Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News May 24 Highlights: The coronavirus toll in Karnataka breached the 25,000-mark as the state reported 626 new fatalities, while 25,979 infections were added afresh. The number of recoveries continued to outnumber new cases, with 35,573 patients getting discharged yesterday, as the total number of infections in the state stood at 24.24 lakh, the health department said on Sunday.
Out of the 25,979 new cases reported on Sunday, 7,494 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 12,407 discharges and 362 deaths.
As of May 23 evening, cumulatively 24,24,904 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 25,282 deaths and 19,26,615 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 4,72,986. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 20.76 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.40 per cent.
Among 626 deaths reported on Sunday, 362 are from Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural 30, Mysuru 22, Ballari 18, Uttara Kannada 17, Kalaburagi 15, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 7,494, Mysuru 2,222, Hassan 1,618, Tumakuru 1,269, Ballari 1,190, Belagavi 1,066, followed by others. (PTI)
A K M Ashraf, the MLA representing Manjeshwar assembly constituency in Kerala, Monday took oath in Kannada at the state legislative assembly. The legislator from the Indian Union Muslim League, part of the Congress-led United Democratic Front, had defeated state president K Surendran by 745 votes to win from the segment located in Kasaragod district which shares borders with Karnataka.
AKM Ashraf, @iumlofficial MLA from #Manjeshwar in Kasaragod, takes oath in #Kannada at #Kerala Legislative Assembly. Not the first, but he continues the tradition followed by his predecessors from the constituency with a sizeable Kannada-speaking population. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/vdOycxP0hf
— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) May 24, 2021
However, Ashraf is not the first to do so. The latest among others who took oath in Kannada at the Kerala assembly was K C Kamaruddin, also from IUML, in October 2019. This has been a tradition among MLAs from Manjeshwar even though the area is referred to as the land of seven languages, also including Malayalam, Tulu, Konkani, Marathi, Urdu and Beary.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted rain/thundershowers at Bengaluru Urban, Üttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag, Vijayapura, Chitradurga, Davangere, Chickmagaluru, and Tumkur on Monday evening.
As per the forecast issued at 3.30 pm, these districts are likely to experience “thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 kmph in the next three hours.”
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar on Monday appealed to the people of the state to notify him through social media if private hospitals are over-charging them for covid related medical facilities and not adhering to the Supreme Court guidelines which capped costs.
“It is Unfortunate that people battling Covid are also having to bear the brunt of exorbitant bills from hospitals which are brazenly violating the Honorable Supreme Courts rules. This has to be stopped. Anyone facing this, please tag me on Twitter & Facebook and I shall personally ensure the matter is looked into, enquired & action taken if matter found valid. #CongressCares” Shivakumar said in a tweet on Monday.
“The Karnataka Government is patronizing a large racket of hospitals and service providers who are fleecing people by over-pricing their facilities. This is sheer profiteering at a time when humanity is battling a pandemic and it is criminal to say the least,” Shivakumar said asserting “unaffordable medical treatment and the untold misery of the poor is too painful to watch.”
“Prices of hospitals in violation continue to skyrocket as does the suffering of the people. The BJP government is so complacent that it has turned a blind eye towards the misery of people, which makes us think they are complicit in this. It is a dreadful situation where hospitals are charging exorbitantly for beds, oxygen, Covid tests or ambulance facilities, while the Chief Minister of the state remains unaffected & unbothered in this mayhem,” Shivakumar said.
The KPCC President also attached the price of Covid services fixed by government on the directions of the Supreme Court to inform people about the maximum prices of the services they should pay to hospitals and service providers.
All district hospitals have been prepared for treatment of mucormycosis as there are more than 300 cases reported in the state, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Dr.Sudhakar said primary investigation report has revealed more than 300 cases in the state. “Centre has allocated 1,150 vials of Amphotericin B as and we have already requested to provide 20,000 vials. I have personally discussed with Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda. Apart from district hospitals all 17 govt medical colleges have been prepared for the treatment of Black fungus”, he said.
“Earlier, 200-300 people in a year suffered from this in the entire country, now more than 300 people have been infected in our stats alone, that may be the reason for shortage of medicine. There is increase in manufacturing of the medicine. 1,150 vials of medicine have been received in the state and we are expecting 1000 vials more in a day or two”, said the Minister.
A committee has been constituted to find the cause of this infection. As per their report, contaminated water used in the humidifier, excessive use of steroids, unsterilized medical equipment, prolonged use of same mask, tube, beds etc are the primary source of this infection. Report also suggests to stop building renovation work in Covid hospitals, not allowing outsiders into ICU wards and ensure hygiene in clinical facilities.
ENT check up has to be carried out after recovering from Covid. On 3rd, 7th and 21st day check up has to be carried out.
The people in Bengaluru witnessed a bright ring around the sun for a few minutes on Monday morning, a rare optical and atmospheric phenomenon called ‘22 degree circular halo’.
