Karnataka Bengaluru Live News Updates: Karnataka’s death toll due to COVID-19 touched 20,368 with 517 fatalities on Wednesday, while 39,998 fresh cases took the infection count to 20,53,191, the health department said.
The state has 5,92,182 active cases whereas the total discharges stood at 14,40,621 with the recovery of 34,752 people today.Bengaluru Urban district reported 16,286 infections and 275 fatalities, which is highest in the state. The city has so far reported 9,99,805 infections and 8,964 deaths.There were 3,60,619 active cases.Tumakuru district registered 2,360 infections, which is second to Bengaluru, and 14 deaths.
According to the health bulletin, there were 1,823 infections in Ballari, 1,773 in Mysuru, 1,572 in Hassan, 1,223 in Mandya, 1,138 in Bengaluru Rural, 1,125 in Shivamogga, 1,077 in Dakshina Kannada.
Bagalkote, Belagavi, Chamarajanagar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Kodagu, Kolar, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Vijayapura and Yadgir were among the districts with over 500 cases.
The department said 26 deaths took place in Shivamogga, 23 in Kalaburagi, 19 in Hassan, 17 in Ballari, 14 in Tumakuru, 12 each in Koppal and Bengaluru Rural, and 10 each in Haveri, Kodagu and Mandya. Deaths were reported in 19 other districts as well.
The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Wednesday linked 527 more deaths in the last few days to Covid-19, as the death toll rose to 20,368 since March 10 last year. The daily test positivity rate was observed to be at 29.67 per cent from across the state in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, 275 more fatalities were recorded in Bengaluru Urban alone, Shivamogga reported 26, Kalaburagi 23, Hassan 19, Ballari 17, Tumakuru 14, Bengaluru Rural 12 and 10 each from Haveri, Kodagu and Mandya.
Meanwhile, 34,752 people recovered from the infection on Sunday and another 88,437 people were inoculated. However, only 22,506 people from the age group 18 to 44 were inoculated on Wednesday, as per government data.
The Bengaluru police have filed an FIR against a duty doctor and five other employees of a private hospital in the city for alleged charges of death of a Covid-19 patient caused by their negligence.
According to Jeevanbhima Nagar police, the complaint was filed by the nodal officer and BWSSB Executive Engineer Ravindra Kumar against the staff of Manipal Hospital after the patient was discharged a day after she was referred to the hospital on April 29.
‘As per Kumar’s complaint, the patient succumbed two days after she was discharged from the hospital without giving proper treatment. An investigation is now underway,’ an officer from Jeevanbhima Nagar police station said.
The Coast Guard has swung into action to alert fishermen in the Coastal Karnataka region in high seas to return to the nearest shore in view of a possible cyclonic storm hitting Karnataka coasts by Sunday.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast the formation of a low-pressure area over the South East Arabian Sea later this week. The low pressure area may intensify into a cyclonic storm, to be named Tauktae, over East Central Arabian Sea by May 16 to 21.
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Amidst growing rumours of a change of guard in Karnataka, the BJP leadership has ruled out any plans to replace Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa while the state fights the Covid-19 crisis.
The rumours had gained fresh currency following a dash to New Delhi by Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Yediyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra on May 7 to meet Amit Shah. On Tuesday, BJP organising secretary B L Santosh met Yediyurappa.
Bommai, considered a possible replacement for Yediyurappa, said, “I want to state very clearly that there was no political motive behind the visit to Delhi. During the Covid-19 crisis there is no question of thinking about anything other than the Covid-19 situation.”
Karnataka’s scheme to distribute free food to the needy during the lockdown saw some hiccups on its first day Wednesday, with beneficiaries in Bengaluru complaining they were asked to produce an identity proof.
However, hours later, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta announced that food packets would be distributed to everyone, without the need for ID documents.
Veena S A, a transwoman activist who visited the Indira Canteen in Binnypete area in Bengaluru, said it was disturbing to know that people had to produce documents to get free food. “The lockdown has affected the livelihood of many, especially those who earned daily wages. While we expected this scheme to help such people, the staff insisting on an ID card or mobile number is unacceptable, as it furthers marginalises the deprived,” she said.
Criticising the Centre for not allocating resources as demanded by the Karnataka state government to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy alleged the BJP-led Centre of showing “serious bias” to the state government led by the same party.
“Why the Centre has so much contempt against Karnataka and Kannadigas? Is it due to the fact that Karnataka has elected highest MPs for the BJP or is it an effort to project Yediyurappa as a villain?” he questioned.
Further, the former Karnataka CM reminded the Centre that it is their obligation to take care of the needs of those in a dire situation. “Instead, if indifference is shown, people are bound to revolt,” he said.
The panel of Karnataka Legal Services Authority led by retired judge, Justice A S Venugopal Gowda, which is probing the reported deaths of Covid patients at the district hospital at Chamarajanagar due to the shortage of oxygen, submitted its preliminary report to the high court and said toll may be higher than 24 in the case.
The report confirmed that 24 Covid-19 patients died due to lack of oxygen in the district hospital May 3 night as oxygen was not available for four hours from 10.30pm on May 2, the panel, headed by retired HC judge Justice AN Venugopala Gowda, noted that 62 died in the hospital between May 4, 2021 and 6.15am on May 10, 2021 and at least 36 were in-patients on May 2.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to import vaccines, as shortage of dosages hit the state and the demand went up substantially with alarming rise in COVID cases. “We have to purchase vaccines for people between 18-44 years age group. We have already paid money to the two vaccine manufacturers in the country for three crore doses.Out of three crore doses, we have received seven lakh,” Karnataka Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar told reporters here.
He said the government will administer vaccines as and when the stocks arrive. “Since we are not getting adequate vaccines because there are just two manufacturers, we are going to issue orders to import (vaccine),” Ravi Kumar said. He added that the Government of India has approved only one vaccine outside India.