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Karnataka Bengaluru May 26 Highlights: State records 22,758 fresh cases, 6243 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 26 Highlights: The state logged 588 more deaths, taking the toll to 26,399, while the caseload stood at 24,72,973.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 27, 2021 8:07:46 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19 vaccineA medical worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 26 Highlights: A total of over 20 lakh COVID-19 related recoveries have been recorded in Karnataka so far, as the state on Tuesday reported 38,224 new discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, which was at 22,758, the health department said on Tuesday. The state logged 588 more deaths, taking the toll to 26,399, while the caseload stood at 24,72,973.

Of the fresh cases reported Tuesday, 6,243 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 13,210 discharges and 350 deaths.

As of May 25 evening, cumulatively 24,72,973 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 26,399 deaths and 20,22,172 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 4,24,381. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 21.13 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.58 per cent.

Belagavi reported 24 deaths today, Ballari (20), Shivamogga (19), Mysuru (17), Uttara Kannada (15), Tumakuru (14), followed by others. Mysuru accounted for 2,241 deaths, Tumakuru 1,312, Hassan 1,285, Belagavi 1,260, followed by others.

A total of over 2,89,23,718 samples have been tested so far, of which 1,07,675 were tested on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

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21:56 (IST)26 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. 

19:50 (IST)26 May 2021
Rise in black fungus infections: Karnataka advises against use of steroids during first week of Covid-19 treatment

With the cumulative number of patients infected with mucormycosis (black fungus) in Karnataka rising up 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 a prime reason for the infection. "We need to avoid this and steroids should be administered on Covid-19 only from the second week.

There are about 95 cases of black fungus now being treated at Bangalore Medical College. 75 cases out of them have either uncontrolled diabetes or have been administered steroids during Covid treatment," Sudhakar explained. 

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19:40 (IST)26 May 2021
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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15:57 (IST)26 May 2021
Increase tax on tobacco products to generate revenue for Covid vaccination: Public health experts

Public health experts in Bengaluru have urged the GST Council to increase compensation CESS on all tobacco products in a bid to generate additional revenue thereby helping governments to procure Covid-19 vaccines.

Experts feel that increasing tobacco taxes would help the economic distress the country is facing amid the ongoing Covid crisis as it would also reduce affordability among tobacco users and consumption as well.

"This will generate substantial revenue for the Government while motivating millions of tobacco users to quit, also preventing youngsters from initiating tobacco use," Seethalakshmi S, Director (policy and strategy), Institute for Policy Research, Bengaluru said. 

Meanwhile, oncologist Vishal Rao remarked that there was "growing evidence" that the use of tobacco products increased the risk for severe Covid 19 infection. "Smoking worsens lung function and reduces immunity. Tobacco users who develop Covid infection have more complications and a greater risk of fatality," he said, endorsing the proposal. 

The group has also appealed to the GST council to take steps to look into their recommendation ahead of the Council meeting on May 28. 

14:11 (IST)26 May 2021
Karnataka Congress launches free ambulance service

Congress Cares, an initiative by the Karnataka Youth Congress committee launched a new Ambulance service for the people of Kodagu, Shimoga, and Chikmagalur today at the KPCC Office, Queens Road, in the presence of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar. 

The new service was inaugurated by Indian Youth Congress National President BV Srinivas.

14:10 (IST)26 May 2021
Weather update: Coastal Karnataka likely to witness thundershowers, lightning till May 31

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains across coastal Karnataka till the end of this month. 

As per the state forecast issued on Wednesday, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada districts are very likely to witness thundershowers and lightning till May 31. The same is likely at isolated places over South Interior Karnataka as well on May 26, 27, and 30, IMD added.

14:09 (IST)26 May 2021
IN PICS | Amid spike in Covid cases in rural areas, Karnataka CM interacts with gram panchayats

After increasing numbers of fresh Covid-19 cases being reported from rural areas of Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa interacted with select gram panchayats reporting high caseload via video conferencing on Wednesday morning.

12:01 (IST)26 May 2021
Karnataka BJP MLA conducts ‘Agnihotra homa’ on Belagavi streets to ‘eradicate Covid-19’

Karnataka MLA and BJP leader Abhay Patil led an ‘Agnihotra homa’ procession in Belagavi city on Tuesday, claiming it will ‘eradicate Covid-19’.
Flouting the Coivd-19 lockdown norms Patil along with a group of people was seen pushing a cart containing a burning fire of cow dung cakes, camphor, neem leaves, Guggula (gum resin) and other herbs to perform the homa on the streets of the old city on Tuesday morning.
After performing, the three-time BJP MLA from Belagavi South constituency in North Karnataka said, “I follow Ayurveda stream of medicine. By performing the homa, I hope we can contain the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.”

