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Karnataka Bengaluru April 19, 20, 21 Highlights: State reports 21,794 fresh cases, highest single-day spike till date

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 19, 20, 21 Highlights: Cumulatively 11,98,644 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 13,646 deaths and 10,25,821 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 22, 2021 8:23:25 am
Bengaluru. COVID-19BBMP marshals look for people not wearing face masks at a busy marketplace in Bengaluru. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 19, 20, 21 Highlights: Karnataka has reported its biggest single day spike of 21,794 COVID-19 cases and 149 related fatalities, taking the total caseload 11.98 lakh and the toll to 13,646, the Health department said on Tuesday. The state had previously reported its biggest single day spike of 19,067 cases on Sunday.

Out of the 21,794 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, 13,782 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The day also saw 4,571 patients getting discharged after recovery. Cumulatively 11,98,644 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 13,646 deaths and 10,25,821 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin.

Out of 1,59,158 active cases, 1,58,407 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 751 are in Intensive Care Units.

Among 149 deaths reported on Tuesday, 92 were from Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural (13), Bidar and Kalaburagi (7), Ballari (5), followed by others.  Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 13,782, Tumakuru 1,055, Kalaburagi 818, Mysuru 699, Bengaluru Rural 513, Dakshina Kannada 482, followed by others.

A total of over 2,38,64,354 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,47,488 were done on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

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18:31 (IST)21 Apr 2021
CM directs district-in-charge ministers to ensure Covid-19 situation does not worsen

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa Wednesday directed all ministers in charge of various districts in the state to ensure that the Covid-19 situation does not worsen further. 

“The ministers should encourage the general public to adhere to the guidelines and should lead various measures taken to contain the pandemic. The ministers should also be responsible to ensure that the situation does not escalate,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office read.

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17:50 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Kukke Subramanya temple shut for devotees in view of Covid19

The Kukke Subramanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district has closed for devotees until further notice due to Covid-19.

All sevas, services and poojas of the temple will also be stopped until further orders, according to Temple management.

17:37 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Covid-19 second wave: SWR shuts Mysuru Rail Museum, Malgudi Museum

In a bid to comply with the guidelines/SOPs issued by the central and state governments, the South Western Railway (SWR) Wednesday decided to close the Mysuru Rail Museum and Malgudi Museum at Arasalu railway station for the public, beginning April 22. 

"The dates of reopening will be decided after assessing the overall situation," a statement issued by SWR read.

17:34 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Dakshina Kannada: DC clarifies '50 attendees for marriage' rule, passes mandatory for guests

A day after the state government announced that a maximum of 50 guests are allowed to take part in marriage functions held between April 21 (9 pm) to May 4 (6 am), the Dakshina Kannada district administration clarified that the number would include all attendees and not just the guests.

"The attendees allowed for marriage functions has been fixed at 50. This includes priests, wedding photographers and others," Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said. He added that a list of guests attending the wedding needs to be submitted in advance to the DC's office after which passes would be issued. Police officials would then check the wedding card, pass, and ID proof before allowing guests in, he explained.

16:34 (IST)21 Apr 2021
IISc team studies differences between mechanized brain and human brain to equip them with similar traits

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru has discovered remarkable differences between deep neural networks — machine learning systems inspired by the network of brain cells or neurons in the human brain — and the human brain itself, which they believe would help in bridging the characteristic gaps between them.

According to SP Arun, associate professor at Centre for Neuroscience (CNS) at IISc, many studies showing similarities between deep networks and brains were already available. “However, none has really looked at their systematic differences, which would help us get closer to making these networks more brain-like,” he said.

Also the senior author of the study which compared the visual perception between neural networks and the human brain, Arun added that such networks were still nowhere close to performing as well as the human brain in perceiving visual cues, despite having evolved significantly over the past decade.

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16:18 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Karnataka: Nearly half of a village in Belagavi district tests covid-19 positive

Nearly half of the Abanal village in Karnataka’s Belagavi district tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
 
According to health department officials, 144 of the 360 villagers were found infected during random testing. Most of them had returned recently from Maharashtra to participate in a festival.
 
“The native people working in Maharashtra visited the village for the festival. After the festival, few people were admitted to local primary health care centres after they complained of vomiting fever and other symptoms. As per the protocol, we collected their samples and they tested positive,” Khanapur taluk medical officer Dr Sanjeeva Nadre told Indianexpress.com.

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16:00 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Bangalore University allows work from home to teaching, non-teaching staff

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic situation, the Bangalore University Wednesday allowed its teaching and non-teaching staff to work from home. While the teaching staff has been directed to take online classes till May 4, non-teaching staff can continue to do so till April 30, an order issued by Vice-Chancellor Venugopal K R mentioned.

"The teaching staff shall submit the work done statement through Google forms through the respective Chairperson of the Department. The staff of essential services, however, shall continue to work from their respective offices," Venugopal clarified.

