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Karnataka Bengaluru May 27 Highlights: Active cases in state over 4 lakh as state reports 28,811 fresh cases

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 27 Highlights: As of May 26 evening, cumulatively 24,99,784 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 26,929 deaths and 20,62,910 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 28, 2021 8:10:58 am
A health worker keeps a check on a COVID-19 patient receiving oxygen in a bus, in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 27 Highlights: Karnataka on Wednesday reported 26,811 new cases of COVID-19 and 530 more deaths, taking the total number of infections to 24,99,784 and toll to 26,929, the health department said. The day also saw 40,741 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases.

Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, 6,433 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 18,342 discharges and 285 deaths.

As of May 26 evening, cumulatively 24,99,784 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 26,929 deaths and 20,62,910 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 4,09,924. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 19.48 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.97 per cent.

Bengaluru Rural reported 35 deaths, Ballari (22), Belagavi, Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru (14), Chamarajanagara (13), followed by others. Mysuru accounted for 2,792 new cases, Hassan 1,471, Tumakuru 1,399, Davangere 1,309, Belagavi 1,205, followed by others.

A total of over 2,90,61,302 samples have been tested so far, of which 1,37,584 were tested on Wednesday alone. (PTI)

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14:44 (IST)27 May 2021
Karnataka Congress pays tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru on death anniversary

Karnataka Congress leaders on Thursday paid tributes to India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary. 

Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, KPCC President DK Shivakumar along with other leaders paid floral tributes to Nehru’s portrait at the KPCC head office in Queens road.

“Rich tributes to our first PM & architect of modern India Pandit #JawaharlalNehru, on his death anniversary. Through his visionary leadership, he lifted the country from the abyss of colonialism & contributed to the building of a progressive democracy,” the Karnataka Congress said on its official Twitter handle.

14:18 (IST)27 May 2021
Karnataka: Pvt hospitals want vaccination service charge to be hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 300

Private health facilities in Karnataka urged the state government to allow a hike in service charges for inoculating people with Covid-19 vaccines.

The Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association wants the service charge to be increased from Rs 100 to Rs 300, citing “huge expenses” required towards investing for cold chain, storage and logistical needs among others.

In letters addressed to the Covid task force and to the Additional Chief Secretary (Health), doctors stated that direct procurement of vaccines from manufacturers itself costs nearly four to eight times more than what was being paid to the government to get the jabs.

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13:18 (IST)27 May 2021
"Controlling COVID-19 & protecting the interests of the people are my only focus": CM Yediyurappa on speculation about attempts to replace him

Amid speculations rife that some attempts were on within the ruling BJP to replace him, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday said controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting the interests of the people were his only priorities now.

"The only thing before me is COVID, controlling it and protecting the interest of the people is my priority. If some has gone somewhere (referring to some legislators going to Delhi to meet high command), they have been given the right answers (by the high command) and sent back," Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said when people are in distress and deaths are increasing due to COVID, controlling it together should be the priority of legislators, Ministers and everyone. "We should focus towards it (controlling COVID), there is no other matter in front of me, facing COVID is my first priority," he added.

13:04 (IST)27 May 2021
IN PIC | CM garlands portrait of Nehru on 57th death anniversary

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday garlanded a portrait of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the first Prime Minister’s 57th death anniversary.

12:17 (IST)27 May 2021
Black fungus: 481 cases in Karnataka, govt advises against use of steroids during first week of treatment of Covid patients

With the cumulative number of patients infected with mucormycosis (black fungus) in Karnataka now rising to 481, the state government has advised doctors not to administer steroids to patients during the first week of Covid-19 infection.

According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the move comes after an expert panel constituted to study the source of infection pointed out that using steroids in the first week of Covid treatment was the primary reason for rise in cases of mucormycosis.

“We need to avoid this and steroids should be administered to Covid patients only from the second week. There are about 95 cases of black fungus now being treated at Bangalore Medical College. Out of them, 75 patients have either uncontrolled diabetes or have been administered steroids during Covid treatment,” Sudhakar explained.

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11:50 (IST)27 May 2021
Bengaluru Covid bed allocation scam: With two more CCB arrests, total rises to 11

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka Police Tuesday confirmed the arrest of two more people in the case related to irregularities in the allotment of beds through the centralised system of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, the accused have been identified as Yashwanth Kumar M (21) and Varun S (20) with the latter found to be working at the BBMP South Zone war room. 

'While Varun was working in the BBMP South zone war room, he was found to have shared patient numbers with his friend Yashwanth. Yashwanth then used to contact the patients referred by him to then demand money for bed booking,' he explained. 

As many as 11 people have arrested so far in the case in which the probe is still underway, CCB sleuths added. 

The CCB had Tuesday confirmed the arrest of Babu, alleged to be acquainted with the personal assistant of Bommanahalli MLA Satish Reddy in the same case. Earlier this month, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had ordered CCB to investigate the scam, after allegations of irregularities in the system were made by Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya and three MLAs.

