After over four months since its announcement, the Karnataka government Wednesday launched operations at the Broadway Hospital in Bengaluru’s Shivajinagar that has been converted into a Covid facility.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa inaugurated the facility and inspected the infrastructure at the hospital. Equipment and infrastructural additions worth Rs 10.25 crore was funded by philanthropist Sudha Murthy and Infosys Foundation for the same.
#Karnataka launches Broadway Super-Specialty Hospital in #Shivajinagar, #Bengaluru. Equipped with Cardio, Neuro- related treatment facilities, the hospital will be dedicated #COVID19 center for now. @IndianExpress
— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) August 26, 2020
“Broadway Super-Speciality Hospital in Shivajinagar is ready to serve people. Equipped with the latest infrastructure to treat Cardio & Neuro related issues. It will be a dedicated COVID center for now,” Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad said.
Owing to the service of frontline workers such as BBMP officials, sanitation workers (pourakarmikas), ASHA workers, doctors, nurses, and lab technicians, CM Yediyurappa had earlier announced that “50 per cent of the beds would be reserved for ‘Corona Warriors’ at the Broadway Hospital.”
At a BBMP Council meeting held in the first week of August, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad had reiterated the CM’s announcement. “The facilities are made available not just for BBMP officials but also for all those who are combating the coronavirus pandemic from the frontlines,” he had said.
Meanwhile, acknowledging the contribution of Ms Murthy, the Bannerghatta Biological Park decided to name an elephant calf by the Infosys Foundation chairperson’s first name ‘Sudha’.
Happy to announce that Elephant Suvarna’s calf will be named as ‘Sudha’ to acknowledge the contribution of Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murthy towards the cause of wildlife conservation.Madam has kindly consented to our proposal to do so. @ZKarnataka @Infy_Foundation pic.twitter.com/DWYVAVAHSI
— Bannerghatta Zoo (@bannerghattazoo) August 25, 2020
A female calf was born on August 17 at the Biological Park situated on the outskirts of Bengaluru to a 45-year-old elephant named ‘Suvarna’.
Usage of masks in public places: BBMP Commissioner seeks clarity
BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad Wednesday sought clarity from the Karnataka Health Department on usage of masks in public spaces, citing citizens and media seeking the same from the local civic body.
In a letter to Additional Chief Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Jawaid Akhtar, Prasad sought directions for usage on masks in several instances pertaining to people travelling in two-wheelers and four-wheelers, and joggers in public places.
Till the Committee reverts, it is mandatory for citizens to use Masks in public places, even while driving/riding. 2/2 #coronavirus
— N. Manjunatha Prasad,IAS (@BBMPCOMM) August 26, 2020
However, Prasad clarified that the usage of masks will be mandatory in public places — even while driving/riding — till the Covid-19 technical advisory committee reverts to his letter.
Over 3 lakh Covid-19 tests done in last 5 days: Medical Education Minister
Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Wednesday said the state has increased its testing capacity on a daily basis.
Citing statistics from labs in the state, he tweeted: “Karnataka has steadily ramped up it’s testing capacity increasing the number of labs from 02 to 108 today. In the last 5 days, we conducted 3,23,753 tests clocking more than 50,000 tests per day.”
Karnataka has steadily ramped up it’s testing capacity increasing the number of labs from 02 to 108 today. In the last 5 days, we conducted 3,23,753 tests clocking more than 50,000 tests per day. Yesterday we crossed 25 lakh tests & so far we conducted 25,13,555 tests @BSYBJP pic.twitter.com/8f6Aw2PFI2
— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) August 26, 2020
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The Minister further added that the state also crossed the 25 lakh-mark on August 25. “Yesterday, we crossed 25 lakh tests & so far we conducted 25,13,555 tests,” he added.
Karnataka: Recoveries cross 2 lakh-mark
The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Services Tuesday announced the number of cumulative coronavirus recoveries in the state exceeding the two lakh-mark.
As per statistics shared by the Department, as many as 2,04,439 people have recovered from the infection as on August 25 with capital city Bengaluru contributing to more than half of them.
With 1,12,087 recoveries confirmed in Bengaluru to date, the city hosts almost 55 per cent of the same. However, the city continues to be the largest contributor to fresh cases as well on a daily basis.
Bengaluru: 3284 fresh cases, 15,723 active containment zones
As the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities surge in Bengaluru, the capital city alone reported 3,284 new cases while the same was 8,580 across Karnataka on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 15,723. The health department also attributed 31 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru’s death toll on August 26.
With this, 1786 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.