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Ralph Alex Arakal


Ralph works as Senior Sub Editor for The Indian Express Online ( from Bengaluru. He loves to interact with people on the go and on the web. A journalist fond of meaningful conversations, you can catch him online most of the time! He tweets at @ralpharakal

South Western Railway to convert 312 coaches into Covid -19 isolation wards
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The modification is being done as part of the Indian Railways' plan to convert 5,000 passenger coaches into isolation wards in case number of COVID 19 patients surge. 

Karnataka COVID-19 wrap: Contact tracing begins as 54 people from state attended Nizamuddin Jamaat
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Confirming the same, Health Minister B Sriramulu said, "We have confirmed that at least 54 people from Karnataka had taken part in the Delhi Jamaat congregation on March 10."

Coronavirus India Cases Latest Update, March 31: Cases rise to 1,397, death toll at 35; Govt says 6 lakh migrants housed in 61,000 shelters
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Coronavirus Cases in India State-Wise Latest Update: On Monday, India registered the sharpest spike in coronavirus cases -- 227 people tested positive over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,251. Of these 102 people have been cured and 35 have died.

Karnataka asks people in home quarantine to upload selfies on govt app every hour
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The process will be followed by the government 'Quarantine Check' teams that visit houses to inspect the same as well. "The teams will use the app to click the photo of home-quarantined persons and send it to the government," the statement read.

COVID-19 Karnataka wrap: Man under home quarantine commits suicide
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The man had returned from Mumbai to his native village at Shravanabelagola for the Ugadi festival.

COVID-19: Karnataka CM convenes all-party meet, seek support in fighting pandemic
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

At the meeting held in Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, the CM said, "Leaders from opposition parties have recommending providing ration at the doorsteps of needy. We will discuss the same with government officers and will make arrangements for the same."

Coronavirus India update March 29: Cases cross 1000, death toll rises to 27; govt orders 14-day quarantine for migrants
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

Coronavirus India latest update today, 29 March: As thousands of migrant workers continued to return to their homes across states, the Centre on Sunday said all those who have travelled during the lockdown period will be put under a mandatory 14-day quarantine at government facilities.

Karnataka confirms third COVID-19 death; Bengaluru police detain man posing as Infosys employee for misinformation
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

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.

Fighting the pandemic: Across India, stadiums morph into quarantine centres, young graduates are on call 
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

How states are stepping up to fight the novel coronavirus.

Karnataka records second COVID-19-linked death: 70-year-old woman with travel history to Mecca
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

According to health department officials, the 70-year-old patient had travelled from Mecca, Saudi Arabia along with her son (Patient 19) to Gauribidanur, Chikkaballapura district on March 14.

Karnataka: ‘Pass system’ for movement in Bengaluru; stamping extended
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The Karnataka government will now stamp all primary and secondary contacts of people already stamped, including those who have returned from abroad and patients who have tested positive for coronavirus.

Coronavirus in Karnataka: 41 cases so far, Bengaluru uses drones to spray disinfectants
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Out of the 41 cases detected and confirmed in Karnataka so far, six cases are transit passengers of Kerala who have landed in airports in Karnataka, said a media bulletin by the state Health Department.

Karnataka to get more ventilators, masks; CM announces free food for poor
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

There are 191 Indira Canteens across 198 wards of in Bengaluru alone. According to BBMP officials, free meals will be served at Indira Canteens throughout the day. As many as 260 Indira Canteens including mobile versions of the same operate outside the capital city.

Karnataka: Bengaluru, 8 districts to be under week-long lockdown from tomorrow
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

The nine districts include Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Kalaburagi, Chikkaballapur, Mysuru, Madikeri, Dharwad, Mangaluru, and Belagavi.

Coronavirus India latest updates: More states under lockdown as death toll rises to 7
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

As the 14-hour 'Janata curfew' kicked in from 7 am, people across India stayed indoors, streets bore a deserted look, all shops and establishments and hotels had their shutters down and a large number of vehicles were off the roads.

Karnataka closes borders, announces dedicated hospital for COVID-19 in Bengaluru
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

The Karnataka state government on Sunday decided to run a war room from the Govt Guest House Balabrooie in Bengaluru around the clock. "The war room will be led by the CM himself and will now operate 24x7 to house helplines and in the coming days, will keep track of contact tracing and community surveillance activities," a health department official said.

Coronavirus: Prisoners, KSRTC mechanics tasked with making masks in Karnataka
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Apart from the police department, the Karnataka state road transport corporation(KSRTC) has also started to manufacture face masks in their depots across the state starting from Friday.

Bengaluru: Railway employee suspended for ‘hiding’ COVID-19 positive son in rest house
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

To date, Karnataka has confirmed 15 positive cases of COVID-19 with one casualty reported from Kalaburagi.

Living under lockdown: Bengaluru roads are traffic-free as work and learning moves online
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

With summer kicking in, the government has been on its toes to ensure social distancing measures are put in place strictly along with the ban on gatherings and prohibition of swimming pools.

Coronavirus latest updates: PM Modi announces ‘Janata curfew’ on Sunday, asks India to stay home for few weeks
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

PM Narendra Modi coronavirus address: The Centre has asked all state governments to issue directions that citizens above the age of 65 and children below the age of 10 should remain indoors.