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10:05 (IST)27 May 2021
Street vendors and metro construction workers to be vaccinated on priority basis

The Karnataka government will give vaccines to street vendors on priority basis starting from today. 

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa to launch the drive on Thursday evening at the National college grounds. 

Even metro construction workers will also be provided vaccines according to Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials. Metro construction workers have been identified as front line workers by government recently

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09:53 (IST)27 May 2021
Lockdown violation: Bengaluru police seizes 998 vehicles, files 51 NDMA cases

Even as most people in Bengaluru chose to stay indoors adhering to the extended lockdown announced across the state till June 7, the Bengaluru City Police (BCP) seized 998 vehicles from different parts of the city on Wednesday, between 10 am and 8 pm, for allegedly violating the guidelines.

According to data shared by BCP, 868 two-wheelers, 54 three-wheelers, and 66 four-wheelers were seized during inspections held across the city. Meanwhile, 51 cases were filed under relevant sections of the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA), as per an official release.

09:40 (IST)27 May 2021
Karnataka order restricting oxygen sale hits those in home isolation; citizens step up to help

As Karnataka continues to grapple with oxygen shortage amid the second wave of Covid-19, a government order mandating that manufacturers and suppliers provide oxygen only to hospitals and not to individuals has compounded problems for those in home isolation.

The government order was issued earlier this month. Among many hit by it was Gagandeep S, whose father was discharged from a private hospital in Bengaluru last week and was recommended oxygen support at home for at least a fortnight.

“As I was informed about my father’s discharge at the eleventh hour, we had to quickly make arrangements at home. I reached out to the supplier my neighbour had contacted earlier in April, but he told me he was barred from providing me with oxygen. I contacted several leads I found online and everyone said the same.”

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09:40 (IST)27 May 2021
Karnataka: Hit by Covid-induced lockdown, transgenders seek relief and vaccines

Ever since Karnataka went into a lockdown to combat and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the transgender community has been suffering like never before as the shutting down of public spaces and cancellation of weddings have led to a complete loss in earnings for them.

Like last year, the community is looking for a relief package from the government to help them tide through these difficult times.

“Alms is the only source of my income and since the lockdown was announced, we are suffering a lot. I don’t have any money to buy ration and have been forced to take a loan from a few people to survive. We were expecting that the government would provide a relief package this year but so far, nothing has been announced,” Chandrika, a member of the transgender community in Bengaluru, said.

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09:16 (IST)27 May 2021
Mysuru: Corporates donate over Rs 12.5 crore in 20 days for Covid aid

As many as 24 corporate companies in Mysuru have together contributed over Rs 12.53 crore towards Covid relief, Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri said. 

She noted that the contribution was made by the companies in 20 days by spending money under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. 

“As many as 41 out of the total 54 industries in Mysuru have come forward to donate under CSR while many companies have sponsored ICU and HDU beds, ventilators, well-equipped ambulances, oxygen concentrators, ventilators, oxygen plants, medical kits, PPE kits and other equipment. These are now being used efficiently with accountability,” she said. 

The DC has also made an appeal to others to make contributions.

08:53 (IST)27 May 2021
Mysuru hospital to commence Covaxin trial on kids

State Government-run Cheluvamba hospital, in Mysuru and part Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI), will soon commence Covaxin clinical trials among children and young adults in the age group two to 18 years. 

Recently MMCRI’s human ethical committee had granted approval for the trial. 

Cheluvamba hospital is one of five sites selected for the trial in the state, said CP Nanjaraj, dean and director of the institute and Dr HB Shashidhar, member secretary of the ethical committee.

"It’s the only hospital in Karnataka selected for pediatric trials of the Covid-19 vaccine," he added.

08:52 (IST)27 May 2021
Watch: Ambulance driver recovers from Covid-19, celebrates with victory dance

While the ongoing pandemic has spread gloom around the country, stories of recovering Covid-19 patients often bring cheer among netizens. A video of an ambulance driver celebrating after recovering from the disease has gone viral on social media, after it was shared by Twitter page @ErtBangalore.

According to the tweet, which has now gone viral on social media, the ambulance driver Kumar was in a critical condition when a group of volunteers received a request to help him find a bed. Seven days later, a fully-recovered Kumar sent a video to them, excitedly dancing before being discharged from the hospital.

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08:45 (IST)27 May 2021
Freedom fighter Doreswamy passes away at 103

Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, who recently recovered from Covid-19, died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday afternoon.

The 103-year-old Gandhian was recently admitted to Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bengaluru due to post-Covid complications.

Born in Bengaluru on April 10, 1918, Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy, is known for his participation in the Quit India movement and Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan movement. He was also a familiar figure in civil society movements in Karnataka as he had campaigned to revive lakes in Bengaluru.

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08:43 (IST)27 May 2021
Govt names 13 doctors in high-level committee for Covid ‘third wave’

The Karnataka government has identified 13 doctors, including 7 paediatricians in a high-level committee formed “to analyse, advice and control Covid-19 third wave.” 

