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Updates on Covid-19 Situation from Karnataka

What it is status of Covid-19 infection in the state of Karnataka? Read more…

Monday, 19th April 2021

Karnataka logged 36,556 fresh cases of Covid-19 over the last weekend taking the total number of cases in the state to over 11.61 lakh. The death toll also increased by 161 in the past two days.

Capital city Bengaluru saw the total number of active cases rise to nearly 1 lakh on Sunday. Other cities in Karnataka that recorded the maximum number of cases on Saturday and Sunday were Mysuru (1588), Kalaburagi (1231), Bidar (828), and Tumakuru (1001).

The number of recoveries was 8634 in the last 48 hours.

Several hospitals in Bengaluru are facing shortages in the supply of oxygen as the number of coronavirus infections surged from 79,616 cases on Friday to 97,897 on Sunday. Dr Prasanna H M, president of Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Associations (PHANA), said he had approached the government officials and the drugs controller on Saturday with a list of hospitals that have reported a severe shortage of oxygen.

According to the the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka police three people have been arrested for allegedly being involved in the stocking and selling of the antiviral drug Remdesivir.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said a search exercise was conducted across the state capital on the basis of reports doing the rounds on social media about hoarding and black-marketing of the injection.

“The three accused who were arrested had an illegal stock of the injection. They were selling it at Rs 10,500 which is much higher than its original MRP. 11 injections bottles have been seized,” Patil confirmed.

A statement by Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar suggests that the government might add to the number of beds reserved for Covid-19 patients in hospitals. Currently, private hospitals have 50 percent of their beds reserved for Covid-19 patients.

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“Patients who do not require ICU admission, oxygen beds or ventilators, and those with mild or moderate symptoms can be asked to stay there,” Sudhakar said during a visit to Sakra World Hospital in Marathahalli.”

Karnataka Congress chief, D K Shivakumar has pleaded to the state government to cease all development work for the time being and instead focus on providing appropriate health facilities to protect the lives of people in the state by keeping aside Rs 300 crore for free medical facilities till the pandemic passes over.

The News Talkie Bureau



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