Coronavirus cases in Karnataka rises to 105

  • On March 31, Karnataka reported 4 more coronavirus cases, taking the toll to 105.
  • Among the 90 people currently admitted to different hospitals across the state, the condition of 88 persons is stated to be stable while two are critical.

Four new positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Karnataka, taking the total number of the affected in the state to 105, the Health department said on Wednesday.

"Till date 105 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed this includes 3 deaths and 9 discharges," the department in a mid-day situation update said.

Four new cases detected since last evening to this morning include 37 and 27 year old men, who are residents of Nanjangud, in Mysuru and according to preliminary investigation were said to be working in the same pharmaceutical company, where the patient who was tested positive last month despite no travel or contact history was working. Also, a 24-year old man, who is a resident of Bengaluru has tested positive, and the detailed investigation is under process on how he got infected.

A 33-year old man, who is also resident of Bengaluru, and contact of a patient already tested positive has been confirmed for infection. He is isolated at a designated hospital in Mysuru. Meanwhile, in the light of current pandemic of COVID- 19, the Government of Karnataka has directed all the Medical Colleges in Karnataka (Government, Private & Deemed / Private University Medical College) to work in coordination with respective district authorities.

Number of cases in Karnataka

Total CasesCured/Recovered Deaths
10553


"Till date, 101 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed. This includes three deaths and eight discharges," an official said.

Among the 90 people currently admitted to different hospitals across the state, the condition of 88 persons is stated to be stable while two are critical -- case number 43 and 101. The 43rd case was a 63-year-old man from Bengaluru who returned on March 19 after travelling to Brazil and Argentina while a 62-year-old woman from the city emerged as positive case number 101.

Karnataka's 89th coronavirus positive case is a 52-year-old man from Hospet, Bellary. He has travel history to Bengaluru on March 16. A 48-year-old woman from the same place with similar travel history emerged as the 90th case. Similarly, a 26-year-old woman from the same place and the same travel history tested positive as the 91st case. A 40-year-old man from the city and a contact of the 59th case tested positive as the 92nd case.

The state's 93rd case is a 19-year-old man from the city with travel history to New York. He returned on March 22. A 40-year-old woman from Gowribidanur Taluk, Chikkaballapur is the 94th case. A 35-year-old man from Mysuru is the 95th case. He is a contact of the 52nd case, a pharmaceutical company employee. Several of his colleagues have tested positive.

Likewise, the 96th case, a 41-year-old man from Mysuru, is also a contact of the 52nd case. Next, a 34-year-old man from Dakshina Kannnda with travel history to Dubai is the 97th case. He returned to India on March 18. Karnataka's 98th case is a 26-year-old man from Batkal, Uttara Kannada, with travel history to Dubai. He returned to India on March 20. A 60-year-old woman from Kalaburagi, a contact of the 9th case, has emerged as the 99th case.

A 40-year-old man from Bengaluru with travel history to Dubai has tested positive as the 100th case. He returned to India on March 20. The final case is a 62-year-old woman from the city. All the 13 new cases have been admitted to designated hospitals.

Here are top highlights from Karnataka:

Tablighi Jamaat pilgrims should contact health department

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has appealed to the Tablighi Jamaat pilgrims to contact the health department immediately.

"A kind appeal to Tablighi Jamaat brothers. Anyone who has attended Nizamuddin Tablighi Markaz in Delhi between March 8 and March 20 might be at risk of Covid-19 infection. You are requested to contact the health department immediately," said a health department notification.

Karnataka Health Minister B. Sriramulu said that 54 people from the state attended the religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area.

"As many as 26 people who participated in the pilgrimage belonged to Bidar district and were quarantined. The work for detecting the rest is continuing," tweeted Sriramulu.

March 31: Coronavirus cases in Karnataka rise to 88 after 5 new cases were reported
Karnataka reported five more coronavirus positive cases, raising the total in the state to 88, an official said on Monday.

"Till date, 88 corona patients have been confirmed in the state," a health official said.

As many as 78 patients are in isolation at hospitals across the state and stable, except one person who is on ventilator. The new cases were reported between 5 pm on Sunday and 2 pm on Monday. Karnataka's 84th positive case is a 13-year-old boy from Tumkur, son of a sexagenarian who passed away on Friday morning in Tumkur. He was Karnataka's third Covid death.

