COVID-19 pandemic in Karnataka

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COVID-19 pandemic in Karnataka
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Karnataka, India
First outbreak Wuhan, Hubei, China
Index case Bengaluru Urban
Arrival date8 March 2020
(1 year, 4 months, 2 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed casesIncrease2.svg2587827 [1]
Active casesIncrease2.svg342010 [1]
RecoveredIncrease2.svg2217117 [1]
Deaths
28679 [1]
Fatality rate1.35% [1]
Government website
karunadu.karnataka.gov.in/hfw

The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Indian state of Karnataka was confirmed on 8 March 2020. Two days later, the state became the first in India to invoke the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which are set to last for a year, to curb the spread of the disease. [2] As of 30 May 2021, Karnataka have 2587827 confirmed cases and 28679 deaths. [3] with 2217117 recovered cases and 342010 active cases.

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Timeline of events

COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, India  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
2020202020212021
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprApr
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-110(n.a.)0(n.a.)
2020-03-123(n.a.)0(n.a.)
2020-03-135(+2)0(n.a.)
2020-03-145(=)1(n.a.)
2020-03-155(=)1(=)
2020-03-167(+2)1(=)
2020-03-177(=)1(=)
2020-03-187(=)1(=)
2020-03-197(=)1(=)
2020-03-2011(+4)1(=)
2020-03-2114(+3)1(=)
2020-03-2215(+1)1(=)
2020-03-2315(=)1(=)
2020-03-2420(+5)1(=)
2020-03-2525(+5)1(=)
2020-03-26
33(+8)1(=)
2020-03-27
41(+8)2(+1)
2020-03-28
51(+10)2(=)
2020-03-29
55(+4)2(=)
2020-03-30
64(+9)3(+1)
2020-03-31
76(+12)3(=)
2020-04-01
83(+7)3(=)
2020-04-02
88(+5)3(=)
2020-04-03
101(+13)3(=)
2020-04-04
110(+9)3(=)
2020-04-05
124(+14)3(=)
2020-04-06
128(+4)4(+1)
2020-04-07
144(+16)4(=)
2020-04-08
151(+7)4(=)
2020-04-09
163(+12)4(=)
2020-04-10
175(+12)5(+1)
2020-04-11
181(+6)6(+1)
2020-04-12
197(+16)6(=)
2020-04-13
207(+10)6(=)
2020-04-14
215(+8)6(=)
2020-04-15
232(+17)9(+3)
2020-04-16
247(+15)11(+2)
2020-04-17
260(+13)13(+2)
2020-04-18
279(+19)13(=)
2020-04-19
315(+36)13(=)
2020-04-20
359(+44)14(+1)
2020-04-21
384(+25)16(+2)
2020-04-22
390(+6)17(+1)
2020-04-23
408(+18)17(=)
2020-04-24
418(+10)17(=)
2020-04-25
427(+9)18(+1)
2020-04-26
445(+18)18(=)
2020-04-27
474(+29)18(=)
2020-04-28
500(+26)20(+2)
2020-04-29
503(+3)20(=)
2020-04-30
512(+9)20(=)
2020-05-01
523(+11)21(+1)
2020-05-02
534(+11)22(+1)
2020-05-03
565(+31)25(+3)
2020-05-04