The phenomenon, popularly known as the 22 degree circular halo of the sun or occasionally the Moon (also called a moon ring or winter halo), occurs when the sun’s or moon’s rays get deflected/ refracted through the hexagonal ice crystals present in cirrus clouds.
— Express Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) May 24, 2021
The Karnataka government, Sunday, launched an SMS-based Remdesivir allocation and information system aimed at mitigating misuse and black-marketing of the antiviral drug which continues to be on huge demand amid the ongoing second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. As per the new system, the patient will get an SMS informing which hospital is provided the medicine against the SRF (Specimen Referral Form) ID.
Health Minister K Sudhakar said that the new system would “bring in transparency to the allocation of Remdesivir”.
He explained in a tweet, “In case if the #Remdesivir is allocated against the SRF ID & the hospital has not provided it to the patient, a facility is provided in the same link to report it to the government. This will help govt in curbing black-marketing & misuse of Remdesivir.”
A middle-aged woman, who was found abandoned at the second entrance of the KSR Bengaluru Railway Station due to suspected Covid-19 infection, was rescued and shifted to a nearby hospital after the intervention of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
According to RPF Inspector Waseem Ahmed working at the Bengaluru City railway police station, the woman was found near the parking area of the railway station on Saturday evening.
“Our staff saw the woman, aged around 50, sitting alone near the parking area close to the second entrance of the railway station. She was not moving for a long time, for over four hours. She was not in a position to move or speak. She was also suffering from high fever, following which we decided to move her to a hospital nearby,” he told Indianexpress.com.
Karnataka is yet to get the Centre’s nod to use all medical oxygen produced in plants located in the state for itself, Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar said on Monday.
“We are hopeful of the Centre allowing us to do so within the next few days. This will further enhance the amount of medical oxygen that can be distributed to the hospitals,” he told Indianexpress.com.
He added, “We are able to manage with the 1015 MT allocation at present. There are some technical problems at present at the Jindal plant (in Ballari) for which action has been taken to ensure swift resolution.”
Earlier last week, Karnataka had sought to stop the supply of 145 MT and 63 MT medical oxygen to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively apart from the 40 MT assigned to Maharashtra produced by plants situated in the state.
Electrical power disruption at two oxygen manufacturing plants in Ballari have disrupted oxygen supplies in the state for two days, according to government officials.
In a letter to all Deputy Commissioners and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials the Chief Secretary, P Ravi Kumar, said that the oxygen production had reduced by 220 tontons.
“Expect and prepare for a 20% reduction in supplies to all refillers on Monday and Tuesday, and the districts must plan oxygen stocks and buffer stock usage now and use buffer stock if the situation requires.” Ravi Kumar added.
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education minister S Suresh Kumar, Sunday, spoke in favour of conducting annual board exams for second-year pre-university students (II PU equivalent to Class 12) in the state, once the Covid-19 situation in the state improved.
“It is important to conduct Class 12 exams as this would be in the interest of students. We have currently planned to hold II PU exams a time when (the number of) Covid-19 cases see a decline in Karnataka,” he said.
While speaking at a meeting convened by the Centre to discuss the possibility of conducting Class 12 exams amid the pandemic, Kumar added that the state has also decided to notify students of the revised schedule at least 15 to 20 days in advance.
Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy has urged the Karnataka government to release the honorarium due to Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers for the last three months immediately.
“Hardly 50 per cent of the ASHA workers in the state have received the honorarium in the last three months. As many as 16 workers succumbed during their battle with Covid but the government has paid a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to only one, while forgetting the others,” Kumaraswamy said. The former CM’s appeal comes after an ASHA worker approached Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda requesting him to get the pending amount released.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Samyukta ASHA Workers Association has announced that they will be part of a nationwide online protest scheduled to be held on Monday demanding essential PPE kits, timely remuneration, and other basic facilities.
The Madanayakanahalli police in Bengaluru outskirts has come up with a unique way to tell people flouting lockdown rules to stay at home by performing aarti of those caught.
Police personnel applied a tilaka and put flowers on offenders to shame them for not staying at home.
According to police, they have garlanded 32 bikers and two autorickshaw drivers as well as performed an aarti.
Watch: The Madanayakanahalli police in #Bengaluru outskirts has come up with a unique way to tell people flouting #lockdown rules to stay at home by performing aarti of those caught. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/VoBP3HwHYA
— Express Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) May 24, 2021
The state government is planning to set up oxygen generator units in all taluks, Karnataka Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani said on Sunday.
“Setting up oxygen generator units in taluks will help us in the future to overcome the crisis that the state is witnessing today,” he said.
However, Nirani denied the allegations that the state was facing a shortage in medical oxygen supply even as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic witnessed its peak earlier this month.