Interestingly, four more people from the Mysuru pharmaceutical company, all contacts of a corona postive patient, have also tested positive. This patient is a 35-year-old Mysuru resident with no travel or positive case contact history. On Sunday also, five of his contacts tested positive, all from same company. A 32-year-old man from Nanjangud, Mysuru, the pharmaceutical company employee has tested positive.

Similarly, a 34-year-old man, a 21-year-old man and another 24-year-old man, all from the same company, became 86th, 87th and 88th patient in Karnataka. The Karnataka government issued a circular to direct all educational institutions not to shut student hostels, working women's hostels, and provide clean food during the lockdown. Meanwhile, 10 people under home quarantine in the city slipped away from isolation but were later apprehended.

"Nobody can dodge the long arm of law. Ten persons under home quarantine in Bengaluru escaped to their native places but were arrested. A case has been registered against them at Gurmitkal police station," tweeted city civic body Commissioner B. H. Anil Kumar.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation distributed 2,000 food packets to those from the marginalised sections, each containing groceries and food supplies sufficient for 21 days.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on March 29 held an all- party meeting

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday held an all- party meeting and apprised the leaders about the measures taken by the government to contain the coronavirus in the state. At the meeting, Yediyurappa said there was no shortage of testing kits, medicines and face-masks.

"If there is a need, we will import more (testing kits) from various places. We will distribute testing kits to all the district and Taluk hospitals," he said.

The chief minister also said that the government has decided to provide life cover to police and civil workers who are on the job to halt the spread of the virus. The government apprised the opposition leaders that it has taken extra precautions to maintain supply of food grains through Public Distribution System.

Government set up 31 fever clinics

City civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike on Sunday started 31 fever clinics with all the necessary equipment and adequate number of doctors and paramedics. It said these clinics, where fever test camps would be held, would work on all weekdays, including goverrnment holidays, from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

The Palike also said that seventeen hotels have been identified in the city to quarantine the suspected COVID-19 cases, adding it has set up a war room to deal with the coronavirus patients.

Meanwhile, a leader of Janata Dal (Secular), headed by former prime pinister H D Deve Gowda, requested the government to deploy defence personnel along with vehicles to evacuate stranded persons from the cities to their villages.

B M Farookh, also a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council, said people returning to their villages from cities along the high-ways would end up in human suffering and disaster, much dangerous than the impact of coronavirus.

He said people from lower strata of society have started walking down long distances to their villages as the public transportation stands suspended.

Most of them do not have much resources to support themselves and may end up in collapsing on the way back without food or drinking water, he said in a letter to the Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Finance Minister.

This situation could be averted by deploying defence personnel with vehicle to reach them safely to their destination and since the defence is well equipped with the logistics and trained personnel in war-like situation, safety could be ensured for them as well as to the commuters, Farookh added.

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With 12 new coronavirus cases, Karnataka reported total 76 cases on March 29
Twelve new positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Karnataka, taking the total number of the affected in the state to 76, the Health department said on Saturday.

"Till date 76 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state which includes 3 deaths and 5 discharges," state health department said in a bulletin.

It said, 68 positive patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable.,Out of 76 cases detected and confirmed in the state so far six cases are transit passengers of Kerala who have landed in airports and being treated in Karnataka.

According to the department, out of 12 new cases detected since last evening to this afternoon, eleven are contacts of patients who have already tested positive and undergoing treatment for COVID-19.A mong the newly infected three women from Uttara Kannada. They are wife (age 54) and daughters (age 28 and 23) of a patient who has been tested positive and is currently undergoing treatment.

Five contacts of a patient already tested positive, have also been confirmed for the infection in Chikkaballapura. Among them four are men of age 23, 70, 38 and 18 years and one woman of 32 years. While two of them are residents of Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh, the rest are from Gowribidnurof Chikkaballapuradistrict. A 21-year old man, who is a resident of Bengaluru with a history of travel to London and son of a patient who is undergoing treatment; and a 63-year old woman, also a resident of Bengaluru, with a history of travel to London, have tested positive.

Also, a 20-year-old man, who is a resident of Davangere, and cousin of a patient currently undergoing treatment; and a 24-year old man, resident of Uttara Kannada, and contact of a patient tested positive and under treatment have been confirmed with COVID-19 infection.

