Bengaluru lockdown news: Todays updates from your city

Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.

*1.54pm: BJP president J P Nadda says measures taken by RBI to deal with crisis caused by #coronavirus will help protect livelihoods of people by infusing liquidity and improving credit flow (PTI)

*1.46pm: Dakshina Kannada district reports 13th Covid-19 case after a Tablighi meet attendee tests positive.

*Only one meal a day is what 232 cows and calves are being forced to contend with at Bengaluru’s oldest cattle shed, as caretakers struggle to find fodder during the lockdown. Apart from police hurdle on roads, fodder scarcity and skyrocketing prices have left these animals in the lurch.

*12: 30pm: I have sought a report from Ramnagar deputy commissioner. I will speak to the superintendent of police, we need to take action otherwise it will be a complete mockery of the system: CN Ashwathnarayan, Karnataka deputy chief minister on HD Kumaraswamy’s son marriage during lockdown. (ANI)

*12:17pm: Even after 22 days of lockdown, BBMP has no plan for identifying migrants, vulnerable people: Karnataka high court

*11.46am: I have sought a report from Ramnagar Deputy Commissioner. I will speak to the superintendent of police, we need to take action otherwise it will be a complete mockery of the system: CN Ashwathnarayan, Karnataka deputy chief minister on (ANI)

*The Kodagu district administration heaved a sigh of relief as the man, the district’s only Covid-19 case who was cured and discharged, tested negative for the virus on Thursday, a confirmation that there was no relapse of an infection.

*Officials are now focusing on seven foreigners who visited the pharma plant in Nanjangud — Karnataka’s only cluster spread — in February as a possible source of the infection. The state has approached the Centre seeking details of the visitors.

*10.11am: Collection, harvesting of minor forest produce, non timber forest produce by ST, forest dwellers exempted from lockdown: MHA’s new guidelines.

*Police arrested five people and booked 150 people for allegedly violating the lockdown and Section 144 of the CrPC by participating in a car festival at Rawoor village in Kalaburagi district on Thursday.

*9.36am: Death toll due to Covid-19 touches 437 in India; number of cases climb to 13,387: Union health ministry (PTI)

*Karnataka government is considering allowing budget hotels and lodges located in the Covid-19 green zones to reopen after April 20.

*In a major relief to consumers, e-commerce companies will be allowed to deliver essential and non-essential items from April 20, a senior government official told TOI on Thursday, even as firms step up efforts for sanitisation and health check of delivery personnel.

*Nearly 50 per cent of the people who had tested positive for coronavirus in Bengaluru have recovered and are back home, an encouraging sign for Karnataka’s battle against the outbreak.

*The Centre’s new guidelines easing lockdown restrictions after April 20 are likely to help longpending infrastructure projects as well as ensure a steady income for migrant workers stranded in the city.

*Realising the need for epidemiologists amid the Covid-19 outbreak, BBMP has initiated the process for their recruitment. However, its notification inviting applications has been flayed by public health experts, who are aghast at the low salary of Rs 25,000 offered for the four posts.

*Despite the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19, mangoes will still reach you through the humble postman, who will deliver it to your doorstep as part of a Karnataka government initiative.

*Only about half the samples collected are being tested for Covid-19 in Karnataka over the past couple of days. With the state equipped to handle only 1,500 samples a day at all its 15 labs put together, the number of samples that were untested outnumbered those that were tested on April 16.

*Karnataka registered its sharpest rise in the Covid-19 outbreak on Thursday, adding as many as 36 patients or 13% of its last count. The total number of infected people in the state stands at 315. A 66-year-old restaurant owner from Manipur passed away in a Bengaluru hospital after five days on ventilator, taking the state toll to 13.

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