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Karnataka Bengaluru May 18 Highlights: Active cases in state over 6 lakh with 38,603 fresh cases

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 18 Highlights: As on May 17 evening, cumulatively 22,42,065 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 22,313 deaths and 16,16,092 discharges, a department bulletin said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 19, 2021 8:11:52 am
Karnataka covid cases covid vaccinationHealth workers serve food to COVID-19 patients, during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Bengaluru, Friday, April 30, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 18 Highlights: Karnataka reported 38,603 new cases of COVID-19, and 476 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 22,42,065 and the toll to 22,313, the Health department said on Monday. The day also saw 34,635 patients getting discharged after recovery. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 13,338 new cases.

As on May 17 evening, cumulatively 22,42,065 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 22,313 deaths and 16,16,092 discharges, a department bulletin said. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 6,03,639. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 39.70 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.23 per cent.

Among 476 deaths reported on Monday, 239 are from Bengaluru Urban, Hassan (29), Ballari (17), Kalaburagi, Shivamogga and Uttara Kannada (15), Tumakuru (14), Bengaluru Rural (13), Mandya (10), followed by others. Hassan recorded 2,324 new cases, Ballari 2,322, Mysuru 1,980, Tumakuru 1,915, Belagavi 1,748, followed by others.

A total of over 2,79,76,933 samples have been tested so far, of which 97,236 were tested on Monday alone. (PTI)

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19:24 (IST)18 May 2021
Covid: 525 more deaths, test positivity rate at 32.50%

Karnataka reported 525 more deaths due to Covid-19 on Tuesday with 317 of them from Bengaluru (Urban and Rural). With this, the cumulative toll in the state has risen to 22,838 since March 10 last year. Meanwhile, even as discharges (59,395) outnumbered new cases (30,309) reported across the state, testing was recorded to be at its lowest this month with only 93,247 samples tested to detect coronavirus.

At the same time, new cases in Bengaluru dropped to 8,676 in comparison to 13,338 on Monday. The city had witnessed a steady decline during the last weekend with 8,344 cases on Sunday, 13,402 on Saturday, and 14,316 on Friday as opposed to the average 20,000 daily new infections a week back. The active caseload now stands at 5,75,028 of which 3,40,965 are in Bengaluru alone.

18:20 (IST)18 May 2021
Karnataka will set up paediatric Covid-19 care centres across districts: Shashikala Jolle 

The Karnataka government Tuesday announced that it will set up special paediatric Covid-19 care centres in all 30 districts of the state. The government will also take measures to rehabilitate children up to the age of 18 years orphaned by the pandemic, Woman and Child Welfare Minister Shashikala Jolle said. 

"The government is ready to rehabilitate children who were orphaned by the second wave of Covid-19. Children need not be afraid as we have decided to set up separate quarantine facilities as well as hostels for those up to 18 years," Jolle confirmed. 

Earlier last week, the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) had urged the government to ramp up childcare infrastructure ahead of a possible third wave, during which children are predicted to be most vulnerable as per experts. 

17:54 (IST)18 May 2021
Bengaluru: RPF nabs 4 railway employees for stealing Remdesivir

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Bengaluru confirmed the arrest of four railway employees working at the Divisional Railway Hospital in the city for allegedly stealing and selling Remdesivir vials at higher prices.

According to RPF officers, the accused include one contractual worker and three Group C/D employees. "All the accused have been produced before the court and have been remanded to judicial custody. Further investigation is in progress," the officers confirmed after conducting a raid. 

Further, the South Western Railway confirmed that the staff involved were suspended and stringent disciplinary action was initiated by the administration against them.

17:17 (IST)18 May 2021
Karnataka best in establishing health, wellness centres, Health Minister claims citing Ayushman Bharat rankings

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday said that the state was adjudged best in implementing health and wellness centres across the country. "This will enable the rural population to avail quality health care at their neighbourhood. HWCs are providing good service in this regard. I congratulate all the officials and staff for this achievement," he said citing the latest rankings issued under the Ayushman Bharat Program. 

