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Karnataka Bengaluru June 22 Highlights: State reports 4867 fresh cases, 1034 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 22 Highlights: Cumulatively a total of 3,28,89,270 samples have been tested, of which 1,49,731 were tested on Monday alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 23, 2021 8:20:05 am
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman in Bengaluru on Monday. (PTI photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 22 Highlights: Karnataka reported 4,867 new cases of Covid-19 and 142 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28,11,320 and death toll to 34,025, the health department said on Monday. The day also saw 8,404 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 26,54,139.

Bengaluru Urban logged 1,034 new cases, as the city saw 1,976 discharges and 28 deaths. Active cases stood at 1,23,134. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 3.25 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.91 per cent.

Of the deaths reported on Monday, 28 were from Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru (22), Dakshina Kannada (14), Ballari (12), Dharwad (8), Davangere (7), followed by others. Mysuru recorded 546 new cases, Dakshina Kannada 542, Hassan 364, Shivamogga 217, Kodagu 206, followed by others. Cumulatively a total of 3,28,89,270 samples have been tested, of which 1,49,731 were tested on Monday alone. (PTI)

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14:44 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengaluru cancer survivors urge Centre to ban tobacco sales ahead of third wave

Claiming that a ban on tobacco sales, smoking, and spitting in public places would enable mitigating the spread of Covid-19 in the anticipated third wave and future waves, cancer survivors from Bengaluru Tuesday urged the Centre and state governments to take suitable measures to do so. 

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Health Minister Harshvardhan, and Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, cancer survivors from the city have cited findings by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that smokers are at high risk of developing severe complications when confronted with coronavirus. 

“Smokers are at a greater risk for hospital admission, need for ventilators, ICUs, and even death due to COVID-19. Chewing tobacco products increases saliva production and when the user spits it out, he/she spreads germs and viruses,"  Nalini Satyanarayana, a cancer survivor, and a health activist noted. She added that people who are nearby could inhale it or touch the contaminated surface, get infected, and thereby fuel Covid-19 spread.

14:25 (IST)22 Jun 2021
State party chief supreme, leaders must follow his instructions: former Karnataka Dy CM G Parameshwar

After some Congress leaders demanded to project Siddaramaiah as Congress chief ministerial candidate in the next Assembly polls, former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwar, who was the long time president of Karnataka Congress for eight years, said that president of the party is supreme and leaders must follow the guidelines and suggestions given by him.

"As far as Congress is concerned, the state party president is supreme, whether DK Shivakumar, Dinesh Gundu Rao or me, whatever the business it could be, the president will be supreme in our party. Whatever DK Shivakumar says that's the opinion of the party. Whatever he says, it comes with the high command's permission,”  Parameshwar said.

“The party high command has given permission to DK Shivakumar, there is no groupism in congress till today. If some issues are raised, party high command will clear them,” he added. 

On Monday, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Randeep Singh Surjewala, had  warned Congress leaders in the State against issuing statements on the Chief Ministerial candidates of the party for the 2023 Assembly elections.

“I have noted with concern that certain individuals in the Congress party have recently become prone to issuing statements about leadership in the State or leadership post a Congress government formation. I take this opportunity to forewarn them to avoid such comments completely,” he said in a press statement

14:15 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka to set up Covid care centres for children across state ahead of possible third wave

As a part of preparations for a possible third wave of the pandemic, the Karnataka government Monday announced that Covid care centres exclusively for children will be set up in all taluks across the state.

After reviewing preparations made by the state government, Women and Child Development Minister Shashikala Jolle said, “In these Covid care centres, infected children will be allowed to stay with their mothers. Special centres will also be set up for children who are differently abled.”

She added that these centres will be set up in community halls and resting places in all urban districts like Bengaluru.

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14:08 (IST)22 Jun 2021
IN PICS | CM meets high-level committee to discuss Covid third wave

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Tuesday held a meeting with the members of a high-level committee constituted by the Karnataka government “to analyse, advice and control Covid-19 third wave.” 

The committee submitted an interim report to the government after which strategy was discussed in the presence of committee chairman Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Home and Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, and other members were present.

12:40 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Two die of electrocution due to low-hanging wire in Raichur

Two labourers died of electrocution in the city on Tuesday, after they accidentally touched a metallic fence through which electricity was flowing.

The duo from Raichur district, touched the fence that came into contact with a low-hanging high tension cable and suffered fatal electric shock, police said. Both died on the spot, they said.

12:19 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Clear vehicles parked on footpaths around police stations: Karnataka HC

The High Court of Karnataka has asked Bengaluru City Police to ensure no vehicles are parked on footpaths around police stations before penalising the public for parking on footpaths in the city.

The oral observation was made by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj during the hearing of a PIL petition. The court asked the government to ensure criminal law is set in motion in footpath encroachment cases.