589(+24)25(=)
2020-05-05
601(+12)26(+1)
2020-05-06
614(+13)28(+2)
2020-05-07
651(+37)29(+1)
2020-05-08
673(+22)29(=)
2020-05-09
693(+20)30(+1)
2020-05-10
705(+12)30(=)
2020-05-11
753(+48)30(=)
2020-05-12
794(+41)31(+1)
2020-05-13
848(+54)31(=)
2020-05-14
862(+14)31(=)
2020-05-15
925(+63)33(+2)
2020-05-16
959(+34)35(+2)
2020-05-17
987(+28)36(+1)
2020-05-18
1,055(+68)36(=)
2020-05-19
1,091(+36)37(+1)
2020-05-20
1,146(+55)37(=)
2020-05-21
1,245(+99)40(+3)
2020-05-22
1,394(+149)41(+1)
2020-05-23
1,461(+67)41(=)
2020-05-24
1,604(+143)41(=)
2020-05-25
1,742(+138)42(+1)
2020-05-26
1,957(+215)42(=)
2020-05-27
2,087(+130)44(+2)
2020-05-28
2,180(+93)44(=)
2020-05-29
2,281(+101)47(+3)
2020-05-30
2,400(+119)47(=)
2020-05-31
2,531(+131)48(+1)
2020-06-01
2,779(+248)48(=)
2020-06-02
2,920(+141)51(+3)
2020-06-03
3,219(+299)52(+1)
2020-06-04
3,406(+187)52(=)
2020-06-05
3,794(+388)53(+1)
2020-06-06
4,061(+267)57(+4)
2020-06-07
4,318(+257)57(=)
2020-06-08
4,833(+515)59(+2)
2020-06-09
5,211(+378)61(+2)
2020-06-10
5,450(+239)64(+3)
2020-06-11
5,758(+308)66(+2)
2020-06-12
5,919(+161)69(+3)
2020-06-13
6,039(+120)72(+3)
2020-06-14
6,243(+204)79(+7)
2020-06-15
6,514(+271)81(+2)
2020-06-16
6,821(+307)86(+5)
2020-06-17
7,000(+179)89(+3)
2020-06-18
7,213(+213)94(+5)
2020-06-19
7,530(+317)102(+8)
2020-06-20
7,734(+204)114(+12)
2020-06-21
7,944(+210)124(+10)
2020-06-22
8,281(+337)132(+8)
2020-06-23
8,697(+416)137(+5)
2020-06-24
9,150(+453)142(+5)
2020-06-25
9,399(+249)150(+8)
2020-06-26
9,721(+322)164(+14)
2020-06-27
10,118(+397)170(+6)
2020-06-28
10,560(+442)180(+10)
2020-06-29
11,005(+445)191(+11)
2020-06-30
11,923(+918)207(+16)
2020-07-01
13,120(+1,197)226(+19)
2020-07-02
14,295(+1,175)246(+20)
2020-07-03
15,242(+947)253(+7)
2020-07-04
16,514(+1,272)272(+19)
2020-07-05
18,016(+1,502)293(+21)
2020-07-06
19,710(+1,694)335(+42)
2020-07-07
21,549(+1,839)372(+37)
2020-07-08
23,474(+1,925)401(+29)
2020-07-09
25,317(+1,843)416(+15)
2020-07-10
26,815(+1,498)470(+54)
2020-07-11
28,877(+2,062)486(+16)
2020-07-12
31,105(+2,228)543(+57)
2020-07-13
33,418(+2,313)613(+70)
2020-07-14
36,216(+2,798)684(+71)
2020-07-15
38,843(+2,627)757(+73)
2020-07-16
41,582(+2,739)842(+85)
2020-07-17
44,078(+2,496)928(+86)
2020-07-18
47,254(+3,176)1,032(+104)
2020-07-19
51,423(+4,169)1,147(+115)
2020-07-20
55,115(+3,692)1,240(+93)
2020-07-21
59,652(+4,537)1,331(+91)
2020-07-22
63,772(+4,120)1,403(+72)
2020-07-23
67,420(+3,648)1,464(+61)
2020-07-24
71,069(+3,649)1,519(+55)
2020-07-25
75,833(+4,764)1,616(+97)
2020-07-26
80,863(+5,030)1,724(+108)
2020-07-27
85,870(+5,007)1,796(+72)
2020-07-28
