Governor Vajubhai Vala tells state government to bring Covid situation under control

Bengaluru, Apr 19 (IANS): Alarmed by the rapid surge in new cases, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Sunday directed the state government to bring the Covid situation under control soon.

"Take all necessary steps to bring the Covid situation under control at the earliest," he told top officials at an emergency meeting he convened at the Raj Bhavan.

As Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa is under treatment for Covid at a private hospital in the city, Vala called Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, E.V. Ramana Reddy, and state Health Secretary Jawaid Akhtar for the meeting.

"The Governor advised the officials to ensure enough oxygen supply, drugs and beds for Covid patients in hospitals across the state," a Raj Bhavan communique said.

Vala's intervention came on a day when a record 19,067 new cases were reported from across the state, with Bengaluru accounting for 12,793 of them.

The new cases took the state's Covid tally to 11,61,065, including 1,33,543 active cases and the city's tally to 5,46,635, including 97,897 active cases.

The infection also claimed 81 lives in the last 24 hours, with 60 in Bengaluru, taking the state's death toll to 13,351 and the city's toll to 5,063.

Of 620 Covid patients in ICUs, 134 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 109 in Kalaburagi, 44 in Kolar, 42 in Tumakur, and 40 in Mysuru.

In a related development, state Revenue Minister R. Ashoka called for a meeting of Bengaluru's MPs, legislators and ministers on Monday to take stock of the Covid situation in the city.

"The meeting will be held at the state Secretariat and the Chief Minister is likely to attend it through virtual mode from the hospital," he told reporters here.

As the all-party meeting, which was to be held on Sunday, had been postponed after Yediyurappa tested positive on April 16, he directed Ashoka to hold the special meeting along with Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Health Minister K. Sudhakar and the lawmakers from the city.

"The meeting will deliberate on additional measures to be taken to contain the virus spread in the city, which accounts for 75 per cent of the active cases in the state," said Ashoka.

The state government has imposed 'Corona curfew' in 8 districts, including Bengaluru between 10 p.m.-5 a.m. from April 10-20 to check surging cases due to the second wave.

Meanwhile, the state government directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to raid private hospitals in the city which have not reserved 50 per cent of their beds for treating Covid patients, as directed.

"Many private hospitals, including those run by corporates, have set aside only 10-15 per cent of their beds for Covid patients despite assurances that they would reserve 50 per cent of them," Ashoka said.

The action came following complaints on social media and news channels by affected people.

Admitting that the response of private hospitals on reserving half their beds for Covid patients had not been satisfactory, Sudhakar said legal action would be taken against those not complying with the government order.

He also denied shortage of oxygen in ICUs in either state-run or private hospitals, saying the Centre had agreed to rush 300 tonnes, in addition to 800 tonnes produced in the state.







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  • ponkra, mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    this old gujju mota bhai got up from deep slumber.. aur so jao bhaiyya..abhi subah huyi nahin,,, dhokla abhi ban raha hai

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  • ayes p., kuda/ksa

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Governor is telling to bring covid situation to control where as MLAs and Ministers are telling lift ban of religious festivals, gatherings, kola nema and yakshagana. it seems all are jokers.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Gujju afraid of his own health. Where he can run now. Situation in Gujarat is worst than Karnataka.

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  • Global, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    scared, now woke up after bunch of ministers found associated with corona!!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Kumbh mela will hit the final nail on Corona coffins!

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Not only kumbh mela, gatherings are seen everywhere....and in dk/udupi still going on without any hesitation Rudy sir. Uttarakaand govt. only called people for kumbh mela. Now who are the sufferers ? Govt or people

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Please put a strict blanket ban on all public gatherings, irrespective, till further notice if you want to salvage the grim situation!

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Why cannot the CM be admitted to the Government run hospital? The PM and CM of Karnataka were busy in election rallies never cared for the common man. They are interested in the welfare of the party and themselves.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Please note no politician in India will get admitted in a government hospitals it is below their dignity to do so, they get admitted only to government hospitals under the central government, when they are convicted by courts. All our politicians have faith in American hospitals because their expenses are borne by the tax payers.

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Central govt didn't learn lesson from first wave. Devotees returned from kumbh mela to their respective states found covid positive in huge numbers which the pro-govt media hiding the update. Recall those days how the same media made hue and cry the returnee even over a sigle tabligh jamati.

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  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Politics is dangerous situation than the CORONA Situation !! people are making money out of coffins !! KUMBA MELA and BJPeee is not aware of the current scenario ! where is that SMRITI IRAN the BIG MOUTH ! Where is that BARKING GOOSWAMI or That GODI MAD IA !! JOKER SMABITH where is he ! GOVERNERJI AAP MODIJI KO SAMJAHE HAI

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Governor Vajubhai Vala should ask Narendra Modi for help ...

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Let these trio Gijjus control thier own states first where the sitiation expecting to turning into worst. Total of 49 people who returned to Gujarat after visiting the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar have tested positive over the past two days ( update 10 hours ago)

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Apr 19 2021

    Governor ji, your concern is apt. But, here minister Shri Srinivas Poojary, Shri Raghupathi Bhat, Shri vedavyas write to govt to release ban on gatherings. What these mla, mps do, its right. Once they say strict ban wil be observed...other side because of the pressure of some influential people they write to govt to release the ban even now in this rapid rise in infection. How people can cooperate, how police can work, what hospitals can do...!!! total confusion, total negligece, total non sense...

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