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Karnataka Bengaluru March 22 Highlights: No lockdown, semi-lockdown considered for now, Health Minister says

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest March 22 Highlights: Meanwhile, several areas of Bengaluru are scheduled to face power cuts throughout the week, BESCOM infomed.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: March 23, 2021 8:11:17 am
Dr. K Sudhakar, Karnataka Health Minister, Karnataka Medical Education MinisterKarnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar. (File)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus March 22 Highlights: Amid speculations of yet another lockdown on cards for Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka due to the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, Health Minister K Sudhakar Monday reiterated that the same was not considered at present. “Semi-lockdown or lockdown is not considered for now. We need to learn from past mistakes,” he said in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) situated in Karnataka’s Udupi district continued to host a growing cluster of Covid-19 cases as the total number of infections on campus rose to 299. Sudhakar added that a decision will be taken regarding educational institutions after discussing it with the Chief Minister.

At the same time, as many as 1715 more people contracted coronavirus infection across Karnataka on Sunday, as Bengaluru continued to report most among all districts in Karnataka. With 1039 of them being reported from the capital city alone, the same amounted to over 60 per cent of the new caseload.

Other districts that reported most cases on Thursday are Udupi (170), Mysuru (70), Bidar (61) and Dakshina Kannada (54).

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18:37 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Karnataka: Negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people entering from Punjab too

Citing a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in Punjab (especially Chandigarh), the Karnataka government Monday issued an order making it mandatory for those entering from there to furnish a negative RT-PCR Covid test report. Earlier, the same was required only for people entering from neighbouring Maharashtra and Kerala. The decision to extend the same to three states is based on the recommendations put forth by the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee, the order clarified. 

18:23 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: 2 killed as truck falls on moving car

An accident that took place near Attibele check-post in Bengaluru on Monday resulted in the death of two people. According to the police, both the deceased were travelling in a car when a gravel-laden truck lost control and fell on it. 

The bodies of the dead were taken from under the heap of gravel by Fire and Emergency Services personnel. The accident led to traffic towards Bengaluru from Tamil Nadu being disrupted for over an hour. 

A case has been registered and an investigation is underway to find the cause of the accident, an officer from Attibele police station confirmed. 

18:17 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Dakshina Kannada: Deputy Commissioner conducts surprise checks to enforce Covid-19 regulations

In a bid to send out a direct message encouraging the public to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines stipulated by the government, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V Monday conducted surprise checks in Mangaluru. 

A team of officials who accompanied the DC was seen warning people to wear masks and maintain social distancing. The team visited malls, bus stands, fuel stations, and other public places while some shops were forced to shut down for defying Covid-19 norms. 

18:11 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Manipal Group to sponsor COVID-19 vaccines for employees, families

The Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) announced that it will be sponsoring COVID-19 vaccination costs for all its employees and their families. The company added it will bear the costs of the vaccination for their employees and their family members comprising spouses, parents, parents-in-law, and dependent children.

"The health and wellbeing of those around us is our primary concern and vaccination is a huge step towards fighting the pandemic," Mansij Majumder, HR Head, UNext Learning Private Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of MEMG) said. 

17:35 (IST)22 Mar 2021
No lockdown, semi-lockdown considered for now: Health Minister 

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar Monday reiterated that a possibility of a lockdown was not considered at present, among measures taken to contain the spread of coronavirus in Bengaluru and across the state. 

"Semi-lockdown or lockdown is not considered for now. We need to learn from past mistakes," he said in Bengaluru. He added that a decision will be taken regarding educational institutions after discussing with the Chief Minister. 

16:33 (IST)22 Mar 2021
BBMP marshals 'harassing' small hotels: Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Associaton 

With local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike taking various measures to keep the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the city in check, owners of several hotels have approached the BBMP chief alleging they have been "harassed" by marshals.

Explaining a recent incident, P C Rao, President of Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association alleged BBMP marshals found a small piece of plastic in a dust bin of a small hotel in Malleshwaram and slapped a fine of Rs 5,000. "They also threatened the owner of canceling the hotel license. Under the pretext of controlling COVID-19, the actions of marshals have gone beyond limits," he said. 

Also read| Karnataka: Bengaluru hotels see gradual uptick in business, turn to ‘cloud kitchen’ model for survival

15:39 (IST)22 Mar 2021
New airports likely at Byndoor, Karwar: Shettar

Karnataka is likely to open two new airports soon, at Byndoor, and Karwar, Minister for Medium and Heavy Industries Jagadish Shettar said. He added that the state government has proposed to operate new airports as part of the regional connectivity scheme ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik', widely known as RCS-UDAN.

Shettar explained that land acquisition for setting up the airports will begin soon.

14:07 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Ex-Karnataka Minister receives letter threatening to kill her

Former Karnataka minister and litterateur B T Lalitha Naik on Sunday claimed to have received a letter threatening to kill her and three others including BJP national general secretary C T Ravi.

During a ceremony to felicitate Congress leader H M Revanna, Naik said she received a letter on Saturday in which it was stated that she would be murdered along with Ravi, actor Shivaraj Kumar and a journalist.

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13:58 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Udupi: 145 more COVID positive cases reported from MIT-Manipal campus

Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) situated in Karnataka’s Udupi district continued to host a growing cluster of Covid-19 cases as the total number of infections on campus rose to 299. Notably, 145 new cases of the total 170 reported from the coastal district were from the engineering college campus alone.