90,942(+5,072)1,878(+82)
2020-07-29
96,141(+5,199)1,953(+75)
2020-07-30
101,465(+5,324)2,055(+102)
2020-07-31
107,001(+5,536)2,147(+92)
2020-08-01
112,504(+5,503)2,230(+83)
2020-08-02
118,632(+6,128)2,314(+84)
2020-08-03
124,115(+5,483)2,412(+98)
2020-08-04
129,287(+5,172)2,496(+84)
2020-08-05
134,819(+5,532)2,594(+98)
2020-08-06
139,571(+4,752)2,704(+110)
2020-08-07
145,830(+6,259)2,804(+100)
2020-08-08
151,449(+5,619)2,897(+93)
2020-08-09
158,254(+6,805)2,998(+101)
2020-08-10
164,924(+6,670)3,091(+93)
2020-08-11
172,102(+7,178)3,198(+107)
2020-08-12
178,087(+5,985)3,312(+114)
2020-08-13
182,354(+4,267)3,398(+86)
2020-08-14
188,611(+6,257)3,510(+112)
2020-08-15
196,494(+7,883)3,613(+103)
2020-08-16
203,200(+6,706)3,717(+104)
2020-08-17
211,108(+7,908)3,831(+114)
2020-08-18
219,926(+8,818)3,947(+116)
2020-08-19
226,966(+7,040)4,062(+115)
2020-08-20
233,283(+6,317)4,201(+139)
2020-08-21
240,948(+7,665)4,327(+126)
2020-08-22
249,590(+8,642)4,429(+102)
2020-08-23
256,975(+7,385)4,522(+93)
2020-08-24
264,546(+7,571)4,615(+93)
2020-08-25
271,876(+7,330)4,683(+68)
2020-08-26
277,814(+5,938)4,810(+127)
2020-08-27
283,665(+5,851)4,958(+148)
2020-08-28
291,826(+8,161)5,091(+133)
2020-08-29
300,406(+8,580)5,232(+141)
2020-08-30
309,792(+9,386)5,368(+136)
2020-08-31
318,752(+8,960)5,483(+115)
2020-09-01
327,076(+8,324)5,589(+106)
2020-09-02
335,928(+8,852)5,702(+113)
2020-09-03
342,423(+6,495)5,837(+135)
2020-09-04
351,481(+9,058)5,950(+113)
2020-09-05
361,341(+9,860)6,054(+104)
2020-09-06
370,206(+8,865)6,170(+116)
2020-09-07
379,486(+9,280)6,298(+128)
2020-09-08
389,232(+9,746)6,393(+95)
2020-09-09
398,551(+9,319)6,534(+141)
2020-09-10
404,324(+5,773)6,680(+146)
2020-09-11
412,190(+7,866)6,808(+128)
2020-09-12
421,730(+9,540)6,937(+129)
2020-09-13
430,947(+9,217)7,067(+130)
2020-09-14
440,411(+9,464)7,161(+94)
2020-09-15
449,551(+9,140)7,265(+104)
2020-09-16
459,445(+9,894)7,384(+119)
2020-09-17
467,689(+8,244)7,481(+97)
2020-09-18
475,265(+7,576)7,536(+55)
2020-09-19
484,990(+9,725)7,629(+93)
2020-09-20
511,346(+26,356)7,808(+179)
2020-09-21
519,537(+8,191)7,922(+114)
2020-09-22
526,876(+7,339)8,023(+101)
2020-09-23
533,850(+6,974)8,145(+122)
2020-09-24
540,847(+6,997)8,228(+83)
2020-09-25
548,557(+7,710)8,266(+38)
2020-09-26
557,212(+8,655)8,331(+65)
2020-09-27
566,023(+8,811)8,417(+86)
2020-09-28
575,566(+9,543)8,503(+86)
2020-09-29
582,458(+6,892)8,582(+79)
2020-09-30
592,911(+10,453)8,641(+59)
2020-10-01
601,767(+8,856)8,777(+136)
2020-10-02
611,837(+10,070)8,864(+87)
2020-10-03
620,630(+8,793)8,994(+130)
2020-10-04
