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Karnataka Bengaluru May 25 Highlights: State reports 25,311 fresh cases, 529 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 25 Highlights: Of the new cases reported Monday, 5,701 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 34,378 discharges and 297 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 26, 2021 8:08:48 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19Volunteers carry the body of a person who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru. (Reuters)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 25 Highlights: The number of COVID-19 recoveries continue to outnumber fresh infections in Karnataka, as the state on Monday reported 57,333 discharges and 25,311 new cases, the health department said. The state yesterday reported 529 more deaths, taking the toll to 25,811, while the total number of infections in the state stood at 24,50,215.

Of the new cases reported Monday, 5,701 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 34,378 discharges and 297 deaths.

As of May 24 evening, cumulatively 24,50,215 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 25,811 deaths and 19,83,948 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 4,40,435. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 23.28 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.09 per cent.

Ballari reported 19 deaths, Bengaluru Rural (18), Belagavi (17), Shivamogga (16), Dharwad (15), followed by others. Mysuru accounted for 2,680 fresh cases, Tumakuru 1,662, Hassan 1,156, Uttara Kannada 1,110, followed by others.

A total of over 2,88,16,043 samples have been tested, of which 1,08,723 were tested on Monday alone. (PTI)

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17:57 (IST)25 May 2021
WATCH: Karnataka BJP MLA conducts ‘Agnihotra procession’ on streets to ‘eradicate Covid-19’

The Karnataka MLA and BJP leader Abhay Patil led an ‘Agnihotra homa’ procession in Belagavi city on Tuesday, according to him the smoke emitted from the ‘homa’ fire would clear the air and eradicate Covid-19.

Flouting the Coivd-19 lockdown norms Abhay Patil along with a group of people  were pushing a cart containing burning fire of  cow dung cakes, camphor, neem leaves, Guggula (gum resin) and other herbs which forms Agnihotra in the streets of old city in Belagavi on Tuesday morning.

After performing the street homa-three time BJP MLA from Belagavi South constituency  in North  Karnataka said, “I am firm believer in Ayurveda medicine and practice and the positive effects of Homa and rituals in Hinduism. Our religion Hinduism has answers for all ill effects. Covid-19 is also an ill effect, to contain the evil evil effect of this pandemic which is killing people, it can only be stopped with divine intervention and homa like this." 

17:55 (IST)25 May 2021
Karnataka BJP MLA conducts ‘Agnihotra procession’ on streets to ‘eradicate Covid-19’

The Karnataka MLA and BJP leader Abhay Patil led an ‘Agnihotra homa’ procession in Belagavi city on Tuesday, according to him the smoke emitted from the ‘homa’ fire would clear the air and eradicate Covid-19.

Flouting the Coivd-19 lockdown norms Abhay Patil along with a group of people were pushing a cart containing burning fire of  cow dung cakes, camphor, neem leaves, Guggula (gum resin) and other herbs which forms Agnihotra in the streets of old city in Belagavi on Tuesday morning.

After performing the street homa-three time BJP MLA from Belagavi South constituency in North  Karnataka said, “I am a firm believer in Ayurveda medicine and practice and the positive effects of Homa and rituals in Hinduism. Our religion Hinduism has answers for all ill effects. Covid-19 is also an ill effect, to contain the evil evil effect of this pandemic which is killing people, it can only be stopped with divine intervention and homa like this." 

16:46 (IST)25 May 2021
Karnataka: Congress firm on 'Rs 100 crore vaccination plan,' Shivakumar says

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Tuesday launched an online campaign named ‘Let Congress Vaccinate’ in a bid to build pressure at the government level to allow them to procure Covid vaccines directly from the manufacturers. 

State Congress chief D K Shivakumar said, "We are keen on the Rs 100 crore-plan to directly procure vaccines from manufacturers and administer them to the people of Karnataka. We have been repeatedly seeking permission from the government to allow us to do so but it has not been granted it yet."

Shivakumar added that he has urged party workers and supporters to amplify the online campaign in a bid to get government approval. "We need your wholehearted support to build pressure on the Government and to show to them how vaccines can be procured and administered to people in a totally transparent, fair, and efficient manner,” he added. 

