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Karnataka confirms third COVID-19 death; Bengaluru police detain man posing as Infosys employee for misinformation

With seven more positive cases confirmed in the state, the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 62, including three deaths and five discharges till date.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal , Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru |
Updated: March 27, 2020 10:42:37 pm
BBMP officials sanitise the arterial roads in Bengaluru. (Source: Ralph Alex Arakal)

Bengaluru police Friday detained a man posing as an Infosys employee for urging people on social media to spread the virus.

The person, claiming to be an Infosys employee, in a Facebook post, wrote: “Let’s join hands, go out and sneeze with an open mouth in public. Spread the virus.” The post went viral on social media and on Friday, the Bengaluru police arrested him.

The company had come under the ire of netizens on Twitter after the Bengaluru resident’s tweets, however, Infosys put out a statement saying it was “deeply concerned” about the “inappropriate post” and denied his links with the company, claiming it was a case of “mistaken identitiy”.

The IT giant further said, “However, given the seriousness with which we take such matters, we are investigating this further and will also assist with any independent investigation. The company would take appropriate action based on its investigation.”

The Bengaluru police detained Mohammad and further investigation is on. Sandeep Patil, the joint commissioner of CCB, Bengaluru said, “The person who put up a post saying people should go out and sneeze and spread the virus has been detained. He has been identified as Mujeeb, who works in a software company. We have registered a case against him. He has been residing in Bengaluru for the last 25 years.”

Karanataka reports third death, total positive cases touch 64

A 60-year-old man from Tumkur became the third casualty due to Covid-19 in the state, Karnataka government confirmed on Friday.

According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, the person had a history of travel to Delhi by train on March 13. “The patient died on 27.03.2020 morning at a designated hospital in Tumkur. 24 high-risk primary contacts have been traced of which 13 are isolated in a designated hospital. 8 tested negative and 3 health care professionals are also home-quarantined,” the media bulletin released on Friday read.

With nine more positive cases confirmed in the state, the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 64, including three deaths and five discharges till date.

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A 10-month-old baby boy (P 56), the youngest patient in the state confirmed of COVID-19 is one among the seven new cases reported on Friday. According to health officials, the baby from Dakshina Kannada district has no travel history to any affected countries. “As per the preliminary investigation, the child was taken to Kerala by their family members. A detailed investigation is under process and 6 Primary contacts have been traced and are under house quarantine,” officials confirmed.

While four new cases were confirmed in the capital city Bengaluru on Friday, one each was recorded from Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, and Tumkur (death).

SWR employees produce sanitisers in bulk

Meanwhile, in a bid to meet the rise in requirement of hand sanitisers vis-à-vis the dip in availability of the same in markets, the Bengaluru Division of the South Western Railway (SWR) has begun preparing hand sanitisers in its laboratory at Krishnarajapuram Loco Shed.

The sanitisers, prepared by the lab team of the Diesel Loco Shed in Krishnarajapuram, will be used for disinfection purposes in Railway Hospitals, stations, and other railway premises.

“These sanitisers have been prepared as per the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and it contains 99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol, 2.3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 3.98% Glycerol and distilled water,” a person from the team said.

Bengaluru Mayor M Goutham Kumar apprises Bangalore Central MP PC Mohan (second from right)on the coronavirus situation. (Express photo)

“The Loco Shed has produced 300 litres of sanitizers till now, and it is being used by frontline, control office, and security maintenance staff working round the clock,” SWR Chief Public Relations Officer E Vijaya told Indianexpress.com

MLA ensures none turns up for Friday prayers, inspects sanitisation drive

Meanwhile, Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad was seen out on the streets of his constituency to ensure none turns up for Friday prayers amid the complete lockdown announced in the state.

Later, he also inspected the sanitisation drive held by local civic body BBMP in the areas in a bid to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Bengaluru top cop warns constables against using lathis

As multiple videos of cops using lathis to beat up people venturing out of their homes during the lockdown surfaced in the last couple of days, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao Friday warned constables against doing so.

He said, “Announcements should be made using microphones and loudspeakers to create awareness to people to ensure social distancing. Only KSRP (Karnataka State Reserve Police) and CAR (City Armed Reserve) cops can use lathis, if need be.”

Dinesh Gundu Rao denies report of his daughter testing positive

Former Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao denied media reports about his daughter Ameera Rao testing positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet, Rao said, “A rumour has been spread on TV channels & social media that my daughter Ameera Rao, who returned from London on 16th March has tested positive for COVID-19. This is false and even if it was true there was no shame in admitting it. Media should be responsible and not misinform.”

Mangaluru Police make lockdown violators hold ‘I am guilty’ placard

Mangaluru city Police along with Ramkrishna Mission volunteers make the lockdown violators to understand the importance of the situation and make them hold placards which says ‘I am guilty. I have violated Covid-19 lockdown orders.’

Mangaluru Police made violators of the lockdown hold a ‘I am guilty’ placard.

Mangaluru Commissioner of Police Dr. P S Harsha said, “We have started a unique campaign in conjunction with ramakrishna mission.This is an initiative to prevent people from stepping onto the roads.”

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