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Karnataka Bengaluru May 19 Highlights: Recoveries outnumber fresh cases with 58,395 discharges, highest single-day recoveries till date

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News May 19 Highlights: As of May 18 evening, cumulatively 22,72,374 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 22,838 deaths and 16,74,487 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 20, 2021 8:03:48 am
Vaccine beneficiaries stand in a queue to receive their jab at Bengaluru's CV Raman Hospital. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 19 Highlights: Karnataka reported its highest ever single day recoveries with 58,395 discharges, outnumbering fresh COVID-19 cases which stood at 30,309, the Health department said on Tuesday. However, the state on the day recorded a spike in fatalities at 525, as the total number of infections stood at 22,72,374 and the death toll at 22,838.

Out of the 30,309 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, 8,676 were from Bengaluru Urban alone, which is a decline of over 4,600 cases compared to Monday, when the city had reported 13,338 cases. “Karnataka reports the highest ever single day recovery with 58,395 recoveries on Tuesday. 30,309 cases were reported in the state today and recoveries have outnumbered the new cases. 8,676 new cases were reported in Bengaluru today while 31,795 people recovered,” Health Minister K Sudhakar tweeted.

As of May 18 evening, cumulatively 22,72,374 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 22,838 deaths and 16,74,487 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 5,75,028. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 32.50 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.73 per cent.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 8,676, followed by Belagavi (2,118), Mysuru (1,916), Ballari (1,799), Tumakuru (1,562), Bengaluru Rural (1,339), Shivamogga (1,168) and Kolar (1,021). (PTI)

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17:01 (IST)19 May 2021
New Covid-19 testing method by IISc-incubated startup gets regulatory approval

A novel Covid-19 test developed by a startup incubated by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru is expected to help detect the presence and the response of antibodies acting against Coronavirus, after vaccination as well, its developers said.

The testing technique developed by PathShodh Healthcare, according to IISc, is a first-of-its-kind, semi-quantitative electrochemical ELISA test for Covid-19 IgM and IgG antibodies.

According to its developers, the technology is based on the measurement of electrochemical redox activity of IgM and IgG antibodies specific to the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein (S1).

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16:25 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka: Expert panel to frame education guidelines for 2021-22 academic year, NEP implenetation 'top agenda'

The Karnataka government Wednesday announced that it will constitute an expert panel to frame guidelines for primary and secondary education for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, the committee will oversee the assessment models, online education, offline education, teacher training methodology, pragmatic utilisation of budgetary resources, other related issues. He explained, "The committee will comprise educationists, health experts, representatives from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), NIMHANS, child specialists, and members of the Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC) in addition to officers and representatives of parents, private schools and teacher associations."The Minister added, "The implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) in letter and spirit will be top of the agenda during the ensuing academic year." 

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14:59 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka doctor refuses to wear mask in supermarket, booked

The Mangaluru City Police in Karnataka Wednesday filed a case against a doctor in the city for allegedly refusing to wear a mask at a supermarket.

In a video that went viral on social media, the medical practitioner, later identified as Dr B Srinivas Kakkilaya, is seen involved in a heated argument with a staff member of the supermarket who asked him to wear a mask at the billing counter.

“I am not putting anyone at risk because I have already had Covid and I have recovered from it,” Dr Kakkilaya is seen saying.

The supermarket staff then says “..reasonable, but the rule should be a rule,” after which the conversation heats up.

The doctor then adds, “..foolish rules have been made, have you opposed it? This lockdown is a foolish rule, have you opposed it?…”

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13:52 (IST)19 May 2021
IN PICS | KSRTC launches 'ICU on wheels'

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Wednesday launched the service of 'ICU on wheels’. 

According to KSRTC MD Shivyogi C Kalasad, the bus is converted into an ambulance-like setup and will have five oxygenated beds, ventilators and other medical equipment, emergency medicine facility, generator for electricity, and others. 

The mobile ICU unit named 'Sarige Suraksha' will be stationed near a hospital in Bengaluru, officials added.

13:50 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka CM inaugurates 150-bed oxygenated Covid-19 treatment centre at Bengaluru airport

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa inaugurated a 150-bed, oxygenated Covid-19 treatment centre at Bengaluru airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Located near the cargo terminals at the airport, the facility will be equipped to treat patients with mild hypoxia.

According to airport officials, it is designed to be a transit oxygen delivery centre, which would provide “much-needed relief and treatment for patients requiring oxygen support until they are able to get admission in a hospital.”

13:28 (IST)19 May 2021
Weather update: Thunderstorm, rain likely in 9 Karnataka districts

The India Meteorological Department has predicted rain/thundershowers at Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chamarajanagar, Chickmagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu, Mysuru, and Shivamogga on Wednesday

As per the forecast issued at 1 pm, these districts are likely to experience "thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph in the next three hours."