13:36 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Mangalore University postpones exams due to Covid-19

Mangalore University has postponed all exams scheduled to be held from April 21 said Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof P S Yadapadithaya.

The decision is taken in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. The new schedule for the examination will be issued in the next few days, university said. 

University has also opened an examination helpdesk for its students which is 0824 2287427 and 9481608909(Time:9.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m)

13:19 (IST)21 Apr 2021
VTU first sem exams to continue, even semester classes to begin from May 19

In the wake of Karnataka announcing new measures such as a weekend curfew and extended night curfew timings till May 4, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Wednesday clarified that the ongoing examinations held for first-semester undergraduate engineering students shall continue, 'as per academic requirement.'

'The first semester examinations will be conducted as per the schedule notified with all precautions and safety measures in place,' Registrar Prof A S Deshpande said. He added that students who might miss the examination due to the pandemic situation will be allowed to attend the exams later. 'Such students will be permitted to take the missed examination during the even semester exams conducted next, and shall be treated as first attempt.'

Deshpande also issued a circular mentioning such students will be allowed to move to the second semester to attend classes, clarifying that the facility would be open only to BE regular students. 

The varsity that holds the authority over engineering education in Karnataka also announced that even semester classes would commence on May 19. The authorities are yet to clarify whether these classes would be held offline or online.

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11:54 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Govt begins war room for oxygen, Remdevisir supply

The Karnataka government Wednesday began operating a war room in Bengaluru to look into the supply of medical oxygen and Remdesivir at hospitals in Bengaluru. 

"In order to ensure timely & sufficient supply of Oxygen and #Remdesivir a 24/7 war room has been established with staff working round the clock in 3 shifts," Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar confirmed in a tweet.

Addressing oxygen supply issues reported from Chamarajanagara district, Sudhakar added, "A new six-kilo litre capacity medical oxygen plant has been installed at Chamarajanagara District Hospital and it will be operational very soon."

11:02 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Karnataka asks district authorities to earmark land for cremation of bodies

With COVID-19 cases and related fatalities rising in Karnataka, the state government has asked district authorities to earmark land near urban areas for the cremation of bodies.

In a letter to the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said he had come across the fact that the deaths were on the rise in some municipal corporations. "It has come to my notice that there is non- availability of land for the final rites of the dead," Ashoka said.

He directed the deputy commissioners to immediately earmark government land at least one to two kilometres away from the municipal corporation limits.

The Minister directed the officials to act on the letter urgently. (PTI)

09:48 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: ICU-ventilator, ICU beds nearly full

Bengaluru, as on 9.30 am on Wednesday, has only six ICU beds and three other ICU-ventilator beds unoccupied across all hospitals and medical colleges in the city. 

Official state government data indicated that 348 ICU and 310 ICU-ventilator beds were occupied. In total, 5629 beds out of 7078 beds earmarked for Covid-19 patients in government and private hospitals and medical colleges situated in Bengaluru (Urban and Rural) were occupied. 

With these numbers, the occupancy rate was estimated to be nearly 80 per cent in total. Meanwhile, the three operational Covid Care Centres at Govt Ayurveda and Medical College, Haj Bhavan and HAL in the city together had 239 unoccupied beds. With a total of 778 beds, as many as 539 beds — 374 at Haj Bhavan (total 400) and 165 at HAL (total 178) were occupied as per the data. The data for Govt Ayurveda and Medical College shall be updated shortly, officials clarified.

09:23 (IST)21 Apr 2021
GAIL proposes to set up wet waste-to-energy plant in north Bengaluru

GAIL Gas Limited (GGL) has proposed to set up a Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plant in north Bengaluru to utilise segregated organic wet waste. GAIL is in talks with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to set up the plant. 

GAIL officials met BBMP Administrator Rakesh Singh and other senior officials recently, after which GAIL submitted a proposal on April 9. 

According to the proposal, GGL will set up and operate the plant at its own cost. The plant will have a minimum capacity of processing 75 tonnes of wet waste per day (TPD). Apart from the plant, GGL will also set up and operate other infrastructure, like a CNG station and Cascades (storage system), for utilisation of the CBG.

09:03 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Parts of Bengaluru to witness power cuts till April 23

According to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) Khodays, Sarakki, Elita and RBI Sub Stations, the power cuts will be caused due to cable work and other infrastructural works undertaken in Konankunte, Puttenahalli and JP Nagar limits between 10 am to 5.30 pm, through the week. 

Panduranga Nagar and BG Road will witness a power cut on April 22.

On April 23 and April 24, areas that will face power cuts include JP Nagar fifth phase, Vinayaka Nagar, Nanjundeshwara Layout and Esteem Park Road.

