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The district commissioner of Chamarajanagar Dr MR Ravi has issued a statement blaming his Mysuru counterpart Rohini Sindhuri for the deaths, which he said occurred due to "enormous delay in supply" of the oxygen. Mysuru DC Rohini Sindhuri said that she neither rationed nor controlled oxygen supplies to Chamarajanagar district.
While the families of the patients have alleged they died because of a shortage of medical oxygen at the facility, the state government has claimed only three of the deaths occurred due to this reason.
Chamarajnagar: While the families of the patients have alleged they died because of a shortage of medical oxygen at the facility, the state government has claimed only three of the deaths occurred due to this reason.
Karnataka minister R Ashoka said, “We are giving free medicines to people, which can control 90% cases. But some infected people switch off their mobile phones. They reach hospitals when in a critical stage, desperately looking for ICU beds.”
The Karnataka government has announced a 14-day mini-lockdown, which CM Yediyurappa termed as “close down”, starting Tuesday night to arrest the spread of Covid-19 in the state. He announced the decision after chairing a cabinet meeting Monday afternoon.
Karnataka Lockdown rules and guidelines: The state, especially capital city Bengaluru, is in the middle of a Covid-19 surge that is affecting health care infrastructure, with patients forced to wait for long to get oxygen, ventilators and ICU beds.
While the city civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has accused private labs of not following protocol — from swab collection to uploading results on Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal — many labs in the state capital say their capacity is stressed due to the high volume of tests.
TTD executive officer KS Jawahar Reddy said that the TTD would also bring the matter to the notice of both the state and central governments and get ‘Jabali’ officially declared as the birthplace of Hanuman.
Last month, Karnataka Tourism Minister CP Yogeeshwara had said that heli-tourism in the state will be developed starting from Mysuru soon, along with other regions in the state, including Bengaluru, Belagavi and Kalaburagi.