13:12 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka Govt announces Rs 1,250 crore COVID-19 relief package

Karnataka government announced Rs 1,250 crore COVID-19 relief package to farmers, auto and cab drivers, construction workers artists and various workers in the unorganised sector amid of covid-19 lockdown.

On Wednesday after chairing a high-level meeting with senior officials and cabinet minister, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced the relief packages. 

The government was under pressure from opposition parties to declare a relief package.

12:34 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka: Govt to rehabilitate children orphaned due to Covid-19; to set up paediatric care centres across the State

The Karnataka government Tuesday announced that it will set up special paediatric Covid-19 care centres in all 30 districts of the state. The government will also take measures to rehabilitate children up to the age of 18 years orphaned by the pandemic, Woman and Child Welfare Minister Shashikala Jolle said.

“The government is ready to rehabilitate children who were orphaned by the second wave of Covid-19. Children need not be afraid as we have decided to set up separate quarantine facilities as well as hostels for those up to 18 years,” Jolle confirmed.

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12:33 (IST)19 May 2021
Mangaluru police seize 59 vehicles, fine 264 people for not wearing masks

Even as most people in Mangaluru chose to stay indoors adhering to the ongoing fortnight-long lockdown across the state to mitigate the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Mangaluru City Police seized 59 vehicles from different parts of the city for allegedly violating the guidelines.

According to data shared by the police, this included 57 two-wheelers and 2 four-wheelers. Meanwhile, 264 people were fined for not wearing masks in the city on Tuesday.

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12:30 (IST)19 May 2021
Bengaluru Archbishop launches Covid Care Centre

Archbishop of Bangalore Archdiocese Dr Peter Machado Tuesday launched a 100-bedded Covid Care Centre established by Jeevan Jyothi Trust in collaboration with St Martha’s Hospital. The CCC is also supported by Azim Premji Foundation.

“The medical staff and administration of St Martha’s Hospital will supervise the CCC set up at the campus of St Joseph’s School at Briand Square on Mysore Road. This CCC is expected to play its part to ease the pressure on the already overburdened hospitals,” Machado said.

He added that the CCC was among several other initiatives taken by the Archdiocese to combat the pandemic. “To name a few, ‘Here I Am’ initiative offers complete burial services to Covid victims, counselling sessions arranged to those affected by the pandemic, and the ‘Breath of Life’ helpline established to assist patients, apart from various efforts taken by many across the city to distribute food kits to the poor,” Machado highlighted.

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12:09 (IST)19 May 2021
Bengaluru: RPF nabs 4 railway employees for stealing Remdesivir

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Bengaluru confirmed the arrest of four railway employees working at the Divisional Railway Hospital in the city for allegedly stealing and selling Remdesivir vials at higher prices.

According to RPF officers, the accused include one contractual worker and three Group C/D employees. “All the accused have been produced before the court and have been remanded in judicial custody. Further investigation is in progress,” an officer said.

Further, the South Western Railway confirmed that the staff involved were suspended and stringent disciplinary action was initiated against them.

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11:56 (IST)19 May 2021
Ramanagara: Dy CM asks all Covid-19 patients to get admitted to CCCs, PHCs

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan has said home isolation of Covid patients will not be allowed in Ramanagara. “All Covid positive patients should get admitted to Covid Care Centres or Primary Health Centres. Authorities have been directed to provide proper care and quality food,” he explained.

The number of RAT tests will be increased in the district and doorstep spot tests will also be increased. An oxygen generator plant of 6KL per day will be set up in the hospital within one month’s time and the hospital will be equipped with 100 ICU beds, he said.

Also the district in-charge minister, Ashwathnarayan added that the government will ensure the number of Covid-19 beds available at Ramanagara District Hospital is doubled within 15 days due to the rising demand.

Speaking to the reporters after his review visit at the hospital, Ashwathnarayan said priority would be given to converting all beds to those that offer oxygen facility. “At present, 130 out of the 150 beds are oxygenated. The remaining 20 non-oxygenated beds will be enhanced with oxygen concentrators,” he said.

With 427 new cases reported on Tuesday, the active caseload in the district is 3,947. As many as 222 people have succumbed to the infection in Ramanagara to date, as per statistics issued by the Health Department.

10:58 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka: JD(S) likely to buy DRDO drug for Covid-19 relief programme

The Janata Dal (Secular) party has said it is contemplating buying the DRDO-developed 2DG medicine and distributing it among people in Karnataka as part of the party’s Covid-19 relief programme.

On Monday, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy told his party members during a digital interaction that his party would wait and understand the oral drug’s efficacy and procure it if it was found to be effective in fighting COVID-19.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday released the first batch of the indigenously developed anti-Covid-19 drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose or ‘2-DG’.

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09:46 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka receives 2,00,000 doses of Covishied: Dr K Sudhakar

Karnataka received 2,00,000 doses of Covishied on Wednesday as part of the order placed by the state government, said State health minister Dr K Sudhakar. 

