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Karnataka Bengaluru April 22 Highlights: State reports 23,558 fresh cases, 116 fatalities; Active cases over 1.76L now

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 22 Highlights: Cumulatively 12,22,202 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka, which includes 13,762 deaths and 10,32,233 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 23, 2021 8:27:00 am
Pyres till 2 am at Bengaluru crematoriums, token for queuesA family member performs a ritual during the funeral of a Covid-19 victim at a crematorium in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 22 Highlights: Karnataka has reported another biggest single day spike of 23,558 new COVID-19 cases and 116 related fatalities, taking the total caseload 12.22 lakh and the toll to 13,762, the health department said on Wednesday. The state had previously reported its biggest single day spike of 21,794 cases on Tuesday.

Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 13,640 of the total number of cases. The day also saw 6,412 patients getting discharged after
recovery. Cumulatively 12,22,202 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka, which includes 13,762 deaths and 10,32,233 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin.

Out of 1,76,188 active cases, 1,75,284 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 904 are in Intensive Care Units. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 15.47 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.49 per cent.

Among 116 deaths reported on Wednesday, 70 were from Bengaluru Urban, Kalaburagi (8), Mysuru (7), Bidar (5), Ballari (4), Hassan (3), followed by others. Behind Bengaluru in the number of new cases reported was Tumakuru 1,176, Mysuru 975, Ballari 792, Kalaburagi 757, Bengaluru Rural 544, followed by others.

A total of over 2,40,16,635 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,52,281 were on Wednesday alone. (PTI)

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18:30 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan reinfected with the COVID-19

Congress MLA from Chamrajpet in Bengaluru BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan on Wednesday said he has been reinfected with the COVID-19. 

“I underwent COVID test after getting a mild fever. The report says I am positive for COVID-19,” the MLA tweeted.

The former minister said he has since been home quarantined.

18:30 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Railway stations get Covid-19 assistance kiosks

In a bid to help the public with information related to the ongoing pandemic in the city, the South Western Railway Thursday began operating Covid-19 assistance kiosks at three major railway stations in Bengaluru. 

According to SWR officials, the kiosks have been placed at KSR Bengaluru, Yeshwantpur, and Bengaluru Cantonment stations where awareness of Covid-19 health and safety protocols are offered. 

"At these kiosks, important information about the state COVID-19 helpline numbers, details of testing centers, contacts of ambulances, hospitals, bed availability, Covid-19 Karnataka guidelines, and movement and protocols of other states are being provided to passengers," an official explained.

16:31 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Weather Update: Parts of Karnataka to witness thundershowers in next 3 hours

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorm accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph is likely to affect Dakshina Kannada, Bagalkot, Kalaburgi, Raichur, Bellary, Bengaluru Urban and rural district, Chamarajanagar, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Kolar, Mandya, Mysuru and Tumkuru districts in next three hours.

14:13 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Declare health emergency in Karnataka: Deve Gowda writes to BSY

In a letter to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa JDS supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda said that the Karnataka government has to declare a health emergency and work accordingly in the wake of the drastic surge in Covid positive cases. 

Deve Gowda pointed out that more people are getting infected in the second wave of the pandemic. With government and private hospitals struggling with the overload of patients, many of the affected are not able to get beds and medicines, he said in the letter.

"Government has to focus on supplying required facilities to hospitals, including oxygen and ventilators," he added.

14:07 (IST)22 Apr 2021
KSET 2021 postponed again, new exam date to be announced soon

The University of Mysore, Karnataka, has once again postponed the Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) 2021 exam due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the nation. The exam was initially scheduled to be held on April 11. However, it was rescheduled for April 25 due to COVID-19.

KSET has been postponed again due to the new state government restrictions in place till May 4 to mitigate the ongoing Covid second wave situation. Prof H Rajasekhar, co-ordinating officer, has informed that the revised date will be announced later.

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14:04 (IST)22 Apr 2021
IN PICS | Health Minister reviews Covid-19 situation in Mysuru

Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Thursday visited government and private hospitals and medical centres in Mysuru district to review facilities provided for Covid-19 treatment in the district. 

Among places he visited were the District Hospital, Trauma Centre, KR Hospital, and NH Mysore.

Mysuru has reported 8183 new infections and 79 fatalities this month, and is the second worst-affected district only behind Bengaluru Urban in the state.

