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Covid-19 Karnataka wrap: Delhi-Bengaluru train passengers stage protest on platform, sent back

Karnataka reported 22 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday . With this, the total number of positive persons in the state has gone up to 981. It includes 35 deaths and 456 discharged patients.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 14, 2020 9:09:04 pm
Covid-19 Karnataka wrap: Delhi-Bengaluru train passengers stage protest on platform, sent back At the Bengaluru railway station on Thursday.

The first special train to Karnataka after lockdown arrived at Bengaluru City Railway Station from New Delhi at 7.15 am Thursday with around 1,000 passengers who were screened for COVID-19 at the station premises by health department officials.

Around 200 passengers, alleging the state government did not inform them about the mandatory institutional quarantine while booking tickets, held a protest on the platform. They claimed they were not informed about the quarantine and could not afford a hotel room for 14 days. These passengers were sent back on the train to Delhi.

“Few of the passengers have agreed to undergo quarantine, but others wanted to return to Delhi. The Railways has made arrangements to them to be sent back,” Covid-19 spokesperson and Karnataka education minister S Suresh Kumar said.

“At the Delhi railway station it was clearly announced by the Karnataka government that all passengers would have to undergo institutional quarantine once they arrive in Bengaluru. After this announcement, few passengers cancelled their tickets and went back to their homes. Some people who were on the waiting list have come in their place. Hence, these people might not have gone through the announcements,” he added while speaking to reporters through video conference.

The health department, meanwhile, said passengers were sent messages about the institutional quarantine. Inspector-General of Police, Railways, D Roopa, along with BBMP officials had gone to the railway station to try to convince the protesters.

The train had left Delhi on Tuesday at 9.30 pm. The Health Department had set up 10 health check-up counters to screen the passengers.

The state government had arranged around 15 Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses to take these passengers to the quarantine centres. All passengers were told to download three mobile apps – Quarantine Watch, Apthamitra, and Aarogya Setu.

The district authorities have booked as many as 4,200 rooms in 90 hotels around the Railway Station in Majestic area. “The passengers are quarantined in these hotels and will have to bear the cost. We have booked 90 hotels in and around the railway station for institutional quarantine,” said Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban district G L Shivamurthy.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. (File photo)

Congress leader appeals to CM to allow public prayers for Eid

Former Union minister and senior Karnataka Congress leader CM Ibrahim has asked Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to allow public prayers at mosques and Idgah grounds on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Ibrahim, who is a member of the Legislative Council, has written a letter to Yediyurappa urging him to lift the restriction on gathering at religious places on the occasion of Eid during the coronavirus-forced lockdown. “The prayer assemblies could be allowed in the state till 1 pm on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr,” Ibrahim said in the letter.

“Due to the pandemic Covid-19, the Muslims all over the state are not able to offer namaz in the masjids and are offering prayers in their homes as per the government orders. The Eid-ul-Fitr festival in the state may be celebrated on the 24th or 25th May, during which Muslims have to offer special prayers,” he stated in the letter.

Ibrahim also requested the Chief Minister to consult medical experts before taking the decision.“I request you kindly to look into the matter after consulting medical experts, take a suitable decision enabling Muslims all over the state to offer prayers in their respective localities,” he said.

Karnataka reports two more COVID-19 deaths, toll 35

Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Karnataka on Thursday taking the total toll to 35.

According to the Karnataka health department, the two casualties are a 80-year-old woman from Dakshina Kannada district and a 60-year-old from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, who were admitted at a dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Bengaluru Urban.

The 80-year-old woman was admitted to a private hospital following a stroke. She was shifted to the ICU of a designated hospital on April 26 on confirmation for Covid-19. She died of septic shock onThursday.

The 60-year-old male was admitted at Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru with severe pneumonia and respiratory distress died due to cardiac arrest Thursday morning. According to the morning health bulletin by the health department, he had hypotension and Diabetes Mellitus.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported a total of 28 new cases in the last 24 hours. The new cases are five cases each from Mandya and Bengaluru urban, seven cases from Bidar, three from Davengere, four cases from Gadag, two cases from Kalaburagi and one case reported from Bagalakote on Thursday.

“As of 6:00 PM of 14th May, cumulatively 987 COVID-19 Positive cases have been confirmed in the State, Which includes 35 deaths & 460 discharges,” the health department said in the bulletin.

Passport Seva Kendra in Bengaluru to reopen Friday

Passport Seva Kendras at Lalbagh and Marathahalli in Bengaluru will resume operations from Friday with all precautionary measures.

The regional passport office has instructed the applicants to visit the passport seva kendra offices only after downloading and installing the Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.

“Applicants are advised to wear a mask, carry sanitiser, download and install ‘Aarogya Setu app’ and follow social distancing norms at passport seva kendras during the visit,” the government said in a press statement.

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