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Karnataka Bengaluru May 21 Highlights: Recoveries outnumber fresh cases with 52,257 discharges, 29,869 new cases

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 21 Highlights: As of May 20 evening, cumulatively 23,35,524 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 23,854 deaths and 17,76,695 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 24, 2021 8:08:33 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19Citizens wait in observation after inoculation at a vaccination centre amid coronavirus second wave pandemic in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 21 Highlights: The daily coronavirus cases in Karnataka is witnessing a decline as the state registered 28,869 new infections, which was outnumbered by recoveries with 52,257 discharges. However the number of fatalities continued to remain high at 548, the health department said on Thursday. While the total caseload was 23.35 lakh, the toll stood at 23,854.

Out of the 28,869 new cases reported on Thursday, 9,409 were from Bengaluru Urban alone, and the city saw 25,776 discharges.

As of May 20 evening, cumulatively 23,35,524 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 23,854 deaths and 17,76,695 discharges, the department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 5,34,954. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 23.91 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.89 per cent.

Among 548 deaths reported yesterday, 289 are from Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural 37, Hassan 23, Ballari 22, Tumakuru 21, Shivamogga 17, Mysuru 16, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 9,409, Mysuru 1,879, Tumakuru 1,796, Ballari 1,109, followed by others.

A total of over 2.83 crore samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,20,711 were tested on Thursday alone. (PTI)

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14:57 (IST)21 May 2021
Who are identified as frontline workers in Karnataka?

Among the frontline workers identified by the Karnataka government are immediate family members of healthcare workers, teachers assigned to Covid-19 duties, one caretaker each for the specially abled (both physically and mentally), cemetery/crematorium workers, government transport personnel, and autorickshaw and cab drivers. 

The others identified by the government so far are prisoners, employees of electricity and water suppliers, staff from the Departments of Post, Food and Civil Supplies, Women and Child Development, Street/roadside vendors, security/housekeeping staff of offices, judicial officers, care takers of the elderly and patients with severe-illness, child protection officers, people involved in transporting goods for hospitals, those working in the oil industry, gas supply, at fuel station, pharma manufacturing companies, staff supplying oxygen, medicine, medical equipment, old-age and destitute individuals without an ID card, workers at APMC yards, and media persons.

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14:56 (IST)21 May 2021
Former union minister Babagouda Patil passes away

Former union minister and eminent farmer leader Babagouda Rudragouda Patil died at a hospital in Belagavi on Friday. The 80-year old leader was admitted to a private hospital in Belagavi when he suffered fluctuations in blood pressure a week ago, according to his family members.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. Born on January 6, 1945 at Chikka Bagewadi in Belagavi district, Patil did his BSc RL Science Institute in Belagavi. He became an independent MLA from Kittur in 1989 and he won the Lok Sabha election from Belgaum constituency on the BJP ticket in 1998. 

He then became the Minister of State for Rural Development (independent charge) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Patil became the first leader of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha to win assembly elections from Belagavi and Dharwad rural seats in 1989.

Patil  opposed the recently passed farmers bill by the central government.  He was at the  forefront of the farmers' agitation against the new farm laws. He took out a tractor rally to the Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi in protest against the union government. 

Mourning his death, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said Babagouda Patil was at the forefront of farmers' struggle in a tweet on Friday. “He was always concerned about the farmers and worked towards their well-being,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

14:26 (IST)21 May 2021
Karnataka CM says holding discussion on extending lockdown, decision soon

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday said he is holding discussions extending the lockdown as the state battles the second wave of COVID-19.

The state is currently under complete lockdown till May 24. “We will sit and discuss tomorrow, tonight also I’m meeting Ministers, we will take a decision,” Yediyurappa told reporters to a question on extending the lockdown. 

Responding to a similar question from reporters in Bengaluru, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said, “Several Ministers are of the same opinion, the Chief Minister is also of the same mindset, and a final decision will be taken by May 22 or 23.” 

The Karnataka government had initially announced 14 days “close down” from April 27, but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24, as the COVID cases continued to spike.

14:13 (IST)21 May 2021
Bengaluru police arrests a doctor who stole vaccine from PHC for illegal private drive

Bengaluru police have arrested a doctor at a Public Health Centre(PHC) in Manjunathnagar on Thursday for allegedly administering a vaccine at her associate’s house in the city.

According to police,  Dr Pushpita (25), a medical officer with Manjunathnagar PHC, and her associate Prema(34), a homemaker, were charging Rs 500 for a shot of Covishield vaccine. The doctor used to get the vials from the PHC in a frozen vial carrier and vaccinate people at Prema’s house everyday at around 4 pm.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Dr. Sanjeev M Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), said “the Covishield vaccines given to the PHC of Manjunathanagar to vaccinate the eligible public for free, were taken to Prema’s residence and Dr Pushpita use to administer the vaccine to the people collecting Rs 500. Based on witness information to us about this private vaccination drive taking place at Preama’s house everyday at around 4 pm we arrested the two and investigation is going on to find out if any other people are involved in this racket.”

