Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses started operations to different parts of the state and the city bus service in Bengaluru was also pressed into service on Tuesday morning.
As per the latest protocol, the public buses will carry only 30 passengers on each bus and all onboard will have to wear masks and follow social distancing norms. Additionally, the KSRTC is also conducting thermal screening of all passengers before boarding.
On Monday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced the bus services will resume in the state from Tuesday. “BMTC and state transport corporation buses will operate with only 30 passengers on each bus, following social distancing norms and wearing masks. The bus services will not be allowed in containment zones,” he said.
Along with state transport corporation buses, private buses are also permitted to start operations. “Bus fares will not be increased. Inter-state transport will not be allowed, except in emergencies,” Yediyurappa added.
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According to KSRTC, till Tuesday at 12 pm around 2,850 passengers have travelled in buses.
Meanwhile, KSRTC has requested passengers to book their tickets online. “KSRTC requests passengers to book online tickets to avoid over crowding in bus stations and to avoid waiting in long queues. Since buses are running 50 per cent capacity, more number of buses to be operated in particular destinations, passengers have to wait for a long, so it is requested to opt for online booking of tickets as their first priority,” KSRTC said in a statement.
The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has started operating services on high-density corridors in the city. However, air-conditioned buses will not be operated.
In a statement, BMTC clarified that only passengers having monthly, weekly, or daily passes will be allowed to travel in buses plying across the city, in a bid to maintain social distancing.
While a weekly pass that allows a passenger to use BMTC services unlimited for a week will cost Rs 300, daily passes issued by conductors on the bus will cost Rs 70.
Karnataka records highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases
Karnataka on Tuesday recorded the highest single day spike in COVID-19 cases with 149 confirmed cases taking the total number of infections to 1,395 in the state. 543 persons have recovered and according to the health department, there are 811 active cases in the state.
Mandya district in the state has reported 71 Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Covid-19 spokesperson and Karnataka education minister S Suresh Kumar said, “All 71 COVID 19 positive cases in Mandya district have returned from Mumbai. 113 patients who tested positive today have inter-state travel history. All are admitted in the designated hospital.
In this 91 patients have travel history to Maharashtra. Meanwhile, three deaths were also reported taking the toll in the state to 40.
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According to the health department, the three deaths were reported from Ballari, Vijaypura and Bengaluru Urban. A 61-year-old male patient from Ballari, with a recent history of cardiac surgery, passed away on Tuesday after testing positive for Covid-19. The patient was also diagnosed with SARI and had a travel history to Bengaluru.
The second patient is a 65-year-old male patient from Vijayapura – with a known case of HTN (Hypertension), DM (Diabetes mellitus), and IHD – who was brought dead on Monday to the designated hospital, Vijayapura. He tested had positive for Covid-19.
Karnataka reported 127 new #COVID19 cases on Tuesday(12pm). With this, the total number of positive persons in the state has gone up to 1,373. It includes 40 deaths and 530 discharges. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/8Vi0Ywz7od
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A 54-year-old man from Bengaluru, with a known case of IHD, was admitted to a private hospital in the city and died on Monday and tested positive for Covid-19.
Out of the new Covid-19 cases, 62 are from Mandya, all of whom had a travel history to Mumbai. Davangere reported 19 cases, Shivamogga reported 12 of which 10 had travelled to Maharashtra and Kerala. Kalaburagi reported 11 cases with a travel history to Maharashtra, Bengaluru urban six, Udupi and Uttara Kannada four, Hassan three, Chikkamagaluru two, and one each from Gadag, Vijayapura, Yadgir, and Chitradurga.
Railway’s gifted toys to children traveling in Shramik trains
South Western Railway (SWR) officials gifted toys and colouring books to children traveling in the Shramik trains from Bengaluru.
On Monday, the SWR started a unique campaign called “SMILE BACK” where the kids traveling in the Shramik train to Assam were given toys. Around 25 children of migrant workers received toys from railways in Bengaluru Cantonment station.
“A 55-hour long journey after tough two months is difficult for kids. Under this campaign, we distributed toys and books to kids returning to their homes in Assam. We thought giving toys to kids might be a good way to keep them engaged,” an official said.
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Starting Tuesday, SWR is giving the iconic GI-tagged Channapatna toys to kids. “For kids going by Shramik Trains, we have arranged Channpatana Toys. These are GI tagged and quite popular among children, made of wood and natural colour, so safe and good for children. It will also give some additional business to local toy makers and artists,” official added.
Bengaluru parks reopen saw long queue
After the state government opened up parks in Bengaluru two months after the lockdown was announced, a large number of people were seen inside the park on Tuesday morning.
A number of morning walkers were also seen in front of Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Botanical Garden as parks opened to the people. Police and security persons in front of the park were seen screening all the walkers before letting them inside the parks.
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On Monday the Karnataka government announced relaxations in the lockdown and allowed parks to open for public from 7 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm.
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