630,516(+9,886)9,119(+125)
2020-10-05
640,661(+10,145)9,219(+100)
2020-10-06
647,712(+7,051)9,286(+67)
2020-10-07
657,705(+9,993)9,370(+84)
2020-10-08
668,652(+10,947)9,461(+91)
2020-10-09
679,356(+10,704)9,574(+113)
2020-10-10
690,269(+10,913)9,675(+101)
2020-10-11
700,786(+10,517)9,789(+114)
2020-10-12
710,309(+9,523)9,891(+102)
2020-10-13
717,915(+7,606)9,966(+75)
2020-10-14
726,106(+8,191)10,036(+70)
2020-10-15
735,371(+9,265)10,123(+87)
2020-10-16
743,848(+8,477)10,198(+75)
2020-10-17
751,390(+7,542)10,283(+85)
2020-10-18
758,574(+7,184)10,356(+73)
2020-10-19
765,586(+7,012)10,427(+71)
2020-10-20
770,604(+5,018)10,478(+51)
2020-10-21
776,901(+6,297)10,542(+64)
2020-10-22
782,773(+5,872)10,608(+66)
2020-10-23
788,551(+5,778)10,696(+88)
2020-10-24
793,907(+5,356)10,770(+74)
2020-10-25
798,378(+4,471)10,821(+51)
2020-10-26
802,817(+4,439)10,873(+52)
2020-10-27
805,947(+3,130)10,905(+32)
2020-10-28
809,638(+3,691)10,947(+42)
2020-10-29
812,784(+3,146)10,991(+44)
2020-10-30
816,809(+4,025)11,046(+55)
2020-10-31
820,398(+3,589)11,091(+45)
2020-11-01
823,412(+3,014)11,140(+49)
2020-11-02
827,064(+3,652)11,168(+28)
2020-11-03
829,640(+2,576)11,192(+24)
2020-11-04
832,396(+2,756)11,221(+29)
2020-11-05
835,773(+3,377)11,247(+26)
2020-11-06
838,929(+3,156)11,281(+34)
2020-11-07
841,889(+2,960)11,312(+31)
2020-11-08
844,147(+2,258)11,347(+35)
2020-11-09
846,887(+2,740)11,369(+22)
2020-11-10
848,850(+1,963)11,391(+22)
2020-11-11
851,212(+2,362)11,410(+19)
2020-11-12
853,796(+2,584)11,430(+20)
2020-11-13
855,912(+2,116)11,453(+23)
2020-11-14
857,928(+2,016)11,474(+21)
2020-11-15
860,082(+2,154)11,491(+17)
2020-11-16
861,647(+1,565)11,508(+17)
2020-11-17
862,804(+1,157)11,529(+21)
2020-11-18
864,140(+1,336)11,541(+12)
2020-11-19
865,931(+1,791)11,557(+16)
2020-11-20
867,780(+1,849)11,578(+21)
2020-11-21
869,561(+1,781)11,604(+26)
2020-11-22
871,342(+1,781)11,621(+17)
2020-11-23
873,046(+1,704)11,641(+20)
2020-11-24
874,555(+1,509)11,654(+13)
2020-11-25
876,425(+1,870)11,678(+24)
2020-11-26
878,055(+1,630)11,695(+17)
2020-11-27
879,560(+1,505)11,714(+19)
2020-11-28
881,086(+1,526)11,726(+12)
2020-11-29
882,608(+1,522)11,738(+12)
2020-11-30
883,899(+1,291)11,750(+12)
2020-12-01
884,897(+998)11,765(+15)
2020-12-02
886,227(+1,330)11,778(+13)
2020-12-03
887,667(+1,440)11,792(+14)
2020-12-04
889,113(+1,446)11,808(+16)
2020-12-05
890,360(+1,247)11,821(+13)
2020-12-06
891,685(+1,325)11,834(+13)
2020-12-07
893,006(+1,321)11,846(+12)
2020-12-08
894,004(+998)11,856(+10)
2020-12-09
895,284(+1,280)11,867(+11)
2020-12-10
896,563(+1,279)11,880(+13)
2020-12-11