According to the Health Minister's office, the Union government had set a target of establishing 2,263 HWC sub centres. "Karnaraka has upgraded 3,300 centres till March 31, indicating a 146% hike than the set target. Centre has given the target of upgrading 2,096 PHC to HWC. 2,168 have been upgraded so far which is 103% more than the set target. Also against the target of upgrading 294 urban PHCs, state has already upgraded 364 PHCs. This is 124% more than the set target. A total of 4,653 HWC have to be established in the state as given by the centre out of which 5,832 have been established which is 125% more than the given target," a statement read. 

15:01 (IST)18 May 2021
Karnataka sedition case: J&K Students’ Association rallies behind three suspended from college

More than a year after three engineering students from Kashmir were arrested in Hubballi on charges of sedition, a students' group has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa demanding that the charges be dropped and their suspension from college revoked.

"Sedition charge against students is an unacceptably harsh punishment and will ruin their futures and will further alienate them. The charges will have serious consequences on academic and future career of the students and should be immediately withdrawn," Davood Ahmad, Secretary of J&K Students' Association wrote.

The suspended students, Basit Aashiq Sofi, Talib Majeed, and Amir Mohiuddin Wani, had joined KLE Institute of Technology through a central government scholarship scheme.

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14:40 (IST)18 May 2021
Pregnant woman police sub-inspector dies of COVID-19 in Kolar

A police sub-inspector in Karnataka's Kolar district who was seven months pregnant succumbed to Covid-19 on Tuesday.

According to the Superintendent of Police of Dakshina Kannada Rishikesh Sonwane, 28-year-old Shamili was undergoing treatment at the RM Jalappa Hospital in Kolar, for the illness.

She was posted in the Dakshina Kannada district. "She was seven months pregnant. Due to pregnancy, she was not vaccinated," he said.

Mourning her death, Director General of Police Praveen Sood tweeted, "Youngest member of the police family to succumb to Covid. 28-year-old, PSI Shamili of Kolar, attached to DK district lost her battle with COVID. May her soul rest in peace. But it could be any of us."

14:39 (IST)18 May 2021
Kerala bank employee, on the run for months after swindling Rs 8 crore, arrested in Bengaluru

The Kerala Police have arrested a bank employee, who is a former Navy personnel, for allegedly swindling Rs 8 crore from the Canara Bank’s branch in Pathanamthitta town.
Vijeesh Varghese, 36, was on the run for the past three months and was arrested from Bangalore. According to Bengaluru Police, a special investigation team from Kerala arrested the accused from a flat in the HSR layout in Bengaluru on Sunday and took him to Kerala for further investigation on Monday.
According to Bengaluru Police, a special investigation team from Kerala arrested the accused from a flat in the HSR layout in Bengaluru on Sunday and took him to Kerala for further investigation on Monday.

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13:35 (IST)18 May 2021
Hospital in Karnataka hands over wrong body to kin of deceased

In a faux pas on the part of the staff of a private hospital on the outskirts of Mangaluru, the body of a wrong person was handed over to the relatives of a Covid-19 patient, who died at the facility.

The relatives of the 44-year-old man from Karkala were given the body of a person from Hosabettu, who also succumbed to the disease at the hospital. 

The relatives noticed that the body was that of someone else only when they took it for cremation. They immediately informed the hospital and sent back the body. The hospital staff later handed over the right body to the relatives. Meanwhile, the relatives of the deceased man from Hosabettu had reached the hospital mortuary to collect the body only to find that it has been sent to Karkala.

Both the families have conveyed their embarrassment and grave concern over the negligence to the hospital management, sources said. (PTI)

13:14 (IST)18 May 2021
PM Narendra Modi interacts with Deputy Commissioners of Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with District Commissioners of the worst-hit districts in Covid19 in Karnataka. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and other ministers were also part of the conference.

District Commissioners of Uttara Kannada, Hassan,  Ballari, Mysuru, Tumakuru, Kolar, Kodagu, Udupi, Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Shivamogga, Dharwad, Dakshin Kannada, Raichur, Mandya, Kalaburagi and Chikkaballapur were part of the conference.

