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Covid-19 Updates from Karnataka

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Monday, 26th April 2021

Karnataka registered 25,795 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Thursday along with 123 deaths due to it. Bengaluru Urban alone logged 15,244 cases out of these and 68 deaths related to the infection.

Amid the surge, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has decided to suspend operation of trains on Saturdays and Sundays in accordance with the state government’s weekend restrictive measures against coronavirus till May 4, 2021.

BMRCL has also announced that trains will operate on the regular schedule starting 7 am during weekdays from April 26 to May 4.

Last train services however, from terminal stations such as Nagasandra, Silk Institute, Mysuru Road, and Baiyappanahalli stations will begin at 7.30 pm. On weekdays, all trains operating during the last service daily, will have connection trains at the Kempegowda Metro Station at Majestic as well, according to BMRCL.

Passengers travelling both ways between the Kempegowda International Airport and Bengaluru are not likely to be affected much due to the weekend curfew. As per the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), it will operate 48 services of Vayu Vajra (A/C volvo buses) connecting the airport to the city both on Saturday and Sunday.

D K Shivakumar, the Karnataka Congress chief criticized the government’s decision to keep the state  under a "lockdown-like curfew by forcefully closing down non-essential businesses." He stated that despite the state government failing “miserably”, the opposition continues to cooperate with it. However, he added, “forcible closure in any form is never acceptable. We will fight the government politically for taking such decisions.”

Also Read : Coronavirus Updates from India.

In a statement, Additional Chief Secretary (Commerce & Industries) Rajkumar Khatri said, several industries including those in the food-processing sector, pharmaceutical sector, aerospace and defence, business to business grocery, petroleum refineries, and critical IT infrastructure will be exempted from the weekend curfew. As many as 50 such industries under 10 different segments will fall under the exemption list.

Keeping in mind the growing concern about the Covid-19 situation in the state, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, 'The demand and usage of medical oxygen have been increasing daily. We had used up 500 tonnes of oxygen yesterday (Thursday) alone.' He has requested Prime Minister Modi to allocate 1,471 tonnes of medical oxygen daily for treatment of Covid-19 patients. The state is in need of Oxygen along with 2 lakh more doses of Remdesivir within 10 days, as per the CM.

The News Talkie Bureau



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