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Karnataka Bengaluru May 20 Highlights: State reports 34,281 fresh cases, 11,772 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 20 Highlights: As of May 19 evening, cumulatively 23,06,655 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 23,306 deaths and 17,24,438 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 21, 2021 8:15:18 am
People pay their last respects to family members who died due to Covid-19, in Bengaluru, Saturday, May 8, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 20 Highlights: The number of recoveries continued to outnumber fresh COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, as the state on Wednesday reported 49,953 discharges, 34,281 new cases and 468 fatalities, the Health Department said. While the total number of infections stood at 23,06,655, the toll was 23,306. Bengaluru Urban registered 11,772 fresh cases Wednesday. The city saw 29,238 discharges.

As of May 19 evening, cumulatively 23,06,655 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 23,306 deaths and 17,24,438 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 5,58,890. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 26.46 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.36 per cent.

A total of over 2,81,99,718 samples have been tested so far, of which 1,29,538 were tested on Wednesday alone.

Among 468 deaths reported on Wednesday, 218 are from Bengaluru Urban, Ballari (23), Shivamogga and Tumakuru (19), Kalaburagi (18), Koppal, Mysuru and Uttara Kannada (14), Haveri and Belagavi (11), followed by others. Tumakuru reported 2,427 new cases yesterday, Belagavi 2,234, Mysuru 1,730, Hassan 1,428, Ballari 1,297, Chikkamagaluru 1,047, followed by others. (PTI)

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21:12 (IST)20 May 2021
Covid-19: 548 new deaths, TPR dips to 23.91%

Karnataka reported 548 more deaths due to Covid-19 on Thursday with 326 of them from Bengaluru (Urban and Rural). With this, the cumulative toll in the state has risen to 23,854 since March 10 last year. Meanwhile, recoveries (52,257) outnumbered new cases (28,869) for the third consecutive day. While 1,20,711 samples were tested, the test positivity rate (TPR) further dipped to 23.91 per cent, as the declining trend continued. The same was 26.46 per cent and 32.50 per cent on Wednesday and Tuesday respectively. At the same time, Bengaluru Urban registered 9,409 fresh cases and 25,776 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

21:12 (IST)20 May 2021
Karnataka to resume 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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19:56 (IST)20 May 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP chief reviews monsoon preparations, visits flood-prone areas in city 

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta Thursday reviewed flood-prone areas in Bengaluru ahead of the monsoon season. 

After his visit to areas in Mysuru Rd near Gali Anjaneya temple, JC Road, and stormwater drains at Vrishabhavathi, and Dattatreya Layout among other areas, Gupta directed officials to expedite preparations to avoid flooding. "Officials have teen instructed to take action to avoid mishaps in these areas during monsoon," he said. 


19:26 (IST)20 May 2021
Bengaluru: Govt asks all pvt hospitals to establish step-down facilities

Continuing its efforts to enhance bed availability for Covid-19 patients in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government Thursday 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 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 added 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 said. 

17:05 (IST)20 May 2021
Bengaluru: From June, pay Rs 56 to travel between Baiyappanahalli, Kengeri in Namma Metro

With the new stretch between Mysore Road and Kengeri becoming operational, a passenger would have to pay Rs 56 to travel between Baiyappanahalli and Kengeri –– the two stations located at different ends of the Purple Line. However, the longest one could cover by traveling in the metro along the new stretch will be between Kengeri and Silk Institute (Green Line) stations. For this, a ticket would cost Rs 60.

After inspecting the ongoing works at the Kengeri metro station, BMRCL MD Rakesh Singh said that the civil and system works were nearing completion at the station building and the viaduct. “This section will also be the first in Bengaluru to have AFC (automated fare collection) system compatible with NCMC (National Common Mobility Card) and QR code scanners,” he explained.

"The Reach-2 Extension Line between Mysore Road and Kengeri of a total length of 7.53 kilometre is scheduled for commercial operation in June 2021," he said on Thursday. 

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14:47 (IST)20 May 2021
‘God bless them’: Watch forest officials rescue elephant stuck in muddy ditch in Coorg

Forest officials rescued an elephant that fell into a muddy ditch in Coorg earlier this week and the video of the rescue is now making rounds of the internet. In the now-viral video, the elephant can be seen struggling to heave itself up in vain before the forest officials intervene with a JCB excavator.

Using the excavator, the elephant was gently pushed up after which it managed to climb out of the ditch safely.

Many who came across the video showered words of appreciation to the officials for their timely intervention.

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14:19 (IST)20 May 2021
25 oxygen concentrators each to be given to districts with high caseload: Sudhakar

25 oxygen concentrators will be provided to each district with more number of Covid cases, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said. 

