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Bangalore News Highlights: Karnataka records 5,031 new Covid cases, 4,324 alone in Bengaluru

Bangalore Active Covid-19 Cases, Bengaluru, Karnataka Omicron News Latest Updates, Bangalore Highlights: Fresh Covid-19 cases in Karnataka nearly doubled in 24 hours to 4,246 and reported two deaths on Wednesday, taking the count to 30,17,572 and the fatalities toll to 38,357.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 7, 2022 9:14:54 am
Beneficiaries receive their first jab at Karnataka Public School, Bengaluru. (Express Photo: Jithendra M)

Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka on Thursday recorded 5,031 Covid-19 cases and one death. The capital Bengaluru alone registered 4,324 infections taking the positivity rate to 7.5 per cent. However, the positivity rate of the state overall remained lower at 3.95 per cent. No new Omircon cases were detected in the state. The total Omicron count in Karnataka is at 226.

Earlier today, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that people need to be cautious for the next four to six weeks to control a possible third wave of Covid-19 and the spread of Omicron variant in the state.

“New COVID guidelines have been released after a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister. My appeal to the people is, four to six weeks is crucial. As we have observed worldwide, it is declining in five to six weeks. This wave will not be for too long, like in the first and second wave that was for three to four months,” Sudhakar was quoted as saying by PTI.

The Karnataka government has also announced that it will impose a weekend curfew and extend the night curfew for two weeks in the state in view of the alarming rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.

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Catch news highlights from Bengaluru and Karnataka as we bring you updates on the political developments, Covid-19, weather and more in the state.

23:44 (IST)06 Jan 2022
All coaching institutes to remain close till January 19 

All coaching institutions including those for classes 10th, 11th and 12th standard in Bengaluru urban district will remain closed till January 19, the Department of Public Instruction said.

20:32 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Bengaluru gets its first self-service bicycle repair kiosk

With bicycle repair shops slowly disappearing despite the humble cycle growing popular in Bengaluru, a state government agency has set up a Pedal Port, a self-service kiosk to repair cycles.


The Directorate of Urban Land Transport, which claims to be the only such agency in the country, opened its first Pedal Port at the Dr B R Ambedkar metro station’s exit near Vidhana Soudha.


The project was piloted at Church Street when it was made pedestrian-friendly last year. A senior official explained that Pedal Port is a first-of-its-kind initiative where cycle pumps and tools such as tyre levers, Allen keys, screwdrivers, and spanners are available for self-service. “Cyclists can fix their cycle tyre punctures, fill air or even tighten seat posts,” the officials said. Read more

20:31 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Covid positive patient from UK flees Bengaluru hospital, booked

A 28-year-old Covid positive patient who had arrived from the United Kingdom (UK) and was quarantined at the Manipal Hospital in Doddaballapur area of Rural Bengaluru has managed to escape from the hospital, authorities informed.

The incident took place Monday but came to light when Dr Karthik B D of Manipal Hospital filed a complaint Tuesday. According to the police, the man had tested positive at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) Monday upon arrival and was subsequently shifted to the hospital.

The patient managed to escape from the hospital during the daytime, the police said, adding, it is still unclear whether the patient had contracted the Omicron variant. Read more

20:05 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Fake currency racket in Karnataka: Bengaluru Court orders 5 years imprisonment

A special court in Bengaluru on Thursday has ordered five years imprisonment to a man who was involved in fake currency circulation. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which had probed the case had filed chargesheet. 

The covicted person is named as Shahnoyaj Kasuri. The case which was originally registered in March 2018 where the police officials had recovered 41 fake Indian currency notes having face value of Rs 82,000. NIA had submitted three chargesheets in the case. The court on Thursday pronounced judgement after Kasuri was found guilty. Kasuri was booked under IPC 120(b), 489 (b) and 489 (c).

19:10 (IST)06 Jan 2022
ED arrests Chairman of Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Urban Co-operative Credit Society

Enforcement Directorate has arrested Anand Balakrishna Appugol, Chairman of Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Urban Co-operative Credit Society, Belagavi City under PMLA, 2002 in a case of cheating public money to the tune of Rs. 250 Crore.

19:05 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Karnataka records 5,031 new Covid-19 cases, one death

Karnataka on Thursday recorded 5,031 Covid-19 cases and one death. The capital Bengaluru alone registered 4,324 infections taking the positivity rate to 7.5 per cent. 

18:19 (IST)06 Jan 2022
BBMP instruct officials to take necessary measures for bed reservation for Covid-19 patients at private hospitals

As the Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in the city, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has instructed the officials to take up necessary measures regarding the bed reservation for Covid-19 patients at private hospitals- in accordance to the government’s order immediately.

