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Karnataka Bengaluru May 28 Highlights: Recoveries outnumber fresh cases with 31,459 discharges, 24,214 new cases

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 28 Highlights: Out of the new cases, 5,949 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 6,643 discharges and 273 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 31, 2021 8:26:16 am
A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to a frontline worker in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 28 Highlights: The number of COVID-19 infections in Karnataka on Thursday crossed the 25 lakh mark, as the state recorded 24,214 new cases and 476 fatalities, the health department said. The day also saw 31,459 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases.

Out of the new cases, 5,949 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 6,643 discharges and 273 deaths.

As of May 27 evening, cumulatively 25,23,998 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 27,405 deaths and 20,94,369 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Active cases stood at 4,02,203. While the positivity rate for the day stood at
17.59 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.96 per cent.

Ballari accounted for 22 deaths, Mysuru (18), Belagavi and Dharwad (15), Tumakuru (14), Bengaluru Rural and Uttara Kannada (13), followed by others. Mysuru logged 2,240 new cases, Hassan 1,505, Tumakuru 1,219, Belagavi 1,147, Udupi 905, followed by others.

A total of over 2,91,98,945 samples have been tested so far, of which 1,37,643 were tested on Thursday alone. (PTI)

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21:19 (IST)28 May 2021
Karnataka: 401 more Covid deaths, TPR drops to 16.42%

Covid-19 recoveries in Bengaluru (31,237) outnumbered new cases (5736) by over five teams on Friday as it turned out to be the driving factor in the dip observed in the active caseload in Karnataka (3,72,373) on Friday. 

However, the state reported 401 more deaths as the toll rose to 27,806 since March 10 last year. Of these 192 were in Bengaluru Urban, 20 in Mysuru, 15 in Tumakuru, 14 in Dharwad, 13 each in Shivamogga and Hassan, and 11 each in Bengaluru Rural and Uttara Kannada. 

Meanwhile, the test positivity rate (TPR) dropped to the lowest recorded this month as the number of tests stayed steady at around 1.4 lakh since Wednesday. 

21:08 (IST)28 May 2021
Bengaluru: Ambulance driver arrested for allegedly abandoning Covid victim’s body outside crematorium

An ambulance driver in Bengaluru was arrested by the police for allegedly abandoning the body of a Covid-19 victim outside a crematorium on the outskirts of the city as the deceased’s family did not give in to the “exorbitant charge” sought by the former for his service.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) C K Baba, the accused sought Rs 18,000 as the fee for transporting the body from Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Jayanagar 9th Block to Chira Shanti Dham Electric Crematorium in Hebbal. The DCP also identified the accused as Sharath Gowda, who has been sent to judicial custody.

“Such inhumane acts shall not be accepted. While he (the accused) has tried to get an exorbitant charge from the family of the deceased, his action of leaving the body and the attendant outside the crematorium shows his callous attitude. An FIR was been filed based on a complaint filed by the deceased’s kin at the Amrutahalli police station,” Baba told Indianexpress.com.

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20:56 (IST)28 May 2021
Karnataka: Service charge for each vaccine jab doubled from Rs 100 to Rs 200 at pvt hospitals

Getting Covid-19 vaccine shots just got costlier in Karnataka as the state government revised the service charges allowed to be charged by private medical establishments from Rs 100 to Rs 200 per dose.

“Considering many requests received, the state government has decided to cap service charges of vaccine administration by private hospitals at Rs 200 per dose. All hospitals hereby are directed to strictly abide by the guidelines and help in easing the vaccination process,” Deputy Chief Minister Ashwathnarayan said.

Later, a government order specifying that the charges apply to each dose of Covishield and Covaxin was also issued.

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13:53 (IST)28 May 2021
Bengaluru: Five held for alleged rape, torture of woman after video goes viral in northeast

The Bengaluru police on Thursday arrested five people in connection with a case of alleged rape and torture of a woman in Ramamurthy Nagar. The arrests were made after a video clip of the purported incident went viral on social media in Assam. The police believe the accused and the victim are Bangladesh nationals.

“As per the information revealed so far, all of them are part of the same group and believed to be from Bangladesh. Due to financial differences, the culprits brutalised the victim, who is also said to be a Bangladeshi and was brought to India for human trafficking,” a senior police official said, adding that the incident may have taken place last week.