Contact tracing has been initiated for all the cases, the department said. Among the 76 positive cases, 41 has been reported from Bengaluru, eight from Chikkaballapura, seven from Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada, three each from Kalaburgai, Mysuru and Davangere, and one each from Kodagu, Dharwad, Udupi and Tumakuru. All the five discharged patients are from Bengaluru; while one death each was reported in Kalaburgari, Bengaluru and Tumakuru. Meanwhile, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has convened an all-party meeting on Sunday to discuss measures that need to be taken in coming days to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood has asked philanthropists who want to support the poor during the lockdown to leave food at the nearby police station, who will ensure that it reaches the needy. Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner (Bengaluru) has been appointed as a nodal officer for this purpose.
Also the State-sponsored, subsidised Indira Canteens would provide food packets free of cost to the poor and needy in the wake of the lockdown. The canteens would operate in three schedules -from 7:30 AM to 10 AM, 12:30 PM to 3 PM and 7:30 PM to 9 PM, the government said in a public announcement During the scheduled hours, roadside vendors, labourers and poor would be provided food free of cost. Speaking to reporters, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare department Jawaid Akhtar, said the government was in the process of finalising the order for one lakh rapid testing kits for COVID-19 testing, which will give results quickly. "We are also looking at aspects relating to accuracy, before finalising the order," he said in response to a question.


Karnataka reports third COVID-19 death and six more cases on March 27

In the third COVID-19 fatality in Karnataka, a 60-year-old man died at a hospital in Tumakuru on Friday hours after his test result came positive for coronavirus infection along with that of six others as the total cases in the state rose to 62.

The man had no travel history to any foreign country, but had visited Delhi and returned by train earlier this month, following which he developed certain symptoms, officials said.

In a tweet, state Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu confirmed the death was due to coronavirus infection.

"He (60-year-old) had a history of travel to Delhi by train on March 13....His 24 high-risk primary contacts have been traced of which 13 are isolated in designated hospital.

8 tested negative and 3 are healthcare professionals who are house quarantined," a health department mid-day update said.

Karnataka plans to randomly test 25,000 people in two weeks

The Karnataka government has decided to randomly test 25,000 people in two weeks. The plan is inspired from South Korea which tests roughly 10,000 people per day.

According to Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, as many as 31 fever clinics will be operated in Bengaluru from March 26.

"On a pilot project, we are laying emphasis on creating 31 fever clinics as a first line screening for...symptomatic and asymptomatic patients [with Covid-19],"Sudhakar told media

Karanataka reports four more coronavirus cases on March 26, total 55

The Karnataka government, here on Thursday, reported second Covid-19 death and four more positive cases, raising the total number of cases to 55.

Among the positive cases confirmed on Thursday all were men. A Mysuru resident, 35, with no travel or positive case contact history emerged as Karnataka's 52nd positive case. "He was with quality assurance section of a pharmaceutical company and has been in contact with many healthcare professionals," said the statement.

Similarly, a 64-year-old man from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, with travel history to France returned to India on March 1. He also visited Himachal Pradesh, Puttaparthi and arrived here on March 21 to emerge as the 54th case.

Likewise, a 45-year-old man from Bengaluru, a contact of 25th case, is the 55th coronavirus positive case in Karnataka.

The three new patients have been admitted to designated hospitals even as the health department has initiated their contact search.

The state health department has requested the passengers who travelled with 36th positive case to contact it.

Second death in Karnataka due to coronavirus
A 70-year-old woman with travel history to Saudi Arabia succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday evening in the city, emerging as Karnataka's second COVID-19 death, an official said on Thursday.

"The patient died on Tuesday at a designated hospital in Bengaluru. The funeral rites have been done with all the precautionary measures as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India for COVID-19 suspect deaths," said a health official.

With the woman's death, Karnataka recorded its second coronavirus death.

"I regret to inform that the COVID-19 test result has come out as positive for the woman.... The government stands committed to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state," tweeted Sudhakar earlier.

The woman hailed from the Chikkaballapura district.

Karnataka grocers, supermarkets to operate 24x7

Bengaluru, March 26 (IANS) Grocers and supermarkets can stay open 24 hours a day for business across Karnataka despite the lockdown, a top official said on Thursday.

"For the convenience of citizens, grocery shops and supermarkets selling food articles can be open 24x7 all over the state," tweeted Karnataka Police chief Praveen Sood.

The top cop, however, appealed to the people to avoid crowding. On Wednesday evening, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner met 300 food and medicine aggregators regarding passes for individuals and vehicles.

