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Karnataka Bengaluru May 17 Highlights: State reports 31,531 fresh cases, 8344 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 17 Highlights: A total of over 2,78,79,697 samples have been tested so far out of which 1,13,219 were tested Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 18, 2021 8:13:34 am
Vaccine beneficiaries stand in a queue to receive their jab at Bengaluru's CV Raman Hospital. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 17 Highlights: Karnataka has reported 31,531 new cases of COVID-19 and 403 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 22,03,462 and deaths to 21,837 so far, the Health Department said in Bengaluru on Sunday. The day also saw 36,475 patients getting discharged. Out of the 31,531 fresh cases, 8,344 were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

As of May 16 evening, cumulatively 22,03,462 positive cases have been confirmed in the State, which include 21,837 deaths and 15,81,457 who got discharged, the department said in its bulletin. The total number of active cases stood at 6,00,147. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 27.84 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.27 per cent.

Of the 403 deaths, 143 were from Bengaluru Urban. Ballari saw 26, Uttara Kannada (24), Hassan (18), Bengaluru Rural (17), Mandya (15), Shivamogga (14) followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 8,344, Tumakuru 2,138, Mysuru 1,811, Belagavi 1,762, Ballari 1,729, Hassan 1,182 and Davangere 1,155 followed by others. (PTI)

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15:07 (IST)17 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.
 
“One female elephant, stuck in the fresh mud puddle in Moleyur range of Bandipur Tiger Reserve, rescued successfully,” the national park wrote, sharing the rescue video on Twitter.

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13:36 (IST)17 May 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

A day after hitting new record highs on Sunday, petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country on Monday, May 17, 2021. The auto fuel prices had touched record highs on May 16, when petrol rose by 24 paise per litre while diesel inched up 27 paise in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol costs Rs. 95.66 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 88.22 per litre.

13:20 (IST)17 May 2021
Nine crew from Coromondel Supporter IX Tug rescued by Navy and Indian Coast Guard

All nine crew members of the tugboat 'Coromondel Supporter' which has remained stranded at sea near Udupi district due to strong winds caused by Cyclone Tauktae were airlifted to safety by the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy on Monday morning. 

“In a joint synergy operation by Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy rescue of 9 precious lives from Tug Coromandal Surrender IX was undertaken on 17 May which ran aground at Mulkhi Rock in Karnataka Coast. Five survivors were rescued by Indian Coast Guard Ship Varaha and 04 survivors were winched by IN 702 of Indian Navy Ex Kochi. All crew in healthy condition,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) alerted district administration and fishermen about the cyclone on May 13. The 'Tug alliance' boat expected to reach the coast point on May 14 night is stuck in the sea. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) and New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) had put efforts to establish the contact. The next day, on May 15, the boat lost contact.

12:38 (IST)17 May 2021
Daily Covid-19 infections in Karnataka see a drop, along with testing numbers

Even as Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa attributed the drop in fresh Covid cases to the success of lockdown in Karnataka, the drop in number of tests is hard to miss.

While Karnataka reported 50,112 fresh infections on May 5, the number had dropped to 35,297 on May 13. However, a closer look at the health bulletins shared by the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department indicate that the total number of samples tested has also seen a visible drop during the last fortnight.

For instance, while 1,77,982 samples were tested on May 1, the number dropped to 1,18,345 on May 15. Even the test positivity rate (TPR) on these days indicates that Karnataka is yet to witness any flattening of the curve. The TPR on May 1, as per the bulletin, was 23.03 per cent while it rose to 35.20 per cent on May 15.

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12:33 (IST)17 May 2021
‘Ill-conceived, retrograde’: Bengaluru citizens oppose govt plan to relieve BBMP of public health duties amid Covid

A recent proposal put forth by the ministerial task force overseeing Covid management in Karnataka to relieve the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) of public health duties, including its role in the ongoing pandemic, has not gone down well with the citizens of the state capital.

The proposal — even when Bengaluru is yet to witness a clear recovery from the daily surge in Covid-19 cases — is in direct contradiction to the “spirit of decentralisation” enshrined in the Constitution, many have argued.

Kathyayini Chamaraj, Executive Trustee of CIVIC, a city-based voluntary initiative, told Indianexpress.com that such a proposal was in “direct contradiction” to the state government’s recent decision to form Decentralized Triage and Emergency Response (DETER) committees at the ward-level to manage the pandemic at the local level.

