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Karnataka Bengaluru June 1 Highlights: State reports 16,604 fresh cases, 3992 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 1 Highlights: A total of over 2,97,36,960 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,22,329 were done on Monday alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 2, 2021 8:17:00 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 1 Highlights: Recording a steady decline, Karnataka logged less than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and 411 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 26.04 lakh and the toll to 29,090. The day also saw 44,473 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases which stood at 16,604.

Out of the 16,604 new cases reported on Monday, 3,992 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 20,332 discharges and 242 deaths, a health department bulletin said.

Cumulatively 26,04,431 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 29,090 deaths and 22,61,590 discharges, the bulletin said. The total number of active cases is now 3,13,730. While the positivity rate stood at 13.57 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 2.47 per cent.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of deaths (242), Belagavi reported 15, Mysuru and Shivamogga (13 each), Hassan
(12), Bengaluru Rural, Dharwad and Uttara Kannada (10), followed by others. Among the districts where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,992, Mysuru 1,171, Hassan 1,162, Belagavi 910, Tumakuru 806, Mandya 753, Chitradurga 731, followed by others.

A total of over 2,97,36,960 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,22,329 were done on Monday alone. (PTI)

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19:23 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Cong leader Siddarmaiah admitted to Bengaluru hospital 

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

14:56 (IST)01 Jun 2021
250-bed govt hospital to come up in Bengaluru

A new 250-bed government hospital will be built in Mahadevapura in the city, Karnataka Forest, Kannada and Culture Minister Aravind Limbavali, who is also an MLA from the Mahadevapura constituency, said on Monday.

“The Covid-19 Task Force in the state has been asking for the construction of more hospitals in Bengaluru. The construction of the government hospital will begin very soon,” the minister said in a statement.

According to him, the building will have a special ward for children and also a maternity ward. The hospital will have all facilities available in a district hospital.

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14:40 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Mysuru man cycles 280 kms to and from Bengaluru to get medicines for son amid lockdown

A 45-year-old man in Karnataka bicycled for around 280 kilometres during lockdown to get medicines for his son with special needs. Anand, a mason from Mysuru, travelled to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru on his bicycle recently.

Anand, who resides at Ganiganakoppalu hamlet of Tirumakudal Narsipur Taluk, said he left home on May 23 to reach Bengaluru late at night. On the way, he halted near a temple in Kanakapura to rest. He then reached Banashankari where some locals gave him shelter and food. The next day, he met the doctor at NIMHANS to get the medicines, took rest for the day, and returned the day after.

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12:52 (IST)01 Jun 2021
BBMP Commissioner holds meeting to discuss vaccination for frontline workers in 18-44 age group

The status of vaccination drives for frontline workers in the age group of 18-44 within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits was discussed in a virtual meeting by Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commissioner of BBMP, on Monday. The BBMP commissioner asked the officers to ensure that the vaccination for frontline workers in this age group should be taken up swiftly and completed as soon as possible.

The commissioner said that the government has identified 22 categories of frontline workers in the age group of 18-44 who are to be vaccinated. The zonal and ward level places should be identified and these beneficiaries should be informed that they need to get the jab as soon as possible.

“In the city’s primary health care centres, people who are more than 45 are being vaccinated in different camps. In the camps where frontline workers in the 18-44 age group are getting the jab, those above 45 should not be vaccinated there. There should be separate camps for both categories,” he said.

The commissioner also instructed the officials that there should be no glitches in the system to administer the vaccines for these frontline workers.

Meanwhile, BBMP has arranged a free Covid vaccination camp on Tuesday for journalists working within the BBMP limits. The camp would be held at the BBMP head office starting from 11 am. The state government has designated journalists to be frontline workers.

11:22 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Karnataka: 1370 mucormycosis cases identified so far, 51 deaths

Karnataka has identified mucormycosis in 1370 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. 

As per the official data, Bengaluru Urban has witnessed most cases (557) while Dharwad has reported most deaths (14). As many as 1292 patients are under treatment in various hospitals across the state while 27 patients have recovered so far, as on June 1.

Also Read | Mucormycosis: Karnataka advises against use of steroids during first week of treatment of Covid patients

10:24 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Plan to spray aerial disinfectant over Bengaluru to curb Covid spread put on hold over environmental concerns

A pilot project announced by the Karnataka government, which involved spraying organic anti-microbial solution in the air in a bid to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, has been now put on hold after environmental and health concerns were raised by the city’s civic body.

On Saturday, the government had announced that an American Champion Scout aircraft carrying around 100 litres of organic anti-microbial solution would be flown over the city. The aircraft would spray the solution over congested areas such as Shivajinagar, City Market and Majestic. The pilot project was to be carried out from 8 am to 10 am for three days starting from Monday. While Aerialworks Aero LLP was in charge of spraying the disinfectant, two other private companies – PerSapein and Sugaradhana – had the responsibility of manufacturing the solution.

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09:30 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Karnataka HC ive streams proceedings on trial basis

For the first time, the High Court of Karnataka on Monday conducted a trial of live court proceedings of two Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions. 

The proceedings in the Court Hall-1 of Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj were aired live on High Court’s Youtube Channel on an experimental basis.

Live streaming can be viewed here

09:17 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Decision on lifting restrictions will be taken based on advice of experts, says health minister

The government will make a decision on lifting restrictions based on scientific advice and the CM will take a final call on this, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday.

Speaking to the media, Sudhakar said that since elected representatives work very closely and directly with people, they would know the ground reality.

Many legislators and local elected representatives have raised their concerns based on the opinion of the people but the government has to ultimately take a decision on lifting restrictions based on scientific advice by experts, the minister said. Once the Technical Advisory Committee submits its report to the government, it will be discussed in the cabinet, he added.