12:31 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Despite toiling through lockdown and pandemic, Bengaluru waste pickers claim stigma

Even after months of coronavirus-induced lockdown saw waste pickers working around the clock with other frontline workers, people in Bengaluru continue to stigmatise and behave in an inhumane manner, the workers themselves, as well as other stakeholders in the sector, have revealed.

Dhanalakshmi has been among several others active in collecting and segregating waste from households. “Wastepicking is tiresome as my day starts at 6 am and my work extends beyond noon when the heat is at its peak,” she said.

However, the 35-year-old Bengaluru native added with a sigh that she tries to avoid any kind of interaction with people while she is at work, like many of her colleagues. “We avoid interactions at work because more often it ends up in an altercation or a fight. A sense of jealousy among people in the same sector on someone earning more than the other is also rampant, even though it is done through sincere effort and hard work,” she said.

Asked how people behaved with her, she revealed, “Some people in the city are indifferent to us while others are outright rude.”

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12:30 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Karnataka CM requests Centre to provide 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen daily amid Covid surge

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has requested the Centre to provide 1,500 metric tonnes of oxygen daily to the state, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters regarding measures taken by the government to control the spread of coronavirus, he said, “I have also appealed to the Centre to provide additional oxygen and we are hopeful that the Centre will respond positively to our request.”

Karnataka hospitals have been facing oxygen shortage for the last few days since the state has been recording over 20,000 cases every day. On Wednesday the state reported 23,558 new cases, taking the total caseload to 12,22,202. A total of 116 people died due to Covid-19, taking the overall death count to 13,762. The state’s capital city, Bengaluru alone reported 13,640 cases and 70 deaths.

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12:10 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Karnataka earmarks 80% of beds, ICU facility in all hospitals for Covid treatment

In the wake of a steep rise in new cases and fatalities linked to the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Karnataka government has decided to allocate 80 per cent of the total beds in all hospitals towards treating infected patients. 

"All hospitals in the state with a capacity of more than 30 beds will be directed to dedicate 80 per cent of the beds and ICU facility exclusively for Covid-19 patients," Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said. This excludes beds used for dialysis patients, mother-childcare and other life-threatening disease, he clarified.

At the same time, Sudhakar added that nursing homes and hospitals which has upto 30 beds should "mandatorily treat non-Covid patients."

The active caseload in the state spiked to 1,76,188 on Wednesday, as the state reported 23,558 new infections. With 13,640 new cases, the number of active cases in Bengaluru Urban alone is at 1.25 lakh.

12:01 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa discharged from hospital

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa was discharged from hospital on Thursday morning. He had been admitted to Manipal Hospital on April 16 after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Yediyurappa has been campaigning for byelections and was on campaign trail. He had symptoms like fever, fatigue.

10:33 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Bengaluru metro approval: Former CM HD Kumaraswamy criticises govt's advertisement

Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former CM H D Kumaraswamy Thursday criticised the B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government for “unnecessary spending” from its treasuries to run front-page advertisements in national and regional dailies, “thanking” PM Modi and the Centre for the recent funding approval for two new phases of Bengaluru metro.

In a video statement recorded from a private hospital in Bengaluru, where he is admitted due to Covid-19, Kumaraswamy, said he was “pained” on seeing the front pages of major Kannada and English dailies on Thursday. “The state government has tried to express gratitude to the Prime Minister and the Centre by spending crores of rupees. The Union Cabinet announcing funds for a development project to a state government should not be considered as bhiksha (charity),” he said.

09:54 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Covid-19: Sringeri, Horanadu temples closed for devotees

Two prominent temples in Karnataka Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri and the Annapoorneshwari Temple at Horanadu have closed its doors for devotees until further notice. 

The move comes due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic.

Annapoorneshwari Temple management said devotees can watch daily rituals of temple on YouTube.

09:40 (IST)22 Apr 2021
5 women killed as two vehicles collide head-on

5 women were killed when a tumtum (a long autorickshaw) collided head-on with a truck at Shahapur Taluk on Wednesday, police said. The number of the injured in the mishap was not known immediately.

Most of those in the tumtum were labourers on the way to work when the mishap took place, the police said. (PTI)

09:22 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: 66 pvt hospitals get notice for failing to reserve Covid beds

As many as 66 private hospitals in the city were served notices by local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for not adhering to the government order directing them to reserve 50 per cent of the total beds for Covid-19 patients referred by the government. 