"So far the state has received 10,94,000 doses (9,50,000 Covishield & 1,44,000 Covaxin) as part of direct procurement from manufacturers in addition to 1,11,24,470 doses received from the Government of India," Sudhakar tweeted.

08:59 (IST)19 May 2021
UK doctors of Mysuru origin join telemedicine initiative to help COVID-19 patients in home isolation

Mysuru-origin doctors settled in the United Kingdom (U.K.) have joined the telemedicine initiative launched by the Mysuru district administration for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in home isolation.

According to Mysuru District Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri, more than 40 doctors based in the UK and native of Mysuru are helping the district administration by giving telemedicine assistance to the patients.

08:59 (IST)19 May 2021
Second wave Covid-19: 41 cops died in Karnataka

In the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, 41 Karnataka Police personnel died due to Covid-19 between April 1 and May 13, according to police data. Of the 41 deaths among police personnel, 13 were reported in Bengaluru alone.

In the first wave 103 police officials succumbed to Covid-19 while 9,600 were infected. In the second wave so far, 4,203 police personnel have tested positive for Covid-19. 

On Tuesday, a police sub-inspector in Karnataka's Kolar district who was seven months pregnant succumbed to Covid-19. According to the Superintendent of Police of Dakshina Kannada Rishikesh Sonwane, 28-year-old Shamili was undergoing treatment at the RM Jalappa Hospital in Kolar, for the illness.

She was posted in the Dakshina Kannada district. "She was seven months pregnant. Due to pregnancy, she was not vaccinated," he said.

Mourning her death, Director General of Police Praveen Sood tweeted, "Youngest member of the police family to succumb to Covid. 28-year-old, PSI Shamili of Kolar, attached to DK district lost her battle with COVID. May her soul rest in peace. But it could be any of us."

08:45 (IST)19 May 2021
AICCTU protest in Karnataka today

All India Central Council of Trade Unions is protesting today across the state against the complete failure of the state to look into the concerns of workers due to ongoing lockdown. 

In a statement, AICCTU said, "We demand that the state ensure everyone's job security and wages, bring of a covid compensation financial package for every worker, and proper food security."

08:14 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka mulls over lockdown extension; CM to chair meeting today

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that his government is mulling over the extension of lockdown in the state amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said, "We are still discussing regarding extension of the lockdown. Anyway, the imposed lockdown will remain imposed till 24th May. In a few days we will discuss and decide the extension of lockdown."

Meanwhile, Yediyurappa is expected to address a press conference after meeting cabinet ministers and officials on Wednesday morning.

08:13 (IST)19 May 2021
Karnataka reports highest ever single day recoveries at 58,395

Karnataka reported its highest ever single day recoveries with 58,395 discharges, outnumbering fresh COVID-19 cases which stood at 30,309, the Health department said on Tuesday. However, the state on the day recorded a spike in fatalities at 525, as the total number of infections stood at 22,72,374 and the death toll at 22,838. The number of new COVID related deaths on Monday was 476.

Out of the 30,309 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, 8,676 were from Bengaluru Urban alone, which is a decline of over 4,600 cases compared to Monday, when the city had reported 13,338 cases.

"Karnataka reports the highest ever single day recovery with 58,395 recoveries on Tuesday. 30,309 cases were reported in the state today and recoveries have outnumbered the new cases. 8,676 new cases were reported in Bengaluru today while 31,795 people recovered," Health Minister K Sudhakar tweeted.

As of May 18 evening, cumulatively 22,72,374 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 22,838 deaths and 16,74,487 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 5,75,028. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 32.50 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.73 per cent.

Among 525 deaths reported on Tuesday, 298 are from Bengaluru Urban, Ballari (28), Uttara Kannada (22), Bengaluru Rural (19), Hassan (18), Shivamogga and Tumakuru (15), Mysuru (13), followed by others.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 8,676, followed by Belagavi (2,118), Mysuru (1,916), Ballari (1,799), Tumakuru (1,562), Bengaluru Rural (1,339), Shivamogga (1,168) and Kolar (1,021).

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 10,73,072, followed by Mysuru 1,16,023 and Tumakuru 84,956. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 7,22,086, followed by Mysuru 1,00,645 and Tumakuru 57,684.

A total of over 2,80,70,180 samples have been tested so far, out of which 93,247 were tested on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

08:12 (IST)19 May 2021
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The Janata Dal (Secular) party has said it is contemplating buying the DRDO-developed 2DG medicine and distributing it among people in Karnataka as part of the party’s Covid-19 relief programme. On Monday, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy told his party members during a digital interaction that his party would wait and understand the oral drug’s efficacy and procure it if it was found to be effective in fighting COVID-19.

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As the country is affected by acute vaccine shortage, Karnataka is set to play host to facilities involved in manufacturing two Covid vaccines — Covaxin and Sputnik V. While the Bharat Biotech (Covaxin) facility is being established in Malur of Kolar district, Shilpa Biologicals Pvt Ltd (SBPL) is expected to manufacture Sputnik V from its R&D facility in Dharwad.

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