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Karnataka reports 48,049 new Covid-19 cases, 18,115 recoveries, and 22 deaths in the last 24 hours. (ANI)
33 Covid-19 cases detected at SAI Bengaluru, 16 of them hockey players
Sixteen members of the senior men’s hockey team were among the 33 Covid-19 cases detected on Friday at the Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru. The positive cases came after 128 tests were conducted at the high-profile centre, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said.
Karnataka to take call on reopening schools in Bengaluru on Jan 29
The Karnataka government will take a call on reopening of schools in Bengaluru on January 29, Education Minister BC Nagesh said on Friday after attending a high-level committee meeting.
Karnataka govt opposes Tamil Nadu’s water project at Hogenakkal
The Karnataka government on Friday said it will oppose the proposed water project at Hogenakkal along the border with Tamil Nadu stating that the neighbouring state cannot take up the work unilaterally.
The weekend curfew will be lifted with immediate effect. If the number of cases (hospital admission ) increases, we will bring back the weekend curfew: R Ashok, Karnataka Revenue Minister
Karnataka minister hints at lifting curbs, says it’s going to be a ‘Good Friday’
Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar on Friday gave clear hints of lifting of weekend and night curfews in the state. “It is going to be a Good Friday,” he told reporters. “There are no admissions in ICU’s and ventilators due to Covid. It is clinically a good sign. The fatality rate has remained at five per cent only. The death rate is very low,” he said.
Karnataka: Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences suspends treatment for non-Covid-19 patients
The spurt in Covid cases in Ballari and Vijayanagara districts has compelled the authorities of the Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) to stop treating patients afflicted with other diseases. Read full story
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai is chairing a high-level meeting with senior ministers on easing curbs
KSRTC to run 50 e-buses on inter-city routes from April
Come April, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) passengers on long-distance routes may be able to travel by environment-friendly electric buses. KSRTC has decided to operate 50 AC electric buses on six inter-city routes from Bengaluru. Of these 12m AC buses, 15 will be operated to and from Davanagere, 10 to and from Shivamogga, eight to and from Mysuru, seven to and from Madikeri, and five each to and from Chikkamagaluru and Virajpet.
4 people ‘associated’ with Bajrang Dal held for murder of Muslim youth in Karnataka
Four people, allegedly associated with the Bajrang Dal have been arrested in connection with the assault on two persons at Nargund in Gadag district, one of whom succumbed to injuries. According to police sources, Sameer Shahapur, a server in a roadside eatery in Nargund, and his friend Shamsher Khan Pathan, both aged about 19, were allegedly attacked by a group of people with rods and sharp objects, while the duo was riding on a motor bike, on January 16 night. (PTI)
North Karnataka nursing graduates struggle to register on KSNC
Many students from North Karnataka region who have completed their BSc in nursing, post-basic in BSc nursing and GNM diploma in nursing are facing difficulties in registering their names with the Karnataka State Nursing Council (KSNC), Bengaluru. Read full story
24×7 OPDs, fever clinics opened in Dharwad
The Dharwad district administration has started 24×7 OPDs and fever clinics in eight places in Hubballi-Dharwad to curb the Covid-19 infection positivity rate that has reached 17.88%. The 24×7 OPDs are at the district hospital, KIMS, Railway Hospital, Chitaguppi Hospital, ESI Hospital, and in Covid care centres in the Hubballi Anjuman Hostel, Dr B R Ambedkar Community Hall of Sangolli Rayanna Nagar and Morarji Desai Residential School, Anchatgeri, deputy commissioner Nitesh Patil said.
Government slashes sick leave period to tide over staff crunch
With a huge spike in Covid-19 cases, the Karnataka government has decided to “rationalise” sick leaves of government officials by reducing recovery days to anywhere between three and seven days. As the Omicron strain of Covid-19 spreads quickly, the government is facing a serious manpower crisis with officials forced to take sick leave after testing positive. Read full story
CM Basavaraj Bommai to chair high-level meeting to decide on easing curbs
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai will chair a high-level meeting on Friday to take crucial decisions on easing the weekend and night curfews, as well as reopening of schools.
Karnataka lags in rail line electrification in South India
Karnataka, which has elected 25 MPs, the highest for the BJP in South India, has registered the lowest electrification of railway line compared to other southern states. Read full story
Karnataka: Reduce Covid testing, give 3rd dose, say experts ahead of CM Basavaraj Bommai’s review meet
Many experts have suggested that Covid tests in Karnataka be scaled down further as this measure is no longer relevant given the rapid rise in cases and the third wave inching towards a peak. Instead, they have advocated an extensive vaccination drive to inoculate all adults with the preventive third dose. Currently, 83% of the state’s eligible population has been administered with two vaccine doses. Read more here
Covid-19 in Karnataka: Curfew may go, curbs on hotels to remain
The Karnataka government is likely to do away with weekend and night curfews but will continue with curbs like 50% entry into public places such as restaurants and movie halls. Read full story
Bengaluru Urban tops the list among discharges with 12,94,831, followed by Mysuru 1,81,100 and Tumakuru 1,21,294.
Bengaluru Urban district now has a total of 15,13,024 cases, followed by Mysuru 1,93,155 and Tumakuru 1,33,191.
Apart from Bengaluru Urban, Hassan recorded the second highest with 1,840 new cases, Tumakuru 1,622, Mandya 1,512 and Mysuru 1,352.