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Karnataka Bengaluru April 13 Highlights: 52 more deaths reported, test positivity rate up at 8.24%

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 13 Highlights: The death toll rose to 12,941 to date as 52 more people succumbed to the infection.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 14, 2021 8:21:24 am
COVID-19 vaccine, Bengaluru, Dr. K SudhakarKarnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar poses with doctors at Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College & Research Institute in Bengaluru during a Covid-19 vaccination drive. Express Photo

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 13 Highlights: Karnataka reported 9579 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday from across the state. Of these, 6387 new cases were reported from Bengaluru Urban alone as the daily test positivity rate across the state rose to 8.24 per cent. The death toll rose to 12,941 to date as 52 more people succumbed to the infection.

Other districts that reported most cases are Bidar (465), Mysuru (362), Kalaburagi (335), and Tumkur (239). At the same time, 2767 others recovered from the infection while 82,240 people were inoculated across the state.

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18:31 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Karnataka: 30 candidates in total to fight April 17 bypolls at Belgaum, Maski, Basavakalyan segments

With the final picture for the upcoming bypolls getting ready, as many as 30 candidates in total are in the fray for byelections to Belgaum (Lok Sabha), Basavakalyan, and Maski (assembly constituencies) in Karnataka. 

While 12 candidates will see their names on the EVMs at Basavakalyan, the same at Belgaum and Maski will be 10 and eight respectively, according to the final list issued by the State Election Commission on Tuesday. 

However, only four of the total 30 are female candidates, two in Basavakalyan and one each in Belgaum and Maski. Here are the candidates from major political parties in each constituency:

Belgaum: Satish Jarkiholi (Cong), Mangala Suresh (BJP), No JDS candidate

Basavakalyan: Syed Yasrab Ali Qadri (JDS), Mallamma (Cong), Sharanu Salagar (BJP) 

Maski: Pratapgouda Patil (BJP), Basavanagoud R. Turvihal (Cong), No JDS candidate

17:33 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Weather update: Evening rains predicted in 14 more districts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted evening rains in Yadagir, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Davanagere, and Chitradurga as well on Tuesday evening. 

According to their forecast issued at 5.25 pm, “thunderstorms with lightning accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph” are likely in these north Karnataka districts during the next three hours.

A forecast issued earlier on Tuesday had predicted rains in Bidar, Kalaburagi, and Vijayapura districts.

16:24 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Karnataka: Mosques in containment zones to remain closed during Ramzan month

Mosques in containment zones will remain closed till the zone is denotified, a circular issued by the Karnataka government on Tuesday mentioned. A set of guidelines for observance of rituals in connection with the Ramzan month has been issued in the wake of the ongoing second wave in the state.

16:09 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Yediyurappa to hold all-party meeting to decide on Covid curbs

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said he has convened an all party meeting on April 18 to decide the future course of action on increasing Covid-19 cases in the state. 

Speaking to reporters in Bidar he said, "Besides former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy and Congress state chief D K Shivakumar, the members of Technical Advisory Committee members will attend the meeting on April 18."

Yediyurappa also clarified that the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has not recommended any lockdown. "No one has recommended a lockdown,” he said.

15:50 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Weather update: Rain likely in north Karnataka

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rain in Bidar, Kalaburagi, and Vijayapura district on Tuesday evening.

According to their forecast issued at 3.35 pm, “thunderstorms with lightning accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph” are likely in these north Karnataka districts during the next three hours.

15:14 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Karnataka announces new timings for schools, govt offices in some districts due to summer heat

Considering the rising temperature in Kalayana Karnataka districts, the Department of Public Instructions has come out with a change in school hours in the region. As per the order issued by the Additional Commissioner of Public Instruction, Kalaburagi, Nalin Atul, the new schedule for children is 8 am to 1.10 pm. However, the teachers would have to work between 8 am and 1.30 pm.

The order also said that the new schedule should be adjusted to accommodate seven teaching periods, each lasting 40 minutes, and a leisure period of 30 minutes, after the fourth period.

Since there is the possibility of children developing dehydration due to the rising temperature in the region, teachers are asked to mandatorily ring the ‘drinking water bell’ after the second and sixth periods to encourage children to drink water. The order will be implemented in seven districts of Kalaburagi Division and Vijayapura and Bagalkot districts in Belagavi Division

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15:06 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP-BESCOM panel to be set up to review, relocate transformers causing hindrance at roads

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will together form a special panel to identify safe locations for installing electric installations and equipment in the city, including transformers. 