897,801(+1,238)11,900(+20)
2020-12-12
899,011(+1,210)11,912(+12)
2020-12-13
900,214(+1,203)11,928(+16)
2020-12-14
901,410(+1,196)11,939(+11)
2020-12-15
902,240(+830)11,944(+5)
2020-12-16
903,425(+1,185)11,954(+10)
2020-12-17
904,665(+1,240)11,965(+11)
2020-12-18
905,901(+1,236)11,971(+6)
2020-12-19
907,123(+1,222)11,981(+10)
2020-12-20
908,275(+1,152)11,989(+8)
2020-12-21
909,469(+1,194)12,004(+15)
2020-12-22
910,241(+772)12,009(+5)
2020-12-23
911,382(+1,141)12,016(+7)
2020-12-24
912,340(+958)12,029(+13)
2020-12-25
913,483(+1,143)12,038(+9)
2020-12-26
914,488(+1,005)12,039(+1)
2020-12-27
915,345(+857)12,044(+5)
2020-12-28
916,256(+911)12,051(+7)
2020-12-29
916,909(+653)12,062(+11)
2020-12-30
917,571(+662)12,070(+8)
2020-12-31
918,544(+973)12,074(+4)
2021-01-01
919,496(+952)12,081(+7)
2021-01-02
920,373(+877)12,090(+9)
2021-01-03
921,128(+755)12,096(+6)
2021-01-04
921,938(+810)12,099(+3)
2021-01-05
922,538(+600)12,107(+8)
2021-01-06
923,353(+815)12,110(+3)
2021-01-07
924,137(+784)12,118(+8)
2021-01-08
924,898(+761)12,124(+6)
2021-01-09
925,868(+970)12,131(+7)
2021-01-10
926,767(+899)12,134(+3)
2021-01-11
927,559(+792)12,138(+4)
2021-01-12
928,055(+496)12,140(+2)
2021-01-13
928,806(+751)12,144(+4)
2021-01-14
929,552(+746)12,149(+5)
2021-01-15
929,960(+408)12,152(+3)
2021-01-16
930,668(+708)12,155(+3)
2021-01-17
931,252(+584)12,158(+3)
2021-01-18
931,997(+745)12,162(+4)
2021-01-19
932,432(+435)12,166(+4)
2021-01-20
933,077(+645)12,175(+9)
2021-01-21
933,578(+501)12,181(+6)
2021-01-22
934,252(+674)12,185(+4)
2021-01-23
934,576(+324)12,187(+2)
2021-01-24
935,478(+902)12,190(+3)
2021-01-25
936,051(+573)12,193(+3)
2021-01-26
936,426(+375)12,197(+4)
2021-01-27
936,955(+529)12,200(+3)
2021-01-28
937,383(+428)12,204(+4)
2021-01-29
937,933(+550)12,207(+3)
2021-01-30
938,401(+468)12,209(+2)
2021-01-31
938,865(+464)12,211(+2)
2021-02-01
939,387(+522)12,213(+2)
2021-02-02
939,775(+388)12,217(+4)
2021-02-03
940,170(+395)12,220(+3)
2021-02-04
940,596(+426)12,223(+3)
2021-02-05
941,070(+474)12,225(+2)
2021-02-06
941,500(+430)12,227(+2)
2021-02-07
942,031(+531)12,230(+3)
2021-02-08
942,518(+487)12,233(+3)
2021-02-09
942,846(+328)12,236(+3)
2021-02-10
943,212(+366)12,239(+3)
2021-02-11
943,627(+415)12,241(+2)
2021-02-12
944,057(+430)12,244(+3)
2021-02-13
944,437(+380)12,251(+7)
2021-02-14
944,856(+419)12,259(+8)
2021-02-15
945,270(+414)12,263(+4)
2021-02-16
945,638(+368)12,265(+2)
2021-02-17
946,076(+438)12,267(+2)
2021-02-18
946,454(+378)12,273(+6)
2021-02-19
946,860(+406)12,276(+3)
2021-02-20
947,246(+386)12,282(+6)
2021-02-21
947,736(+490)12,287(+5)