12:10 (IST)18 May 2021
HC pulls up Centre for no reply in Disha Ravi case

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Centre for failing to file its response in a case lodged by 22-year-old Bengaluru resident and climate activist Disha Ravi against the alleged violation of her right to fair trial and right to privacy. In March, the court had given the Centre a last opportunity to file a counter affidavit.

Justice Rekha Palli, while addressing a counsel of the central government, said, “What is the meaning of the last opportunity. Should I impose costs on you? What is the sanctity of last and final opportunity?”

The Centre cited the surge in Covid-19 cases as a reason for the delay in filing its reply. The court, while adjourning the case to August, asked the government to file a reply within four weeks.

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11:36 (IST)18 May 2021
Karnataka Covid Wrap: State reports 38,603 new cases, 476 deaths; expert panel to study black fungus infections

Karnataka Monday reported 38,603 new cases of Covid-19 and 476 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 22,42,065 and the toll to 22,313, the Health department said. The day also saw 34,635 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 13,338 new cases.
As on May 17 evening, the state has 22,42,065 Covid-positive cases, 22,313 deaths and 16,16,092 discharges, a department bulletin said. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 6,03,639. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 39.70 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.23 per cent.
Among 476 deaths reported on Monday, 239 are from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Hassan (29), Ballari (17), 15 each from Kalaburagi, Shivamogga and Uttara Kannada, Tumakuru (14), Bengaluru Rural (13), Mandya (10), followed by others.

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11:32 (IST)18 May 2021
Fourth Oxygen Express reaches Bengaluru from Tatanagar

The fourth Oxygen Express carrying medical oxygen reached Whitefield in Bengaluru on Tuesday after it started from Tatanagar in Jharkhand on Monday. 

"The train which reached Bengaluru at 8.45 am was carrying six cryogenic containers containing 120 Tonnes LMO (liquid medical oxygen)," South Western Railway confirmed. With this, a total of 480 MT of oxygen has been transported from Jharkhand and Odisha to Karnataka.

10:07 (IST)18 May 2021
Black Fungus Infection: Karnataka sets up dedicated treatment facility in Bengaluru & identifies regional centres in 6 districts

Amid rising mucormycosis, or Black Fungus, in Covid-19 patients in Karnataka, the government has started a dedicated treatment facility at Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru on a pilot basis from Monday and also identified regional centres to treat the fungal infection.

Karnataka so far recorded 97 cases of Black Fungus Infection officially and the government has also decided to constitute a committee with an epidemiologist and a diabetologist to treat Black Fungus.

Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar said, “People who are diabetic are more prone to this rare fungal disease. Excessive use of steroids and contamination in ventilators and other equipment are also the causes of Black Fungus Infection. We are forming a committee and also have asked the Union government for the medicine which is used in the treatment of the Black Fungus.”

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09:25 (IST)18 May 2021
Kerala Bank clerk who swindled Rs 8 crore arrested in Bengaluru

The Kerala police arrested 36-year-old Vijeesh Varghese, an ex-Navy person, in Bengaluru who allegedly swindled Rs 8 crores from the Canara Bank's branch in Pathanamthitta town.

According to Bengaluru police, a special investigation team from Kerala arrested the accused from a flat in HSR layout in Bengaluru. 

According to the investigation team, Vijeesh was in charge of handling FDs and used the system password to close fixed deposits of a few customers an transfer the amount to the accounts of his wife and relatives.

09:01 (IST)18 May 2021
PM Modi to interact with Karnataka DCs today on Covid-19 situation

Prime minister Narendra Modi is set to get a ground report from various District Commissioner's of Karnataka today. 

Narendra Modi will on Tuesday morning interact  directly with District Commissioners of the worst-hit districts in Covid-19. 
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will also be part of the conference. DCs of 17 districts Uttara Kannada, Hassan, 
Ballari, Mysuru, Tumakuru, Kolar, Kodagu, Udupi, Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Shivamogga, Dharwad, Dakshin Kannada, Raichur,  Mandya, Kalaburagi and Chikkaballapur are expected to brief about the Covid-19 situation to the Prime Minister. 