In an affidavit filed recently by the BBMP Chief Commissioner and BESCOM MD at the Karnataka High Court, it has been proposed that the panel will identify transformers posing danger to the public. Earlier, the High Court had directed BBMP and BESCOM to formulate a scheme to permit the installation of electricity transformers on footpaths without compromising the safety of pedestrians.

13:08 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Karnataka transport strike: Miscreants pelt stones, KSRTC buses damaged

Around 54 state road transport corporation buses were damaged as miscreants pelted stones on them from April 7 to April 13 at 12 pm, according to Karnataka road transport corporations. 

It's been seven days since the workers of the Karnataka road transport corporations called for an indefinite strike  demanding that the government implement a salary system as per the 6th Pay Commission for workers of state transport undertakings.

The workers of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), and North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), under the banner of Karnataka State Road Transport Employees League, have called for an indefinite strike.

12:24 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Mangaluru: Search operations underway after 14 fishermen go missing in sea accident

The India Cost Guard (ICG) Monday confirmed that a search and rescue operation was underway after a sea accident was reported near New Mangalore Port in Karnataka. As many as 14 fishermen are missing, as per reports. 

According to Coast Guard officials, 3 ICG ships and aircraft have been deployed for the operation. 'The search for 14 fishermen of IFB Rabah approximately 43 nautical miles off west New Mangalore is on. Two crew members have been found, search for other crew is in progress,' officials confirmed.

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11:57 (IST)13 Apr 2021
CM Yediyurappa says lockdown could be imposed if need arises

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said the state government could impose a lockdown if the necessity arises.
 
“If people don’t heed instructions, we may have to take stringent measures. If required and if necessity arises, we will impose a lockdown,” Yediyurappa told reporters in Bidar.
Reacting to queries on the growing coronavirus cases in the state, which saw the numbers breaching 10,000 on Sunday, he said the Prime Minister had also spoken to him about the measures taken by his government.
 
“I told him we have imposed night curfew in the districts where cases are rising,” Yediyurappa said.

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11:34 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Covid-19 tracker | Bengaluru Urban: 40 more deaths, over 56K active cases

The Covid-19 death toll in Bengaluru Urban rose to 4855 on Monday as 40 more people succumbed to the infection. While the oldest among the deceased was aged 89 (a male patient diagnosed with influenza-like illness), two male patients aged 38 were the youngest to have succumbed to the infection. 

Meanwhile, the active caseload in the Karnataka capital rose to 56,545. Over 4.88 lakh people have tested positive in Bengaluru since March 2020 while over 4.62 lakh people have recovered from the same to date.

11:08 (IST)13 Apr 2021
French Minister to visit Bengaluru during three-day India trip

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian will be in Bengaluru on Thursday, on the last day of his three-day visit to India beginning Tuesday. 

According to the Minister's tour schedule mentioned by the Ministry of External Affairs, Le Drian will visit the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) and the Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster (BLiSc).

Later, he is also scheduled to meet investors and CEOs of major Indian business groups to promote France as an attractive investment destination. Le Drian will also address an event themed around technological innovation during his time at the Karnataka capital.

10:49 (IST)13 Apr 2021
BBMP Chief Commissioner reviews measures to tackle and contain Covid-19

The Chief Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Gaurav Gupta held a virtual meeting regarding the spread of Covid-19 at the zonal level on Monday.

He instructed the officials to take appropriate measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 at the zonal level. In this regard, Covid tests and vaccination must be increased and beds for Covid patients must be made available immediately, he added.

Gupta said that 50% of beds must be reserved immediately in private hospitals. Measures are being taken to introduce a single helpline number (1912) to help Covid-infected individuals, he added.

He reiterated that the vaccination rate must be increased at the BBMP level. Besides, a pamphlet should be prepared to educate citizens about vaccination. He further said that work on raising awareness though loudspeakers on auto-rickshaws must take place.

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10:28 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Covid-19 tracker | Tumakuru: 239 new cases, active caseload nears 2K-mark

As many as 239 more people tested positive in Tumakuru district on Monday as the total active caseload rose to nearly 2000. A neighbouring district of Bengaluru, just 70 kilometres away from the Karnataka capital, has not reported any Covid-19 fatality since Saturday (April 10). 