After the video surfaced on social media, the Assam police tweeted about the incident and even promised a reward to anyone who could provide information on it.

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13:46 (IST)28 May 2021
Bengaluru: Police arrest 'habitual absconder' under Goonda Act

The Bengaluru City Police Friday confirmed the arrest of Chandrasekhar (35) also known as Gun Manja, a rowdy sheeter accused in 13 cases filed at different police stations in the city. 

According to the DCP North Dharmender Kumar Meena, the accused was arrested by officers of the Yeshwantpur police station. "Gun Manja is a habitual absconder who has a record of evading on bail and not attending court whenever released  from jail. Of the 13 cases against him, charges include murder, attempt to murder, armed robbery, extortion, drug-peddling, and criminal intimidation. He has now been detained under the Goonda Act (Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Gamblers, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Slum Grabbers Act)," Meena said. 

The police added that the detention of the accused was ratified by the Karnataka High Court for a period of six months. "A detention order was issued by the City Police Commissioner against him on April 16 earlier this year," the officer added.

12:00 (IST)28 May 2021
One more Oxygen Express train carrying 120 MT O2 reaches Bengaluru

Another Oxygen Express for Karnataka reached Whitefield on Thursday night carrying 120 MT of life saving Oxygen.

According to South Western Railways, the train originated from Tatanagar  at 18.25hrs of 26/05 and arrived SGWF at 22.35hrs of 27/05 covering a distance of 1886 km in 28 Hrs 10mins at average speed 66.97 kmph.

10:12 (IST)28 May 2021
Weather Update: Rains predicted in Uttara Kannada district

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 and Bidar districts.

10:08 (IST)28 May 2021
High Court flags vaccine inequity, asks Centre, Karnataka to examine

The Karnataka High Court Thursday flagged the unavailability of first doses for the 18-44 group in government centres at a time the private sector was carrying out vaccinations for the age cohort as, asking the Centre to take a stand on the issue.

A division bench of the High Court asked the both Centre and state to examine the issue in the context of Article 14 of the Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law.

The Karnataka government had halted the vaccination programme for the 18-44 group on May 14 due to shortages in the supply of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech and Covishield from Serum Institute of India.

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09:43 (IST)28 May 2021
Karnataka offers jobs to kin of 130 teachers who died of Covid

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Thursday handed over compassionate appointment orders to relatives of teachers who died due to Coronavirus and other diseases during their service.

Handing over copies of the appointment order to 130 persons, Kumar said their death has caused immense damage to the education department.

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09:17 (IST)28 May 2021
Bengaluru: State-owned HOPCOMS starts online delivery of fruits, veggies on pilot basis

The Horticultural Producers Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society Limited (HOPCOMS), under the Horticulture Department, has come up with ‘HOPCOMS ONLINE’, a mobile app that enables the delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables at the doorsteps of customers amid Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

On a trial basis, the fresh vegetables and fruits sold in Bengaluru’s HOPCOMS outlets will now be delivered to customers from National games village outlets in Koramangala. The HOPCOMS will extend the home delivery services across the city after seeing the success of the pilot project.

The customers can download the ‘HOPCOMS ONLINE’ app from Google Play Store and send their orders online to HOPCOMS. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Umesh Mirji, Managing Director of HOPCOMS, said, “After lockdown is announced the outlets in the city are not seeing much customers despite there is demand for fruits and vegetables hence the HOPCOMS has developed the mobile application to customers where they can order fruits and vegetables and the items will be delivered to customers doorstep from the nearest outlets.”

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08:55 (IST)28 May 2021
Bengaluru: Police nab two after raid at deaddiction centre reveals gambling

The Bengaluru City Police Friday confirmed the arrest of two people after a group of people were allegedly found gambling during a raid at a deaddiction centre in the city. 

According to the police, as many as 14 people were found gambling at Sri Mahadeshwara Deaddiction Center located within the limits of Byadarahalli police station. 'A case has been booked under relevant sections of the Karnataka Police and National Disaster Management Act. Honappa, the owner, and his cousin Ashok Kumar, who manages the institution have been arrested,' police confirmed. 

Officials added that Rs 78,000 was seized during the raid and an investigation is now underway.

