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Karnataka Bengaluru Highlights: Karnataka CM Bommai tests Covid positive; state logs 11,698 new cases

Bangalore Active Covid-19 Cases, Bengaluru, Karnataka Omicron News Updates, Bangalore Lockdown Highlights: Karnataka on Monday reported 11,698 new Covid-19 cases and four related deaths. The test positivity rate shot to 7.77 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 11, 2022 9:09:03 am
A health worker administering precautionary dose of the Covid vaccine to an elderly on Monday in Bengaluru. Express photo by Jithendra M

Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday took to Twitter and said that he has tested positive for Covid-19. “I have tested positive for Covid -19 today with mild symptoms. My health is fine, I am under home quarantine. I request everyone who have recently come in my contact to isolate themselves and get tested,” he said.

Karnataka on Monday reported 11,698 new Covid-19 cases and four related deaths. The test positivity rate shot to 7.77 per cent. 9,221 of the new cases and two deaths were reported in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar said that 146 new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Bengaluru today taking the overall tally of the new Covid variant in Karnataka to 479.

Administration of Covid-19 precaution dose for healthcare workers, frontline workers and persons aged above 60 with co-morbidities started in the state from Monday. Around 21 lakh people in the state are eligible, according to the Karnataka Health Department.

Roads in several parts of Bangalore and Karnataka wore a deserted look due to the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government in the state, due to the rising Covid-19 cases. The Bengaluru police took action and penalised people who were found venturing out of their homes without any valid reasons. On Saturday, the police seized 829 vehicles across Bengaluru, including 755 two wheelers, 25 three wheelers and 49 four wheelers.

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Catch the highlights in Bengaluru and Karnataka with focus on the political developments, Covid-19, weather and more in the state.

22:17 (IST)10 Jan 2022
12 held for killing youth over Rs 1,200 borrowed for gaming by friend

Police on Sunday arrested 12 people, including three minors, for allegedly killing a 19-year-old man over Rs 1,200 that his friend had borrowed to get backpacks on Garena Free Fire, a gaming application.

According to the police, Manikanta and his friends called Lalith on January 4 to come near a government school in suburban Konankunte, where they had a heated argument over the unpaid Rs 1200 of the Rs 1,500 that Lalith had borrowed from the former six months before. Called by Lalith, his friend Darhsan reached there along with his brother Manjunath and friend Mehaboob (19). The police said the two groups of youths then came to blows and that Mehaboob, alias Mohammed Jilani, was attacked with machetes. Manjunath sustained injuries and is under treatment. Read More

20:52 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Update | 6 persons dead in road accident near Kumbalgodu

6 people have died in road accident that took place on #Bengaluru - #Mysuru highway. Two cars and a bike came under a tipper which toppled after hitting the median.

20:10 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Tipper falls on cars, bike near Kumbalgodu; 4 dead

Four people die after a tipper fall on two cars and a bike near Kumbalgodu, in the outskirts of Bengaluru. More feared to be trapped.

19:46 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai tests positive for Covid-19

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai tests positive for Covid-19

19:42 (IST)10 Jan 2022
CM Bommai vows to ramp up second dose jabs, bring Karnataka under ‘Covid protection ring’

The state government aims to bring Karnataka under a “Covid protection ring”, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, adding that he is confident of achieving this amid rising cases in the state.

In his address after launching the booster dose vaccination programme for health workers and senior citizens with comorbidities, the chief minister said, “Karnataka has achieved 100 per cent first dose vaccination and 77 per cent second dose vaccination. We want to reach 80 per cent (for the second dose) by the end of January. Action would be taken to intensify second dose vaccination. We will achieve the target of bringing Karnataka into the Covid protection ring,” he vowed. Read More

18:12 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Karnataka logs 11,698 fresh Covid cases, 4 deaths

Karnataka on Monday reported 11,698 new Covid-19 cases and four related deaths. The test positivity rate shot to 7.77 per cent. 9,221 of the new cases and two deaths were reported in Bengaluru. 

17:25 (IST)10 Jan 2022
146 new Omicron cases in Bengaluru; state tally at 479

Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday said that 146 new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Bengaluru today taking the overall tally of the new Covid variant in Karnataka to 479.

16:09 (IST)10 Jan 2022
30 Congress leaders booked for flouting Covid norms during Mekedatu march

Karnataka police on Sunday booked 30 Congress leaders, including opposition leader in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, former chief minister Siddaramaiah and state chief of the party DK Shivakumar, for allegedly violating Covid-19 norms while carrying out the ‘walk for water’ march demanding the implementation of the Mekedatu drinking water project, caught in a legal wrangle with Tamil Nadu.

Based on a complaint at the Sathanur police station by Vishwanath, tahsildar of Kanakapura town in Ramanagara district, the police registered a case under various sections of the IPC and the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act. DK Suresh, Veerappa Moily, G Parameshara and Eshwara Khandre are some of the other Congress leaders booked. Read More

15:13 (IST)10 Jan 2022
BJP Karnataka state unit president Nalin Kumar Kateel tests Covid-19 positive

BJP Karnataka state unit president Nalin Kumar Kateel said he has tested positive for Covid-19. 

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Nalin said that he is asymptomatic. This is the second time Nalin has tested positive for Covid-19. He had earlier tested positive on August 30, 2020.