2021-02-22
948,149(+413)12,292(+5)
2021-02-23
948,466(+317)12,294(+2)
2021-02-24
948,849(+383)12,299(+5)
2021-02-25
949,183(+334)12,303(+4)
2021-02-26
949,636(+453)12,309(+6)
2021-02-27
950,207(+571)12,316(+7)
2021-02-28
950,730(+523)12,320(+4)
2021-03-01
951,251(+521)12,326(+6)
2021-03-02
951,600(+349)12,331(+5)
2021-03-03
952,037(+437)12,336(+5)
2021-03-04
952,565(+528)12,343(+7)
2021-03-05
953,136(+571)12,346(+3)
2021-03-06
953,813(+677)12,350(+4)
2021-03-07
954,393(+580)12,354(+4)
2021-03-08
955,015(+622)12,359(+5)
2021-03-09
943,084(-11931)12,362(+3)
2021-03-10
956,041(+12,957)12,373(+11)
2021-03-11
956,041(=)12,373(=)
2021-03-12
956,801(+760)12,379(+6)
2021-03-13
958,417(+1,616)12,386(+7)
2021-03-14
959,338(+921)12,387(+1)
2021-03-15
960,272(+934)12,390(+3)
2021-03-16
961,204(+932)12,397(+7)
2021-03-17
962,339(+1,135)12,403(+6)
2021-03-18
963,614(+1,275)12,407(+4)
2021-03-19
965,102(+1,488)12,415(+8)
2021-03-20
966,689(+1,587)12,425(+10)
2021-03-21
968,487(+1,798)12,432(+7)
2021-03-22
970,202(+1,715)12,434(+2)
2021-03-23
971,647(+1,445)12,444(+10)
2021-03-24
973,657(+2,010)12,449(+5)
2021-03-25
975,955(+2,298)12,461(+12)
2021-03-26
978,478(+2,523)12,471(+10)
2021-03-27
981,044(+2,566)12,484(+13)
2021-03-28
983,930(+2,886)12,492(+8)
2021-03-29
987,012(+3,082)12,504(+12)
2021-03-30
989,804(+2,792)12,520(+16)
2021-03-31
992,779(+2,975)12,541(+21)
2021-04-01
997,004(+4,225)12,567(+26)
2021-04-02
1,001,238(+4,234)12,585(+18)
2021-04-03
1,006,229(+4,991)12,591(+6)
2021-04-04
1,010,602(+4,373)12,610(+19)
2021-04-05
1,015,155(+4,553)12,625(+15)
2021-04-06
1,020,434(+5,279)12,657(+32)
2021-04-07
1,026,584(+6,150)12,696(+39)
2021-04-08
1,033,560(+6,976)12,731(+35)
2021-04-09
1,040,130(+6,570)12,767(+36)
2021-04-10
1,048,085(+7,955)12,813(+46)
2021-04-11
1,055,040(+6,955)12,849(+36)
2021-04-12
1,065,290(+10,250)12,889(+40)
2021-04-13
1,074,869(+9,579)12,941(+52)
2021-04-14
1,083,647(+8,778)13,008(+67)
2021-04-15
1,094,912(+11,265)13,046(+38)
2021-04-16
1,109,650(+14,738)13,112(+66)
2021-04-17
1,124,509(+14,859)13,190(+78)
2021-04-18
1,141,998(+17,489)13,270(+80)
2021-04-19
1,161,065(+19,067)13,351(+81)
2021-04-20
1,176,850(+15,785)13,497(+146)
2021-04-21
1,198,644(+21,794)13,646(+149)
2021-04-22
1,222,202(+23,558)13,762(+116)
2021-04-23
1,247,997(+25,795)13,885(+123)
2021-04-24
1,274,959(+26,962)14,075(+190)
2021-04-25
1,304,397(+29,438)14,283(+208)
2021-04-26
1,339,201(+34,804)14,426(+143)
2021-04-27
1,368,945(+29,744)14,627(+201)
2021-04-28
1,400,775(+31,830)14,807(+180)
Sources: MoHFW and karunadu.karnataka.gov.in and .