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08:53 (IST)28 May 2021
B S Yediyurappa halts contested land deal amid fresh removal buzz

On a day that Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa indicated that efforts to remove him had been rebuffed by the BJP central leadership, the state cabinet decided not to proceed with a controversial decision to sell 3,667 acres of land in the Ballari region to steel major JSW Steel as part of a 2006 agreement.

The deal, cleared in April, had been questioned by a section within the BJP seen as opposed to Yediyurappa.

Following a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Basavaraj Bommai said the April 26 decision to sell the land to JSW Steel had been put on hold. “There are a number of cases in the Supreme Court and a PIL has been filed in the high court,” Bommai said, adding they would take a call on the matter based on the legal outcome.

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08:48 (IST)28 May 2021
34-yr-old with links to BJP MLA aide, two others arrested over Bengaluru bed racket

The Central Crime Branch Police, Bengaluru, has arrested three more persons in a racket involving allocation of Covid-19 beds, including a man with links to the aide of a BJP MLA.

The MLA, Sathish Reddy, incidentally had accompanied BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on a ‘raid’ of a Covid-19 war room in Bengaluru South, tasked with allotting beds, on May 4, which had led to police launching a probe into the matter.

The arrest of the three — M Babu, 34, with links to Reddy’s aide; Varun S, 20, who was employed in the Bengaluru South war room; and Yashwanth Kumar, 21 — takes the total number of people held in the case to 11. Babu is considered a key suspect in the racket, that was more the result of a few people seeing an opportunity to make quick money rather than a coordinated scam.

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08:47 (IST)28 May 2021
Bengaluru to get India’s first sewage surveillance platform for Covid-19

The Karnataka government is introducing a city sewage surveillance system in Bengaluru that will help officials track the novel coronavirus at an early stage, even among asymptomatic persons.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and COVIDactionCollab (CAC), a countrywide collaborative of over 300 organisations and networks working together to provide Covid-19 relief and recovery services to most vulnerable communities, supported by Skoll Foundation, are assisting in this effort, read an official statement issued on Thursday.

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08:21 (IST)28 May 2021
Bengaluru: Vaccination drive for target groups gathers steam, around 20,000 get jab this week

The Covid-19 vaccination drive for frontline workers and priority groups identified by the government is picking up pace in Bengaluru. From earlier this week, around 20,000 people from across 25 categories were inoculated in the city.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which is in charge of the vaccination drive in the city, has appointed nodal officers to identify and ensure vaccine availability to eligible beneficiaries in each category.

Dr Vaishnavi K, who is in charge of identifying the differently abled, those living in destitution, and old-age homes, among others, told indianexpress.com that she is in contact with numerous government and non-governmental organisations to streamline the process.

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08:16 (IST)28 May 2021
Caseload crosses 25 L mark in Karnataka, 24,214 new cases, 476 deaths

The number of COVID-19 infections in Karnataka on Thursday crossed the 25 lakh mark, as the state recorded 24,214 new cases and 476 fatalities, the health department said. The day also saw 31,459 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases.

Out of the new cases, 5,949 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 6,643 discharges and 273 deaths.

As of May 27 evening, cumulatively 25,23,998 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 27,405 deaths and 20,94,369 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Active cases stood at 4,02,203. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 17.59 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.96 per cent.

Ballari accounted for 22 deaths, Mysuru (18), Belagavi and Dharwad (15), Tumakuru (14), Bengaluru Rural and Uttara Kannada (13), followed by others.

Mysuru logged 2,240 new cases, Hassan 1,505, Tumakuru 1,219, Belagavi 1,147, Udupi 905, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 11,43,878, followed by Mysuru 1,36,688 and Tumakuru 99,358. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 9,25,066, followed by Mysuru 1,18,387 and Tumakuru 83,376.

A total of over 2,91,98,945 samples have been tested so far, of which 1,37,643 were tested on Thursday alone. (PTI)

08:11 (IST)28 May 2021
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Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination drive, COVID-19, lockdown, BBMP and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time. 

Admitting that some attempts were on within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to replace him as Karnataka’s chief minister, B S Yediyurappa stated that controlling the Covid-19 pandemic and protecting the interests of the people were his only priorities now.

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Ever since Karnataka went into a lockdown to combat and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the transgender community has been suffering like never before as the shutting down of public spaces and cancellation of weddings have led to a complete loss in earnings for them. Like last year, the community is looking for a relief package from the government to help them tide through these difficult times.

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