13:31 (IST)10 Jan 2022
🌧️ Light rains predicted in parts of Karnataka today

Isolated to scattered very light-light rains are likely over North interior Karnataka and South interior Karnataka districts on Monday. Similar forecast is also predicted for Malnad district while dry weather is very likely to prevail over remaining areas of the State, according to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre.

13:28 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Covid-19 precautionary dose: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai inaugurates vaccine drive

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai inaugurated a vaccination drive for the precaution dose of COVID 19 vaccine on Monday in Bengaluru.

The precaution dose will be provided  to the healthcare workers, frontline workers, and persons aged 60 and above with comorbidities. Six lakh healthcare workers, seven lakh frontline workers, and eight lakh persons aged above 60 with comorbidities will get the dose.

13:21 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Champa's final rites with police honours, says CM Bommai

The final rites of renowned Kannada writer and literary critic Prof. Chandrashekar Patil would be held with full police honours, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said. 

Speaking to media persons he said, our popular 'Champa' has left us. His writings with independent thought were sharp. He used to hold a mirror to the system through his insightful presentation of the issues.

Champa had served as the All India Kannada Sahitya Parishat and was honoured with Rajyotsava award, Bommai said and recalled that the writer had close association with his family. 'He was close to my father. Champa, who was a guide for me, has left us. It is a big loss for the literary world.'

Bommai prayed to the almighty to give strength to  the family and followers of Champa to bear this loss.  State government has decided to conduct his final rites with full police honours, Bommai said. (With Kiran Parashar)

13:19 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Bengaluru: Over 31k Covid-19 violations since November

From November, 2021, the Bengaluru city police have booked 31,545 Covid-19 protocol violation cases and have collected a fine of Rs 80,49,250. This includes face mask violation cases of 31,439 and 106 social distance violation cases. (With Kiran Parashar)

13:17 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Over 120 police personnel test positive for covid-19 since Nov

From November 2021, as many as 124 police officials in Bengaluru city have tested positive till Monday. There are 118 active Covid-19 patients during India's third wave. (With Kiran Parashar)

13:14 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Karnataka: Man held for ‘blackmailing’ minister’s son

The police have arrested a person for reportedly trying to blackmail the son of BJP minister ST Somashekar.The accused, Rahul Bhat, was arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB), the police said. Bhat has been sent to police custody for five days.

Somashekar’s son, Nishanth, had filed a complaint with the cyber police on December 27 stating that his father’s personal secretary, Bhanu Prakash, received extortion calls from unknown persons. The callers demanded ransom and threatened to release an alleged sex video of Nishanth if their demand was not met.

11:26 (IST)10 Jan 2022
What is the criteria for covid-19 precautionary dose?

Healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) who have completed 9 months or 39 weeks from the date of second dose vaccination as registered on the CoWIN portal are eligible for precaution dose vaccination.Similar is the criteria for the persons aged above 60 with co-morbidities, and no medical certificate is required for eligible beneficiaries to avail precaution dose. 

According to Centre’s directions, the third dose will be of the same vaccine as the first two jabs and will be given to those who were vaccinated nine months ago.

11:25 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Covid-19 precaution dose rollout from today; over 21 lakh eligible in Karnataka

Covid-19 precaution dose for healthcare workers, frontline workers and persons aged above 60 with co-morbidities will be rolled out from Monday in Karnataka. Around 21 lakh people in the state are eligible, according to the Karnataka Health Department.

"Six lakh healthcare workers, seven lakh frontline workers, and eight lakh persons aged above 60 with comorbidities will get the dose. They will get the same vaccine that was administered previously," Health department said in a release.

10:48 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Cong's Mekedatu Padayatra: Action as per law for COVID rules violation, says K'taka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said action will be taken in accordance with law, as he hit out at Congress leaders for going ahead with 'padayatra' (march), demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river, by violating government's COVID-19 restrictions. The Chief Minister also accused the party of playing politics on the Mekedatu issue, instead of behaving like a responsible opposition.

 "I have called a meeting of important leaders of our party and senior Ministers, where we will discuss several issues including Bengaluru development, Mekedatu project and the padayatra," Bommai said.

10:46 (IST)10 Jan 2022
With water march, Congress looks for firm footing in south Karnataka

The Karnataka Congress Sunday launched a 10-day foot march amid Covid restrictions seeking the creation of the long-delayed Mekedatu reservoir. On the party’s mind, however, was a lot more than the project on the Cauvery that is meant to supply drinking water to Bengaluru and its surrounding regions in south Karnataka.

South Karnataka is home to the Vokkaliga community — one of the two major communities in the state — that makes up 15 per cent of the population. The other major group is the Lingayat community that is mostly concentrated in north Karnataka and makes up 17 per cent of the state’s six crore population.

The general pattern that has emerged since the 2004 state elections suggests that the Lingayats generally support the BJP and the Vokkaligas the Janata Dal (Secular).

10:43 (IST)10 Jan 2022
Bengaluru: Two teachers die in road accident

Two teachers died on the spot in a road accident that took place near arjuna halli near mysuru on Monday morning.  

The deceased are suresh, a head master of government high school and Ravi Shankar who taught martial arts at several schools in the district. 

The incident took place early in the morning when they were trying to overtake a truck and missed the balance. While suresh and ravi came under the wheels, a boy who was on the same bike miraculously escaped after he fell on the other side of the road.

As a preventive measure to contain the surge in COVID-19 cases, particularly in Bengaluru, the government has imposed weekend lockdown and night curfew till January 19. (Express photo by Jithendra M)

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