Meanwhile, 20 patients among those admitted to designated Covid-19 hospitals in the district are in the Intensive Care Unit, according to data issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

10:14 (IST)13 Apr 2021
PM Modi greets people on Ugadi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted people on the special occasion of Ugadi. 

"Wishing everyone on the special occasion of Ugadi, " he tweeted. 

"Over the next few days, people across India are going to be marking various festivals. These festivals showcase India's diversity and the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.' May these special occasions spread happiness, prosperity and brotherhood across the nation," he added.

Ugadi is New Year's Day for the Kannada speaking people in Karnataka. 

10:01 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Covid-19 tracker | Mysuru: 362 new cases, 3 deaths

With 362 new Covid-19 cases identified on Monday, the active caseload in Mysuru rose to 1960. Meanwhile, 303 others recovered from the infection as the cumulative recoveries since March 2020 rose to 55,527 in the district. 

At the same time, three more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. These included an 80-year-old male patient, a 60-year-old male patient, and a 62-year old patient, all diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) before testing positive. Mysuru is the only district other than Bengaluru Urban to have reported over a thousand Covid-19 deaths (1086 till date) since the pandemic broke out.

09:57 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Karnataka announces new timings for schools in Kalayana Karnataka due to heat

Considering the rising temperature in Kalayana Karnataka districts, the Department of Public Instructions has come out with a change in school hours in the region.

As per the order issued by Additional Commissioner of Public Instruction, Kalaburagi, Nalin Atul, the new schedule for children is 8 am to 1.10 pm. However, the teachers would have to work between 8 am and 1.30 pm.

The order also said that the new schedule should be adjusted to accommodate seven teaching periods, each lasting 40 minutes, and a leisure period of 30 minutes, after the fourth period. 

Since there is the possibility of children developing dehydration due to the rising temperature in the region, teachers are asked to mandatorily ring the 'drinking water bell' after the second and sixth periods to encourage children to drink water. 

The order will be implemented in seven districts of Kalaburagi Division and Vijayapura and Bagalkot districts in Belagavi Division.

09:32 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Covid-19 tracker | Bidar: 2 more deaths, 465 new cases

With two more deaths in Bidar linked to Covid-19 on Monday, the cumulative death toll rose to 194. Among the deceased were a 70-year-old female patient and a 33-year-old male patient, both diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) while getting admitted to a designated hospital two days ago. 

Meanwhile, 465 more people tested positive in the north Karnataka district that shares borders with Maharashtra and Telangana. The active caseload in Bidar stands at 2082 as 154 others recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours.

09:32 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Private Hospitals to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients: Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar

Private hospitals have been asked to reserve 50% beds for Covid patients, like during the first wave, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar. He was speaking to the media here after a video conference with the Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Association (PHANA). Hospitals have agreed to do so within a week.

Sudhakar said private hospitals have been advised to get vacated beds occupied by non-Covid patients who don’t require hospitalisation and reserve them for Covid patients. Patients without symptoms and with mild symptoms will be isolated in hotels and Covid-care centres. Only patients with severe conditions will be treated in hospitals, said the minister.

“Private hospitals have complained that remdesivir is not available in the market. We will discuss the issue with drug controllers and supply the medicine to private hospitals at government rates,” said Dr Sudhakar. “We have taken measures to ensure sufficient quantities of ventilators and oxygen. If required, industrial oxygen will be utilised,” he added.

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09:20 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Covid-19 tracker | Kalaburagi: 335 new cases, active caseload surpasses 2K

With 335 more people contracting coronavirus infection, the total active cases in Kalaburagi rose to 2082 on Monday. The cumulative tally in the Kalyana-Karnataka region has risen further to 26,539 since March 2020. 

Meanwhile, 228 others recovered from the infection. The district recorded no fatalities linked to the pandemic for the first time in April 2021. As many as 364 people, including India's first fatality on March 10 last year, have succumbed to the infection in the district so far.

Karnataka budget, BS Yediyurappa, Karnataka Chief Minister Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. (Photo: CMO)

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said the state government could impose lockdown if the necessity arises.

READ | Karnataka CM says lockdown could be imposed if need arises

At the same time, the police have taken 130 people into custody for allegedly participating in a rave party at an estate on the outskirts of Alur taluk in the district, official sources said on Sunday.

READ | Karnataka: 130 taken into custody for rave party in Hassan district

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Find your nearest fever clinic and testing Covid-19 facility here | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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