Bengaluru unlock 1.0 news: Today’s updates | Bengaluru News – Times of India

As the Central and state governments allow phase-wise relaxation in curbs to get the life up and running again following over two months of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we bring you the latest updates from the city and across the state.
*Update at 9.48am | Highest single-day spike of 13,586 Covid-19 cases pushes India’s tally to 3,80,532; death toll rises to 12,573 with 336 new fatalities: Union health ministry
* Karnataka may seek 50% beds in private hospitals
With cases steadily increasing in Bengaluru, the government is contemplating scaling up participation of private hospitals in the battle against the pandemic. It is likely to seek 50% of beds reserved for Covid-19 in select private hospitals.
The state Covid-19 taskforce met in Bengaluru on Thursday and deliberated on the issue of securing more beds in private hospitals. “Many private hospitals, which have the facilities, have volunteered to tie up with the government to treat patients. However, there is no clarity yet on the price matrix,” sources said.
* Karnataka high court has directed the state government to clearly inform all migrant workers through district authorities that they must report at mustering centres if they wish to travel back to their home states.
A division bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka also said the state government must take a call on its decision to allow migrants to travel only upto June 24. The state had suggested it would not run Shramik Special trains beyond that date.
* Fear of stigma is pushing up deaths in state, say experts
Having reported at least seven deaths on each of the last three days, Karnataka’s Covid-19 toll has touched 114 with Bengaluru alone accounting for 51 (45%) fatalities.
Experts say fear of disruption, stigma and quarantine for the entire family is leading to late presentation of cases becoming a non-clinical cause of mortality. Comorbidities and late referrals too are major concerns, they add.
With Covid-19 cases spiking across Bengaluru, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike on Thursday launched vigilance squads to monitor and enforce home quarantine.
The state has roped in Captain P Manivannan, secretary of animal husbandry department, and BH Anil Kumar, BBMP chief, to steer the squads in Bengaluru. “We have formed 50 vigilance squads and each squad will have 15 members working day and night,” Kumar told TOI.

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