Addressing a virtual meeting to discuss Covid Hospital Bed Management System(CHBMS) in BBMP limits, today, the chief commissioner said that, the rise in the number of covid 19 cases in the city might form fear in general public; but the fear is unnecessary.

With the proper arrangements of beds at hospitals, both government and private, in accordance to the Centre’s order, the conditions would be tackled efficiently.  There are around 60,000 covid tests are being taken up daily in the city. Daily admission rate (number of people getting admitted) at hospitals has seen an increase from 20 to 60 admissions per day.

But, the infected persons need not be worried. BBMP’s tele triaging team and mobile triaging team of concerned ward will check the health conditions of the infected. Only the infected-to whom hospitalization is necessary, will be admitted to hospital. other may continue with home isolation, the chief commissioner said.

18:15 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Tunnel Boring Machine Vamika completes its tunnelling, reaches Dairy Circle Metro Station

Tunnel Boring Machine named Vamika, a slurry based machine launched on June 29, 2021 at South Ramp (Dairy Circle) completed its tunnelling of 614 meters and reached Dairy Circle Metro Station on 3 January this year.

TBM Vamika is driving through the Station area for further tunnelling between Dairy Circle to Lakkasandra Metro Stations. TBM-Avni, a slurry based machine, launched on 5 September, 2020 at Shivajinagar Metro Station completed its tunneling length of 1086 meters on Thursday by achieving breakthrough at M.G. Road Station.

TBM-Avni encountered hard boulders for a length of around 280 meters, wherein tunneling was extremely challenging and required very frequent interventions.

This TBM will drive through the station area for further tunneling between M.G. Road to Rashtriya Military School Stations.

17:21 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Negligence in POCSO case probe and party at police station; six officials suspended

A police sub-inspector was suspended in Karnataka on charges of gross negligence in the probe of a rape of a minor in Mangaluru city.

Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said that PSI Rosamma has been suspended in connection with a POCSO case that was reported last year in July. A head constable was arrested for misbehaving with a minor girl.

In another incident, five staff from a women’s police station have been suspended for allegedly consuming alcohol and partying in office. It came to light when a video started doing the rounds where the police personnel were seen consuming alcohol and dancing. An inquiry was ordered where the CCTV footage of the station and report submitted by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Hariram Shankar and ACP South subdivision Ranjith Bandaru showed that the accused staff were indeed under the influence of alcohol dancing in the police station.

Two assistant sub-inspectors, two head constables and a police constable were suspended in connection with the incident.

17:19 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Health department directs BBMP, transport authorities to identify buildings for Covid care centres

The state health department has directed the BBMP, airport and seaport authorities to identify designated buildings with necessary facilities, attached to Government Health Facilities which shall function as Government Covid Care Centres (CCCs) to manage 
asymptomatic and mild symptomatic cases and for which the stay is free of cost for the passengers. 

The following arrangements shall be made for all international arrivals from At Risk countries and 2% of passenger arrivals from Non- at risk countries  mildly who test positive for Covid -19 at the airports, but are asymptomatic or symptomatic.

'identified budget hotels, 3 star and 5 star hotels attached to Private Health Facilities shall function as Private CCCs on payment basis for passengers. 

However, those who develop symptoms during their stay at CCCs shall have to be immediately shifted to the Health Facility for further treatment and management. The duration of stay in CCC/Hospital ( Institutional isolation) shall be for 7 days,' the circular signed by D Randeep, health commissioner read.

16:30 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Brawl over non-payment of Rs 1,200: Friends stab 19-year-old youth to death in Bengaluru

A 19-year-old youth was stabbed to death in Bengaluru Tuesday after a brawl broke out between friends over the alleged non-payment of Rs 1,200 which was reportedly borrowed by one of the youths of the group from one of his friends, the police said.

The deceased, identified as Mohammed Jilani, was a resident of Konanakunte and worked as a TV mechanic. The incident took place Tuesday when Jilani was in Amruthnagar with his friends.

The police said, a youth of the group identified as Mani had allegedly borrowed Rs 1,500 from a friend named Lalith a year ago. However, he managed to return only Rs 300 and Tuesday, a brawl broke out between the friends over the unpaid amount. Soon, local residents rushed to the spot and stopped the fight. Read more

16:27 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Karnataka Home Minister warns action in case of COVID rules violation

With Congress deciding to go ahead with its 'padayatra' (march), demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river, despite the government's COVID-19 restrictions, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Thursday warned of action in case of violation of rules.

An unfazed Congress' state president D K Shivakumar and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Siddaramaiah reiterated that they will go ahead with the padayatra and said they are ready to go to jail, in case the government arrests them.

The Congress' march from Mekedatu to Bengaluru, covering a distance of over 100 kilometres, demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project, which is being opposed by neighbouring Tamil Nadu, is scheduled from January 9 to 19.

