneficiary vaccination and reporting. The dry run will ensure feasibility of COVID-19 vaccination implementation at all types of session sites,” the health department said in a statement.

08:36 (IST)08 Jan 2021
CM flags off 'Krishi Sanjeevini' 40 mobile testing lab vehicles

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday flagged off 'Krishi Sanjeevini' 40 mobile testing lab vehicles to provide technical assistance to farmers in the state

The testing mobile labs 'Krishi Sanjeevini' will travel across all the districts to help farmers for testing soil, water and information and solution regarding crop related diseases.

Yediyurappa said that more such vehicles will be introduced in the upcoming days. Minister for Agriculture B C Patil said it was a lab to land project and an ambulance-style siren was fitted to the farm's Sanjeevani vehicle.

He said that the department's priority is to provide farmers with information on improved agricultural production technology, supply of quality agricultural tools and use of recommended fertilizers, pest and disease management, nutrients available in the soil, and encourage proper crop growth.

08:23 (IST)08 Jan 2021
Karnataka reports 761 new coronavirus cases, 7 deaths

Karnataka reported 761 new cases of Covid-19 and seven related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,24,898 and the death toll to 12,131, the Health department said on Thursday. The day also saw 812 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 761 fresh cases reported on Thursday, 399 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone. 

As of Thursday evening, cumulatively 9,24,898 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,131 deaths and 9,03,629 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. It said, out of 9,119 active cases, 8,914 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 205 are in ICU.


Out of the seven deaths reported on Thursday, 5 were from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Kolara and Tumakuru (1).


Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 399, followed by Mysuru (45), Dakshina Kannada (37), Tumakuru and Hassan (25), Shivamogga (23), Chikkaballapurua (20) and others.

08:12 (IST)08 Jan 2021
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Bengaluru: Active Covid-19 cases drop, private hospitals report rise in SARI cases Students wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing as a precaution against the coronavirus wait to enter a school in Bengaluru. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 3,91,184, followed by Mysuru 52,685 and Ballari 38,949.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 3,81,220, followed by Mysuru (51,339) and Ballari (38,220).

A total of over 1,49,18,254 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,29,763 were tested on Thursday alone, and 10,377 among them were rapid antigen tests

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