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

Early Containment Efforts

On 9 March 2020, the Karnataka state government issued a circular ordering the closure of kindergartens and primary classes in all schools in the state. The minister for primary and secondary Education, S. Suresh Kumar, said that this circular was issued as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. [37] On 31 March, the Government vide its circular, postponed the examinations for class 7 to 9 as a precautionary measure to avoid spread of coronavirus. [38]

Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yediyurappa after the State reporting its first death, issued a directive to close all public places with high footfall like malls, universities and colleges, movie theatres, night clubs, marriages and conferences, as a precautionary measure amid the growing scare of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). [39] Further, The State closed its borders with Kerala for vehicular traffic in the wake of six people testing positive for coronavirus in bordering Kasargod of Kerala. [40]

On Sunday 22 March, after the second meeting of the Task force formed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government announced further restriction in the form of lockdown of 9 Districts until 31 March. All non-essential services in these districts were suspended. The nine districts where COVID-19 cases were reported were: Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chikkaballapura, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Mysuru, Kodagu and Belagavi. [41]

Lockdown

Further, to contain community transmission of the virus, the central government decided to lock down the entire country for a period of 21 days beginning 25 March. [42]

Initial Lockdown

To address the plight of migrant workers and the poor, the Government of Karnataka established a toll-free helpline number – 155214 – for providing food to migrant laborers in the state. [43]

On April 11, the government issued a circular advising all citizens and health care officials to download, promote and use Aarogya Setu application on their mobile phones to enhance contact tracing of infected persons. The mobile application is designed to give alerts if an infected person comes within the proximity of the person who has installed the application on their phones using Bluetooth and GPS technology. [44]

In line with Governments of India's order, Minority Welfare, Waqf and Hajj Department under Government of Karnataka issued an order on 15 April for suspending all the congressional prayers (Salat) during the month of Ramadan in mosques/Dargahs until 3 May 2020, due to current CoVid-19 pandemic in the state. The order also banned all the eateries near mosques. [45] [46]

Lockdown 2. 0

Further, with states in favor of continuing the term of lockdown for another two weeks. During the fourth address to the nation concerning Coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the lockdown till 3 May starting 14 April. However, based on the Centers’ guidelines issued, the Chief Minister of Karnataka indicated the decision on relaxation would be taken on 20 April after evaluating the extent of public conformity to the lockdown. [47]

Following up with the message of the extension of the lockdown. The Central Government announced a fresh set of guidelines to be observed by all States. [48]

Circles drawn in front of a Bengaluru store to guide for social distancing Circles drawn in front of a Bengaluru store to guide for social distancing.jpg
Circles drawn in front of a Bengaluru store to guide for social distancing

Lockdown 3.0

In line with guidelines issued by the Government of India, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, further extended the lockdown in the state up to 17 May. This time, the Government classified the areas in four main categories: Containment, Red, Orange, and Green zones, based on conducting risk profiling of various districts. [50] [51]

Lockdown 4.0

On 18 May 2020, the Chief Minister of Karnataka announced the continuation of the lockdown in the state up to 31 May 2020. Alongside this, he also gave many relaxations after receiving the guidelines from the central Ministry of Home Affairs. During this phase of the lockdown, most of the activities excluding Shopping Malls, Cinema halls, Hotels, Restaurants were permitted to operate between 7 Am to 7 PM, except on Sundays, as the government has decided to enforce a strict lockdown on every Sundays up to 31 May 2020. After a closure of almost two months, all modes of public transport services, including buses, cabs, auto-rickshaws, and intrastate train services were permitted to operate from 19 May 2020. Putting an end to the speculation on raising the fares in state-run buses, caused because of limited seats allowed to travel in a bus, the Chief Minister said: "We will not increase bus fares for now. KSRTC will bear the losses caused due to carrying a limited number of passengers." In the wake of recent spike in the COVID-19 cases reported, the government has decided to allow people from neighbouring states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala in a restricted manner. [52] [53]

Lockdown Exit Strategy

The Government of Karnataka, facing severe financial crunch, in an attempt to kick-start the economy, on 23 April announced a conditional relaxing of restrictions in lockdown by exempting some economic activity in the state. However, the relaxations would not apply in the designated containment zones. Most of the Manufacturing, Construction and Food processing units outside municipal limits were exempted. Hotels, Home stays where people were stranded because of lockdown were allowed to open including various services linked with supply chain at Railway stations, sea and airports could function. Most of the services provided by self-employed persons like plumbers, technicians and carpenters were also allowed. However, the officials stressed that, various District Administrations shall clear all the exemptions after examining the compliance by the people of the lockdown guidelines in respective regions and relaxations will be subject to strict adherence of the Social distancing norms and sanitization of the workplaces. [54] [55]

