Karnataka Covid-19 News: State reports 25,005 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths – Times of India

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has issued advisory to housing societies, apartment complexes amid rising Covid-19 cases. Acording to the advisory, entire apartment complex will be declared ‘containment zone’ for a minimum of 7 days in case of more than 3 Covid-19 cases. In another development, Karnataka Leader of Opposition (LoP) Siddaramaiah on Thursday said that the Mekedatu Padayatra is being temporarily suspended in light of the rising cases of COVID-19 and taking into account the public opinion. Earlier in the day, chief minister Basavaraja Bommai had urged Siddaramaiah and state DK Shivakumar to call off Mekedatu Padayatra in view of rising Covid-19 cases.Read Less
Karnataka reports 25,005 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths taking tally to 31,24524

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai attends virtual meeting with PM Modi over the COVID situation in all states.

The entire apartment complex will be declared ‘containment zone’ for a minimum of 7 days in case of more than 3 Covid-19 cases. All residents will be tested, detailed contact tracing and surveillance to be done: BBMP in an advisory to housing societies/apartment complexes

Covid-19: Absolutely no cause for panic, says BBMP chief Gaurav Gupta
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said all efforts are being made to handle medical exigencies in the wake of a rapid spike in Covid-19 cases which has spurred concerns about hospitalization. Gupta insisted that there is no need to panic. While outlining measures taken to contain the spread of the virus and strengthen medical infrastructure, Gupta said: “There is reason to be concerned, but there is no need for fear. It is a time when one must proceed with caution.” His assurances come at a time when experts warn that daily cases could cross 25k per day in Bengaluru alone in the coming weeks.
Bengaluru: Expedite metro with focus on city areas, say activists
With BMRCL setting a 2024 deadline for Namma Metro’s Phase 2, activists and commuters want Phase 3 planning to be expedited with a focus on city areas. BMRCL had earlier planned corridors like Carmelaram – Yelahanka, Marathahalli – Hosakerehalli, Bommasandra – Attibele, Gottigere- Basavanapura, RK Hegde Nagar-Aerospace Park and Kogilu Cross- Rajanukunte as part of the Phase 3 project. In the 2018-19 state budget, it was announced that BMRCL will prepare DPR for the 105-km Phase 3 corridor. READ MORE
They (Students) might return after Sankranti. Many wanted online classes and our faculty is holding online classes for them. The government order said VTU-affiliated colleges can function. UVCE is affiliated to BU and these students are not being allowed in hostels. The government needs to include UVCE in its order
Allowed to work, engineering colleges log poor attendance
While engineering colleges in Bengaluru have been allowed to function, they are reporting very low attendance, with many colleges saying only about half the students are turning up. College management says fear of Covid-19 is a major constraint. With infections rising steeply, parents are worried about sending their wards to college despite their vaccination status. One second-year student claimed: “Colleges are not following Covid protocols. Everyone sits together, eats together, and hangs out together. Several campuses have reported multiple cases of mong students.”
The padayatra will resume from Ramanagara, where it is now being temporarily suspended, to Bengaluru after the third wave eases out and Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed. The Padayatra has successfully completed four days and the rest seven days will be resumed after the third wave of the pandemic starts to dip.
The Mekedatu Padayatra is being temporarily suspended in light of the rising cases of Covid-19 and taking into account public opinion: Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah

Karnataka CM Basavaraja Bommai urges LoP Siddaramaiah and State Congress chief DK Shivakumar to call off Mekedatu Padayatra in view of rising COVID cases: CMO

We are prepared for any challenge. In KR Hospital, there are 600 beds, at the trauma centre there are 250 beds and at the super-specialty hospital about 200 beds. The majority of them are oxygen beds
Patients less likely to need hospital care, say healthcare providers
Health care providers have said that hospitalisation of Covid patients may not be as high as the previous two pandemic waves, going by the trends in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.However, the district administration has geared up to tackle the challenges by reserving over 6,300 beds. Covid cases are going up and the positivity rate too is high. According to a comparison of data of hospitalisation in metro cities, active cases a year back and now are the same, whereas the percentage of hospitalisation of patients is around 15%, which is lower compared to the previous waves, claim private health care providers. The requirement of beds may not be challenging.
Of the 212, a dozen has been discharged.
Covid-19: 486 college students test positive in two weeks in Dakshina Kannada district
As many as 486 students in medical, paramedical and engineering colleges have tested positive for Covid-19 from January 1-12. District health officials also identified three new clusters on Wednesday. READ MORE
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) cancels permission given to Congress for a programme that was to be held in Bengaluru, Karnataka to end the Mekedatu Padayatra on January 19

Covid-19: Karnataka govt may go soft on enforcing restrictions
The government is likely to go soft on enforcing Covid curbs, including night and weekend curfew, as several stakeholders, besides BJP legislators, are unhappy over the decision to extend restrictions till January 31. BJP MLAs, especially those representing Bengaluru, appealed to chief minister Basavaraj Bommai to strike a balance between saving lives and livelihoods. They said the extension of curbs comes at a time when people are deploring the government for its failure to stop political congregations like the Congressled Mekedatu padayatra.
Truckloads of sugarcane arriving in markets as city gears up to celebrate Sankranti.
With weekend curfew ahead, fruit and flower markets in KR Market, Malleswaram, Gandhibazaar, Banashankari, Basavanagudi, Jayanagar and other areas saw people trooping in to make festival purchases. The government has, however, barred processions and restricted rituals to temple precincts.
What are you waiting for? Watching? Karnataka high court to govt on rallies
“What are you waiting for? Watching? Are the state authorities so helpless to stop the padayatra?” These were some of the searing questions posed by the Karnataka high court to the state government and Ramanagara district administration on Wednesday over handling of Congress’s ongoing 10-day Mekedatu padayatra led by Congress state president DK Shivakumar and former chief minister Siddaramaiah.Posting hearing on two PILs on the issue to Friday, the court asked the state government and the Congress to come up with responses on adherence to the Covid guidelines issued on January 4 this year.
Belagavi schools to open on January 17
Belagavi: Schools in Belagavi will resume classes from January 17 following the order of the deputy commissioner. Earlier, DC MG Hiremath had ordered the closing of schools from Class 1-9 after a sharp surge in Covid-19 cases. He had instructed institutions to shut from Jan 11-18.
Cities with a highly mobile population and large commercial activities are the ones that will get affected during the third wave, just as they did in the second wave. That’s why we are seeing a spike in district headquarters such as Bengaluru, Mysuru, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

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