The Minister said that the state has received 800 concentrators recently which will be distributed to districts with more cases. Especially those districts like Hassan, Mandya, Chikkaballapur, Kolar, Chitradurga where there is lack of facilities, he said.

We are working out to provide more assistance like ICU facility, oxygen etc in all Medical colleges across the state. I am visiting Tumakuru and Chitradurga today and will also visit Davanagere, Haveri, Hubballi, and Gadag medical colleges in this week to review the situation, said the Minister.

13:44 (IST)20 May 2021
Fifth oxygen express train reaches Bengaluru

The Fifth Oxygen Express reached ICD Whitefield in Bengaluru at 1:55 am Thursday which had started from Tatanagar, Jharkhand on 18 May.

A signal-free 'Green Corridor' was created by the Railways to enable swift transport of this Oxygen Express. “This train has run stoppage free, and has not had to wait for crossing/passage of another train. The train was taken over at Jolarpettai by crew of Bengaluru Division and run with the speed of 100 kmph on the route. Crew change was done within 5 minutes at Jolarpettai,” South Western Railways said in a statement.

The train carried 8 Cryogenic Containers and each cryogenic container carried 20 Tonnes Liquid Medical Oxygen (Total tonnage: 160 Tonnes).

“So far, Karnataka has received 640 Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen by Rail. Indian Railways has so far run 196 Oxygen Expresses and transported nearly 11,800 Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen all over the country to assist state governments in their fight against Covid -19,” SWR added in the statement.

13:26 (IST)20 May 2021
Bengaluru metro: Mysore Road-Kengeri extension to begin ops in June

The Namma Metro Reach 2 - Extension Line between Mysore Road to Kengeri is scheduled for commercial operation from June 2021, BMRCL officials said on Thursday. 

BMRCL MD and ACS to the Govt Rakesh Singh has inspected the Kengeri Metro station earlier today.

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13:26 (IST)20 May 2021
Weather Update: Rains predicted in parts of Karnataka

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 KMPH are likely to affect in the next three hours in Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga and Dharwad.

12:18 (IST)20 May 2021
Karnataka: Expert panel to prepare guidelines for 2021-22 academic year, NEP implementation ‘top agenda’

The Karnataka government Wednesday announced that it will constitute an expert panel to frame guidelines for primary and secondary education for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, the committee will oversee the assessment models, online education, offline education, teacher training methodology, pragmatic utilisation of budgetary resources, other related issues.

He explained, “The committee will comprise educationists, health experts, representatives from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), NIMHANS, child specialists, and members of the Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC) in addition to officers and representatives of parents, private schools and teacher associations.”

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10:55 (IST)20 May 2021
Karnataka sets goal to vaccinate all eligible by November end

The Karnataka government has set a goal to get all those eligible vaccinated against Covid-19 by November end, health minister Dr K Sudhakar said. “Our major objective is to vaccinate all by October end or November end. All our efforts are in the direction of vaccinating every citizen by the end of the year,” K Sudhakar added.

Meanwhile, he announced the receipt of two lakh doses of Covishield from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India on Wednesday. “We have placed an order for two crore Covishield vaccines to the Pune-based Serum Institute of India. Today, we have received two lakh doses,” he added.

According to Sudhakar, the doses will be administered to those who are above 45 years and are due for second dose. The minister said the state has received 1.11 crore doses from the central government.

The state has received 10.94 lakh doses as part of direct procurement from manufacturers, comprising 9,50,000 Covishield and 1,44,000 Covaxin shots.

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10:01 (IST)20 May 2021
New Covid-19 testing method by IISc-incubated startup gets regulatory approval

A novel Covid-19 test developed by a startup incubated by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru is expected to help detect the presence and the response of antibodies acting against Coronavirus, after vaccination as well, its developers said.

The testing technique developed by PathShodh Healthcare, according to IISc, is a first-of-its-kind, semi-quantitative electrochemical ELISA test for Covid-19 IgM and IgG antibodies.

According to its developers, the technology is based on the measurement of electrochemical redox activity of IgM and IgG antibodies specific to the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein (S1).

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10:01 (IST)20 May 2021
New Covid-19 testing method by IISc-incubated startup gets regulatory approval

A novel Covid-19 test developed by a startup incubated by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru is expected to help detect the presence and the response of antibodies acting against Coronavirus, after vaccination as well, its developers said.

The testing technique developed by PathShodh Healthcare, according to IISc, is a first-of-its-kind, semi-quantitative electrochemical ELISA test for Covid-19 IgM and IgG antibodies.

According to its developers, the technology is based on the measurement of electrochemical redox activity of IgM and IgG antibodies specific to the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein (S1).