“There is no oxygen shortage in the state. While we have oxygen in plenty, the shortage we face is for containers to store and transport it. To bridge this gap, the work to manufacture 500 containers daily is underway in Kalaburagi. Soon, we shall overcome shortage of oxygen containers in the state,” he claimed. He added that the oxygen cylinder manufacturing plant is being set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Acting to the demand put forth by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) to ramp up childcare infrastructure ahead of a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, three quarantine centres (QCs) and a Covid Care Centre (CCC) have begun operations in Bengaluru.
Set up by a consortium of voluntary organisations and child welfare experts, these facilities are expected to help children whose parents are hospitalised or have passed away due to the pandemic, referred by the 1098 helpline or Child Welfare Committee (CWC) – due to various other situations, and residents of Child Care Institutions (CCI) who contract the infection.
“Children whose family members have tested positive and lack sufficient facility to be isolated at home will also be admitted,” a volunteer said.
In the wake of a rapid surge in mucormycosis (black fungus) cases in the state, the Karnataka Covid-19 ministerial task force has directed the treatment protocol committee to track the source of oxygen beginning Monday.
A team of microbiologists will start to work towards this from Monday, task force chairman and Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan said. He added that the state alone had reported nealy 700 cases last week as opposed to about 100 cases of black fungus being reported across the country, earlier, in a year.
“This surge has been the cause of anxiety. The factor of worry is, black fungus cases are not spotted in other Covid-hit countries, but they are occurring only in India. Based on this concern, officials have been directed to ascertain the source of the disease,” he explained.
Amid rising black fungus or mucormycosis cases in Karnataka, the state government on Sunday said that all district hospitals will treat black fungus and instructed taluk hospitals which have the necessary infrastructure to treat the infection.
Earlier, the treatment for black fungus was restricted to some notified hospitals in the state.
“However, mucormycosis cases are being reported from almost all the districts. All the government medical college hospitals and district hospitals are permitted to treat the infection, ” said Additional Chief Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department Jawaid Akhtar in a circular.
At a time when Bengaluru is driving the second wave of Covid-19 in Karnataka with an explosion of cases and rising fatalities, especially over the one month, as many as 280 workers at a crematorium in the state capital run by the civic body have alleged that they haven’t been properly treated.
All India Centre of Trade Unions has prepared a detailed report after visiting 26 crematoriums, including the temporary crematoriums in Bengaluru.
“The pandemic has put crematorium workers in great danger. It’s time to understand their issues in detail. All India Centre of Trade Unions has prepared a detailed report on them” AICTU said in a statement. Report will be released on Monday afternoon.
The Karnataka government has decided that the second doses of Covaxin will be provided only to those who receive SMS messages informing them of the completion of a 4-6 week period for the booster dose.
The move by the state government comes in the wake of the acute shortage of Covaxin and directions of the Karnataka High Court to come up with a rationalised system of administering the Covid-19 vaccines that are in short supply.
According to a note issued by the director of the National Health Mission in Karnataka, Dr Arundhathi Chandrashekhar, the Covaxin recipients will be sent an SMS regarding the second dose.
The Karnataka Forest Department has confirmed that an investigation was on to ascertain the reason behind the death of three leopards in Mysuru, whose carcasses were recovered on Saturday.
According to Mysuru Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) K C Prashantkumar, one female leopard aged around 4-5 years and two cubs aged around 8-10 months were “found dead suspiciously” near Belavadi Lake.
“The body of a half-eaten stray dog was found near the dead leopard, with traces of pesticide on the carcass. The organ samples have been sent to forensic laboratories to ascertain the exact cause of death,” he said.
Meanwhile, a forest official added that a dog squad from Mysore Police and Bandipur Tiger Reserve were involved in the investigation. “The incident has also been narrated to the Chief Wildlife Officer and National Tiger Conservation Authority. Further probe is on,” the official added.
Karnataka reported 626 more deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday, the highest single-day toll recorded in the state since the pandemic began. While 362 of them were from Bengaluru Urban, the other districts that witnessed most fatalities were Bengaluru Rural (30), Mysuru (22), Ballari (18), and Uttara Kannada (17).
With this, the cumulative toll in the state has risen to 25,282 since March 10 last year.
Meanwhile, recoveries (35,573) continued to outnumbered new cases (25,979) from across the state. As many as 1,25,117 samples were tested, as the test positivity rate (TPR) further dipped to 20.76 per cent.
At the same time, Bengaluru Urban registered 7,494 fresh cases and 12,407 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
A middle-aged woman, who was found abandoned at the second entrance of the KSR Bengaluru Railway Station due to suspected Covid-19 infection, was rescued and shifted to a nearby hospital after the intervention of the Railway Protection Force (RPF). According to RPF Inspector Waseem Ahmed working at the Bengaluru City railway police station, the woman was found near the parking area of the railway station at Saturday evening.
As an open letter penned by a nine-year-old from Kodagu went viral, the Karnataka police on Sunday confirmed that they were on the search to find her a mobile phone which allegedly went missing from a Covid-19 hospital. The owner of the phone — the child’s mother — succumbed to the virus on May 16.
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COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp – +91 97777 77684, Voice call – 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916