Karnataka govt under reporting of covid-19 deaths, alleges Siddaramaiah

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September 30, 2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 30: Alleging under reporting of Covid-19 deaths, Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah on Wednesday accused the BJP government in the state of trying to 'cover up' its gross mismanagement and negligence.

In a series of tweets, the former Chief Minister urged the state government for more transparency and accountability, as he pointed out that deaths reported at a hospital in Kolar district last week did not get reflected in Covid-19 bulletin.

"There are serious under reporting issues with respect to Covid-19 deaths. Jalappa hospital has reported 4 deaths between 19th Sep, 12 PM to 20th Sep, 12 PM. But, the bulletin on 20 Sept has reported 0 deaths in Kolar," Siddaramaiah tweeted sharing pictures of the report.

He pointed out that the same hospital has reported one death between 12 PM on Sep 20 to 12 PM next day, but the bulletin on September 21 has reported 0 deaths in Kolar. "What is the govt trying to hide by underreporting? Is it your failure?" he asked, tagging Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Health Minister B Sriramulu and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar in a tweet.

"Under reporting will have serious implications on the preparedness of the stakeholders providing health care and also on the behaviour of the people. Yediyurappa govt is trying to cover up its gross mismanagement and negligence. There has to be more transparency and accountability," he added.

During the recently concluded monsoon session of the legislative assembly, opposition Congress legislators had made similar charges of suppressing data against the government, which the Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar had rejected saying ICMR has complemented Karnataka for providing correct data.

The Minister had made it clear that nobody is giving wrong numbers and that when it comes to testing, deaths and treatment, the Karnataka government was giving proper data.

As of September 29 evening, cumulatively 5.92 lakh Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 8,777 deaths and 4,76,378 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.

Minister Sudhakar had on Tuesday noted that the death rate in the state was at 1.5 per cent and measures were being taken to reduce this to less than 1 per cent.

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October 15,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 15: The flood situation in Karnataka worsened further on Thursday with several parts of north Karnataka inundated due to torrential rains and release of water from major dams.

Yadgir, Raichur, Ballari, Bidar, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Gadag, Koppal, Haveri and Dharwad were the worst affected due to floods.

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre, the floodgates of all the major dams have been opened resulting in water gushing into villages and formation of islands at different places.

Dams which were filled to the brim were Linganamakki, Supa, Varahi, Harangi, Hemavathi, Krishna Raja Sagar, Kabini, Bhadra, Tungabhadra, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Almatti and Narayanapura.

An overflowing river Bhima has wreaked havoc in Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts whereas water level in Krishna river at Devasugur in Raichur district is rising at an alarming level.

The Central Water Commission too warned that River Bhima at Deongaon Bridge in Afzalpur Taluk of Kalaburagi was rising and "is expected to cross danger level by this evening".

The river in Yadgir district was expected to go very near high flood level by Wednesday afternoon.

The Commission has also stated that though the water level of River Kagna at Malkhed in Kalaburagi District was receding, it continued to flow at an alarming level.

According to sources in the Karnataka Disaster Management Authority, as many as 515 animals lost their lives while 4,782 people have been shifted to 36 relief camps opened by the district administration.

The district authorities in SBidar and Vijayapura have opened relief camps for flood-hit people.

The NDRF team rescued people stranded at Haragadde, Karakalagadde in Raichur in the temporary island due to the sudden release of water from the dam across Krishna river due to the rising level.

This is the third wave of floods in the state in the past three months.

Floods had been reported at various places in the state in August and September and on both the occasions, the Central team had visited to inspect rain-related damage.

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October 10,2020

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Mysuru, Oct 10: The Technical Committee, headed by Dr M K Sudharan, has issued guidelines with restriction for the 'Dasara festival beginning from Oct 17 this year.

As per guidelines, the festival, including culture programmes, will be held only at Sri Chamundeshwari temple, atop of the Chamundi hills and at Mysuru Palace only.

The team led by Dr Sudharshan, Dr Hamood Sheriff, Member Secretary and Dr Lokesh Alahari member of TAC visited both the places on Friday. After consultation with Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sinduri, decided to strictly limit the entry up to 200 persons only.

Whereas in Mysuru Palace, cultural programmes in the evening for 8 days from October 17 to 24 with limitation to just two hours per day by local artists only and not exceeding 50 persons.

The Committee also recommended that the illumination –selected areas- in the evening 1900 hours to 2100 hours for ten days only.

On the finale of the 'Dasara festivities', the famous 'Dasara' procession (jamboo savari) was only limited palace premises, with 300 persons shall be allowed with all covid precautions.

The team said in view of the ongoing Covid pandemic with fatality, it is strongly recommended making "Dasara" 2020 celebrations virtual for the public. Consequently, the public is not allowed this year for all the events.

The number of persons to be allowed for the events shall be strictly adhered to RT-PCR negative test report done after October 14 shall be mandatory for all those attending the events this includes officials, staff, security personnel media personnel and others.

The artists are other performers shall be local artists preferably from Mysuru and other districts of Karnataka only.

The district administration shall organise adequate and appropriate publicity well in advance this year following restrictions due to Covid-19.

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October 10,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 10: A ten-year-old boy, showing courage and presence of mind, scared away a large python after being bitten by it while he was walking to a temple at Mannagudda here.

Sankalp G Pai, a Class V student of Canara school at Urwa, was on his way to the temple near his house on Wednesday evening, when the snake that came out from a sewage pipeline caught hold of his right leg.

Without losing his cool, the boy kicked the snake's head with the other leg shaking it off after a struggle, getting a bite in between.

He then alerted the people in the neighbourhood.

The local people brought a snake catcher who rescued the python which was still hiding inside the pipe.

The snake was later taken to the Pilikula biological park.

The boy's father Gopalakrishna Pai said his son's snake bite wound is healing.

The boy's presence of mind has become a topic of discussion on social media.

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