'They (Congress) are not behaving like a responsible opposition, at the time when the state is amid a pandemic. How to behave is left to them, people are watching. Not doing anything (on Mekedatu) for six and half years while in power, they are now saying they will agitate for the sake of water. During normal situations they had every right to do it, but this is not the time,' Jnanendra said. (PTI)

15:20 (IST)06 Jan 2022
With 14 more Bengaluru police personnel testing Covid positive, tally rises to 26

As many as 26 police personnel in Bengaluru city have tested positive for Covid-19 during the third wave. The city police sources said that all of them who have tested positive had received both the doses of Covid vaccine.

According to police sources, till Wednesday, the count was 12 but on Thursday, 14 police personnel from city market police station tested positive. Of the 43 police personnel who underwent Covid-19 test, 14 tested positive which include a police sub-inspector, three assistant sub-inspectors and 10 police constables.

14:37 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Bengaluru gets its first self-service bicycle repair kiosk

With bicycle repair shops slowly disappearing despite the humble cycle growing popular in Bengaluru, a state government agency has set up a Pedal Port, a self-service kiosk to repair cycles.

The Directorate of Urban Land Transport, which claims to be the only such agency in the country, opened its first Pedal Port at the Dr B R Ambedkar metro station’s exit near Vidhana Soudha.

The project was piloted at Church Street when it was made pedestrian-friendly last year. A senior official explained that Pedal Port is a first-of-its-kind initiative where cycle pumps and tools such as tyre levers, Allen keys, screwdrivers, and spanners are available for self-service. “Cyclists can fix their cycle tyre punctures, fill air or even tighten seat posts," the officials said. (Read more)

13:39 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Covid-19: Karnataka orders special surveillance on people from Goa

The Karnataka government on Wednesday ordered special surveillance measures, including a negative RT-PCR, for people coming to the State from Goa in view of the rise in Covid-19 there.

In its order, the government said the negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours must be produced by the passengers travelling on flight, bus, train or personal transport to Karnataka. This is also applicable for passengers boarding connecting flights from Goa, the order said.

It further said the airlines concerned should issue boarding passes only to the passengers carrying the negative certificate. (PTI)

11:45 (IST)06 Jan 2022

Just in: All flyovers in Bengaluru city will be closed during weekend curfew and night curfew, says city police commissioner Kamal Pant.

10:50 (IST)06 Jan 2022
No plan to seal inter-State border: Minister

A Karnataka Minister on Wednesday said there is no proposal before the State government to seal the border anywhere in the State, including Maharashtra.

"Those coming to the State will undergo Covid-19 test and they will be under observation. There is restriction on the infection persons. Otherwise, there is no restriction on business activities and commuting," Karnataka Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan told reporters here. "There is no proposal before the government to shut down the border," he added. (PTI)

10:50 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Karnataka CM calls for BJP workers to actively get involved in COVID management

With surging coronavirus cases in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday asked the BJP cadre to involve themselves in Covid management in the state.

"I have asked the BJP workers to actively involve themselves in Covid management in the interest of public health," Bommai told reporters after a meeting with party state president Nalin Kumar Kateel and other office bearers. Bommai said BJP workers have been asked to involve themselves actively in the campaign to tackle the spread of Omicron, the new variant of the novel coronavirus.

They can play a role in providing useful information to the public, spreading awareness about precautionary measures, assisting in quarantine, getting ambulance services and vaccination, he said. (PTI)

10:49 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Karnataka asks Centre to set up monitoring team to resolve problems of ethanol makers

The Karnataka government on Wednesday demanded that the Centre set up a monitoring team to resolve the problems faced by ethanol manufacturers in implementing Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme.

In a meeting with Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal here, Karnataka Minister for Sugar and Sugarcane Development Shankar B Patil Munenakoppa shared the problems faced by ethanol makers in detail and requested for setting up a monitoring team comprising officials from the Union food ministry, State Cane Commissioners, OMCs and NABARD.

The Karnataka minister also said there is a need to have a long- term pricing formula to encourage setting up or capacity enhancement of ethanol as it will help reduce uncertainties of return on investment for ethanol production. (PTI)

10:46 (IST)06 Jan 2022
Karnataka govt aims to develop industrial ecosystem in Belagavi: Minister

he Karnataka government aims to develop industries in Belagavi region and create an ecosystem that is supportive to the growth of industries as well as entrepreneurship, a state minister said on Wednesday.

Making these remarks at the 'CEOs Conclave' organised by Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) as part of the 'Beyond Bengaluru' initiative, Minister for Information Technology, Biotechnology and Skill Development C N Ashwath Narayan said the state government has planned to achieve becoming a USD 400 billion digital economy in the next five years through the development of 'Beyond Bengaluru' clusters in the state, which also includes Hubli region. (PTI)

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