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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus August 18 Highlights: Heavy rain wreaks havoc in north Karnataka districts

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News August 18 Highlights: Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa Monday said the state government will approach the Karnataka High Court to appoint a claims commissioner to recover costs for damage caused to property during the violence in east Bengaluru.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 19, 2020 8:22:52 am
Govind M Karjol, Badami, Karnataka Rains, KarnatakaKarnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind M Karjol visited flood-hit areas in Badami Taluk, Bagalkot district.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News August 18 Highlights: Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Monday night faced a crisis in oxygen supply after which 47 patients, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and were on oxygen support were shifted to other hospitals.

In crisis management mode, the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services ensured these patients were shifted to other facilities including state-run Victoria Hospital, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in the city.

Meanwhile, Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa Monday said the state government will approach the Karnataka High Court to appoint a claims commissioner to recover costs for damage caused to property during the violence in east Bengaluru, which was triggered by a social media post with alleged derogatory references to Islam.

Also Read | Bengaluru violence: SIT formed, man allegedly behind derogatory post sent to judicial custody

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18:39 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Bengaluru: 14,480 active containment zones, most in BBMP West

As many as 14,480 containment zones in Bengaluru have been classified active by local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

While 3074 of them are in the West Zone, South (2860) and East (2721) zones among other areas are with the most cases, according to BBMP Covid-19 War Room statistics.

As on August 17, 34,408 coronavirus cases are active in the city.

17:54 (IST)18 Aug 2020
IN PICS | One male, two female African hunting Cheetah arrive at Mysuru Zoo

One male and two female African hunting Cheetah acquired by Mysore Zoo from Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, South Africa arrived at Mysuru Zoo. According to zoo officials, the African Cheetahs arrived from South Africa via Singapore. After the quarantine period, they will be available for public display.

16:10 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Karnataka govt allows Ganesh Chaturthi public gatherings with restrictions

The Karnataka government on Tuesday allowed all public installations or pandals for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in a restricted manner. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday announced revised guidelines for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi on August 22.

Last week, in an order, the government had banned gatherings and public installations of pandals and idols due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the state. Even the government had restricted the Ganesha festival to temples and homes.

In a revised order on Tuesday, the state government has decided to allow the festival to be celebrated in public open spaces where the height of the Ganesha idol should not exceed four feet. The height of the Ganesha idol that will be installed at homes should not exceed two feet.

“The festival Celebrations can be done inside temples, public places like streets, front yards, public ground etc and houses with less public,” Yediyurappa said in an order.

The government has only permitted one Ganesh pandal per ward. And the public Ganeshotsava organizers should not allow more than 20 people to the pandals at a time. The cultural program is also banned by the government. “No public processions are allowed while buying and installing private Ganesha idols or while immersing the idols in wells,” the order added.

Citizens will have to immerse the Ganesha idol at home and Public Ganeshotsava organizers must immerse the idols within the locality.

12:16 (IST)18 Aug 2020
KIMS runs out of oxygen supply, 47 Covid-19 patients shifted to other hospitals

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Monday night faced a crisis in oxygen supply after which 47 patients, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and were on oxygen support, were shifted to other hospitals.

Officials of the KIMS Hospital and Research Centre admitted the shortage of liquid oxygen supply stating that all oxygen-dependent patients were shifted to various government and private hospitals.

“Due to a shortage of liquid oxygen from the manufacturing company on August 17, we have anticipated that low oxygen volume hypoxic crisis may occur for oxygen dependant patients. Hence we informed government authorities about the situation and requested for the arrangement of liquid oxygen from other suppliers. We shifted all the oxygenated patients to various government and private hospitals,” a statement issued by the Hospital read.

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10:18 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Heavy rain wreaks havoc in north Karnataka districts

Heavy rain and overflowing rivers are disrupting normal life in districts of North Karnataka. Road connectivity was disrupted at several places as bridges, roads, and farms were flooded.

A flood warning has been issued by the authorities in Raichur, Yadgir, Bagalkot, and parts of Vijayapura district as water levels continue to rise at the Almatti dam.

The Krishna, Malaprabha, and Ghataprabha rivers continued to be in spate. The state disaster monitoring centre has predicted more rain in flood-hit areas of North Karnataka in the next 24 hours.

