Karnataka Wednesday reported 34,281 new cases of COVID-19 and 468 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 23,06,655 and the toll to 23,306, the state health department said. As many as 17,24,438 people have been discharged.
Bengaluru Urban accounted for 11,772 new cases.
Total number of active cases in the state stood at 5,58,890. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 26.46 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.36 per cent. The day saw 49,953 patients getting discharged after recovery.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday inaugurated the 150-bed oxygenated COVID-19 treatment centre at Kempegowda International Airport, in Bengaluru.
[email protected] is a COVID-19 treatment centre located near the Cargo Terminals of Bengaluru Airport, open for the public and employees from the Bengaluru Airport ecosystem.
“Patients can get admission at the Centre by contacting the Nodal Officers (Sannappaiah -9448116661) and Dr. Sanjay -9538279991) or through recommendation from a Referral Hospital. The patient must carry an Aadhar card, prescription provided by the Referral Hospital and relevant medical documents,” Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) said in a statement.
The facility is designed to treat patients who are asymptomatic, with mild hypoxia (a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level).
“It is designed to be a transit oxygen delivery centre, which would provide much-needed relief and treatment for patients requiring oxygen support until they are able to get admission in a hospital. This facility is not equipped to treat pregnant women or moderate cases and those requiring high flow oxygen support / ICU beds,” the statement added.
The centre would be equipped with a pharmacy, pathology unit, nurses’ station, rest rooms, dining area and drinking water facilities. An ambulance would be on standby 24×7 to cater to emergencies. According to airport authorities, all necessary arrangements would be made for safe disposal of waste, including bio-waste.
According to BIAL, the treatment at [email protected] would be free of cost, while charges for medicines, tests and self-arranged ambulances would be borne by patients.
The Karnataka government has set a goal to get all those eligible vaccinated against Covid-19 by November end, health minister Dr K Sudhakar said.
“Our major objective is to vaccinate all by October end or November end. All our efforts are in the direction of vaccinating every citizen by the end of the year,” K Sudhakar added.
Meanwhile, he announced the receipt of two lakh doses of Covishield from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India on Wednesday. “We have placed an order for two crore Covishield vaccines to the Pune-based Serum Institute of India. Today, we have received two lakh doses,” he added.
According to Sudhakar, the doses will be administered to those who are above 45 years and are due for second dose. The minister said the state has received 1.11 crore doses from the central government.
The state has received 10.94 lakh doses as part of direct procurement from manufacturers, comprising 9,50,000 Covishield and 1,44,000 Covaxin shots.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 20/05/2021
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