16:41 (IST)25 May 2021
Bengaluru airport processed over 6.5 lakh kgs of Covid relief material from April 2021: BIAL 

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) has processed 650,225 kgs (542,620 kgs of imports and 107,605 kgs of domestic inbound) of COVID-19-related relief material from April 1, 2021 to May 19, 2021, the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) stated on Tuesday. 

Of the total, a significant 567,791 kgs were processed from May 1 to 19, 2021, with imports at 507,820 kgs and domestic inbound cargo at 59,971 kgs. While 200 shipments came in April, the first 20 days of May accounted for nearly 800 shipments, accounting for an overall 25,891 pieces of COVID-19-related cargo.

"During this period, the Airport recorded a total of 136 Air Traffic Movements (ATMs), including 101 international ATMs and 35 domestic ATMs, carrying COVID-19-related cargo. This included 21different carriers (7 Indian and 14 international carriers). Wuhan and Singapore are the top importing origins," a BIAL spokesperson said.

Oxygen concentrators, ventilators and Zeolite were the major import commodities, while COVID-19 vaccines and PPEs were the top domestic inbound cargo.

14:35 (IST)25 May 2021
Karnataka gets 1.25 lakh doses of Covaxin

A day after the Karnataka Health Department confirmed a shortage faced by the state in available Covaxin doses, the state received 1.25 lakh more doses of the same on Tuesday. 

"Karnataka received 1.25 lakh doses of COVAXIN today under the Central quota. Total Covaxin doses received under Central quota is 12,91,280. Total Covaxin doses received under direct purchase is 1,44,170," Health Minister K Sudhakar confirmed in a tweet. 

On Monday, the state had advised private hospitals to use the available stock of Covaxin to administer the second dose to people aged 45 and above. The measure, according to Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Jawaid Akhtar, was to “tide over the current situation of short supply of Covaxin” to the state.

13:56 (IST)25 May 2021
Weather Update: Rains predicted in parts of Karnataka

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 KMPH are likely to affect in the next three hours in Kodagu Kalaburgi, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

12:56 (IST)25 May 2021
COVID-19: Karnataka CM to interact with gram panchayats

After the increase in COVID-19 cases in rural areas of Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa will interact with select gram panchayats reporting high caseload, via video conferencing on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow the Chief Minister will interact with select gram panchayats with high cases, via video conference," Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said. Speaking to reporters, he said, "With indications that COVID is coming under control in cities like Bengaluru, the government's focus is now on rural areas, and hence district administrations have been given greater responsibility, including, implementation of lockdown locally.”

Bommai said instructions have been given for micro containments in rural areas, PDOs (Panchayath Development Officers), health officers and police officers of the respective limits have been given the responsibility.

12:29 (IST)25 May 2021
Covid-19 vaccination camp underway for KSRTC staff

With the government including staff of transport corporations in the list of frontline workers in the 18-44 age group for Covid vaccination, vaccines are now being administered at a camp in Bengaluru. 

According to KSRTC officials, the vaccination camp in Bengaluru is at the KSRTC Central Training Institute in Shantinagar. "KSRTC MD Shivayogi C Kalasad visited the camp and interacted with the medical staff and the beneficiaries from the corporation. He also obtained the information of such camps held across all divisions in the state," a statement read.

12:06 (IST)25 May 2021
Journalist arrested for selling fake negative RT-PCR report in Kodagu

Kodagu Police on Monday arrested a Journalist for issuing fake negative RT-PCR reports for the travellers to Kerala from the district. 

“The Kutta police have arrested a journalist, he was issuing fake negative  RT-PCR reports to the people who want to travel to neighbouring Kerala state. According to preliminary investigation, he was preparing the fake certificates in his studio,” Kodagu SP Kshama Mishra told Indianexpress.com.

11:56 (IST)25 May 2021
Udupi: No new permissions for marriages till June 7

Udupi Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha Monday announced that the district administration will not grant new permissions for marriages from May 25 to June 7, when the extended lockdown announced in the state is scheduled to end.