The video conference is scheduled at 11 am.

08:50 (IST)18 May 2021
Karnataka to house Covaxin, Sputnik V manufacturing facilities

As the country is affected by acute vaccine shortage, Karnataka is set to play host to facilities involved in manufacturing two Covid vaccines — Covaxin and Sputnik V.  

While the Bharat Biotech (Covaxin) facility is being established in Malur of Kolar district, Shilpa Biologicals Pvt Ltd (SBPL) is expected to manufacture Sputnik V from its R&D facility in Dharwad. 

According to Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar, Bharat Biotech has expressed confidence in producing nearly 5 crore Covaxin doses a month by the end of August, beginning at the pace of 1 crore doses per month by the end of June. 

Meanwhile, SBPL has said in a regulatory filing that its targeted production of the dual vector Sputnik V for the first 12 months is 50 million doses from the beginning of commercial production.

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08:40 (IST)18 May 2021
JD(S) considering to buy DRDO­ developed 2DG medicine

Janata Dal (S) was considering buying the DRDO­-developed 2DG medicine for treatment of COVID­-19 and distributing it among people.

Former Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy had told his party members during a digital interaction of party legislators on Monday. Kumaraswamy said the party would wait to understand the medicine’s efficiency. 

Meanwhile, JD(S) leader and former MLC T.A. Saravana launched a free mobile canteen service near Victoria Hospital to cater to those in need coming to the market and surrounding areas. The ‘H.D. Deve Gowda Mobile Appaji canteen’ was launched to celebrate
the birthday of the former Prime Minister.

08:28 (IST)18 May 2021
‘Good work team’: Officials rescue elephant calf stuck in mud puddle in Bandipur Reserve

An elephant calf, stuck in a mud puddle, was rescued by forest officials from the Moleyur range of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. A video of the rescue mission, tweeted by the park’s handle, is now making rounds on the internet.

In the video, the female elephant calf can be seen rolling from side to side, in an attempt to heave itself up. As the calf soon exhausts itself, trying to get out of the slush, the forest officials intervene and bring in an excavator to help the calf.

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08:25 (IST)18 May 2021
No decision on cancelling Karnataka SSLC, PUC-II exams yet: State education minister

The Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar on Monday clarified that the state government has not decided whether to cancel the SSLC examination and the second pre-university examination. As per the PTI reports, the minister stated “We have not taken any decision on cancelling the SSLC or the PUC-II exams, which were postponed earlier in view of the rising COVID cases,” 

As per the minister, reports in a section of the media regarding the cancellation of SSLC, PUC-II exams are the only speculation. The decision would be taken in the future and the students should not get disturbed but focus on their studies.

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08:21 (IST)18 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae: 121 villages affected in Karnataka, six dead

Six people have lost their lives so far in the Cyclone Tauktae-hit coastal and surrounding Malnad districts of Karnataka, officials said on Monday.

According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this morning, 121 villages and 22 taluks have been affected by the cyclone so far.

A total of 547 people have been evacuated till now, it said, 290 people are currently taking shelter in the 13 relief camps that have been opened.

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Hundreds of dead fishes have been floating for the last one week on Mottanalluru lake in South Bengaluru due to an inflow of chemicals, effluents, and pesticides from surrounding industries and agricultural fields. Local residents allege that they were forced to live with the stench of dead fish despite complaining to the officials for the last week.

READ | Hundreds of dead fish float in Bengaluru’s Mottanalluru lake; residents blame pollution

With Karnataka among the states having seen deaths due to oxygen shortage, the BJP government has advised several steps to hospitals to cut back the steep demand. One of the major suggestions is to use ventilators to provide oxygen to ICU patients in a more efficient manner, instead of high flow nasal oxygen (HFNO) systems which were the norm in the first wave of the pandemic last year. This was conveyed by Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar at a recent meeting with district health officers, directors of medical colleges and super speciality hospitals.

READ | Karnataka advises hospitals: Use NIVs to cut back on oxygen demand

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