Karnataka government is set to issue detailed SOPs and guidelines amid the concern of COVID-19 Omicron variant, said CM Basavaraj Bommai on November 3. He'll also attend a meeting with experts and senior officials for the same. ''New SOPs will be formed after I've a meeting with experts at 1 PM,'' said CM Bommai. Earlier on November 2, two men were found positive for the variant in the state.
The Union Government on December 2 addressed media and confirmed that India recorded two cases of Omicron, the new Covid-19 variant, in India. Reportedly, two men aged 42 and 62 were tested positive for the variant in Karnataka, said Luv Agarwal, Union Joint Secretary of Health Ministry. The cases were confirmed after genome sequencing tests for Omicron. Furthermore, the primary contacts of the infected people are under supervision.
Kadalekai Parishe, also known as groundnut festival started in Bengaluru's Basavanagudi on November 29. It is a three-day festival which is celebrated to welcome the first yield of the groundnut crop. Furthermore, a BBMP official stated that it was important to maintain proper decorum with regards to Covid-19. Jaya, a visitor said, "I can see all the COVID-19 norms are being followed here. However, the festival has changed with time".
The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) called for an indefinite strike from November 29. Resident doctors of all KARD affiliated medical colleges will withdraw OPD and OT services, (excluding emergency cases) until their three-point demands; restructuring current fee (which was hiked by 400%) as per 2018-2019 academic year, Covid-19 risk allowance (Rs 10,000 assured by State government) and stipend payment on time.
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In Karnataka's Bengaluru, a venom research center has been planned to establish on the premises of the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) in Helix Biotech Park. The research center will be known as the Indian Venom Research Institute (IVRU), facilitating snakebite therapy in India. However, it will also promote startups that focus on venom research and will be built at a cost of Rs 7 crore.
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Karnataka's health minister, K Sudhakar, announced on November 27 that SDM College of Medical Sciences in the state's Dharwad district has become a Covid-19 cluster, with 281 people on campus testing positive. Schools and institutions within a 500-meter radius of SDM college have been closed and surrounding areas have sanitized. According to reports, eight ambulances at college are on standby, and visitors to the campus have been limited.
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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on November 23, visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Scientific research in Bengaluru which was flooded due to the heavy rains that occurred in the city. According to reports, heavy rainfall in the state has flooded most of the urban parts of Bengaluru. Moreover, C.M Bommai assured Rs 5 lakh as compensation to those whose property has been damaged due to the floods.
Bengaluru on November 22, was reported to be flooded due to extreme rains in the capital city. The water body spread over 27 acres, flooding the areas surrounding Yelhanaka Lake. Bengaluru's Kogilu Cross, Nagavara, Vidyaranyapura, and Yelahanka are among the regions worst hit. Teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed to conduct rescue and relief operations.
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Karnataka reported 178 new COVID-19 cases and two fatalities, bringing the total number of infections to 29,93,777 and deaths to 38,177 on November 22. A total of 373 discharges were recorded, bringing the overall number of recoveries in the state to 29,48,704, according to a health department's report. According to the bulletin, there were 6,867 active cases in the state, with a positivity rate of 0.31 percent.
National Institute of Technology Karnataka students designed an e-bike for the forest department. This mobility drive can be solar-powered and charge walkie-talkies, mobiles, or GPS systems. The headlight can be dismantled into a portable torch. ''This e-bike was designed keeping in mind the need of the forest department and officials,'' reported ANI. ''We'd like to thank NITK for giving us this opportunity,'' said Rakshith, a student.