He clarified that those who have applied and obtained permission till Monday (May 24) will be allowed to organise the function. “However, they are not supposed to hold engagements and ‘mehandi’ programmes. Criminal cases will be filed against those violating this rule. Tahsildars have been given instructions in this regard,” Jagadeesha explained.

He added that electrical shops will be allowed to open only on May 26 from 6 am to 10 am owing to public demand that electrical materials in several houses were damaged in the recent lightning and thunderstorms. “However, shops selling electronics equipment will not be allowed to open.” He added that bakery shops will also be allowed to open only on May 26 during the same time in a bid to help them clear stocks of perishable products.

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11:32 (IST)25 May 2021
Govt advises pvt hospitals to administer Covaxin only to those aged 45

As the state continues to face a shortage of Covid vaccines, the Karnataka government Monday advised private hospitals to use the available stock of Covaxin to administer the second dose to people aged 45 and above.

The measure, according to Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Jawaid Akhtar, was to “tide over the current situation of short supply of Covaxin” to the state.

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10:37 (IST)25 May 2021
Karnataka HC to serve notices via Email

Karnataka High Court has directed the state government to submit the list of email IDs of various departments of the state to serve notices through emails in writ petitions and appeals being filed before the court.

The court has asked the government to submit email IDs of various boards, and corporations, and other statutory bodies. 

The direction was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj during the hearing of suo moto proceedings initiated in order to address the issues arising due to the pandemic.

10:29 (IST)25 May 2021
Weather update: Thunderstorm, rain likely in 3 districts

The India Meteorological Department has predicted rain/thundershowers at Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, and Kalaburagi from Tuesday afternoon. 

As per the forecast issued at 10 am, these districts are likely to experience "thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph in the next three hours."

09:59 (IST)25 May 2021
Positivity rate in Shivamogga dropped due to strict lockdown, says Deputy Commissioner

Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner K B Shivakumar Monday said that the test positivity rate in the district could be brought down to 33 per cent from 47 per cent in the last fortnight due to effective enforcement of strict lockdown.

“While a surge in cases was noted in urban pockets of Shivamogga and Bhadravati, the infection had gradually spread to rural areas as people from bigger cities returned to villages. The taluk administration under the leadership of tahsildars took note of such cases and initiated strict steps by demarcating containment zones where cases were reported from,” he said. He added that such zones were declared in areas where 15 active cases were found.

According to the district administration, Shivamogga, as on Monday, had around 300 containment zones, including 200 from rural areas. “We have shifted patients to their nearest Covid Care Centres and have seen to it that their primary and secondary contacts remain in home isolation. Such steps have helped us curb the spread of infection,” he added.

Further, Shivakumar added that a death audit conducted in the district indicated late admission to hospitals as a major concern. “Doctors have felt late arrival for treatment was among the major reasons behind Covid-19 deaths. We are taking steps to ensure early detection and treatment so as to bring down the fatality rate,” he said.

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09:49 (IST)25 May 2021
Karnataka: Madhuvanahalli village consecrates ‘Corona Maramma’; district administration clears the area

A former gram panchayat president and a few villagers in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district consecrated the ‘Corona Maramma’ near a village in Kollegal taluk to beat the Covid-19 pandemic.

The district administration soon came to know about the construction of a makeshift place of worship in Madhuvanahalli village and razed the illegal construction in no time.

According to district administration officials, on Thursday midnight Yashodamma, a former gram panchayat president along with a priest and a few villagers conducted prayers and consecrated a small ‘Corona Maramma’ idol.

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09:40 (IST)25 May 2021
CM Yediyurappa hints at announcement of second Covid relief package

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday hinted at announcing a second Covid relief package in the next few days, after facing criticism from various social and economic groups and the Opposition in the state.

“I am aware that several groups have been left out from the package announced last week. While we are discussing such issues, I will try my best to announce another package in the next 10 to 12 days,” he said after reviewing operations at a BBMP call centre in Bengaluru.

Responding to criticism expressed by Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, Yediyurappa said he had announced the package “from within the financial limitations” the state was facing at the moment. He added, “The world is also aware of what Siddaramaiah has done during his tenure.”

