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Karnataka Bengaluru June 2 Highlights: Recoveries outnumber infections with 29,271 discharges, 14,304 fresh cases

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 2 Highlights: Cumulatively 26,18,735 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 29,554 deaths and 22,90,861 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 3, 2021 8:08:34 am
Covid-19A health worker administers a dose of a Covid vaccine to a beneficiary in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 2 Highlights: The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Karnataka fell below the three lakh mark, as the state on Tuesday reported a further decline in fresh infections at 14,304 and 464 fatalities. While the total number of cases stood at 26,18,735, the toll was 29,554. The day also saw 29,271 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases.

Out of the 14,304 new cases reported on Tuesday, 3,418 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 5,483 discharges and 276 deaths.

Cumulatively 26,18,735 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 29,554 deaths and 22,90,861 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. The total number of active cases is 2,98,299. While the positivity rate stood at 12.30 per cent, the
Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 3.24 per cent.

Of the 464 deaths reported on Tuesday, 276 were from Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi (19), Mysuru (15), Ballari (14), Shivamogga (13), Bengaluru Rural and Hassan (11), followed by others. Among the districts where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,418, Mysuru 1,153, Hassan 1,127, Belagavi 891, Tumakuru 769, Udupi 735, followed by others.

A total of over 2,98,53,184 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,16,224 were done on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

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15:05 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Karnataka govt should listen to own vaccine advisor on Covid management: Congress

Opposition Congress in Karnataka Wednesday urged the BJP-led state government to pay heed to remarks and advice provided by microbiologist Dr Gagandeep Kang for inputs towards better management of the pandemic. Dr Kang, last month, was appointed to advise the state government on Covid-19 vaccine strategy. 

“We thought the BJP government was finally taking scientific advice. However, it is clear it was only headline management because the government’s actions don’t reflect their own advisor’s advice,” said state Congress chief DK Shivakumar said.

The Congress leader also sought clarification from the government on its approval of her comment that vaccine procurement should be done at the central level and not directly by any states. "Does the BJP government agree with Dr Kang that India was 'late on the table' in acquiring vaccines from global companies?" Shivakumar questioned. 

Further, Congress demanded that the government should clarify whether her advice was sought before deciding to float a global tender for Covid vaccines. "The BJP government in Karnataka should clarify if they support their vaccine advisor’s remarks and demands," the Opposition party in Karnataka stated.

14:44 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Work dedicatedly to make Government hospitals world class: Health Minister appeals to newly recruited doctors

Work with dedication and commitment to make healthcare services at Govt hospitals world class and strive hard to change people's perception of about Govt facilities, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar appealed to newly recruiter doctors.

Dr. K. Sudhakar virtually addressed the newly recruited 1,763 doctors who were inducted to the service by Health and Family Welfare Department on Wednesday. 

Dr.Sudhakar said the recruitment of doctors amidst pandemic has been historic because of three reasons. Firstly, this is the biggest recruitment drive taken up by the Government for the Health department to recruit 1763 doctors at a time. Secondly, this is the first time that the Department of Health and Family Welfare Department has recruited doctors directly as KPSC was handling the recruitment process earlier. Thirdly, this is also one of the quickest hiring drives by the Government. This large recruitment drive was completed in a record time of 6 months, he explained.

13:39 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Mangaluru police arrest two accused in doctor attack case

Mangaluru Police Wednesday arrested two persons for allegedly assaulting an on-duty doctor at a private hospital. 

The arrested are identified as Shamsheer Ali (43) from Marnemikatte and Sarfraj alias Chappu (27).

On May 21, Dr Jayaprakash had attended his rounds in the hospital and was about to leave when a crowd of about 20 to 25 persons misbehaved and allegedly attacked him. According to police, the doctor was held by his collar, jostled around and he was obstructed from performing his duties.

Police had registered a case regarding the incident in Kadri police station.

11:30 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Covid-19: Family of US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to send medical supplies to Karnataka’s hospitals

The family of United States Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy will donate Covid-19 related medical equipment to small hospitals in Mandya and Kodagu districts in Karnataka.

