Karnataka Bangalore News September 1 Highlights: Karnataka reported 1,159 fresh Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,50,604 and the toll to 37,339. 1,112 discharges were also reported, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,94,827.
Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of cases (359), as the city saw 232 discharges and seven deaths. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,412. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.66 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.81 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Chamarajanagar district administration in Karnataka has withdrawn the controversial Covid-19 vaccination initiative — “no vaccination, no ration”; “no vaccination, no pension” — that was to start Wednesday after criticism from the Congress. On Tuesday, the deputy commissioner of Chamarajanagar district, M R Ravi, had announced the launch of the initiative in a bid to fight vaccine hesitancy. After the move was criticised by the Congress, Ravi issued a clarification Wednesday saying that “there is no official order issued by our district administration regarding the ‘no vaccination, no ration; no vaccination, no pension’ initiative and there will not be any kind of this programme in the district”.
Earlier in the day, Kannada, Culture and Power minister V Sunil Kumar issued a notice to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Managing Director, Anjum Parvez, seeking action and explanation for ignoring state language Kannada at the inauguration event of Bengaluru Metro line between Mysore Road and Kengeri on August 29. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri had participated in the event where the banner on the dais was only in English. Kannada activists said that Kannada was ignored at the programme. People took to social media to criticise the BMRCL and Karnataka Government on this issue.