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Karnataka Bengaluru July 5 Highlights: State reports 1564 fresh cases, 352 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 5 Highlights: On Sunday, the active caseload in the state dropped to 44,846, out of which 18,018 are in Bengaluru Urban.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 6, 2021 8:13:35 am
A medic administers a dose of Sputnik V vaccine to a beneficiary during its launch in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 5 Highlights: Karnataka on Sunday reported 1,564 new Covid cases and 59 deaths. The test positivity rate in the state is now at 1.02 per cent. The day also saw 4,775 people recovering from the infection. While 352 new cases were reported from Bengaluru Urban, the capital city also saw 1,742 discharges and three deaths. The active caseload in the state dropped to 44,846, out of which 18,018 are in Bengaluru Urban.

Among other districts that reported most new cases were Mysuru (162), Dakshina Kannada (154), Kodagu (150) and Tumakuru (116). Nine more deaths were reported from Mysuru and eight from Dakshina Kannada.

Meanwhile, 1,53,083 samples were tested and 1,18,674 vaccine doses were administered across the state till 3.30 pm on Sunday.

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15:01 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Watch | Bengaluru Unlock 3.0: Malls, shops, restaurants reopen

With the Karnataka government further easing restrictions under "Unlock 3.0" effective from Monday, malls, all shops, restaurants have opened. 

After nearly three months, the Forum mall located on Hosur Road in Koramangala opened for public on Monday at 10 am. 

The new guidelines that were announced by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday, have come into effect from 6 AM on July 5 and will be in force up to 6 AM on July 19.

14:39 (IST)05 Jul 2021
II PU repeaters will be passed without exams, Karnataka govt tells HC

Ending speculations over the future of students enrolled as repeaters including those repeating as private candidates for the second year pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) in Karnataka this year, the state government has decided to promote them without examinations.

The state government, in a disclosure made to the High Court of Karnataka on Monday, said that grace marks will be added to the marks such students scored in the earlier attempt made for each subject. The government has decided to give 35 per cent grace marks to candidates repeating the board exam.

The statement submitted to a Division Bench comprising Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice Hanchate Sanjeevkumar, however, explained that private candidates appearing for II PU exams for the first time will be asked to appear for the exam planned to be conducted after the Covid-19 situation improves in the state.

13:58 (IST)05 Jul 2021
WATCH | Bengaluru Unlock 3.0: BMTC starts bus operations with 100 per cent passengers

Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) started bus operations with 100 percent passengers from today. 

BMTC has said that bus services will be operated between 5 AM and 9 PM with all precautionary measures, and 4,500 buses will operate in the city and suburban area.

According to BMTC, based on passenger volume, services will be increased.

13:50 (IST)05 Jul 2021
WATCH | Bengaluru Unlock 3.0: Marshals deployed at Yeshwanthpur Market to enforce masks

Bengaluru's civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) deployed marshals at the Yeshwanthpur Market to enforce mask-wearing. Marshals distributed masks to people. 

The BBMP marshals have been going about enforcing the Covid protocols, topping which is to ensure that the locals are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

13:44 (IST)05 Jul 2021
‘Took all possible safety measures… if the crane missed the balance, the statue would have been damaged’

Nearly six years after it was removed from the south-east lawns of Karnataka’s Vidhana Soudha to facilitate Bengaluru Metro Rail construction work, a seven feet statue of Jawaharlal Nehru was reinstalled on June 26. The removal had led to protests, prompting CM B S Yediyurappa to assure the opposition Congress last year that the statue would be reinstalled at a suitable location soon.

Malshish, Assistant Executive Engineer, Karnataka Public Works Department speaks to The Indian Express.

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13:36 (IST)05 Jul 2021
WATCH | Bengaluru Unlock 3.0 from today: Shopping hubs see heavy rush of shopper

KR Market the adjoining shopping hubs saw heavy rush of shoppers buying vegetables, fruits and other essential commodities today.

The large crowds in these areas caused traffic jams on several major roads today.

12:30 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Places of worship reopen after 69 days, here are the guidelines to follow

Reopening places of worship across faith is one of the main highlights of several relaxations announced to the curbs that were in place in Karnataka to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 since the beginning of the second wave.

How are authorities of religious places asked to ensure social distancing?

