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Karnataka Bengaluru May 5 Highlights: Bengaluru reports 20,870 fresh cases, 132 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 5 Highlights: According to the health bulletin, the state has 4,64,363 active cases whereas 12,10,013 people have been discharged so far including 24,714 people on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 6, 2021 8:15:31 am
Karnataka, Bengaluru, COVID-19Volunteers stand next to burning pyres of persons 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 5 Highlights: Karnataka on Tuesday reported 44,631 new COVID-19 cases and 292 deaths, taking the caseload and fatalities to 16,90,934 and 16,538 respectively, the health department said. According to the health bulletin, the state has 4,64,363 active cases whereas 12,10,013 people have been discharged so far including 24,714 people on Tuesday.

Bengaluru Urban district, which is the main contributor of daily spike in cases, now has 3,01,712 active cases. The city reported 20,870 infections and 132 deaths on Tuesday. Cumulatively, Bengaluru has 8,40,274 cases and 6,845 deaths.

According to the health bulletin, 2,293 infections were reported in Mysuru, 2,278 in Hassan, 1636 in Tumakuru, 1,506 in Mandya, 1,280 in Kalaburagi and 1,162 in Kalaburagi. Bagalkote, Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Raichur, Shivamogga, Udupi and Uttara Kannada reported over 500 cases.

There were 1,53,707 tests done on Tuesday including 1,40,609 using the RT PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 2.62 crore, the department added. A total of 99.36 lakh inoculations have been done in the state, comprising the first and second dose of vaccine, as of Tuesday. (PTI)

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16:25 (IST)05 May 2021
Bengaluru Covid bed allocation scam: CCB confirms arrest of 4 so far 

The Central Crime Branch of Karnataka police Wednesday confirmed the arrest of four accused in total for their alleged involvement in the Covid bed allocation scam in Bengaluru

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil two FIRs filed in the city was transferred to the CCB. "We have arrested four accused so far. 4 others are being questioned. Searches have been conducted in all eight zonal war rooms,” Patil said. 

Earlier on Tuesday, DCP (South) Harish Pandey had confirmed the arrest of Nethravathy (40), a social worker, and Rohith Kumar (22), her nephew in an alleged bed-booking scam. The duo was arrested after a sting operation was conducted by the police.

“Our team approached them for beds posing as relatives of a COVID-19 patient. We then realised that the duo, from Begur, would charge between Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000 after understanding the financial status of the person seeking a bed,” Pandey had said.

15:57 (IST)05 May 2021
No mention of PM address today: Karnataka CMO

The Karnataka Chief Minister's Office Wednesday clarified that B S Yediyurappa had not mentioned anything on the timing of PM Modi's address but stated that a decision on a full-fledged lockdown would be taken based on the Prime Minister's advice. 

"It has been misrepresented in some media that the CM (Yediyurappa) has specified that the PM shall address the nation this evening. It has been clarified that the CM mentioned that a decision on lockdown would be taken this evening based on Centre's guidelines. The CM was just replying to some queries raised on the same by reporters on the sidelines after he paid tribute to former CM K C Reddy on his 119th birth anniversary," a senior official from the Karnataka CMO told Indianexpress.com.

15:00 (IST)05 May 2021
Decision on full-fledged lockdown based on directions from PM Modi: Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday clarified that a decision on whether or not a full-fledged lockdown should be imposed in the state to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 would be taken based on directions from Prime Minister Modi. 

"With the PM scheduled to speak this evening, we shall implement based on what he says. We’re waiting for his directions. Based on his directives, we will decide in the evening,” he told reporters in Bengaluru.

14:21 (IST)05 May 2021
Weather update: IMD forecasts rain in some areas in Bengaluru

The IMD has issued local forecast for Bengaluru city over the next 24 hours. The city will have partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershowers very likely in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 33 and 22 degree Celsius respectively.

Heavy rainfall was reported on Tuesday in Shirahatti (Gadag), around 7 cm of rain was received.

Chief amounts of rainfall (in cm): Nargund (Gadag dt), B Durga (Chitradurga dt) 5 cm each; Kadra (Uttara Kannada dt) 4 cm; Hosadurga, Holalkere, Bharamsagara (all Chitradurga dt), Tyagarthi (Shivamogga dt) - 3 cm each; Kiravatti, Siddapur (both Uttara Kannada dt), Kalghatgi, Arg Kalghatgi (both Dharwad dt), Haveri Pto, Bellatti (Gadag dt), Harapanahalli (Davangere dt) 2 cm each; Karwar, Sankeshwar, Bailhongal (both Belagavi dt), Dharwad Pto, Bagalkote Pto, Gadag, Badami (Bagalkote dt), Thalaguppa, Anavatti (both Shivamogga dt), Bargur (Tumakuru dt), Teligi (Davangere dt), Yagati (Chikkamagaluru dt), Gowribidanur (Chikaballapura dt) - 1 cm each.

