Bengaluru lockdown news: Today's updates from your city

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Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from your city.
*Update at 10.30pm: Homeline, an initiative for doorstep delivery of essentials across Bengaluru city limits during the lockdown and claimed to be India's first integrated voice and message platform to provide citizens services, was launched by chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday. (PTI)
*Update at 9.44pm: Karnataka's total number of Covid-19 cases rose to 418, after 10 new cases were confirmed in the state, said the state health department on Tuesday.(ANI)
*Update at 9pm: With a 67-year-old woman from Bantwal testing positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, the number of cases recorded in Dakshina Kannada district has gone up to 16.(PTI)
*Update at 7.54pm: Karnataka recorded 17th Covid-19 death and 10 new positive cases, raising the state's tally to 418. "As of 5pm, cumulatively 418 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, it includes 17 deaths and 129 discharges," said a health official, on Tuesday. (IANS)
*Update at 6.02pm: BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel demands Goonda Act to be invoked against former minister and MLA B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan for Padarayanapura violence.
*Update at 6.01pm: Seven patients were discharged from Mysuru covid hospital on Tuesday. Two youths who are secondary contacts of an employee of Jubilant Generics, were tested positive. Total active cases in Mysuru are 55
*Update at 5.49pm: A Bengaluru based private hospital has been given the nod by Indian Council of Medical Research to conduct clinical trials on Covid-19 patients using plasma therapy.(PTI)
*Update at 5.33pm: T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal has partnered Coursera, an online education and training company for students (to ensure continuity and augmentation of operations) in the wake of the closure of institutions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
*Update at 3.31pm: The Karnataka government may spare its employees from salary cuts this month despite severe resources crunch it faces following steep fall in revenue collection due to the ongoing lockdown to fight the coronavirus, official sources said on Tuesday.(PTI)
* Update at 3.03pm: A 67-year-old woman, neighbour of the woman who died of Covid-19 at a village in Dakshina Kannada district, has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said. (PTI)
* The Dharwad district administration has started issuing e-passes for emergency travel.
* Mutton and poultry products rank high on the list of demands made by residents of Padarayanapura, which has been declared a containment zone. Essential items such as rations, milk and water will be supplied at the residents’ doorsteps. But residents are not pleased with the supply of essentials.
* Update at 12.34pm: Alarmed by reports that 53 media persons have contracted coronavirus in Maharashtra, a minister on Tuesday urged chief minister B S Yediyurappa to screen all the journalists in Karnataka. (PTI)
* On Wednesday, Grammywinning artist Ricky Kej will perform at a global concert to support the World Health Organization and Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
* In view of Covid-19, the ComedK UGET/Uni-GAUGE entrance examination-2020 scheduled for May 10 has been rescheduled to June first week. The exact date is expected to be announced by May first week.
* Hours after TOI reported about the plight of over 40 migrant families in the heart of the city due to the lockdown, several social workers and BBMP officials made a beeline for their shantytown in Vasanthnagar and provided them with rations, milk and medical assistance.
* Fever clinics are being set up at 12 private medical colleges in Bengaluru to scale up screening of suspected Covid-19 cases. Swab collection facilities for testing have been assigned to these clinics.
* Karnataka government is set to promulgate an ordinance, based on the Uttar Pradesh and Kerala model, to protect police and frontline health workers fighting Covid-19. It is also aimed at punishing those indulging in spreading fake news and those who do not cooperate with the government in containing the pandemic.
* Update at 9.39am: Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 590 in country; number of cases climb to 18,601, reports PTI quoting health ministry
* Update at 8.37am: 80-year-old Covid-19 patient dies in Karnataka's Kalaburagi district; death toll in state rises to 17, reports PTI
* A day after a team of BBMP doctors and ASHA workers was attacked in Padarayanapura of west Bengaluru, the Karnataka government on Monday said it will promulgate an ordinance to protect police and health workers on Covid-19 duties.
* Karnataka government on Monday deferred a decision on easing lockdown restrictions from April 22 after the Centre came down heavily on Kerala for diluting its guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005.
* The state government is set to promulgate an ordinance, based on the Uttar Pradesh and Kerala model, to protect police and frontline health workers fighting Covid-19. It is also aimed at punishing those indulging in spreading fake news and those who do not cooperate with the government in containing the pandemic.
* Nudged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help labourers from unorganised sectors hit by the lockdown, the Karnataka government is looking to emulate Haryana’s model where the state has rolled out direct cash transfer (DBT) scheme for daily-wage workers. The Haryana government has been transferring Rs 1,000 directly to bank accounts of beneficiaries every week.
* The state health department has started using recent call data of Covid-19 patients to identify and trace all the people they may have met, officials said. The move was prompted after some patients were unable or reluctant to share this information, which is crucial to check the viral spread.
* The reopening of food processing industries in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh has provided a financial lifeline to several Karnataka farmers who were struggling to find buyers for horticulture crops following the nationwide lockdown.
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