RBI Layout, Srinidhi Layout, JP Nagar sixth phase, Sarakki Thota, Rose Garden, Near Sindhoor Chowltry and Siddeshwara Theatre surroundings will face power cuts.

Thippasandra, RBI Layout, BCMC Layout and Channamma Garden will witness a power cut on April 21 as well as on April 23.

09:03 (IST)21 Apr 2021
PM Modi 'conveniently transfered' Covid-19 burden to states: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Leader Of Opposition Tuesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "inaction" to handle the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in the country, including Karnataka. 

"Modi has conveniently transferred the burden on to the states. We had expected that the PM would announce relief measures and compensation in case a lockdown was announced by the states," Siddarmaiah said. 

The former CM added in a statement that the BJP-led government in the state was on the verge of bankruptcy. "The reasons inclde mismanagement by CM Yediyurappa and the denial  of a rightful share by the Central govt," he added.

09:02 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Karnataka govt cracks whip against agitating transport employees, over 100 arrested

Cracking the whip against agitating state-owned transport employees who are on strike for the past 14 days over wage related issues, as many as 112 employees have been arrested for damaging buses and 55 under the Karnataka Essential Services Management Act (KESMA).

Bus services remained hit for the 14th day as well though a few buses were seen plying on the roads. The employees have been on strike since April 7 demanding the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, which the government has turned down.

According to Transport department officials, as many as 51 FIRs have been registered against 231 employees of whom 55 have already been arrested. Since the strike started, as many as 114 buses have been damaged by the agitating employees.

In this connection, 206 FIRs have been registered against 467 employees of whom 112 have been arrested. The department has sacked 1,970 employees, suspended 2,941 and given notices to 7,666 to return to work. 

The KSRTC has revoked the suspension of 56 employees. By the end of the day, the Transport department managed to operate 7,719 buses in the state including 1,525 in Bengaluru. (PTI)

08:48 (IST)21 Apr 2021
JSW Steel agrees to supply 400 MT of oxygen per day to state to treat COVID patients

In view of the possible shortage of oxygen in the state, JSW Steel has agreed to supply 400 metric tonnes of liquefied oxygen per day to Karnataka to treat COVID-19 patients. This comes after the meeting between state Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh R Nirani and the representatives of JSW Steel led by Deputy Managing Director Dr Vinod Nowal, the minister's office said in a statement.

"Amidst worsening situation in the state, Nirani took the initiative to augment the supply of oxygen to hospitals. He convened a meeting with representatives of several steel companies who produce liquefied oxygen in their plants for their use in steel production," the statement read.

The minister stressed the need to produce oxygen in huge quantities to address the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged steel companies to respond to the crisis and produce oxygen on a war-footing and supply them to hospitals on priority basis. (PTI)

08:35 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Pyres till 2 am at Bengaluru crematoriums, token for queues

Late Monday evening, as a prison ambulance with a body inside rolled up ahead of a line of six waiting ambulances, at the Hosapalya crematorium in south Bengaluru, a group of waiting drivers heckled the prison ambulance driver for jumping the queue.

The crematorium had already carried out 14 cremations by its scheduled closing time of 5.30 pm on Monday and there were still six bodies waiting in ambulances lined up at the entrance of the crematorium.

The Hosapalya electric crematorium of the Bengaluru city corporation is among seven in the city that the state government has set aside exclusively for free-of-cost Covid-19 cremations. “We have to wait seven to eight hours before the bodies that we bring in are cremated,” said Rudresh S, an ambulance driver waiting in line at the Hosapalya crematorium.

With the rise in demand, crematoriums have begun using a token system to ensure that bodies are cremated in the order of their arrival.

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08:28 (IST)21 Apr 2021
Karnataka reports biggest single day spike of 21,794 COVID cases, 149 deaths

Karnataka has reported its biggest single day spike of 21,794 COVID-19 cases and 149 related fatalities, taking the total caseload 11.98 lakh and the toll to 13,646, the Health department said on Tuesday. The state had previously reported its biggest single day
spike of 19,067 cases on Sunday. 

Out of the 21,794 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, 13,782 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The day also saw 4,571 patients getting discharged after recovery. Cumulatively 11,98,644 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 13,646 deaths and 10,25,821 discharges,the Health department said in a bulletin.

Out of 1,59,158 active cases, 1,58,407 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 751 are in Intensive Care Units. 

Among 149 deaths reported on Tuesday, 92 were from Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural (13), Bidar and Kalaburagi (7), Ballari (5), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 13,782, Tumakuru 1,055,
Kalaburagi 818, Mysuru 699, Bengaluru Rural 513, Dakshina Kannada 482, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 5,70,035, followed by Mysuru 63,018 and Ballari 42,745. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 4,49,889, followed by Mysuru 57,745 and Ballari 39,829.

A total of over 2,38,64,354 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,47,488 were done on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

08:21 (IST)21 Apr 2021
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