Kalaburgi recorded the highest Maximum temperature of 38.5 C in the State.

Forecast for State over next 24 hours: Rain/thundershowers very likely to occur at many places over Coastal Karnataka; at a few places over South Interior Karnataka and at isolated places over North Interior Karnataka.

13:47 (IST)05 May 2021
Chamarajanagar tragedy: Mysuru DC issues clarifications

Mysuru District Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri on Wednesday issued clarifications on allegations on her not alloting oxygen supply on time to Chamarajanagar. Chamarajnagar Deputy Commissioner made the allegations by releasing Press Note against Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru in context of oxygen supplies to Chamarajnagar. 

"The matter is under inquiry as per orders of the State Government; however Chamarajnagar Deputy Commissioner, without waiting for the enquiry to be completed, continues to make false allegations against Deputy Commissioner Mysuru in media," Sindhuri said in a statement. 

"I categorically state that as Deputy Commissioner Mysuru I did not ration or control Oxygen supplies to Chamarajanagar or any other district. The oxygen supplies to a district are entirely between the supplier/re-filler and the district. Another Deputy Commissioner has no role or authority in the same.For example Mysuru oxygen supplies are from Ballari. If supplier from Ballari supplies less, I cannot blame Deputy Commissioner Ballari, " she said, while adding it is the responsibility of the district to manage their own oxygen supplies. "If any supplier does not supply or district needs are not met then supervision and correction is by the State level officers. The DC Chamarajnagar should have coordianated with these State Level officers and got his supplies. He failed to do that and is now blaming DC Mysuru."

"As a matter of fact Mysuru district, upon emergency request from Chamarajnagar, took out 40 Oxygen Cylinders out of its own District Hospital on night of 1st May 2021 and sent to Chamarajnagar. All these facts will be proved in the enquiry that is already ordered by the State Government," she added.

13:19 (IST)05 May 2021
Covid-19: Siddaramaiah⁩ conducts meeting with govt top officials

Karnataka Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah held a meeting with Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar & Additional Chief Secretary, Health Department, Jawaid Akhtar regarding Covid-19 situation in the state on Wednesday. According to Siddaramaiah, he has given various suggestions to deal with the ongoing covid 19 crisis in the state to the top officials.

12:32 (IST)05 May 2021
Chamarajanagar Tragedy: Govt appoints retired High Court judge to probe incident

Karnataka government on Wednesday appointed retired Karnataka High Court judge BA Patil as a one-man commission of inquiry of 23 deaths in Chamarajanagar district hospital due to oxygen shortage on 3 May.

One man Commission shall submit it's report within 1 month, stated in the order. 

23 people died allegedly due to oxygen shortage in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district hospital on May 3. 

Earlier the district sessions court Judge Sadashiva S. Sultanpuri visited the hospital to take stock of the situation. The Judge visited the hospital and also spoke to the Chamarajanagar district commissioner MR Ravi and reviewed the situation at the hospital premises. 

The families of the patients have alleged they died because of a shortage of medical oxygen at the facility, the state government has claimed only three of the deaths occurred due to this reason.

11:22 (IST)05 May 2021
From Bengaluru, a daily Twitter Spaces segment to bridge Covid-19-related info gaps

At a time when several social media accounts with a large following are turning into Covid helplines, a Bengaluru-based influencer is going the extra mile to bridge the gap between “the well-informed (government) and info seekers (public)”.

Using Twitter Spaces, which allows users with 600 or more followers to host live audio conversations, satire account Tharle Thimma (@BLRrocKS) hopes to address the “confusion” over several Covid-related issues, including how to procure vital drugs.

The person behind the account, who chose to remain anonymous, told Indianexpress.com that the idea stemmed from a simple online query sent to a “responsive bureaucrat”.

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10:22 (IST)05 May 2021
Kolar to get 450 more beds for Covid-19 treatment: Dy CM

Owing to the rising demand for Covid-19 treatment in Kolar, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Tuesday announced that 450 more beds would be made available to the public in the district soon.