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12:10 (IST)21 May 2021
Traffic police stop physical verification of documents

In wake of the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bengaluru Traffic Police announced that they will temporarily halt the physical verification of documents. However, violations will be recorded digitally and challans raised to levy penalty from violators will be sent to the address of the person who owns the erring vehicle, the police said in a statement.

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11:46 (IST)21 May 2021
Bengaluru: After Remdesivir and O2 cylinders, now cyber criminals cash in on Black Fungus medication

Amid rising cases of mucormycosis or Black Fungus Infection among Covid-19 patients in Karnataka, the high demand for Amphotericin B used for the treatment of infection is leading to a number of cyber crime cases and cheating cases in Bengaluru.

After black marketing of Remdesivir and oxygen cylinders, a cheating case has been filed in Bengaluru by a family who was siphoned off Rs 7.9 lakh with the promise of Amphotericin B.

Govindaraju, a resident of Hosakote in the city, is the one who registered the cybercrime complaint. His son was tested for Covid-19 positive and later was diagnosed with Black Fungus.

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11:45 (IST)21 May 2021
Govt orders district admins to conduct audits for Covid-19 deaths, oxygen supply

As Covid cases emerge in other districts beyond Bengaluru, the state government has ordered district administrations to conduct a separate audit for Covid-19 deaths and oxygen supply.

According to an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar, deputy commissioners have been directed to monitor the supply of oxygen with the help of expert committees formed at the district level.

“Both government and private oxygen demand shall be sent to the state in advance after consultation with the District Health Officer and Assistant Drugs Controllers. Hoarding of excess oxygen should also be checked,” the order mentioned.

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11:23 (IST)21 May 2021
Cap on ambulance charges

The Karnataka government has officially notified a cap in rates allowed to be charged for ambulance services in the state. As per an official order issued by the transport department, patient transport ambulances can charge Rs 1,500 up to 10 kilometre and Rs 12 for each subsequent kilometre, with a waiting charge of Rs 200 per hour.

For ambulances with basic life support (BLS) facilities, the maximum charge is fixed at Rs 2,000 up to 10 kilometres while Rs 12 can be charged for every kilometre thereafter. The waiting charge for BLS ambulance is fixed at Rs 250 per hour.

“The maximum rates include oxygen, ambulance equipment, PPE kit, gloves, mask, shield, sanitisation, driver, and emergency medical technician,” the order mentioned.

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11:07 (IST)21 May 2021
Bengaluru police seize over 1,000 vehicles for violating guidelines

Even as most people in Bengaluru adhered to the fortnight-long lockdown announced across the state, the Bengaluru City Police (BCP) seized 1,205 vehicles from different parts of the city on Thursday, between 10 am and 8 pm, for allegedly violating the guidelines.

According to data shared by police, 1,074 two-wheelers, 64 three-wheelers, and 67 four-wheelers were seized during inspections held across the city on weekend. Meanwhile, seven cases were filed under relevant sections of the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA), as per an official release.

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10:49 (IST)21 May 2021
Govt asks all private hospitals in Bengaluru to establish step-down facilities

Continuing its efforts to enhance bed availability for Covid-19 patients in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government ordered all hospitals registered with Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST) to establish step-down facilities by the end of this week.

According to an order issued by the Additional Chief Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Jawaid Akhtar, all such hospitals in the city have been given a deadline of May 24 to comply with the direction. “It is directed that all hospitals treating Covid-19 patients including those registered with SAST to set up step-down facilities by May 24 and to empower doctors to recommend eligible patients to such facilities,” the order read.

Akhtar said that it had become imperative to make this mandatory to enable doctors to make a decision based on patients’ recovery status and to shift them to step-down facilities. “This would result in more beds being made available for patients requiring critical care, timely interventions, and treatment at hospitals,” he added.

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10:48 (IST)21 May 2021
Karnataka declares black fungus as a notifiable disease

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said that Mucormycosis or black fungus infection is now a notifiable disease and that no hospital or medical centre having the capacity to provide treatment should deny admission to patients.

“Since all these specialist doctors are available in our District Hospitals and Government Medical Colleges, people can avail treatment for Mucormycosis in these hospitals apart from Bowring and other designated regional hospitals,” he said.

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09:57 (IST)21 May 2021
IISc Bengaluru develops new Covid-19 antibody test

The researchers in Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a new covid-19 antibody test machine.

IISc developed a semi-quantitative electrochemical ELISA test for Covid-19. The test can determine levels of Covid-induced IgM and IgG antibodies. 

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has issued a licence to manufacture the test for sale, and the scientists behind the project say they plan to deploy the product in the market in the next couple of weeks.

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09:50 (IST)21 May 2021
Karnataka to resume Covid vaccination for 18-44 age group from May 22

After temporarily suspending Covid-19 vaccination for people aged 18 to 44 for over a week, the Karnataka government Thursday announced it will resume the process from May 22.

“From May 22, vaccination for people in the 18-44 age group will resume. State government-identified frontline workers and priority groups will be vaccinated first,” Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar confirmed in a tweet.