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10:52 (IST)26 May 2021
In a first, Bengaluru civic body deploys women marshals for Covid-related duties

Bengaluru’s civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has trained and deployed 11 women marshals across the city on an experimental basis to enforce Covid-19 norms and help out at care centres.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the BBMP has deployed over 230 male marshals to ensure people are following Covid-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance. The marshals have been briefed to patrol public areas like busy streets and markets.

“We have hired 11 BBMP women marshals for the first time on an experimental basis. They have undergone similar training as male marshals, and will be deployed at select maternity homes, Covid care centres, triaging and stabilisation centres in the city,” Col Rajbir Singh, chief marshal officer, BBMP told

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10:27 (IST)26 May 2021
Renowned Bharatanatyam dancer B Bhanumati dead

Renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, Kannada Rajyotsava awardee  B. Bhanumati (74) succumbed to Covid-19.

She was on ventilator support at KC General Hospital but treatment failed. Her Nrityakalamandiram dance school in Jayanagar 7th Block and started in 1980 has tutored many Bharatanatyam students. 

Bhanumati had won many accolades, including the Shantala Natya Sri award, Karnataka Kalashree award and the Rajyotsava award.

09:29 (IST)26 May 2021
BJP MP Tejasvi Surya calls off paid vaccination drive after backlash

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya drew flak again after a poster saying 'supported by Office of Tejasvi Surya' appeared outside a paid vaccination centre in Jayanagar, South Bengaluru.

Many took to social media to express their displeasure, and the government or MP failed to ensure supplies to public hospitals while allowing private hospitals to conduct drives. Tejasvi Surya's private paid vaccine center is reportedly next to a BBMP centre.

After criticism, the office of Surya tweeted, "Please note that there will be no vaccination drive at Shalini Grounds today. A link to register for appointments on the hospital portal will soon be updated. Please circulate this message and ensure the right message reaches the public. Thank you,”

09:18 (IST)26 May 2021
Infighting among Karnataka BJP encouraging senior leaders to lobby for top post

The deepening crisis over increasing Covid-19 cases in Karnataka has exacerbated factionalism in the BJP’s state unit. At a time the B S Yediyurappa government in the state is struggling to contain the pandemic situation, a group of disgruntled party MLAs are learnt to have come to Delhi to push for a change in the top leadership in the state. Some of these MLAs have expressed disappointment over the style of the chief minister’s functioning. 

The infighting — which is apparently deep within the state Cabinet also — seems to have encouraged some senior leaders to lobby for the top post. However, the party’s national leadership did not pay attention to their demands so far. The MLAs, it is learnt, are in touch with a senior central party leader.

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09:17 (IST)26 May 2021
Bengaluru airport processed over 6.5 lakh kg of Covid relief material from April this year: BIAL

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/BLR Airport) has processed 6,50,225 kg (542,620 kg of imports and 107,605 kg of domestic inbound) of Covid-related relief material from April 1 to May 19 this year, the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) stated on Tuesday.

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

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09:12 (IST)26 May 2021
Sapna Book House founder Suresh Shah dead

The founder of Sapna Book House, one of the largest bookstore chains in Karnataka, Suresh C Shah died due to old age related ailments on Tuesday, family sources said.

Shah, 84, was undergoing treatment in a private hospital at Seshadripuram where he breathed his last in the afternoon.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and many of his cabinet colleagues including Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani condoled Shah's death.

09:02 (IST)26 May 2021
Amid spike in Covid cases in rural areas, Karnataka CM to interact with gram panchayats today

After increasing numbers of fresh Covid-19 cases are being reported from rural areas of Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa 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 on Tuesday.

“There is an indication that COVID-19 is coming under control in cities like Bengaluru,but the government’s focus is now on rural areas, and hence district administrations have been given greater responsibility, including, implementation of lockdown locally,” he told reporters in Bengaluru.

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09:00 (IST)26 May 2021
Two youths linked to Karnataka ex-BJP minister sex CD extortion case seek anticipatory bail

Two former employees of a local television media in Karnataka, suspected to be involved in an alleged extortion case filed by former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi over a sex CD scandal earlier this year, have sought anticipatory bail from a local court fearing arrest by a Special Investigations Team (SIT) that is probing the case.