While separate entry and exit points for visitors are recommended, people have been directed to wash hands and feet with soap and water before entering the premises. Further, only people wearing a mask will be allowed entry, the SOP mentioned. The authorities of each place of worship have been asked to make specific markings with sufficient distance (to maintain a minimum of 6 feet) at all times and to manage queues by ensuring social distancing. Allowing visitors in a staggered manner has also been recommended. No physical offerings like prasad, distribution or sprinkling of holy water, and related activities are allowed inside the religious place.

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11:58 (IST)05 Jul 2021
IN PICS | H D Kumaraswamy meets CM Yediyurappa

Janata Dal (Secular) legislative party leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Monday met CM B S Yediyurappa. According to the Chief Minister's Office, the two leaders met for a "cordial discussion" in Bengaluru.

11:40 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Third wave can be mild if most people are fully vaccinated before it hits: Shivakumar

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief D K Shivakumar Sunday said that a possible third wave would have only mild effects if 80 per cent of the state’s adult population is administered both vaccine doses by the end of September.

Shivakumar told reporters in Bengaluru, “Experts have predicted that a third wave could hit us by October. Only 7% of the state’s adult population have received both vaccine doses so far. If 80% can receive both doses by the end of September, the third wave even if it hits will only have mild effects. But administering both doses to 80% of our adult population by this time frame is a tall task. Is the state government up for his challenge?”

Pointing out that the state would need 7.5 lakh doses a day to achieve this, Shivakumar claimed that the government was unable to procure sufficient doses from the Centre. “After a one-day jump in vaccination, which was done in the style of an event management, the numbers have come down again,” he said citing the state’s highest single-day vaccination coverage on June 21.

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10:17 (IST)05 Jul 2021
TN CM responds to Yediyurappa, urges him to scrap the Mekedatu project proposal

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday urged his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa not to pursue the Mekedatu project, a day after the latter requested him to not oppose that initiative.

Rejecting Karnataka’s stand that implementation of this project would not affect the interests of Tamil Nadu farmers, Stalin, in a letter to Yediyurappa, said that this view cannot be agreed upon and listed the reasons for it.

On Saturday, the Karnataka Chief Minister appealed to Stalin in a letter to not oppose the Mekedatu balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project and also proposed bilateral meeting to clear apprehensions.

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10:17 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: 54 teams set up to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour in public places

With Karnataka and capital city Bengaluru set to enter the next phase of the unlock process on Monday, the government has decided to deploy officers from the Bengaluru City Police force and marshalls appointed by the local body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour in public places.

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that non-bailable cases will be filed against anyone ill-treating or misbehaving with marshals, or not following the said norms. “If there are arguments while marshals impose a fine on citizens disobeying Covid19 rules, the police personnel will provide necessary security and see to it that stern action will be taken against the guilty. The police will work in tandem with the marshals,” Pant said.

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09:51 (IST)05 Jul 2021
IN PICS | People board Bengaluru metro to workplaces as multiple restrictions relaxed

With the government allowing workplaces, both private and public, to work in full capacity from today and with Namma Metro in Bengaluru extending timings of services, several people were seen boarding trains from key metro stations in the city. Here are some pics from Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Station, Majestic:

09:28 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Bengaluru metro to operate on weekends too

Following the Karnataka government order indicating an end to weekend curfew, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has notified that it will operate the Namma Metro services from 7 am to 8 pm daily from July 5.

Trains will run at an interval of five to 15 minutes during non-peak hours on weekdays. Their operation on weekends would be based on patronage, BMRCL officials added.

09:23 (IST)05 Jul 2021
CM should cancel SSLC exams: BJP MLC Vishwanath

BJP MLC A H Vishwanath Sunday urged the Karnataka government to withdraw its decision to conduct SSLC (Class X) board examinations due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Addressing reporters in Mysuru, he said, “Why does the education department and Minister S Suresh Kumar want to conduct SSLC exams? What is the urgency now?” He said CM B S Yediyurappa should issue an order cancelling the examinations for now. They can be held later once the situation improves, he added.

The MLC added, “Several students in rural areas could not attend classes due to various reasons and are not prepared enough for the exams.”

Vishwanath also remarked that educationalists and other key stakeholders of the system should also demand cancellation of the exams for the time being.