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09:27 (IST)25 May 2021
Karnataka: ASHA workers demand pending salaries, risk allowance, proper PPE

Over 42,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA workers) deployed across Karnataka, primarily as frontline warriors in the ongoing pandemic Covid-19, have alleged that they have not been paid for the last two months.

According to D Nagalakshmi, State secretary of Karnataka Rajya Samyukta ASHA Karyakartheyara Sangha, workers have not been paid by the government for over two months. “The fixed honorarium of Rs 4,000 which itself is an inadequate amount, has not been paid since March. Soon it will become three months since we got paid apart from false promises announced each time we protest,” she said.

Nagalakshmi added that she had submitted appeals to the State Health Commissioner, Director of the National Health Mission (NHM), and the ASHA Programme officer-in-charge of the state.

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09:16 (IST)25 May 2021
Bengaluru witnesses rare ‘22 degree circular halo’ around Sun

The people in Bengaluru witnessed a bright rainbow ring around the sun for a few minutes on Monday morning, a rare optical and atmospheric phenomenon called ‘22 degree circular halo’.

‘22 degree circular halo’ was first seen at around 10:50 am and lasted for over an hour, by this time many had posted social media with the pics of the rare phenomenon.

The phenomenon popularly known as the 22 degree circular halo of the sun or occasionally the Moon (also called a moon ring or winter halo), occurs when the sun’s or moon’s rays get deflected/refracted through the hexagonal ice crystals present in cirrus clouds.

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09:12 (IST)25 May 2021
Karnataka: 40 labs fined Rs 20.2 lakh for delaying Covid test results

As many as 40 laboratories in the states have been fined a total of Rs 20.20 lakh for delaying the delivery of Covid-19 test results, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said. 

Also the head of the ministerial task force set up to manage the pandemic, Ashwathnarayan said that the list included nine government labs and 31 private ones and that show-cause notices were served to the erring labs.  

“Action has been taken since May 8. The total number of cases where results were found to be delayed for more than 24 hours is 10,103. Of them, 3,034 cases belong to the government labs and the rest from private. The labs have been fined Rs 200 for each delayed result,” he said.

Ashwathnarayan added that some labs were not understanding the gravity of the situation by delaying the results. Among the labs identified with most such cases were MedGenome Labs Ltd (1,100 cases), Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (862 cases), Eurofins Clinical Genetics India Pvt Ltd (659 cases), Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College (156 cases) and Lifecell International Pvt Ltd (144 cases).

09:09 (IST)25 May 2021
Newspaper vendors in Bengaluru seek COVID financial relief

The Bengaluru City Newspaper Distributors and Vendors’ Association has appealed to Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa to consider newspaper distributors and vendors as COVID warriors and give financial relief.

On Monday, the association office bearers met the Chief Minister and submitted a memorandum. In the memorandum, they said thousands of distributors and vendors had been working without a break even during the pandemic to distribute newspapers to the public.

They also submitted a memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, and KPCC chief D. K. Shivakumar.

The Karnataka Police on Sunday suspended a police sub-inspector (PSI) in Chikmagalur district who had allegedly forced a Dalit youth to drink urine at Gonibeedu police station in Mudigere taluk two weeks ago. The incident came to light after the youth wrote to senior police officers seeking action against the PSI. Based on the complaint filed by Punith K L, a resident of Kirangunda, the Gonibeedu police registered a case against PSI Arjun.

READ | ‘Tortured by police in jail, forced to drink inmate’s urine’, Karnataka Dalit youth alleges

Over 42,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA workers) deployed across Karnataka, primarily as frontline warriors in the ongoing pandemic Covid-19, have alleged that they have not been paid for the last two months. “The fixed honorarium of Rs 4,000 which itself is an inadequate amount, has not been paid since March. Soon it will become three months since we got paid apart from false promises announced each time we protest,” D Nagalakshmi, State secretary of Karnataka Rajya Samyukta ASHA Karyakartheyara Sangha said.

READ | Karnataka: ASHA workers demand pending salaries, risk allowance, proper PPE

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