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12:02 (IST)17 May 2021
Hundreds of dead fish float in Bengaluru's Mottanalluru lake

Hundreds of dead fishes float on Mottanalluru lake in Bengaluru due to the inflow of effluents and pesticides from surrounding industries and agricultural fields. 

According to local residents residing around Mottanalluru lake, from last one week they were forced to live with the stench of dead fish emanating from the lake. 

Senior officials from Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) said that fish in the water body has been killed because of the sudden dip in dissolved oxygen (DO) and also inflow of effluents and pesticides from surrounding industries and agricultural fields.

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11:38 (IST)17 May 2021
Vaccination centres to be shifted to safer locations: Ministerial taskforce

The ministerial taskforce chaired by Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan has decided to “gradually shift” all vaccination centres to schools, colleges and other safer locations from hospitals and public healthcare centres in a bid to minimise risk of contracting the virus while getting inoculated.

Ashwathnarayan said, “The government has kept aside Rs 75 crore to purchase 5 lakh vials of Remdesivir via global tenders. At the same time, Rs 843 crore will be spent on another global tender to purchase sufficient vaccines.”

The task force has also allocated Rs 260 crore to procure medicines and medical equipment that wil be required in the next 90 days in phases, while the government is planning to set up six genome labs to study mutations of the coronavirus.

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10:57 (IST)17 May 2021
Karnataka govt asks district admins to set up one triage centre each for 40,000 people

In a bid to ramp up infrastructure in the districts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Karnataka government has ordered the district administrations of Belagavi, Ballari, Kalaburagi, Hubbali-Dharwad, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Davanagere, Vijayapura, Shivamogga, and Tumakuru to set up at least one triage centre for around 40,000 people.

The order comes as it has been noted that maximum of the cases that are being reported daily are coming from outside Bengaluru — which was considered to be the Covid epicentre.

An order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar explained that the number of decentralized triage centers (DTCs) would depend on the number of cases getting added every day.

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10:56 (IST)17 May 2021
Karnataka receives 4.25 lakh doses of Remdesivir from Centre; Ashwath Narayana

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and head of the COVID Task Force, Dr CN Ashwath Narayana has said that the State has received 4.25 lakh doses, which is enough for one week.

"Remdesivir has been made available to the State by Centre and will be enough till May 23," he said in a statement. 

"Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has conveyed this to the State government. We are very grateful to the Central government for providing the State with the highest Remdesivir allocation,” the statement added.

10:04 (IST)17 May 2021
34,200 kg of Zeolite for oxygen production reaches Bengaluru airport from Rome

Two Air India flights, carrying 34,200 kgs of Zeolite from Rome, arrived at Bengaluru International Airport on Sunday. 

According to Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL), this is the first of many batches of Zeolite that would be imported by Indian Government

"This will give a fillip to oxygen supplies in the Country amid the COVID-19 pandemic," BIAL said in a statement.

09:14 (IST)17 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae: 8 dead in Karnataka; 300 houses damaged

At least eight people have died in the three coastal districts of Karnataka after Cyclone Tauktae hit the western region of the southern state and its neighbour Kerala, according to officials said on Sunday. 

According to officials, 300 houses have been damaged in Karnataka. At least nine people were stranded on another tugboat that drifted from anchorage off New Mangalore Port Trust. 

Many houses were damaged in the worst-affected Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka.

08:50 (IST)17 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae: Orange alert sounded in 7 districts including Kodagu

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded an orange alert for Kodagu district which was lashed by rain from the last two days owing to Cyclone Tauktae. 

IMD has forecast scattered to fairly widespread, very light to moderate rains with isolated  toheavy rains associated with thunderstorms likely over Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Shivamogga, and Hassan districts in Malnad region of Karnataka

Apart from Kodagu, an orange alert has been sounded for Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, and Shivamogga districts.

08:33 (IST)17 May 2021
Bengaluru civic authorities use 4 months of firewood stock in 15 days at crematoriums as Covid-19 deaths keep surging

The firewood that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) would have used at crematoriums for nearly 4 months in regular times has been exhausted in 15 days.

The reason: high death rate that the city has been witnessing since the second wave of the pandemic Karnataka. Between May 1 and May 13, Bengaluru city has reported 2,588 Covid-19 deaths.