The two youths, R Shravan Kumar, a former video editor, and Naresh Gowda, a former journalist, who went underground soon after the alleged sex video went viral on March 2, are yet to be tracked down by an SIT of the Karnataka police constituted to investigate the case.

The two youths filed the anticipatory bail plea last week after Jarkiholi was subjected to a medical test ahead of what are seen as steps being taken by the SIT to file chargesheets.

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08:55 (IST)26 May 2021
As pressure builds on Devas arbitration, court clears ED plea to advance hearing

On a plea by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a special court has advanced by two months hearings in a case against start-up firm Devas Multimedia, which is embroiled in a legal battle with the Indian government over a failed 2005 satellite deal.

The special court to hear Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases Monday advanced hearings to June 8 from August 19, after the ED approached it last week, citing “national importance”. The agency told the court that the arbitration and compensation payment process initiated by Devas in foreign courts was causing embarrassment to the country.

Advocates for Devas Multimedia pleaded that hearings cannot begin since summons had not been served for appearance of Ramachandran Vishwanathan, the US-based CEO founder of the firm, and officials of Devas Multimedia America Inc, a US subsidiary of Devas, to which foreign investments were allegedly illegally diverted by the firm.

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08:54 (IST)26 May 2021
Karnataka govt warns pvt hospitals of stringent action if they hold back bodies until bills cleared

The Karnataka government has warned of stringent action against private hospitals including cancelling the licence if they hold back bodies of those who died to Covid-19 till the bills are cleared by the relatives or victims family.

An order to this effect was passed by the Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Jawaid Akhtar. According to the order, the government has taken a serious view of reports of hospitals holding back bodies of those who died of COVID-19 till the bills are cleared by the kin.

The officer said under the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act, 2007, no hospital can refuse to hand over the body of the deceased to relatives after his/her passing away.

“The deputy commissioners of the districts have been directed to cancel the licence of the hospital and initiate appropriate action under the KPME Act-2007 if such instances come to light. Further, the district authorities have to report on a weekly basis about any such incident coming to light,” Akhtar said in his order.

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08:53 (IST)26 May 2021
Bengaluru Covid bed allocation scam: Crime Branch arrests 'key suspect' allegedly linked to PA of BJP MLA

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka Police Tuesday confirmed the arrest of Babu (34) known as a 'key suspect' in the case related to irregularities in the allotment of beds through the centralised system of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). 

According to CCB sleuths, the accused has been taken into police custody till May 31. They added that Babu is a resident of Roopena Agrahara and was acting as a broker to get beds for Covid patients. 'The accused is said to have run the racket with Nethravathy, a social activist, and Rohith Kumar, who were arrested earlier. While the duo used to get customers for the beds, Babu used to ensure bed availability,' a CCB official told 

Further, they added that Babu was acquainted to the personal assistant of Bommanahalli MLA Satish Reddy. However, they are yet to ascertain the accused's direct links with the MLA.

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08:49 (IST)26 May 2021
‘Let Congress Vaccinate’ online campaign launched by Karnataka Congress

The Karnataka Congress on Tuesday launched ‘Let Congress Vaccinate’, an online campaign to build pressure on the government to allow it to directly procure them as per their Rs 100 crore plan.

The party had recently announced that all its legislators and MPs would pool in Rs 100 crore from their Local Area Development (LAD) funds to procure vaccines.

As part of the social media campaign, state Congress President D K Shivakumar, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Working President Eshwar Khandre, former ministers R V Deshpande, among other party leaders, shared video messages highlighting BJP governments “failure” to procure vaccine and inoculate people against the pandemic.

The party, in a release, claimed that more than 20,000 people lent their support to the campaign today and shared their videos on Twitter and Facebook,asking the BJP government to permit the Congress to procure directly and vaccinate the people of Karnataka.

Two former employees of a local television media in Karnataka, suspected to be involved in an alleged extortion case filed by former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi over a sex CD scandal earlier this year, have sought anticipatory bail from a local court fearing arrest by a Special Investigations Team (SIT) that is probing the case.

READ | Two youths linked to Karnataka ex-BJP minister sex CD extortion case seek anticipatory bail

The kin of a 56-year-old female patient, who was admitted to a private hospital from her residence near C V Raman Nagar in Bengaluru, were shocked to see the doctor issuing a prescription to them to procure the new 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) drug a day after its first batch was launched in an event in Delhi.

READ | Bengaluru: Kin of Covid patients scramble as doctors prescribe DRDO’s 2DG drug yet unavailable in market

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