According to Sudhirchandra Sooda, District Health Officer (DHO), all 145 new cases identified on the MIT campus were primary contacts of students who tested positive in the last few days. Testing was intensified in MIT after the district administration identified it as a containment zone last Wednesday. 

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12:33 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: Fuel prices remain unchanged 

Prices of petrol and diesel were unchanged for the 23rd consecutive day at their record highs across the country on Monday. 

While each litre of petrol costs Rs 94.22 in Bengaluru, diesel is available for Rs 86.37 per litre. 

Earlier on Friday, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah had accused the Narendra Modi-led BJP government of “looting” the common man, citing unprecedented hike in fuel prices. 

12:29 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Karnataka tests over 1 lakh samples after PM’s advice

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged states to enhance testing and vaccination amid the resurgence of new Covid-19 cases, Karnataka conducted over one lakh tests for the first time in the last few months. 

According to data shared by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, as many as 1,01,840 samples were tested on Sunday. This included 5881 samples tested using the Rapid Antigen Detection method as well. The state has tested over 61.9 lakh samples since the beginning of 2021 cumulatively. 

09:19 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Covid-19: 1715 new cases across state, over 60% in Bengaluru alone 

As many as 1715 more people contracted coronavirus infection across Karnataka on Sunday, as Bengaluru continued to report most among all districts in Karnataka. With 1039 of them being reported from the capital city alone, the same amounted to over 60 per cent of the new caseload. 

Other districts that reported most cases on Thursday are Udupi (170), Mysuru (70), Bidar (61) and Dakshina Kannada (54). 

08:53 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Srinivas Gowda sets new record in Kambala racing

Noted Kambala jockey Srinivas Gowda, who was termed 'Usain Bolt of Kambala' last year by covering a 125-metre buffalo racing track in 9.55 seconds, has created a new record by completing 100 metres in just 8.96 seconds, organisers said.

He achieved the feat in ‘Soorya Chandra Jodukere’ Kambala organised at Venoor-Permuda in Belthangady taluk on Saturday.

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08:27 (IST)22 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: Several areas to face power cuts this week 

Several areas in Bengaluru will face disruptions in electricity supply throughout this week due to upgrade and repair works, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) informed. 

BESCOM officials have cited work at RBI, Khodays, and St John's substations as the reason behind power cuts expected to take place in the following days (times) as follows:

March 22 (10 am - 5.30 pm):

    • BCMC Layout
    • Thippasandra
    • Chennamma Gardens
    • Ganapathipura 

March 22 (10.30 am - 5.30 pm):

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th cross of 20th Main Road, BTM Layout 1st Stage

March 23 (10.30 am - 5.30 pm):

    • RBI Layout
    • Srinidhi Layout
    • Chunchagatta Village
    • JP Nagar phases I to V 
    • Sarakki Thota
    • Rose Garden
    • Siddeshwara Theatre (surroundings)
    • Sindhoor Choultry (surroundings)

March 24 (10 am - 5.30 pm):

    • Chunchagatta Road
    • Eshwar Layout
    • Sharada Nagar
    • Shiva Shakti Nagar
    • Beerappa Garden
    • Chunchagatta Main Road
    • Doddamane Industrial Area
    • MS Layout
    • Rajeev Gandhi Road
    • Church Road
    • Srinivasa Kalyana Mantapa Road
    • Kanakapura Main Road

March 24 (10.30 am - 5.30 pm):

17th, 24th Main Roads,  BTM Layout 1st Stage

March 25 (10 am - 5.30 pm):

    • BCMC Layout
    • Thippasandra
    • Srinidhi Layout 

March 25 (10.30 am - 5.30 pm):

15th, 16th Main Roads,  BTM Layout 1st Stage

March 26 (10 am - 5.30 pm):

    • SLV Hotel (opposite road)
    • Brahmin Hotel
    • Ganapathipura
    • JP Nagar Phase VI, 
    • Sarakki Thota
    • Rose Garden
    • Siddeshwara Theatre (surroundings)
    • Sindhoor Choultry (surroundings)

March 25 (10.30 am - 5.30 pm):

10th Cross Road; 13th, 15th Main Roads of BTM Layout 2nd Stage

March 27 (10 am - 5.30 pm):

    • Sarakki lake and surroundings
    • Jaraganahalli
    • Rajamma Garden
    • Rajeev Gandhi Road
    • MS Layout
    • GKM College (surroundings)

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait. (PTI Photo)

Meanwhile, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has exhorted farmers of Karnataka to lay siege to Bengaluru with their tractors, in protest against the three contentious farm laws passed by the Centre, and convert the city into the focal point of agitation, like in Delhi.

READ| Lay seige to Bengaluru with tractors to protest farm laws: Rakesh Tikait

At the same time, noted Kambala jockey Srinivas Gowda, who was termed "Usain Bolt of Kambala" last year by covering a 125-metre buffalo racing track in 9.55 seconds, has created a new record by completing 100 metres in just 8.96 seconds, organisers said.

READ| Srinivas Gowda sets new record in Kambala racing

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Find your nearest fever clinic and testing Covid-19 facility here | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus March 19 Highlights

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