Officials at BBMP said it has spent nearly 1,000 tonnes of wood in the last 15 days to burn pyres. As such, a few electric crematoriums in the city have also turned defunct.

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08:29 (IST)17 May 2021
To breathe easy, use NIV instead of HFNO to conserve Oxygen stock, Karnataka Govt urges hospitals

With oxygen supply shortages causing deaths of Covid-19 patients in hospitals around the country, including 33 in two districts of Karnataka in recent weeks, oxygen supply concerns are giving doctors in charge of hospitals and ICUs sleepless nights during the second wave of the pandemic.

One of the things that the Karnataka government has now advised hospitals to do in order to conserve oxygen supplies is to use ventilators to provide oxygen to ICU patients in a more efficient manner instead of high flow nasal oxygen (HFNO) systems that was the norm in the first wave of the pandemic last year.

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08:28 (IST)17 May 2021
Bengaluru hotels demand rehabilitation package, write to Union Finance Minister

Owners of hotels, restaurants, and pubs in Bengaluru have approached Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for a rehabilitation package to help them tide through these difficult times. This comes a month after they had demanded a cut in property tax, fixed charges in electricity bills, and exemption in excise license rates from the state government.

In a letter, the Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association (BBHA) urged the Centre to waive off bank interest on term loans, cash credit and overdraft limits.

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08:03 (IST)17 May 2021
State to begin treatment for ‘black fungus’ in Bengaluru hospital

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar Sunday announced that the state-run Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru will begin treatment of mucormycosis (known as black fungus) on a pilot basis.

“The treatment will later be extended to medical colleges and district hospitals. With the treatment known to be expensive, I will discuss with CM Yediyurappa to check if free treatment can be offered to the patients,” he said.

Sudhakar added that a committee of experts would be set up to prepare a roadmap for the treatment of those infected and how to curb the infection. “Mucormycosis is commonly seen among those with either less immunity or those who use steroids. The infection begins through the nose for diabetic patients who take steroids while being treated for Covid-19. After 10 to 15 days, this spreads to the eye,” Sudhakar, who is also doctor, explained.

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08:01 (IST)17 May 2021
31,531 new cases, 403 deaths reported in Karnataka

Karnataka has reported 31,531 new cases of COVID-19 and 403 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 22,03,462 and deaths to 21,837 so far, the Health Department said in Bengaluru on Sunday. The day also saw 36,475 patients getting discharged.   Out of the 31,531 fresh cases, 8,344 were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

As of May 16 evening, cumulatively 22,03,462 positive cases have been confirmed in the State, which include 21,837 deaths and 15,81,457 who got discharged, the department said in its bulletin. The total number of active cases stood at 6,00,147. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 27.84 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.27 per cent.

Of the 403 deaths, 143 were from Bengaluru Urban. Ballari saw 26, Uttara Kannada (24), Hassan (18), Bengaluru Rural (17), Mandya (15), Shivamogga (14) followed by others.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 8,344, Tumakuru 2,138, Mysuru 1,811, Belagavi 1,762, Ballari 1,729, Hassan 1,182 and Davangere 1,155 followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases with a total of 10,51,058 followed by Mysuru 1,12,127 and Tumakuru 81,479. Among those discharged, Bengaluru Urban topped with 6,80,194, Mysuru 96,281 and Ballari 54,991.

A total of over 2,78,79,697 samples have been tested so far out of which 1,13,219 were tested Sunday. (PTI)

07:56 (IST)17 May 2021
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A recent proposal put forth by the ministerial task force overseeing Covid management in Karnataka to relieve the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) of public health duties, including its role in the ongoing pandemic, has not gone down well with the citizens of the state capital. The proposal — even when Bengaluru is yet to witness a clear recovery from the daily surge in Covid-19 cases — is in direct contradiction to the “spirit of decentralisation” enshrined in the Constitution, many have argued.

READ | ‘Ill-conceived, retrograde’: Bengaluru citizens oppose govt plan to relieve BBMP of public health duties amid Covid

Heavy rains accompanied by strong tidal waves that came in with Cyclone Tauktae wreaked havoc across the coast of Karnataka, killing at least four people and affecting over 98 villages in Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, and Shivamogga since Friday night.

READ | Cyclone Tauktae: 4 killed in Karnataka, at least 98 villages affected

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