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Updated: April 19, 2020 8:58:41 pm


coronavirus, coronavirus lockdown, indian express, Karnataka coronavirus news, Karnataka covid-19 wrap, coronavirus bangalore news, bangalore news A Congress delegation, led by Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah, met CM Yediyurappa on Sunday. (Photo courtesy: Karnataka CMO)

With two more deaths in Karnataka on Sunday, the state’s death toll due to Covid-19 has reached 16. A 65-year-old woman in Bengaluru and a 50-year-old woman in Dakshina Kannada died of severe acute respiratory illness (SARI).
Karnataka on Sunday recorded six new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 390.

“As of 5:00 PM of 19th April, cumulatively 390 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, it includes 16 deaths & 111 discharges,” the health department said in a statement.

Karnataka Congress delegation meets Yediyurappa

A Congress delegation, led by Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah, met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday and submitted a memorandum to address key issues in the preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The delegation, comprising of Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar, senior Congress leaders RV Deshpande, G Parameshwar, Ramesh Kumar, Dinesh Gundu Rao and others, met the Chief Minister and submitted a 15-point report by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) on the immediate steps that need to be taken to fight the pandemic.

“It is imperative for all political parties, irrespective of those in power, to work together in this crisis. We, from @INCIndia party, have always stood with the govt in all its efforts to contain the spread & fight #Covid19,” Siddaramaiah added in another tweet.

Kumaraswamy thanks CM for supporting son’s wedding

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy thanked Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa for supporting his family regarding his son Nikhil’s wedding in Ramanagara, which drew flak for allegedly violating lockdown norms.

On Saturday, Yediyurappa said that the former CM did not flout lockdown rules during his son’s wedding, held on Friday. “All the necessary permissions were given and the marriage was performed in a simple manner. There is no need to discuss it further. They had done it well within their limits, not flouting any lockdown rules, for which I congratulate them,” the CM replied to a query in a press meet in Bengaluru.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Kumaraswamy said, “ heartfelt thanks to Yediyurappa for his statement that a big political family in the state has conducted the marriage ceremony in a simple way.”

“Despite maintaining social distancing and following rules during Nikhil’s marriage, there are discussion that norms were not followed. Because of political hate, poisonous comments are being made about an auspicious event, but Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa by rejecting all this is standing by the truth,” he added.

The wedding had triggered criticism on social media for being organised amid the COVID-19 outbreak and after pictures showed family members blessing the couple without masks and social distancing.

Pass not licence to roam around: Karnataka DGP

Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood on Sunday warned of penal action if people misuse passes issued for the movement of essential services during the lockdown.

He also stated that all passes issued are valid till May 3, and no more new passes will be issued by Bengaluru police, other than emergency day passes.

In a tweet he said, “All passes, electronic/physical, are valid till 3 rd May without any further action. No more passes to be issued by @CPBlr. Just having pass no licence to roam around. Pass is procured for essential duties as defined by govt. Misuse will attract cancellation and penal action.”

On Saturday, Additional Commissioner of Police (Administration), Bengaluru City, Hemant Nimbalkar, said that the Bengaluru police have issued over two lakh passes for seamless movement of essentials and the police department rejected nearly 56 lakh applications.

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