Murthy, a native of Hallegere in the Mandya district, is contributing through his Scope Foundation. Vivek’s father, Lakshmi Narasimha Murthy, said that the shipment containing 70 oxygen concentrators, four ventilators, N95 masks, respirator masks, step transformer pieces and cleaning supplies worth Rs 1.40 crore will arrive soon on behalf of the Scope Foundation run by Dr Vivek Murthy.

This essential medical equipment will be dispatched to 12 hospitals in two districts that are facing a shortage of equipment. He said taluk hospitals and two Primary Health Care (PHCs) were selected for this.

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11:02 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Belagavi: Dy Commissioner orders complete lockdown from June 4

With Belagavi continuing to report a high number of daily infections and Covid deaths, the district administration Tuesday ordered a complete lockdown for the upcoming weekend.

According to an order signed by Deputy Commissioner M G Hiremath, the lockdown will be in force from 6 am on June 4 (Friday) to 6 am next Monday (June 7) without any relaxed timings for shopping during the morning.

While essential goods and services will be allowed, only patients and attendants will be allowed to visit hospitals for emergencies. Sale and purchase of milk, medicines and online food delivery will be also allowed, the order stated.

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10:51 (IST)02 Jun 2021
After CBSE Class 12 exams scrapped, Karnataka to decide on II PU ‘soon’

With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) calling off this year’s Class 12 board examinations on Tuesday, the Karnataka government has clarified a decision on how and whether to conduct second-year pre-university (II PU) exams will be taken soon.

“A suitable decision will be taken soon considering the situation in the state, also in the interest of the students’ health and future,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said. The minister is likely to meet education and health experts, apart from other stakeholders, in the coming days.

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09:43 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Woman booked for 'assaulting neighbour over argument of 'wearing mask properly'

A resident of Bengaluru's Sadashivanagar has been booked by the police for allegedly hitting her neighbour for not wearing a mask properly. The accused, identified as Advaitha, also claimed that she was an IAS officer to support her 'policing', cops said. 

The accused was later booked by the Sadashivanagar police in a case of assault based on a complaint filed by the victim of the incident. 'The accused was on a walk with her dogs when she scolded the complainant for not wearing her mask properly. This led to a heated argument after which the accused hit the complainant with a cane that she was carrying,' the police explained. 

They added that the cops were first alerted of the incident by other people in the neighbourhood who witnessed the incident.

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09:40 (IST)02 Jun 2021
4 more oxygen trains arrive in Karnataka

Four more Oxygen Express special trains, carrying nearly 437 Metric Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen, have reached the Inland Container Depot at Whitefield. 

It is the first time Maharashtra is sending oxygen to the State. A total of 23 Oxygen Specials have reached the State till date.

09:13 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Prisoners get Covid jab

With the Karnataka government identifying prisoners among the priority groups to carry out Covid-19 vaccination and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in charge of the drives in the state capital, as many as 2,730 inmates of the Central Prison in Parappana Agrahara received their first jab of Covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday. 

According to the officials, the beneficiaries of the drive included both convicts and undertrials, aged 18 and above. However, this is not the first time that the inmates of the prison are getting inoculated. 533 inmates aged above 45 had received the jab last month.

09:07 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Mucormycosis treatable, no lack of medicine: Health Minister

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said that the infection was treatable. “Only some cases where the infection has reached the eyes require its removal. In such cases, it is inevitable to weed out even the tiniest trace of the infection to prevent it invading the brain,” he said. He clarified that people should not think the eye is removed due to lack of medicine to treat the infection.

“Treatment of black fungus will be decided by ophthalmologists, ENT Specialists based on the condition of each case. I am in constant touch with Union Minister to ensure sufficient supply of medicine,” he said.

Sudhakar added that the government was tracking cases where children have been infected.

Karnataka has identified mucormycosis in 1,370 people across the state so far, of which 51 patients have succumbed to the infection, the Department of Health and Family Welfare noted on Tuesday.

