Karnataka reports 55 coronavirus deaths in a day, toll crosses 11,000-mark

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October 29, 2020
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Bengaluru, Oct 29: With 55 patients succumbing to the infection in a day, Karnataka's Covid death toll rose to 11,046 till date since the pandemic broke in the southern state on March 8.

"3,146 new Covid cases were reported on Tuesday, taking the state's Covid tally to 8,12,784, including 68,161 active cases, while 7,33,558 recovered so far, with 7,384 discharged in a day," said the state health bulletin on Wednesday.

Bengaluru registered 1,612 fresh cases, taking its tally to 3,30,862, including 43,760 active cases, while 2,83,300 recovered so far, with 4,457 discharged during the last 24 hours.

With 23 dying in the last 24 hours, the city's death toll rose to 3,801 till date.

Among the districts across the state, Tumakuru reported 189 new cases, Hassan 129 and Hassan 127, while 265 were discharged from Tumakuru, Hassan 231, Shivamogga 192, Ballari 186 and Dakshina Kannada 161.

Of the 939 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs), 416 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 61 in Ballari, 44 in Hassan, 41 in Chamarajanagar and 31 in Kalaburagi.

Out of 86,154 tests conducted in a day, 24,256 were through rapid antigen detection and 61,898 through RT-PCR method.

"Positivity rate for the day was 3.68 per cent and the case fatality rate 1.74 per cent," added the bulletin.

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November 17,2020

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New Delhi, Nov 17: The number of new coronavirus infections reported in a day dropped below 30,000 after four months, taking India's Covid-19 caseload to 88.74 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The last time India reported less than 30,000 Covid-19 cases was on July 15.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 88,74,290 with 29,163 infections being reported in a day while the death toll climbed to 1,30,519 with 449 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 82,90, 370 while the number of active cases remained below 5 lakh for the seventh consecutive day.

There are 4,53,401 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 5.11 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The total recoveries have surged to 82,90,370  pushing the national recovery rate to 93.42 per cent,  while the Covid-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.47 per cent.

India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past  50 lakh on September 16,  60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 12,65,42,907  samples have been tested up to November 16 with  8,44,382 samples being tested on Monday.

The 449 new fatalities include 99 from Delhi, 60 from Maharashtra, 53 from West Bengal, 26 from Chhattisgarh, 22 from Punjab and 21 from Uttar Pradesh.

A total of 1,30,519 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 46,034  from Maharashtra followed by  11,541  from Karnataka, 11,495 from Tamil Nadu, 7,714 from West Bengal, 7,713 from Delhi, 7,393 from Uttar Pradesh,  6,881 from Andhra Pradesh, 4,480 from Punjab and 3,808 from Gujarat.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of  Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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November 20,2020

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Mangaluru, Nov 20: Fr V J Menezes, a noted Konkani writer and preacher, passed away on Friday. He was 80.

Fr Menezes hailed from Hosabettu near Moodbidri. He had his early education at St Sebastian School and St Aloysius High School and learnt Latin at Coimbatore Seminary. He studied Philosophy and Theology and was ordained as Capuchin Priest at Hosabettu Church in 1968.

He had served as the Editor of "Sevak" the Konkani bi-monthly publication of Capuchin Fathers, Mangaluru. He had later studied Franciscan Spirituality in the United States and subsequently became a preacher and has conducted retreats across the nation. He also had the credit of being the first Indian to have studied Franciscan Spirituality in the US.

Besides English, Hindu and Kannada, he was also fluent in Latin, Malayalam and Tamil.

Fr Menezes had published two novels named ‘Tuja Albumacher Moji Tasvir’ and `Noyella.’ His two other books based on his experience are "Jinyenthle Anbhog" and "Hevshili ani Tevshili Koos".

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November 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 19: The waiting game is not over yet for senior BJP MLAs and Congress-JD (S) rebel legislators, hoping to bag ministerial berths. Reason: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa once again couldn’t secure a nod for cabinet expansion from the party brass.

Yediyurappa, who flew down to New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, was hoping to get the green signal and take up cabinet expansion this weekend.

The chief minister, accompanied by deputy CM Govind Karjol, met BJP chief JP Nadda briefly and explained to him the need to accommodate new faces in the cabinet. “I have informed Nadda about the need to undertake cabinet expansion at the earliest and accommodate new faces. He said he would discuss the issue and get back in the next 2-3 days,” Yediyurappa told reporters after the meeting in Delhi.

A senior functionary, who accompanied the CM to the national capital, said Yediyurappa was hoping to meet Union minister Amit Shah, but he managed to speak to Nadda, who informed him that he would visit Karnataka next month as part of a country-wide tour. Asked if it would be cabinet expansion or reshuffle, Yediyurappa said, “It will depend on the direction given by Nadda.”

According to party insiders, Yediyurappa handed over the list of legislators he intends to induct into the cabinet and requested Nadda to take a call at the earliest as the winter session of the state legislature starts from December 7.

Yediyurappa is planning to restructure his cabinet by dropping a few ministers to make place for new faces. But everything now depends on the decision taken by the party brass.

Eight-month wait

It's been eight months since the CM has been waiting for the high command’s nod to expand his team, but in vain. Though, there is no clarity on why the BJP national leadership is not giving Yediyurrappa, the senior-most BJP CM in the country, the go-ahead, party insiders believe the delay has something to do with reports of leadership change in the state.

Yediyurappa is under tremendous pressure to expand his cabinet, especially from senior party MLAs and turncoat MLCs, including MTB Nagaraj, R Shankar, H Vishwanath and newly elected MLA Munirathna, who together helped him become CM. It’s been more than two and a half months since both Shankar and Nagaraj were made members of the upper house and since then they have been waiting to become ministers in the Yediyurappa government.

If Yediyurappa fails to get a nod in the next 2-3 days, party insiders said Karnataka could witness a lot of political drama as strong discontent is brewing in the state party unit.

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