The Mumbai-Karnataka region has flooded due to heavy rain in the Western Ghats along the Karnataka-Maharashtra-Goa border and also due to the overflowing Krishna river and its tributaries.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind M Karjol visited flood-hit areas in Badami Taluk, Bagalkot district.
09:45 (IST)18 Aug 2020
IN PICS | HAL Helicopters take part in Mauritius Reef relief operations

Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)’s indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv and Chetak helicopters were pressed into service to rescue people and extricate skimmed oil from the Japanese owned cargo ship MV Wakashio, HAL said in a statement.

The ship was on its way from China to Brazil but ran aground on the reef at Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius recently.

“Time and again the indigenous Dhruv helicopter has proven its capabilities.  Our helicopters were extensively utilized for search and rescue operations in the past as well”, R Madhavan, CMD, HAL said.

09:16 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Reserve beds for SARI patients without Covid-19 test: Karnataka Health Commissioner

Karnataka Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey Monday directed hospitals in the state to provide beds to patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARIs) without a confirmatory COVID-19 test.

Pandey held an online meeting with government and private hospitals to ensure that the same will be implemented soon. "Hospitals empanelled with the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust will be instructed to reserve ICU beds according to fixed targets, and add beds wherever necessary. The SARI cases will have to be admitted as a potential COVID-19 case," the Health Commissioner said.

However, after admission, patients will have to undergo a Covid-19 test. "If found positive, the patient will be transferred to the dedicated COVID-19 block of the hospital. If negative, the person will be shifted from the isolation ward to the non-COVID-19 block," Pandey explained.

09:08 (IST)18 Aug 2020
94% kids surveyed in 4 states don’t have smartphones or internet access for e-education: CRY

A survey among children in four southern states found that about 94 per cent of the respondents did not have access to smartphones or the internet for online education.

The study conducted by child rights body CRY in May-June covered 5,987 children in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The information was collected by CRY’s community organisers through telephonic interviews.

While six per cent of the children own smartphones, 29 per cent access their family members' phones, survey reveals.

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09:04 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Karnataka: Covid scare keeps people away, body taken for burial on bicycle

The body of a 71-year old, who is suspected to have died due to Covid-19, had to be taken to the graveyard on a bicycle.

The incident occurred in Karnataka’s Belagavi district on Sunday. The man’s son and nephew took the body from Gandhinagar area of Kittur to a graveyard near Mugut Khan Hubballi village, about two kilometres away.

The man’s son has alleged that local authorities did not respond to their requests for assistance. A video of him and the man’s nephew taking the body to the graveyard on a cycle has gone viral.

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08:32 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Karnataka KCET result on August 20; fee, seat matrix to remain same

The results of the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2020 will be announced on August 20 (Thursday), Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan confirmed on Monday.

Claiming that the announcement of the results will be the fastest to date, he said, “This is the first time in the history of CET, that the results are going to be announced in such a short duration. While the announcement comes in just 19 days after the examination, this is part of the measures taken by the government keeping in mind the best interest of the students,” he explained.

Also in charge of the Higher Education portfolio, Ashwathnarayan said that the fees and the seat-matrix ratio will remain the same as it was for the academic year 2019-2020.

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08:30 (IST)18 Aug 2020
Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw tests positive

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of Bengaluru-based Biocon Ltd, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

Confirming the same, the 67-year-old tweeted, "I have added to the Covid count by testing positive. Mild symptoms n I hope it stays that way."

Shaw, who lives in Bengaluru, is also the former Chairperson of Board of Governors at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).

Among several top-profile personalities who wished her a speedy recovery were World Health Organisation Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and former Consul General of Israel to South India Dana Kursh among others.

08:29 (IST)18 Aug 2020
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karnataka coronavirus cases, karnataka covid wrap, karnataka covid updates, kcet 2020, kcet 2020 karnataka papers While the announcement comes in just 19 days after the examination, this is part of the measures taken by the government keeping in mind the best interest of the students,” Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan explained.

Meanwhile, the results of the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2020 will be announced on August 20 (Thursday), Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan confirmed on Monday.

Claiming that the announcement of the results will be the fastest to date, he said, “This is the first time in the history of CET, that the results are going to be announced in such a short duration. While the announcement comes in just 19 days after the examination, this is part of the measures taken by the government keeping in mind the best interest of the students,” he explained.

READ | Karnataka KCET result on August 20; fee, seat matrix to remain same

At the same time, to help passengers travelling between Kerala and Karnataka for the Onam festival, the road transport corporations of both the states will run special bus services.

READ | Karnataka-Kerala state bus service to resume for Onam; here is the full list

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

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | 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

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