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08:55 (IST)01 Jun 2021
No interest in tender, Karnataka to approach vaccine firms directly

The Karnataka government has decided to directly approach vaccine makers to supply doses for the 18-44 group in the state after its global tender got no credible interest from suppliers.

“In response to the short-term global tender floated on May 15 two distribution companies submitted applications but these companies have not provided necessary documents. There was no representation from the companies at virtual meetings as well,” state deputy CM and Covid-19 ministerial task-force head Dr C N Ashwathanarayana said Monday.

Karnataka’s global tender had got a response from two Indian companies involved in importing materials ranging from industrial products to electronics.

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08:54 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Will examine possibility of vaccinating II PU students before exams, Education Minister says

The Karnataka government has decided to examine the possibility of administering Covid-19 vaccines on second pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) students before conducting board examinations later this year. 

According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, a decision will be taken after further discussions with more health experts, officials, and the minister. "We have been recommended to do so by some experts. A final call will be taken after discussing with Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar," Kumar said.

Sources in the education department added that conducting the drive looks challenging at present as most II PU students are 17 years old, while the Covid vaccination drive is open at present to only those aged 18 and above.

08:40 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Karnataka to vaccinate students, professionals travelling overseas on priority

Students and working professionals travelling overseas will be vaccinated on priority from Tuesday (June 1) in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government has announced. 

'The vaccination programme for students going to foreign countries to pursue their studies and those who need to travel to get employed in other countries will be launched on June 1 at 3 pm in the administrative block of the Bengaluru City University,' Narayan, who heads the Covid-19 Task Force, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said. 

Also the head of the state Covid-19 ministerial task force, Ashwathnarayan added that similar arrangements would be made for such groups in other districts as well.

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08:33 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Amid staff crunch, hospitals in Karnataka struggle to utilise PM Cares ventilators

At the ICU inside SNR District Hospital in Kolar district, 20 new ventilators — part of the 2,913 machines provided so far to Karnataka under the PM Cares scheme — have been unpacked but only four of them are installed. The reason: shortage of trained staff to put the ventilators to use.

The demand for ICU ventilator beds across the state has been relentless through the second wave of the pandemic, and the state government had issued directions to hospital authorities to utilise the devices amid reports about more than 40 per cent of such new ventilators lying unused in Karnataka in March. But hospitals have been struggling to put the devices to use due to lack of staff with specialised training.

Out of 637 ICU ventilator beds available under the government quota in the city of Bengaluru, only 14 were empty on Monday evening. The waiting period for an ICU ventilator bed at the peak of the crisis in early May was three days or more, according to staff working in Covid war rooms and hospitals in Bengaluru.

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08:32 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Urge Centre to get vaccines for children, Covid technical advisory committee tells Karnataka govt

The state Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended the Karnataka government to seek vaccines recommended for use in children from the Centre, on priority, in a bid to begin vaccinating them at the earliest. 

"The paediatric experts’ group set up by the state for the third wave has recommended this as they will be most vulnerable to the infection as vaccination for those aged 18 and above are already being taken up. Vaccines available for use in children from manufacturers such as Pfizer should be taken up," a TAC member noted. 

Among other major TAC recommendations, the state government has been urged to begin sampling for genomic sequencing and serology from children, use the next four months to proactively ramp up health infrastructure and clinical facilities, and vaccinating parents of school-going children on priority.

08:13 (IST)01 Jun 2021
Karnataka reports less than 20,000 COVID-19 cases; 411 deaths

Recording a steady decline, Karnataka logged less than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and 411 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 26.04 lakh and the toll to 29,090. The day also saw 44,473 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases which stood at 16,604.

Out of the 16,604 new cases reported on Monday, 3,992 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 20,332 discharges and 242 deaths, a health department bulletin said.

Cumulatively 26,04,431 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 29,090 deaths and 22,61,590 discharges, the bulletin said. The total number of active cases is now 3,13,730. While the positivity rate stood at 13.57 per cent, the
case fatality rate (CFR) was 2.47 per cent.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of deaths (242), Belagavi reported 15, Mysuru and Shivamogga (13 each), Hassan
(12), Bengaluru Rural, Dharwad and Uttara Kannada (10), followed by others. Among the districts where new cases were reported,
Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,992, Mysuru 1,171, Hassan 1,162, Belagavi 910, Tumakuru 806, Mandya 753, Chitradurga 731, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 11,63,229, followed by Mysuru 1,42,815 and Tumakuru 1,03,365. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 10,03,839 ,followed by Mysuru 1,26,106 and Tumakuru 90,505.

A total of over 2,97,36,960 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,22,329 were done on Monday alone. (PTI)

08:11 (IST)01 Jun 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. 

“Don’t panic, stay alert,” a group of senior government officials from Karnataka said in March last year while addressing over 6,000 gram panchayats via a video conference during the Ugadi season. This, as the number of Covid-19 cases began to surge. Little did they know that “Bhaya beda Yecharike irali” – the exact Kannada translation of the phrase – would turn into a jingle, echoing through rural Karnataka.

READ | How rural Karnataka is keeping Covid-19 spread in check

A pilot project announced by the Karnataka government, which involved spraying organic anti-microbial solution in the air in a bid to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, has been now put on hold after environmental and health concerns were raised by the city’s civic body. On Saturday, the government had announced that an American Champion Scout aircraft carrying around 100 litres of organic anti-microbial solution would be flown over the city.

READ | Plan to spray aerial disinfectant over Bengaluru to curb Covid spread put on hold over environmental concerns

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