The Deputy CM, however, maintained that the district situated 70 kilometres off Bengaluru, has no shortage of oxygen at present. “However, we have decided to prepare for any such situation in future by setting up a 6000-litre oxygen storage facility and an oxygen generation plant of 1000 litre/minute capacity at the premises of SNR hospital,” he said.

Ashwathnarayan highlighted that 300 more oxygenated beds, and another 150 ICU beds will be added to the existing ones in government hospitals situated across the district.

09:47 (IST)05 May 2021
Day after Chamarajnagar tragedy, oxygen shortage reported from many places in Karnataka

Shortage of oxygen was reported from several hospitals in Karnataka on Tuesday, with at least three hospitals in Bengaluru raising concerns over the issue. This comes a day after 23 Covid patients had died in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district allegedly due to oxygen shortage on Monday.

Chaitanya Medical Centre in Yelahanka said there was an oxygen crisis on Monday due to which they had to shift all their Covid patients to various others hospitals in the city.

Medax Hospitals in RT Nagar in the city had also said that they had faced shortage of oxygen. The hospital authorities had written to relatives of Covid patients admitted there asking them to make other arrangements due to shortage of oxygen in their hospitals. “This is to inform you that we are running out of oxygen supply. We are unable to provide oxygen care for the patient. We have been informed since May 1 (6 pm). We will shortly run out of oxygen by 5 pm on May 3. Kindly arrange for beds in different hospitals. We regret this situation,” Dr Srihari R Shapur stated in the letter.

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09:37 (IST)05 May 2021
Karnataka postpones II PU exams, I PU students to be promoted without exams

The Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to postpone the second-year Pre-University (II PU) board examinations in the wake of the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

“New dates will be announced well in advance,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar announced. He also appealed to the students to continue with their preparations “without getting disheartened.”

However, the government is yet to announce any change to the SSLC (class 10) exams scheduled to be held from June 21 to July 5. Earlier, Kumar had announced that a continuous and comprehensive evaluation programme will be the deciding factor for the promotion of students from classes 1 to 9.

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09:07 (IST)05 May 2021
Bengaluru: Indian Air Force to open 100-bed Covid care facility at Jalahalli station

With Covid-19 cases rising in Bengaluru, the Indian Air Force has decided to establish a 100-bed Covid treatment facility at its Air Force Station in Jalahalli.

According to officials, the facility, which will initially have 20 beds, will start on May 6 with oxygen concentrators only. “Once oxygen availability is ensured by the State Government, the remaining 80 beds are expected to be operational by May 20. Of the total 100 beds, there will be 10 ICU beds and 40 beds with piped oxygen. Balance 50 beds will have oxygen concentrators,” the Defence PRO added.

The facility is expected to be manned by specialists, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff provided by the Command Hospital Air Force, Bengaluru. Admission to the facility will be coordinated by BBMP/ Govt of Karnataka through a nodal officer. “The Karnataka government has assured necessary support for pharmacy, oxygen and security,” the official added.

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08:48 (IST)05 May 2021
Karnataka govt appoints 5 cabinet ministers for Covid-19 management

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Karnataka, five cabinet ministers have been appointed by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to manage the covid situation in the state.

Minister for Large and Medium Industries Jagadish Shettar has been appointed the in-charge of Oxygen Centres. He will coordinate with the central government to ensure there is no shortage of oxygen, Yediyurappa told reporters.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwathnarayan has been asked to coordinate with all medical colleges in the state and ensure that there is no shortage of Remdesivir injection and human resources.

Home minister Basavaraj Bommai and Revenue Minister R Ashoka will look into the requirement of beds in government and private hospitals. Forests Minister Arvind Limbavali will be in charge of various war rooms and call centres,” he added.

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08:46 (IST)05 May 2021
Hospital beds being allocated to Covid patients in exchange for bribes, alleges Bengaluru BJP MP Tejasvi Surya

At a time when many Covid patients in Bengaluru are reportedly struggling to find hospital beds for treatment, Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Tuesday alleged that there was “widespread corruption” in allocating Covid beds in Karnataka’s capital city.

“Bribes are being taken to allocate Covid beds. An unholy nexus of BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) officers, Arogya Mitras and certain private agents is behind this scam,” Surya alleged, claiming this had led to an “artificial shortage” of beds in the city.

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08:34 (IST)05 May 2021
Karnataka declares journalists as ‘frontline workers’; scribes to be vaccinated on priority

Amid the nationwide vaccination drive across the country, the Karnataka government has declared journalists as frontline workers. “Journalists will be administered vaccine on a priority basis,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said after a cabinet meeting in Bengaluru.

