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Karnataka, Bengaluru News Highlights: State government releases Rs 200 crore for rain relief, rehabilitation

Bengaluru News Today, Karnataka News Highlights August 6, 2022: Union health secretary ‘pulls up’ Karnataka over surge in Covid-19 cases; Bommai tests positive again.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 7, 2022 7:46:50 am
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (PTI/File)

Bangalore, Karnataka News Highlights (August 6): As torrential rains continue to batter many parts of Karnataka on Saturday, the State government released Rs 200 crore to take up relief and rehabilitation operations, even as Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai instructed constitution of two more SDRF contingents. The Chief Minister held a video conference with Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of rain-affected districts, Ministers and officials, and obtained details on flood havoc, landslides, crop losses and relief work undertaken, from his home where he has isolated himself. While 70 people have lost their lives due to incessant rains from June 1 to August 6; a total of 507 livestock loss have been reported during the period

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan Saturday asked Karnataka principal secretary (health) TK Anil Kumar to take measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection. Notably, the direction came after Karnataka experienced a surge in Covid-19 cases. On Friday, Karnataka had reported 2,042 new Covid-19 cases and the positivity rate for the day was 6.32 per cent. Bhushan also stated that the upcoming festive months will attract huge congregations and entail a large number of inter- and intra-state journeys that could potentially become a facilitator for the spread of the infection.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who was scheduled to attend several meetings in New Delhi, cancelled the programmes after he tested positive for Covid-19 Saturday. “I have tested positive for Covid-19 with Mild symptoms and have isolated myself at home. Those who came in touch with me in last few days, kindly isolate yourself and get urself (Yourself) tested. My trip to Delhi stands cancelled,” Bommai tweeted.

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