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Karnataka COVID-19 wrap: State to check patients with ‘Influenza-like Illness’; govt yet to decide on extending lockdown

On Tuesday, Karnataka reported 12 more new cases, with total number of cases rising to 175 including 4 deaths and 25 discharged.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP , Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru | Updated: April 7, 2020 8:10:39 pm
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The Bengaluru city police Tuesday warned against spreading fake news forwards and hate messages on social media amid the coronavirus pandemic.

City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao has directed police personnel to book cases against violators under the Disaster Management Act. “Lot of unwanted hate is being created on social media. Pray don’t be party to share, forward and liking such messages,” tweeted Bhaskar Rao.

In another tweet he said the social distancing would be enforced more stringently henceforth. “Social distancing will be enforced more stringently in public interest. Your life is more important than your job,” Rao tweeted.

On Tuesday, Karnataka reported 12 more new cases, with total number of cases rising to 175 including 4 deaths and 25 discharged. The 12 cases include 4 Tablighi Jamaat returnees. According to the health department, 25 have been discharged.

Karnataka broadens COVID-19 testing protocol, to check patients with ‘Influenza-like Illness’ too

The Karnataka government broadened its COVID-19 testing protocol on Tuesday adding patients with Influenza-like Illness (ILI) from containment zones in the state too to those considered for testing.

Confirming this, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, who is the state’s spokesperson for coronavirus-related developments said, “The state has ordered a revision of the existing testing protocol to include patients with ILI from containment zones identified by the district authorities. Such patients will be tested as soon as we receive the rapid kits.”

Karnataka govt yet to decide on extending lockdown

Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Tuesday clarified that the state government is yet to take a decision on whether to extend the lockdown after April 14, when the nation completes the 21-day lockdown initiated to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The government has sought inputs from various committees formed to combat the pandemic which also includes top healthcare experts like Dr Devi Shetty (Chairman, Narayana Health) and Dr Manjunath (Director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research). The talks are on, but the government is yet to take a final decision,” Kumar said.

920 Tablighi Jamaat attendees tested so far, 623 negative

As on Tuesday, the Karnataka government has tested 920 attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat meet held during March in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz.

According to Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Health & Family Welfare), 623 of these samples have tested negative so far. “27 samples sent till date have been tested positive for COVID-19 as of April 7. The results of the other samples are awaited,” he said.

Now, a dedicated online dashboard for COVID-19 Karnataka info

To keep track of the coronavirus pandemic, the Karnataka government launched a dedicated dashboard on Tuesday. The dashboard also contains micro-data which and will be accessible to the public, government officials claimed.

According to BBMP commissioner BH Anil Kumar, this dashboard will be the single source of all COVID-19-related data which includes people under quarantine, their contacts, medical personnel on the field, hospitals, taluk-wise, and city-wise data among other options.

Historical Bengaluru Karaga to take place without procession

The State government has given conditional approval to the historical Bengaluru Karaga which will take place on Wednesday without a procession. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, said “the festival will be held “symbolically” with not more than five people taking part in the event.”

With the lockdown in place, only a few people will take part in the festival which will be held at the Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple, located in Nagarathpet, in Bengaluru central.

Generally, lakhs of devotees gather for the Karaga processions which are celebrated by the Vahnikula Kshatriya (Thigala) community on Chaitra Poornima every year in reverence of ‘Adishakti Draupadi.’

Bengaluru police secure miscreants for spreading fake news:

Hours after Bengaluru City Police warned social media users to refrain from sharing fake news and hate messages online, Amruthahalli police secured three miscreants for doing so.

Confirming the same, DCP (Northeast) Bheemashankar S Guled tweeted, “3 miscreants have been secured by Amruthahalli police, but still some miscreants are trying to rake up communal tension using this incident. Stop spreading #FakeNews, we are watching.”

Karnataka Guv to donate 30% emoluments towards PM Cares for a year

Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala Tuesday donated 30% of his emoluments to PM Cares fund. He “will continue to donate 30% of his emoluments for a year in view of COVID-19 pandemic,” the Karnataka Governor’s office stated.

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