The committee is headed by Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, cardiothoracic surgeon, Narayana Hrudalaya.

Dr Sathish Girimaji, director, NIMHANS; Dr  Basavaraj GV, medical superintendent, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health; Dr Ashish Sathapathy, regional team leader, WHO; Dr Ajaykumar, oncologist at HCG; Dr Aravind Shenoi, pediatric doctor, Cloudnine Hospital;, Dr Raghunath U, pediatric intensivist, Sagar Hospital; Dr Jagadish Chinnappa, pediatric cluster head, Manipal Hospital; Dr Srikanth JT, pediatric pulmonologist Aster Hospital; Dr  Yogananda Reddy, pediatrician; Dr Vinod H Ratageri, professor of pediatrics, KIMS, Hubballi and Dr Prem K Mony, professor of Epidemiology and Community Health, St. John’s Hospital are the other members. Director of Medical Education Dr PG Girish is the member secretary.

08:37 (IST)27 May 2021
Karnataka''s global tender for vaccines get response from 2 firms to supply Sputnik

In response to global tender floated by Karnataka to procure two crore Covid-19 vaccines, two suppliers have come forward to supply Russia's Sputnik V and Sputnik Lite vaccines. Mumbai-based Bulk MRO Industrial Supply Pvt Ltd and Bengaluru-based Thulasi Systems have responded to the tender that closed on Monday, and no bids have come from major vaccine manufacturers, according to officials. 

Karnataka government had recently approved Rs 843 crore for the vaccine procurement. The state government is also directly procuring domestically manufactured vaccines- Serum Institute of India''s Covishield and Bharat Biotech''s Covaxin- aimed at increasing the pace of vaccination in the State. 

According to information shared by the state's Health Minister K Sudhakar recently, Karnataka has so far received 12,91,280 doses of Covaxin under Central quota and 1,44,170 doses under direct procurement. While, total Covishield doses received from the Centre is 1.05 crore, 13.54 lakh doses have been purchased directly by the state.

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08:32 (IST)27 May 2021
At auto driver’s home of hope for elderly in Bengaluru, vaccination is a stumbling block

They gathered around the ambulance that had brought the middle-aged woman. She was well-dressed, spoke fluent English, sported a pair of sunglasses and carried a leather handbag. “Nobody should touch me,” she said from behind a scarf that covered her face, when a volunteer tried to examine a wound on her foot.

This is the latest rescue operation carried out by Home of Hope, a shelter for the elderly homeless and destitute run by Auto Raja, who was once an autorickshaw driver in Bengaluru. The home is now a Covid care centre, too, for those left without care in the middle of a surging pandemic.

“We have created our own Covid care and isolation centre and have sent many of those who have been infected to a government centre for recovery. City officials come occasionally and carry out rapid antigen tests among 15 to 20 people to assess the situation. We have had only one death so far, that of an 88-year-old man, among the 194 people who tested positive,” Auto Raja, 54, said.

But for private care homes, such as the one run by Raja, the pandemic has also presented its own set of challenges, primarily in getting access to vaccines. In Karnataka, more than 50 per cent (13,357) of the 25,811 Covid deaths that have occurred till Monday have been of persons over the age of 60.

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08:09 (IST)27 May 2021
530 more deaths, TPR drops below 20% for first time this month

Karnataka Wednesday reported 530 more deaths as the toll rose to 26,399 since March 10 last year. While Bengaluru Urban reported 285 deaths, the capital city also recorded 6,433  new infections and 18,342 recoveries.

Other districts that reported most fatalities were Ballari (19), Ballari (22), Belagavi, Mysuru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru (14 each), and Chamarajanagar (13). 

Meanwhile, test positivity rate (TPR) dropped to 19.48 per cent as the declining trend of recoveries (40,741) outnumbering new cases (26,811) continued. This is the first time TPR has dropped below 20 per cent since April 27. The active caseload across the state has also dropped to 4,09,924 with 2,07,357 of them in Bengaluru Urban alone. 

Among other districts that reported most new cases were Mysuru (2,792), Hassan (1,471), Tumakuru (1,399), Davangere (1,309), and Belagavi (1,205). While 1,37,584 were tested on Wednesday alone, as many as 1,27,317 people were vaccinated from across the state.

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08:08 (IST)27 May 2021
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
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. 

As Karnataka continues to grapple with oxygen shortage amid the second wave of Covid-19, a government order mandating that manufacturers and suppliers provide oxygen only to hospitals and not to individuals has compounded problems for those in home isolation.

READ | Karnataka order restricting oxygen sale hits those in home isolation; citizens step up to help

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka Police Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a 34-year-old man in the case related to irregularities in the allotment of beds through the centralised system of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The accused, Babu, is also alleged to be acquainted with the personal assistant of Bommanahalli MLA Satish Reddy.

READ | Bengaluru Covid bed allocation scam: Crime Branch arrests man linked to PA of BJP MLA

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