Karnataka is now among the few states that have announced free vaccination for journalists. Earlier Punjab, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh had declared journalists as ‘frontline workers’.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held in Bengaluru Tuesday evening. Apart from this, Yediyurappa has directed district in-charge ministers to oversee the provision of oxygen, beds, Remdesivir and other requirements in their respective districts.

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08:34 (IST)05 May 2021
'Getting medical aid without BU number still a challenge'

Several citizen activist organisations in Bengaluru have highlighted that finding medical aid for Covid-19 in the city without a BU (Bengaluru Urban Covid patient) number was challenging for many. 

An open letter written to CM Yediyurappa, endorsed by several associations including Hasiru Dala, Janaagraha, Whitefield Rising, Helpling Hands, and Bangalore Apartments’ Federation also pointed out instances where a BU number was assigned after a five-day wait since getting an SRF number (Specimen Referral Form) while submitting sample for testing. 

"We saw two deaths - one patient got his BU number positive, he was critical by then so he died in hospital, the other patient got his BU number just after his death in an ambulance with massive heart attack and his BU number came later and it was negative," the letter noted among other loopholes they demanded that the government should address to minimise the impact of the pandemic on the citizenry.

08:08 (IST)05 May 2021
Bengaluru Covid bed-blocking scam: Police arrests social worker, nephew for alleged links

On a day when Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya and MLAs Satish Reddy, Ravi Subramanya, and Uday Garudachar alleged that there was “widespread corruption” in allocating Covid beds in Karnataka’s capital city, the police announced the arrest of a duo suspected of having involvement in the same.

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant confirmed that two people have been arrested while others were questioned by the police for alleged fraud and irregularity in the allotment of beds in return for money from Covid-19 patients.

'A case has been registered in Jayanagar police station for fraud and cheating allegedly committed in allotment of beds on BBMP portal for Covid patients. The case has been handed over to the Central Crime Branch for a detailed and in-depth investigation,' Pant confirmed.

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08:08 (IST)05 May 2021
Karnataka reports 44,631 fresh infections, 292 deaths

Karnataka on Tuesday reported 44,631 new COVID-19 cases and 292 deaths, taking the caseload and fatalities to 16,90,934 and 16,538 respectively, the health department said. According to the health bulletin, the state has 4,64,363 active cases whereas 12,10,013 people have been discharged so far including 24,714 people on Tuesday.

Bengaluru Urban district, which is the main contributor of daily spike in cases, now has 3,01,712 active cases.The city reported 20,870 infections and 132 deaths on Tuesday. Cumulatively, Bengaluru has 8,40,274 cases and 6,845 deaths.

According to the health bulletin, 2,293 infections were reported in Mysuru, 2,278 in Hassan, 1636 in Tumakuru, 1,506 in Mandya, 1,280 in Kalaburagi and 1,162 in Kalaburagi. Bagalkote, Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Raichur, Shivamogga, Udupi and Uttara Kannada reported over 500 cases.

Other than Bengaluru, fatalities have been reported in 26 districts including 27 deaths in Ballari, 15 in Shivamogga, 14 in Tumakuru, 10 in Mysuru, eight each in Bagalkote, Chamarajanagar and Uttara Kannada, six each in Mandya and Haveri.

There were 1,53,707 tests done on Tuesday including 1,40,609 using the RT PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 2.62 crore, the department added. A total of 99.36 lakh inoculations have been done in the state, comprising the first and second dose of vaccine, as of Tuesday. (PTI)

08:07 (IST)05 May 2021
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Giddenahalli crematorium, Bengaluru, flex board The flex board which was displayed on the way to Giddenahalli crematorium.

A banner displayed on behalf of a local BJP leader near a crematorium in Bengaluru where Covid-19 victims were taken for their final rites drew criticism after a photograph of the same went viral. The hoarding claimed that free food and refreshments were arranged for people attending funerals at the Giddenahalli crematorium “under the guidance of Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath.”

READ | Bengaluru: Banner near Covid-19 crematorium with BJP leaders’ faces draws ire

The Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to postpone the second-year Pre-University (II PU) board examinations in the wake of the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. “New dates will be announced well in advance,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar announced. He also appealed to the students to continue with their preparations “without getting disheartened.”

READ | Karnataka postpones II PU exams, I PU students to be promoted without exams

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