The Bench noted the observation that vehicles are parked on the footpath around police stations after the government submitted a compliance report on instructions issued to the police based on the earlier direction, to penalise such violators and clear footpaths.

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10:49 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka high-level body recommends reopening schools in staggered manner

An interim report submitted by a high-level committee constituted by the Karnataka government “to analyse, advice and control Covid-19 third wave” has recommended reopening of schools in a staggered manner, with on-campus classes first beginning for senior-level students.
The 91-page interim report, which was prepared by the committee headed by cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, has been submitted to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

The report noted that there was no evidence from anywhere in the world yet to suggest that schools can  become hubs for spreading of the virus. “There is an urgent need to offer scientific and definitive guidance for school reopening as any delay in achieving near normalisation of schooling will be more detrimental than Covid-19 itself,” the report mentioned.

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10:03 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Fridays For Future campaign against govt proposal to axe 6,000 trees

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg-backed Fridays For Future (FFF) has launched an online campaign against the proposed cutting down of 6,316 trees on the outskirts of Bengaluru to rejuvenate the Singanayakanahalli lake as a part of the Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project.

The online petition has received more than 7,000 responses as of Monday.

In the online petition, the FFF has demanded that owing to the pandemic situation, the deadline for submitting objections to the project be extended. It has also stated that experts should be consulted to ensure that the project does not affect the ecology of the area

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09:58 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Restaurant owners indicate ‘slow business’ as dine-in resumes

As dine-in resumed in restaurants located in Bengaluru and other parts of the state on Monday, hoteliers and restaurant owners noted that the number of visitors was “very low” indicating that such businesses would take more time towards revival from the pandemic-related crises.

A member of the Karnataka Regional Hotels and Restaurants’ Federation said, “Very low footfall indicates that our businesses would take more time to improve even as the government addressed our long-standing demand to allow dine-in following Covid norms.”

The hotel owner added, “Most customers we speak to are of the opinion that they still think twice before coming to dine-in. Several steps including deploying only vaccinated staff for duties and other offers are planned to build confidence among customers to come to our facilities.”

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09:56 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka HC asks Bengaluru cops to clear footpaths near police stations

The High Court of Karnataka has asked Bengaluru City Police to ensure no vehicles are parked on footpaths around police stations before penalising the public for parking on footpaths in the city. 

The oral observation was made by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj during the hearing of a PIL petition. The court asked the government to ensure criminal law is set in motion in footpath encroachment cases.

The Bench noted the observation that vehicles are parked on the footpath around police stations after the government submitted a compliance report on instructions issued to the police based on the earlier direction,to penalise such violators and clear footpaths.

09:34 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Few takers for metro, buses as services resume

As public transport made its way back to track with certain restrictions in Bengaluru on Monday, metro services on the Purple and Green Lines together saw 24,602 passengers between 7 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 6 pm.

Meanwhile, 880 KSRTC buses were in service after departing from Kempegowda Bus Station and Mysore Road Bus Station in the Karnataka capital, as of 8 pm on Monday. A total of 1809 buses out of the 3000 planned were operated across the state, officials clarified.

At the same time, 3154 BMTC buses have left various depots with travellers on Monday, statistics issued by the Corporation stated. BMTC, however, had planned to operate only 2000 buses initially.

09:31 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengaluru Court orders former PM Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crore to NICE for loss of reputation

An Additional City Civil and Sessions Court has directed former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crore to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) Limited for the loss of reputation. 

The NICE had filed an original suit against the statements made by JDS supremo in various regional TV channels in the year 2011.

The company claimed that it sustained loss to the reputation due to the statements made by Gowda and claimed damages of Rs 10 crore. 

The court said, "Deve Gowda has failed to substantiate the statements made by him in the tv interview. Therefore, there is nothing on record to show that the allegations made by the defendant (Deve Gowda) against the plaintiff Company (NICE) in the questioned interview are supported with any cogent documentary proof. "

09:14 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengaluru's Jakkur aerodrome to host heli-tourism

Karnataka Tourism department has got approval from Youth and Sports Services department and Airport Authority of India (AII) to use Jakkur aerodrome and five other air strips for heli-tourism purposes in Karnataka.

Tourism Minister C P Yogeshwar, said "Jakkur will be used for landing and take-off purposes. A circuit will be prepared for tourists to take helicopters to Goa, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala."

"The heli- tourism services can be even used by VVIPs and for emergency services," he added.

09:10 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka launches dedicated Covid helpline for specially-abled

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and state Covid Task Force head Dr C N Ashwatha Narayana rolled out ‘Sakshama’, a Covid helpline earmarked for the specially-abled in Bengaluru.
According to the Deputy CM, the helpline 0120-690-4999 is being operated by an NGO which carries the same name, offering assistance in Kannada, Hindi, English, Marathi, Telugu, and Tamil languages.

“All those who are specially abled are eligible to have BPL cards and they should avail the benefit,” he said. Ashwathnarayan also urged NGOs and other voluntary organizations to collaborate with the government in effectively implementing the various programs meant for the welfare of the specially abled.

