‘Only God can save us from Coronavirus’: Karnataka Health minister Srimamulu

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Karnataka health minister B. Sriramulu on Wednesday said only divine help could save the state from the onslaught of COVID-19.

 

Responding to criticisms over the state's handling of the coronavirus situation, Karnataka health minister B Sriramulu said that curbing the spread of virus was not in anybody's hands.

 Referring to the rising number of COVID19 cases in the state, he said:  “Only God can save us, and we have to bring in caution on our own."

Meanwhile, Citing Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu's statement "Only God can save us from coronavirus," Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President D K Shivakumar said the same reflects the poor ability of the government to handle the ongoing crisis related to the pandemic.

"Why do we need such a govt if they cannot tackle the pandemic? This govt's incompetency has left citizens to God's mercy," Shivakumar Twitted.

As the state imposed lockdown in Bengaluru and few other districts, fresh Corona positive cases crossed the 3,000 mark on Wednesday. This is the first time  fresh cases crossed 3,000 mark in Karnataka.

Karnataka reported 3,176 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total tally of those infected to 47,253 in the state.

According to the Karnataka health department, 1,076 patients were discharged and recorded 87 deaths related to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state increased to 928.

Till date, 18,466 persons have recovered. There are 27,853 active cases, and 597 are admitted in the ICU.

At least 1,985 fresh cases were detected in Bengaluru in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department. 

Karnataka reported a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in last one week. The state government on Wednesday made bed allocation display board mandatory in all hospitals registered under Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (KPME).

To combat the spread of COVID-19, the state government announced a seven day lockdown in Bengaluru from Wednesday. The will continue till 5 am on July 22.

"Essentials such as hospitals, groceries, milk, fruit, vegetables, medicines will be available during this period. In addition, medical and postgraduate examinations will happen as already scheduled," the Karnataka chief minister's Office had informed.

The Karnataka government announced an incentive of Rs 5,000 to the people who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection and are willing to donate plasma to other COVID-19 patients.

Karnataka medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar on Wednesday appealed to the recovered patients to donate plasma and save lives. 

“We have decided to give an incentive of Rs 5,000 to the plasma donor. Please come forward voluntarily and help the patients recover by donating plasma,” he had said.

Nearly 20,000 people recovered from the disease in the state. Over 5,000 people cured in Bengaluru.

 

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