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09:04 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Amid covid lockdown, Karnataka records high excise revenue

Amid lockdown, Karnataka has reported higher excise revenue collections over the last two months compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

According to excise department, Rs 3,650 crore was collected in April and May, against Rs 1,404 crore last year in the two months.

09:03 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Congress leader Siddaramaiah admitted to Bengaluru hospital

Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru on Tuesday after he was diagnosed with a high fever.

The 72-year-old leader has, however, tested negative for Covid-19, hospital authorities confirmed.

“Currently he is stable and is being appropriately investigated and treated by a team of medical experts,” a statement from Manipal Hospitals, Old Airport Road said.

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08:47 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Karnataka TAC recommends govt extend lockdown; health minister says state preparing for third wave

The Karnataka state COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended the state government to extend the ongoing lockdown till the test positivity rate comes down below 5 per cent, daily new cases below 5,000 and Case Fatality Rate (CFR) falls below 1 per cent.

TAC chairman M.K. Sudharshan said the committee reviewed the current situation in the state and unanimously drafted the recommendations placing the health and lives of people before livelihoods, which is the need of the hour at this point of time.

The committee in its report said that the lockdown should continue for two more weeks after June 7. “The test positivity rate of 5 percent is the safest threshold and it was decided after discussions with public health, virology and epidemiology experts,” Sudharshan added.

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08:43 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Positivity rate to fatality, most of Karnataka fails unlock norms

An early easing of the lockdown in Karnataka seems unlikely with Covid-19 numbers in much of the state not in line with parameters prescribed by a state technical advisory committee on Monday for such a measure. The lockdown in the state, imposed on May 10, is as of now scheduled to continue till June 7.

“Our priority is health, life and livelihood. Keeping this in mind our recourse is to continue the lockdown till the following is achieved — the test positivity rate (TPR) is below 5% in the state, daily new cases are less than 5,000 and case fatality rate (CFR) is less than 1%,” said head of the technical advisory committee and public health expert Dr M K Sudarshan.

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08:23 (IST)02 Jun 2021
Less than three lakh active COVID-19 cases in Karnataka

The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Karnataka fell below the three lakh mark,as the state on Tuesday reported a further decline in fresh infections at 14,304 and 464 fatalities. While the total number of cases stood at 26,18,735, the toll was 29,554. The day also saw 29,271 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases.

Out of the 14,304 new cases reported on Tuesday, 3,418 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 5,483 discharges and 276 deaths.

Cumulatively 26,18,735 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 29,554 deaths and 22,90,861 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. The total number of active cases is 2,98,299. While the positivity rate stood at 12.30 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 3.24 per cent.

Of the 464 deaths reported on Tuesday, 276 were from Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi (19), Mysuru (15), Ballari (14), Shivamogga (13), Bengaluru Rural and Hassan (11), followed by others.

Among the districts where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,418, Mysuru 1,153, Hassan 1,127, Belagavi 891, Tumakuru 769, Udupi 735, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district headed the list of positive cases, with a total of 11,66,647, followed by Mysuru 1,43,968 and Tumakuru 1,04,134. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 10,09,322, followed by Mysuru 1,27,723 and Tumakuru 91,392.

A total of over 2,98,53,184 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,16,224 were done on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

08:21 (IST)02 Jun 2021
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Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination drive, COVID-19, lockdown, BBMP and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time. 

With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) calling off this year’s Class 12 board examinations on Tuesday, the Karnataka government has clarified a decision on how and whether to conduct second-year pre-university (II PU) exams will be taken soon.

READ | After CBSE Class 12 exams scrapped, Karnataka to decide on II PU ‘soon’

The family of United States Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy will donate Covid-19 related medical equipment to small hospitals in Mandya and Kodagu districts in Karnataka. Murthy, a native of Hallegere in the Mandya district, is contributing through his Scope Foundation.

READ | Covid-19: Family of US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to send medical supplies to Karnataka’s hospitals

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