Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Friday reiterated that the declared lockout in various parts of the state, including the capital city of Bengaluru, will not be carried forward. In a meeting with MPs, ministers and top government officials in Bengaluru, the CM said, “Lockdown Covid-19 is not a solution to the crisis. We will not pursue the lockdown. ”
Yeddyurappa said the same after a meeting with the Karnataka Covid-19 Task Force earlier this week. The Karnataka government had decided to implement full lockout in Bengaluru urban and rural districts from 14 July evening to 22 July in view of the growing Covid-19 cases since last week. Several other parts of the state including Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, and Kalaburagi are also currently closed.
The state recorded its highest one-day spike in epidemic-related fresh cases (4,169) and fatal cases (104) on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa has also directed the ministers in charge for each of the eight regions of Bengaluru to remove all barriers related to admission to infected hospitals.
“As per government guidelines, Covid-19 and others should also be diagnosed in private hospitals. Hospital beds in specified Covid hospitals should be made available for the dire need of treatment. Asymptomatic and benign symptomatic Covid-19 patients should instead be quarantined at home or transferred to Covid care centers, ”he advised ministers, directing them to follow protocol.
The government has also decided to give priority to diseased Covid-19 patients over 65 years of age for admission to Covid care centers. Apart from this, the CM also directed the top government officials to take measures at a regional level to decentralize the bed allocation system.
“It should be closely monitored. Yeddyurappa said that the ambulance test should be positive within two hours of bed allocation and contamination.
Yeddyurappa said that while discussing various complaints made by the public on the lack of sufficient number of doctors in hospitals to manage the epidemic, the vacant posts of doctors are being filled.
“Further, volunteers have been identified in each ward and ambulances have also been informed. If private hospitals refuse admission, stern action must be taken, ”the CM said during the review meeting while revising the Covid-19 management strategy for the state.
During the meeting, it was also decided to deploy nodal officers and volunteers in private hospitals to ensure smooth coordination and provide information about admissions and bed availability.
BBMP Covid-19 issues separate protocol for burial of positive, suspected patients
To facilitate early release of dead bodies for cremation or funerals, Bengaluru’s local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palik (BBMP) on Friday issued a separate protocol for the death of the suspected and confirmed Covid-19. As per the order issued by BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar, all the burial grounds in the crematorium, Bengaluru city, should accept the dead bodies irrespective of the area in which the patient resided.
In addition, the BBMP also directed the cremation and burial grounds in the city to function from 9 am to 8 pm every day. On Thursday, Bengaluru reported 507 Covid-19 deaths out of a total of 1,032 in Karnataka.
Bengaluru: 5598 covered areas in the city, 21 wards register more than 20 cases
BBMP data showed that more than 20 cases were registered in at least 21 wards in Bengaluru on Thursday. According to the BBMP’s Covid-19 War Room figures, Shantamala Nagar tops 139 cases, followed by Hemigepura (33), Basavanagudi (32), and Aghari Harasahalli (26). Meanwhile, the number of active participation areas increased to 5598 in 198 wards in the city. The Health Department on Thursday blamed 70 more deaths in the last few days for Bengaluru’s death. With this, 507 people have died from the city.