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10:00 (IST)20 May 2021
Chamarajnagar oxygen tragedy: Families still await compensation from state

Siddarajamma lost her husband Jaishankar, a 37-year-old engineer employed in Bengaluru, after oxygen ran out at the Chamarajanagar general hospital on May 2.

“He was admitted to Chamarajanagar general hospital on April 27 after he was tested COVID-19 positive and his saturation level was decreasing. On May 2 night, due to oxygen shortage in the hospital, Jaishankar passed away,” his wife Siddarajamma told Indianexpress.com.

His family of six, including a son and a daughter, was entirely dependent on his income.

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09:34 (IST)20 May 2021
Karnataka Police lost 41 personnel to Covid-19 second wave; most recent is a 28-year-old pregnant sub-inspector

A 28-year-old police sub-inspector, who was seven months pregnant, succumbed to Covid-19 in Kolar district on Tuesday. With this, the number of deaths in the second wave of the pandemic in the Karnataka Police force has increased to 41.

Superintendent of Police, Dakshina Kannada, Rishikesh Sonwane said police sub-inspector Shamili was undergoing treatment at the RM Jalappa Hospital, Kolar, where she breathed her last. “She was posted in the Dakshina Kannada district. She was seven months pregnant. Due to pregnancy, she was not vaccinated,” Sonwane said.

According to the Karnataka Police’s official data, 41 police personnel have died of Covid-19 between April 1 and May 13. Of these, 13 were reported in Bengaluru alone.

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09:34 (IST)20 May 2021
Inadequate access to healthcare facilities made workers in Bengaluru more vulnerable to Covid infection: Study

Workers in Bengaluru, migrants and locals, are at risk of Covid-19 infection due to inadequate safety measures at work places, even as a majority of them don’t have access to testing and health care, according to a study by the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU).

“The Government has failed to ensure adequate preventive steps and they have been left largely neglected. Most workplaces fail to provide adequate safety measures including masks and sanitisers. Since most workers don’t have access to regular testing or adequate access to health care in case of an infection, the majority of them are vulnerable to being infected by the coronavirus,” the report said.

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09:00 (IST)20 May 2021
Infected persons will be moved to Covid care centre if home isolation facility is not available in rural areas: Health Minister

Covid infected persons will be shifted to Covid Care Centres if home isolation facilities are not available in rural areas. Local task force will be made responsible for this said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar

The Minister said that a Booth level task force which contains members from local areas will be formed and they will manage Covid at local levels. Patients will be admitted to covid centres if home isolation facility is not available, he said.

08:52 (IST)20 May 2021
Karnataka likely to get Centre nod to utilise all oxygen produced in state

With oxygen shortage reported from different parts of the state, the Karnataka government is likely to obtain permission from the Centre to use oxygen produced within the state for its own uses.

According to Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar, Karnataka had sought to stop the supply of 145 MT and 63 MT medical oxygen to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively apart from the 40 MT assigned to Maharashtra. 

"The Union government is likely to issue a circular enabling us to utilise all oxygen produced within the state," Shettar said.

08:30 (IST)20 May 2021
Covid surge: Chikkamagaluru, Haveri announce complete lockdown

As the Covid surge is Karnataka continued to move to other districts beyond Bengaluru, district administrations have taken strict measures to keep the spread on check.

The Chikkamagaluru district administration has imposed a complete lockdown from 10 am on Thursday to 6 am on Monday (May 24). 

“All shops, commercial activities, and industries will remain closed during this period during which only emergency activities would be allowed. Those engaged in essential and emergency services have to show relevant records at the check-posts,” Deputy Commissioner KN Ramesh said. 

Meanhwile, Haveri DC Haveri Sanjay Shettennavar announced a total lockdown from May 21 (6 am) to May 25 (6 am). However, a four-hour relaxation has been  permitted on Sunday for people to purchase groceries, vegetables and other essentials.

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A 28-year-old police sub-inspector, who was seven months pregnant, succumbed to Covid-19 in Kolar district on Tuesday. With this, the number of deaths in the second wave of the pandemic in the Karnataka Police force has increased to 41. Superintendent of Police, Dakshina Kannada, Rishikesh Sonwane said police sub-inspector Shamili was undergoing treatment at the RM Jalappa Hospital, Kolar, where she breathed her last.

READ | Karnataka Police lost 41 personnel to Covid-19 second wave; most recent is a 28-year-old pregnant sub-inspector

The Karnataka government Wednesday announced that it will constitute an expert panel to frame guidelines for primary and secondary education for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, the committee will oversee the assessment models, online education, offline education, teacher training methodology, pragmatic utilisation of budgetary resources, other related issues.

READ | Karnataka: Expert panel to frame education guidelines for 2021-22 academic year, NEP implementation ‘top agenda’

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