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09:06 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka to resume bus services to Andhra, Telangana from today

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporations (KSRTC) will begin inter-state bus operations to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh starting from Tuesday, following the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown rules.

The state-run corporation had stopped the operation of inter-state bus services due to the Covid lockdown.

"Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will restart bus ops to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as per guidelines of respective States from 22nd June based on traffic density & need with 50% seating capacity, " a statement from KSRTC said. 

Passengers can book tickets online at ksrtc.karnataka.gov.in/; ksrtc.in or through KSRTC/Franchisee advance reservation counters. The Karnataka road transport Corp also mentioned a helpline number for queries--080-26252625.

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08:53 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Bengaluru civic body fed 1.91 lakh dogs during lockdown

A total of 173 volunteers fed over 1.91 lakh dogs meals over the last twenty days across Bengaluru according to BBMP. 

A total of Rs 11.6 lakh has been spent on the programme till now, the BBMP said. The BBMP, along with various organisations, is feeding strays, which earlier depended on hotels, restaurants and marketplaces for food.

BBMP is providing 250 grams of food to each dog which will cost the civic body approximately Rs 5.60 per canine. “We are providing rice, meat and eggs which are all cooked with the help of groups that have come forward to help the strays,” Dr Manjunath Shinde, Joint Director (Animal Husbandry, BBMP).

08:47 (IST)22 Jun 2021
As new rules come into effect, Karnataka administers over 10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses on Yoga Day

Karnataka administered 10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses on Monday, the day the Centre’s revised vaccination guidelines came into effect, coinciding with the International Day of Yoga.

The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Services late evening said a total of 10,55,272 doses of Covid vaccines were administered till 7.30 pm across the state. Of these, over 6.96 lakh doses were received by beneficiaries aged between 18 and 44, while another 2.52 lakh people aged 45 and above got their first jab.

In total, 9.76 lakh vaccines were first doses while 76,118 people received their second jabs since Monday morning.

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08:46 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Soon, 7,500 health personnel to be recruited: Deputy Chief Minister

The State government will soon recruit 7,500 health personnel including doctors to the medical infrastructure across the state, said Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan

Narayan, who also heads the State Covid-19 Task Force, said the recruitment is part of its preparedness to face any future exigencies including third wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the government will focus on upgrading the medical infrastructure and facilities in rural areas by upgrading the community and primary health care centres, besides taluk and district hospitals.

08:43 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Govt relaxes restrictions in 6 more districts

The Karnataka government on Monday added six more districts to the list of 17 districts under “Unlock 2.0”, where Covid-19 curbs have been relaxed, allowing hotels, gyms, and public transport bus services to resume operations.

Udupi, Bengaluru Rural, Shivamogga, Ballari, Chitradurga and Vijayapura have been placed under Category-1 after considering the weekly moving average positivity rate and also taking into account the consistent declining trend of the Covid case positivity rate, the state government said in its order.

Earlier, the government had issued guidelines on Saturday, further relaxing the Covid-19 curbs in 17 districts where the positivity rate is below 5 per cent, including Bengaluru, that came into effect from 6 am today, allowing all shops to function from 6 am to 5 pm and public transport to resume operations with 50 per cent capacity. In all, the government has now relaxed Covid-19 restrictions in 23 districts.

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08:36 (IST)22 Jun 2021
After KDA slams Centre, PRIDE adds Kannada to list of language training for MPs, bureaucrats

After Kannada Development Authority (KDA) expressed disappointment over Kannada being dropped from the list of languages to impart training to MPs, legislators from Centrally administered territories and officials, the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracy (PRIDE) has issued a statement including the language to the list.

PRIDE under Lok Sabha Secretariat had earlier announced it will start training in six Indian languages – Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Odiya, Tamil and Telugu and six foreign languages – French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian and Portuguese. Kannada was not included in the list despite having classical language status.

However, according to an official release issued on Sunday, PRIDE will organize an Online Indian and Foreign Language Learning programme for Members of Parliament, State/UT Legislators, officials and family members in ‘all Indian Languages of 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution’. Om Birla, Speaker, Lok Sabha will virtually inaugurate the Language Learning programme on Tuesday. 

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An interim report submitted by a high-level committee constituted by the Karnataka government “to analyse, advice and control Covid-19 third wave” has recommended reopening of schools in a staggered manner, with on-campus classes first beginning for senior-level students.

READ | Karnataka high-level body recommends reopening of schools in staggered manner

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg-backed Fridays For Future (FFF) has launched an online campaign against the proposed cutting down of 6,316 trees on the outskirts of Bengaluru to rejuvenate the Singanayakanahalli lake as a part of the Hebbal-Nagawara Valley Project.

READ | Bengaluru: Fridays For Future campaign against govt proposal to axe 6,000 trees

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