The list shared by BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta mentioned big-chain hospitals like Apollo, Narayana Health, M S Ramaiah and ACE Suhas, Ananya, Blossom Fertility Centre, and Artyem among others. 

Gupta said the government was planning to get over 11,000 beds in total in the next few days. 'We started with 4,300 beds which have now gone up to 7,000 beds,” he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Columbia Asia Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Vikram Hospital, and Aster CMI Hospital were served notices for violating the same rule. 'They responded positively by doing the needful within 48 hours,' a BBMP official added.

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08:46 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Karnataka bus strike called off after High Court observation

The four state-run Road Transport corporation workers called off their two-week-long strike on Wednesday, a day after the Karnataka High Court observed that the workers had chosen the 'worst time to go on a strike', citing the pandemic.

Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, who is leading the strike, said: “We have decided to temporarily withdraw the strike respecting the high court order.”

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, had called for an indefinite strike starting from April 7, demanding that the government implement a salary system as per the 6th Pay Commission for workers of state transport undertakings.

During the strike, 119 buses were damaged. These include KSRTC (73), BMTC (6), NWKRTC (13) and NEKRTC (27). According to officials, revenue loss to four transport corporations is around Rs 287 crore. This includes KSRTC (Rs 122.5 crore), BMTC (Rs 45 crore), NWKRTC (Rs 57.5 crore) NEKRTC (Rs 62 crore).

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08:40 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Covid deaths: Karnataka govt allows cremation, burial of dead bodies at pvt lands, farmhouses

Karnataka government Wednesday permitted cremation/burial of dead bodies at private lands owned by individuals, in the wake of the unprecedented rise in Covid-19-related deaths burdening crematoriums and burial grounds in the state.

As per a government order issued by Revenue Secretary N Manjunatha Prasad, burial or cremation of the deceased should be strictly in compliance with the guidelines issued by the Health Department to do so.

The government has clarified that the decision was taken after the kin of the deceased made several requests to allow them to cremate or bury the body in properties owned by them or their relatives.

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08:33 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Bengaluru hospitals offer home care packages for Covid patients to reduce strain

Private hospitals in Bengaluru have begun offering home care packages to Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms, who are eligible for home isolation as there are no beds available at city hospitals due to a relentless surge in Covid-19 cases during the prevailing second wave of the pandemic.

City hospitals are offering various packages to patients, ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 17,000. They are providing special home quarantine kits to patients who are availing this offer. These include vitals monitoring kit that contains a digital thermometer, an oximeter for measuring oxygen levels in blood and a digital BP measuring machine.

Apart from this, a few hospitals are also offering patients consultations over phone or video, with doctors and nurses calling up patients twice a day for vital monitoring, follow-ups and feedback.

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08:24 (IST)22 Apr 2021
Karnataka reports biggest single day spike of 23,558 COVID cases, 116 deaths

Karnataka has reported another biggest single day spike of 23,558 new COVID-19 cases and 116 related fatalities, taking the total caseload 12.22 lakh and the toll to 13,762, the health department said on Wednesday. The state had previously reported its biggest single day spike of 21,794 cases on Tuesday.

Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 13,640 of the total number of cases. The day also saw 6,412 patients getting discharged after recovery. Cumulatively 12,22,202 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka, which includes 13,762 deaths and 10,32,233 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin.

Out of 1,76,188 active cases, 1,75,284 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 904 are in Intensive Care Units. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 15.47 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.49 per cent.

Among 116 deaths reported on Wednesday, 70 were from Bengaluru Urban, Kalaburagi (8), Mysuru (7), Bidar (5), Ballari (4), Hassan (3), followed by others.

Behind Bengaluru in the number of new cases reported was Tumakuru 1,176, Mysuru 975, Ballari 792, Kalaburagi 757, Bengaluru Rural 544, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 5,83,675, followed by Mysuru 63,993 and Ballari 43,537. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 4,53,398, followed by Mysuru 58,248 and Ballari 39,888. 

A total of over 2,40,16,635 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,52,281 were on Wednesday alone. (PTI)

08:24 (IST)22 Apr 2021
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Private hospitals in Bengaluru have begun offering home care packages to Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms, who are eligible for home isolation as there are no beds available at city hospitals due to a relentless surge in Covid-19 cases during the prevailing second wave of the pandemic. City hospitals are offering various packages to patients, ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 17,000.

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