Karnataka government to buy 1000 ventilators, 5 lakh PPE

South India

BENGALURU: Amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Karnataka government on Monday decided to purchase 1,000 ventilators from medical devices company Skanray Technologies, and five lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Health Minister B Sriramulu convened a meeting with officials to review the situation in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, and with the Mysuru-based firm through a video conference.

During the meeting, it was decided to buy 1,000 ventilators immediately. 

Health Minister said that the government has already taken steps to buy ten lakh masks, and decided to purchase five lakh PPE.

On Monday, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramalu confirmed that there are 27 positive coronavirus cases in the state so far.

The Karnataka government has announced shutdown of all commercial activities barring essential services in nine districts till March 31, where COVID-19 cases have been reported.

They are: Bengaluru city, Bengaluru Rural, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Chikkaballapura, Kodagu and Belagavi, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

With inputs from Agency

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