SSLC exams are scheduled to be held on July 19 and 22 across the state.

08:59 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Setback for Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa as court orders further probe in old corruption case

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Saturday suffered a legal setback as a special court for elected representatives rejected a closure report filed by the Karnataka Lokayukta over allegations of corruption in land deals dating back to a tenure when Yediyurappa was Deputy Chief Minister.

90th Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge Shridhar Gopalakrishna Bhat rejected a “B” report for closure of investigations against Yediyurappa in a private complaint filed in 2013 saying that the probe was only perfunctory. The Karnataka High Court had ordered the investigation of the case in December last year.

“The B final report submitted by the investigation officer under section 173(2) of Cr.P.C is hereby rejected. Consequently, acting under section 156(3) of Cr.P.C. the Deputy Superintendent of Police attached to the police wing of Karnataka Lokayuktha, Bengaluru is hereby directed to investigate the matter further,” the special court ruled Saturday.

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08:44 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Places of worship reopen after 69 days, no sevas allowed

Reopening places of worship across faith has been a major highlight among several relaxations announced to the curbs that were in place in Karnataka to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic since the second wave began months back. 

"Religious places are allowed to open only for darshan. No sevas (rituals that involve devotees) will be allowed," Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced as he spelled out revised guidelines to be in effect from Monday (July 5). 

Meanwhile, an order issued by N Manjunatha Prasad, member secretary of the executive committee of the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority clarified that the standard operating procedure issued by the Centre would be in place at all temples, mosques, churches, gurudwaras, and other religious places. "No seva/offering or other activities permitted," it specified.  

Places of worship in the state have remained closed for pilgrims since the last week of April this year.

08:36 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Karnataka to conduct serosurvey among children

The Karnataka government is likely to begin conducting a serosurvey among children (aged below 18) across the state, as recommended recently by the state’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee and the third wave expert committee led by cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty.

According to a senior official of the health department, the survey is expected to begin within a fortnight. “We will focus on children in this round. This will be the third such survey done in the state so far. With concerns raised by experts that children are most likely to get affected during an anticipated third wave, this survey would help us plan a better public health response,” the official said.

Incidentally, the government is yet to publish the results of the second serosurvey done across all 30 districts covering nearly 35,000 people.

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08:35 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: 19-year-old dies in explosion while pumping helium to balloons

A 19-year-old labourer was killed in Bengaluru after a cylinder explosion that took place while he was pumping helium into balloons for a birthday party. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Dinesh, a resident of Parappana Agrahara.

Police explained that the incident took place at an apartment on Langford Road, where the deceased was called to work by a female resident of an apartment who planned to celebrate her male friend’s birthday. She had placed and order with Dinesh and his friends who sell balloons 

"Dinesh was filling the balloons near the entrance of the apartment when the blast occurred. He died on the spot succumbing to severe injuries. His friend who accompanied him in pumping helium into the balloons has also sustained injuries and is treated in a hospital nearby," an officer said. 

A case has been booked and an investigation is underway.

08:21 (IST)05 Jul 2021
Karnataka unlock: Bars to open, public transport to operate in full capacity from July 5

In a step towards further unlocking the state, Karnataka government on Saturday announced a slew of relaxations to Covid restrictions including opening of bars and operation of public transport in full capacity which will come into effect from today. 

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said while schools, colleges, theatres and cinema halls will be shut, bars will be allowed to open from Monday. According to the new guidelines, all restaurants, malls and private offices, can also open with full capacity. However, pubs will be allowed to provide only take away service.

For individual districts such as Kodagu, where the test positivity rate remains above five per cent, the district authorities will take decide on removing curbs, Yediyurappa said.

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08:13 (IST)05 Jul 2021
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With Karnataka and capital city Bengaluru set to enter the next phase of the unlock process on Monday, the government has decided to deploy officers from the Bengaluru City Police force and marshalls appointed by the local body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour in public places.

READ | Bengaluru: 54 teams set up to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour in public places

The Karnataka government is likely to begin conducting a serosurvey among children (aged below 18) across the state, as recommended recently by the state’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee and the third wave expert committee led by cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty.

READ | Karnataka to conduct serosurvey among children

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