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Coronavirus in Karnataka: 38 cases so far, Bengaluru uses drones to spray disinfectants

Out of the 38 cases detected and confirmed in Karnataka so far, three cases are transit passengers of Kerala who have landed in airports in Karnataka, said a media bulletin by the state Health Department.




Four new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Karnataka on Tuesday morning taking the total positive cases in the state to 38. The new patients include a 32-year-old male, resident of Kasargod, Kerala, who had a travel history to Dubai and arrived at Mangaluru on 20 March has been admitted in Mangaluru hospital.

A 40-year-old male, resident of Uttara Kannada District had a history of travel to Dubai and arrived in India on March 21. The patient is isolated and treated at a designated hospital in Uttara Kannada District.

The third patient is a 65-year-old male, resident of Uttara Kannada district, had a history of travel to Dubai and arrived at Mumbai on March 18. He travelled to the state by train. The patient is isolated in Uttara Kannada District hospital.

The fourth patient is a 56-year-old female, resident of Chikkaballapura district, family member and a co-passenger of Patient 19 and 22, who had a history of travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia and arrived at Hyderabad on March 14. She is isolated at a designated hospital in Chikkaballapura.

Apart from this, a 56-year-old female from Bengaluru who is a contact of another positive patient has been isolated at a designated hospital in Bengaluru.

Out of the 38 cases detected and confirmed in Karnataka so far, three cases are transit passengers of Kerala who have landed in airports in Karnataka, said a media bulletin by the state Health Department.

Prayers in mosques suspended till March 31

The Karnataka Minority Welfare Haj and Wakf Department have issued a notification calling for a suspension of daily prayers including Jummah (Friday) prayer in mosques across the state until March 31.

A note issued by AB Ibrahim, Secretary, Minority Welfare Haj and Wakf Department, read, “In the larger interest of public safety and to maintain health, we hereby recommend for suspension of all daily prayers including Jummah (Friday) prayers in mosques up to 31 March, with immediate effect. Also to make announcements in this regard in the Masjid and surrounding areas.”

Meanwhile, Bengaluru’s local civic body BBMP is using drones to spray disinfectants in an effort to sanitise public spaces. “Mechanical sweepers to be deployed for intensive cleaning. Jetting machines from BWSSB will also be employed in this exercise,” Bengaluru Mayor M Goutham Kumar said.

FIR registered against a woman for violating home quarantine:

In a first case, the Bengaluru police on Tuesday registered an FIR against a 23-year-old woman who was in home quarantine but visited a supermarket despite having clear instructions by the Government to stay at home.

According to the police, the woman is a resident of Vijayanagar in South Bengaluru, had gone to Dubai in December and returned to the city on March 22 was instructed to be in home quarantine by the authorities.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Vijayanagara police inspector said, “The woman was stamped for home quarantine by the police officials and health department officials and also instructed her to stay at home, despite this she had visited a supermarket on Monday, we received information about this and the footage has been collected of her in the supermarket.”

The police have registered an FIR against her under section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and warned her to stay at home.

Stay home during Ugadi: Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday urged the people to restrict Ugadi celebrations at home, since the state government has announced a state-wide lockdown till March 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters, Yediyurappa said, “I request the people to stay at home on Ugadi festival in view of the pandemic. I am also celebrating the festival in a low-key manner and the people should stop visiting the markets in large numbers ahead of the festival.”

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa also visited the COVID-19 War Room set up by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) to check the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in Bengaluru. The BBMP has set up the war room by using an application developed by the World Health Organisation(WHO). The war room will collect the data about the quarantine patients and the isolated patents and track them every day.

“Karnataka is the only state in the country to have set up a 24×7 war room for combating the spread of coronavirus,” Yediyurappa said.

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