10 new Covid-19 cases in Karnataka, 8 of them in Bengaluru

Ten more people, including eight in the state capital, tested positive for coronavirus in Karnataka, raising the state's total to 51.

"Till date, 51 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes one death and three discharges," a health official told IANS.

All the new cases are admitted in designated hospitals here and across the state. The health department has begun their contact tracing.

As many as 32 cases from total 51 are from Benglauru and five are from the Dakshina Kannada district.

Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa sought donations from the public to render a helping hand in the wake of rapidly spreading Covid-19. "An appeal is made to render a helping hand to the needy, by way of joining hands with the state government in providing advanced medical support system and to donate voluntarily on humanitarian grounds for the noble cause of providing health services," said Yediyurappa.

He also shared the Chief Minister Relief Fund Covid-19's SBI account number, opened at the Vidhana Soudha Branch.

On Tuesday, home quarantine enforcement squads re-quarantined seven acting on complaints from the public. The state government has opened a Covid war room to map the positive cases zone-wise in real time.

Likewise, Corona watch mobile app, available at www.karnataka.gov.in, offers information on the places a positive person visited 14 days prior to testing positive.

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Government warns landlord not to evict health workers

Karnataka government warned all landlords not to evict tenants from the healthcare industry, in the wake of rising Coronavirus pandemic, a top official said on Thursday.

"Take strict penal action against such landlords and house owners under the relevant provisions of law," ordered Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department Jawaid Akhtar, coming in rescue of the doctors, paramedical staff and healthcare workers.

Akhtar passed the order to all district deputy commissioners, Bengaluru civic body commissioner, police and other senior officials across the state.

"A lot of complaints have been received from doctors, paramedical staff and healthcare personnel within the jurisdiction of the state of Karnataka that their landlords and house owners are forcing them to vacate their rented residences," he said.

Government to stamp all primary and secondary contacts of home quarantined people

All primary and secondary contacts of the stamped home quarantined people in Karnataka will also be stamped to avert community transmission of coronavirus, a top official said on Wednesday.

"To check the coronavirus pandemic from reaching the community transmission stage, the government has decided to stamp all primary and secondary contacts of those already stamped and under isolation," Bengaluru civic body Commissioner B. H. Anil Kumar tweeted.

Kumar said all the primary and secondary contacts will also be home quarantined. He shared a link listing all the home quarantined people across the state, without giving their names.
Seven more people, including a woman from Bengaluru tested positive for coronavirus on March 24 morning, raising the total cases to 41 in Karnataka. Out of the total cases, three are transit passengers from Kerala who got off at the Karnataka airport.

India's tech hub witnessed cautious buying of essential goods by the denizens on Tuesday night

Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 2-day lockdown across the country, India's tech hub witnessed cautious buying of essential goods by the denizens on Tuesday night. Though Karnataka and Bengaluru have been under partial-to-complete shutdown since March 14 to contain the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19, people have not faced shortage of groceries, vegetables, fruits, milk and other goods for panic buying, a shopkeeper told IANS.

While business has been less than normal due to the shutdown, shops witnessed moderate to brisk buying in many provision and general stores across the city, including the IT corridor in the southern suburb.

The Bengaluru civic body stamped about 10,000 people on home quarantine in Bengaluru in the last two days

The Bengaluru civic body, police and health officials stamped about 10,000 people on home quarantine in Bengaluru in the last two days, amid rising Coronavirus positive cases, a top official said on Tuesday.

"BBMP and Bengaluru police completed stamping of 10,000 people on home quarantine by deploying 600 teams in the last two days," tweeted the civic body commissioner B.H. Anil Kumar.

Kumar said 500 teams of officials will stamp another 10,000 people on Tuesday, led by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) special commissioner Ravi Kumar Surpur and deputy commissioner of police Isha Pant.

COVID-19: Entire Karnataka under lockdown till March 31, says CM
In view of the increasing number of coronavirus positive cases, the whole of Karnataka will remain under lockdown from Tuesday to March 31, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said.

"After assessing the situation of COVID-19, we have decided to lock down not just nine districts but the whole state of Karnataka starting Tuesday till March 31. I request all citizens to cooperate and please stay indoors," tweeted Yediyurappa.

Earlier, the state announced lockdown in Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Kalaburagi, Chikballapur, Mysuru, Madhugiri, Dharwad, Mangalore and Belagavi districts since most positive cases were reported from there.

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