Biggest Single-Day Jump Of Nearly 2,800 COVID-19 Cases In Karnataka

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July 11, 2020

Bengaluru, Jul 11: Karnataka on Saturday reported the biggest single-day spurt of 2,798 cases and a record 70 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections in the state to 36,216, the health department said.

The day also saw a record 880 patients getting discharged after recovery.

Out of 2,798 fresh cases, a whopping 1,533 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

The previous biggest single-day spike was recorded on July 10 with 2,313 cases.

As of July 11 evening, cumulatively 36,216 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 613 deaths and 14,716 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.

It said out of 20,883 active cases, 20,379 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 504 are in ICU.

Out of 70 deaths reported, 23 are from Bengaluru urban, 8 from Mysuru, five from Dakshina Kannada, among others.

Most of the dead are either with a history of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) or Influenza-like illness (ILI).

Out of 2,798 cases tested positive today, contacts of the majority of the cases are still under tracing.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru urban accounts for 1533 cases, followed by Dakshina Kannada 186, Udupi 90, Mysuru 83, Tumakuru 78, Dharwad 77 and Yadgir 74.

Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 16,862 infections, followed by DakshinaKannada 2,026 and Kalaburagi 2,024.

A total of 7.99 lakh samples were tested so far, out of which 20,587 were tested on Saturday alone.

So far 7.46 lakh samples have been reported as negative, and out of them 17,488 were reported negative today.

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November 25,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 25: A new report titled “Tobacco Control Law in India – Origins and Proposed Reforms” released on Tuesday revealed that there are glaring gaps in the existing tobacco control legislation COTPA 2003.

In a release issued by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and submitted to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently, had noted that amoking areas are allowed in restaurants, hotels and airports despite a ban on smoking places in India; tobacco advertisements and products are prominently displayed in stores and kiosks despite a ban on advertising and the existing penalties under COTPA 2003 are not sufficient.

It also noted that the sale of single stick cigarettes and other loose tobacco products is the norm in India; emission yields which are mentioned on cigarette packets often give a misleading impression are some of the gaps in the existing tobacco control legislation COTPA 2003, which makes it ineffective for regulating tobacco consumption and exposure to second hand smoke in India, revealed the report.

This report is intended as a comprehensive analysis of COTPA 2003, identifying the gaps therein, and proposing reforms which are in consonance with the recommendations of the parliamentary committees, best practices adopted by other countries and the guidelines specified under the global public health treaty on tobacco control, World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

“The harmful effects of tobacco use are well established and accepted globally. Through this report the Chair on Consumer Law and Practice, NLSIU has made a rigorous effort to identify gaps in the existing tobacco control laws of India (COTPA 2003). The report recommends legislative reforms based on the global public health treaty, FCTC, to which India is a signatory as well as best practices adopted by other countries. We hope that the Government will consider these recommendations while proposing a comprehensive COTPA Amendment Bill”, said Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Vice Chancellor, NLSIU.

NLSIU report has proposed these recommendations for COTPA amendment: prohibit designated smoking areas at public places by removing the provision that allows for any smoking areas or spaces; prohibit all point of sale advertising; prohibit tobacco product displays in stores and kiosks; specify that advertising is banned in new internet based medium; prohibit all tobacco company sponsorship including corporate social responsibility activities; prohibit the display of emission yield figures; regulate contents and emissions including a ban on all flavored tobacco; allow for greater regulation of tobacco packaging; increase the age of sale from 18 to 21; prohibit the sale of single sticks, loose tobacco or smaller packs and increase the penalties for violations.

“Medical science clearly recognizes tobacco as the single most significant cause of mortality and morbidity across the globe. The State`s primary duty is of improving and protecting public health under the Constitution of India. The recommendations from the NLSIU report need to be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare immediately by amending COTPA 2003 if India is serious about reducing tobacco use and protect Right to Health guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” said Former Chief Justice of India Hon’ble Justice M N Venkatachaliah.

“There is ample evidence about tobacco products being the killer. These should be made inaccessible to save Indians from a lifetime of misery and suffering. It is critical to strengthen the country’s tobacco control law to galvanize the ongoing efforts to check the tobacco epidemic in India, especially during these challenging times,” said Dr Vishal Rao, renowned oncologist and Member of High Power Committee on Tobacco Control, Govt of Karnataka.

India has the second largest number of tobacco users (268 million or 28.6% of all adults in India) in the world – of these at least 1.2 million die every year from tobacco related diseases. One million deaths are due to smoking, with over 200,000 due to secondhand smoke exposure, and over 35,000 are due to smokeless tobacco use. Nearly 27% of all cancers in India are due to tobacco usage. The total direct and indirect cost of diseases attributable to tobacco use was a staggering Rs 1,82,000 crore which is nearly 1.8% of India’s GDP.

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December 2,2020

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Mangaluru, Dec 2: Fisheries minister Kota Shrinivas Poojari today announced Rs 6 lakh ex-gratia for the families of the each fishermen that lost their lives in deep sea fishing boat tragedy off Ullal coast yesterday.

The bodies of four of the six fishermen who went missing after their boat capsized in deep were retrieved after a prolonged rescue-cum-search operation.

"A compensation of Rs 6 lakh each has been released to the families of fishermen who died in the boat tragedy that occurred in deep sea as per the direction of chief minister B S Yediyurappa. I console the families of the deceased and also assure that I will try to get more compensation for them," Mr Poojari, who is also Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister, tweeted.

Speaking to media persons during his visit to the mortuary of Wenlock hospital, where the bodies of the fishermen were kept, Mr Poojari said: “A probe is underway to find out the cause for the boat tragedy. Search operation is on to trace the two more missing fishermen. As the bodies are entangled inside the fishing net, the process is getting delayed."

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November 24,2020

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Belagavi, Nov 24: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr K N Ashwath Narayan on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of change in the leadership in the state and underlined that "B S Yediyurappa will continue for the remaining period".

He termed the statements made in this regard by opposition as well as ruling party leaders ''rubbish'' and there is no truth in it. Rumours were spread to spoil the image of the party.

Dr Ashwath Narayan, who arrived here to participate in various development activities, was speaking to the media at Sambra airport.

Replying to a question, he said that there is nothing wrong in Minister for Water Resources Ramesh Jarkiholi visiting New Delhi to meet senior leaders of the party saying that he may be trying to get cabinet berth for his supporters who joined the BJP along with him.

He said that the state government gives priority for development of people belonging to all communities. Maratha Development Board is very necessary to develop people belonging to that community, it is not good to oppose the move. The Government Should Establish 'Vokkaliga Development Board', he added.

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