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09:43 (IST)21 May 2021
Karnataka Lockdown: Muzrai temple priests to get food kits worth up to Rs 1,500

Minister for Backward Classes and Muzrai and Endowment Kota Srinivas Poojari issued an order directing the Commissioner Muzrai and Endowment Department to provide food kits worth up to Rs 1,500 to priests and other staff of ‘C’ grade temples of the Department by utilising funds and foodgrain available at ‘A’ grade temples in different districts. 

This follows the petition from Muzrai temple priests seeking Covid-19 relief. Temples across the State have been closed following lockdown.

09:27 (IST)21 May 2021
Bengaluru police bust fake covid certificate racket

Bengaluru police have arrested a doctor at a Public Health Centre (PHC) in Manjunathnagar on Thursday for allegedly administering a vaccine at her associate’s house.

Meanwhile, two doctors of a PHC in Chamarajpet in the city were arrested for allegedly issuing fake COVID-19 negative certificates and illegally selling Remdesivir vials.

The police said in a statement that the Halasuru Gate police formed a special team and set up a trap for these doctors. 

According to the police, Dr. Pushpitha, a medical officer with Manjunathnagar PHC, and her associate Prema, a homemaker, were charging Rs 500 for a shot of Covishield. The doctor used to get the vials from the PHC and vaccinate people at Prema’s house. 

After police received information regarding issuing of fake COVID-19 certificates, in a sting operation, a police constable approached a swab collector at the PHC in Chamarajpet, Kishore Guirumurthy, for one on Wednesday. He paid him Rs 500 and gave him a copy of Aadhaar card. 

Later Kishore told the police constable to come to a different location to give him fake certificate and the police arrested him. 

The police arrested the doctor while he was selling them a Remdesivir vial for ₹25,000. The accused, Dr. Shekhar, was sourcing the injections from his colleague Prajwala who worked at the PHC.

09:03 (IST)21 May 2021
Covid-19: Karnataka govt denies Siddaramaiah permission to hold meeting with district officials

The Karnataka government on Thursday denied permission to the Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah to conduct meetings with the senior district administration officials including district commissioners of all districts in the state regarding Covid-19 management.

On Wednesday, Siddaramaiah had written a letter to the chief secretary asking him to direct all deputy commissioners, police superintendents, and health officers of various districts to attend the zoom meeting and provide information regarding measures taken for Covid-19 management in their respective districts starting Friday.

Siddaramaiah’s request follows after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a virtual meeting with Karnataka district commissioners on Covid-19 management.

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08:56 (IST)21 May 2021
Karnataka hospital staff sound alarm: Families at risk, vaccinate

Over the last two months, Naveen Raj, the head nurse at a government hospital in Bengaluru, has been at work every day — managing patients, nurses and staff, and also handing over bodies to families.

At the hospital, his day begins at 7 am and goes on late into the night with the 36-year-old flitting through the emergency, ICU and general wards in the over 150-bed Covid hospital, sometimes in a PPE kit or with just a mask.

At home, he says, he stays in his room and does not interact with others in his family, including siblings, because while he has the protection of a double vaccination, other members of his family do not.

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08:43 (IST)21 May 2021
Fresh cases drop in Karnataka as state reports 28,869 cases

The daily coronavirus cases in Karnataka is witnessing a decline as the state registered 28,869 new infections, which was outnumbered by recoveries with 52,257 discharges. However the number of fatalities continued to remain high at 548, the health department said on Thursday. While the total caseload was 23.35 lakh, the toll stood at 23,854.

During the last two days, the state has reported over 30,000 fresh cases, which was around 40,000 last week.

Out of the 28,869 new cases reported on Thursday, 9,409 were from Bengaluru Urban alone, and the city saw 25,776 discharges. As of May 20 evening, cumulatively 23,35,524 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 23,854 deaths and 17,76,695 discharges, the department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 5,34,954. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 23.91 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.89 per cent.

Among 548 deaths reported yesterday, 289 are from Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural 37, Hassan 23, Ballari 22, Tumakuru 21, Shivamogga 17, Mysuru 16, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 9,409, Mysuru 1,879, Tumakuru 1,796, Ballari 1,109, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 10,94,253, followed by Mysuru 1,19,632 and Tumakuru 89.179.

A total of over 2.83 crore samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,20,711 were tested on Thursday alone. (PTI)

08:15 (IST)21 May 2021
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Following pressure from several private school managements, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Thursday requested Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to announce a Covid relief package for teachers and staff of unaided institutions.

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Amid rising cases of mucormycosis or Black Fungus Infection among Covid-19 patients in Karnataka, the high demand for Amphotericin B used for the treatment of infection is leading to a number of cyber crime cases and cheating cases in Bengaluru. After black marketing of Remdesivir and oxygen cylinders, a cheating case has been filed in Bengaluru by a family who was siphoned off Rs 7.9 lakh with the promise of Amphotericin B.

READ | Bengaluru: After Remdesivir and O2 cylinders, now cyber criminals cash in on Black Fungus medication

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