Unlock-1

After a nine-week long lockdown, the government of Karnataka, in line with the directions issued by the central government on the guidelines on the fifth phase of the lockdown and termed it "Unlock-I", which was intended towards easing many restrictions imposed on intrastate and inter-state movement of people and goods. During the first phase of unlocking, which was to come into effect from 8 June, more relaxations were provided and a decision towards the opening of the religious places, hotels, malls, etc. was taken. The decision on reopening of educational institutions was deferred to July, the government sources, on the issue said: "The state government will hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders." However, the rigorous restrictions shall remain in effect in the containment zones. [56] [57]

Initial Success & 5T Policy

The policy of trace, track, test, treat and technology (5T) was pioneered by Karnataka to fight the pandemic. During an interaction through the video conferencing, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, appreciated the state's efforts in combating the COVID-19 spread and steps taken to unlock the economy with the gradual relaxation of the extended lockdown norms. [58] The centre has asked the other states to adopt these best practices to their local context and replicate them for better management of the COVID-19 pandemic. [59]

Tracing

More than 10,000 well-trained field staff carry out specific responsibilities for contact tracing as per the detailed plan designed by the state which prescribes step-by-step actions to be performed by each designated person. The Contact Tracing mobile app and web application are being used to overcome the huge quantum of work, genuine forgetfulness of the positive persons and attempts to hide facts due to various reasons. [59]

To identify, protect and treat high-risk population like the elderly, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and those with Influenza-like Illness, Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) on priority, Karnataka has conducted a physical and phone-based household survey. The survey was carried out during May 2020 and covered 15.3 million households out of a total of 16.8 million total households in Karnataka. Polling Booth Level Officers (BLO) were engaged to collect necessary information by using a Health Survey App as well as a Web Application. [59]

The data collected through the survey was complemented by the information already available with the Health Department for pregnant mothers and Tuberculosis, HIV, Dialysis and cancer patients. An outreach campaign through Apthamitra teleconsultation helpline (Call No. 14410) set up by the state government, with support from NASSCOM, is being used to reach out to the households at risk through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) and outbound calls. [59]

Tracking

All persons returning or travelling to Karnataka are required to register on the “Seva Sindhu” portal, which enables the state to follow them for the next few days when they are at home or in institutional quarantine. The ‘Quarantine Watch App’ is used to assist the field workers in enforcing the quarantine. The state government has also formed Mobile Squads for the enforcement of home quarantine through community participation. In case information about violation of quarantine is received from a neighbour or some member of the public, that violator is moved to institutional quarantine. [59]

Treatment

According to data from the Karnataka state COVID-19 war room, the state has 84,776 beds in its districts, of which 21,728 have been reserved for COVID-19. A total of 19,639 beds were available in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts. And of these, 3,470 were reserved for COVID-19 in the two districts. More than 86% of the 21,728 beds were isolation beds — 6,695 with oxygen facilities, 2,105 ICU beds, and 1,000 with ventilators. With the number of COVID-19 cases in Karnataka going up, the hospital bed occupancy in Karnataka which was at less than 2% till May 8, had shot up to 13.1% by June 9. [60]

The Karnataka Government issued an order to fix the rates for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals. The rates range from ₹5,200 to ₹25,000 depending on the category and severity of infection and can be availed by both Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka (AB-ArK) patients and other insurance/cash paying patients. The State Government also directed 50% of beds in private hospitals having facilities to treat COVID-19 patients should be reserved for patients referred from public health authorities. [61]

Technology

Karnataka was among the many states which decided to turn to technology to help government officials manage the number of tasks cropping up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a team of in-house programmers, the state rolled out a series of mobile applications in first three months on the pandemic in the country including a contact tracing application. Apart from the application for contact tracing, the state also introduced the 'Quarantine Watch', to keep a watch over and enforce quarantine of travellers who returned to Karnataka, 'Yatri Web App' to track international arrivals and the 'Critical Patient Tracking System' to track all critical patients in the state. Other applications were created like the ‘Daily Rail and Air Passenger Arrival Tracking’ to track arrivals of people coming into the state and the ‘Health Watch App’ which recorded data of the door-to-door survey done by health workers and identified vulnerable households. The data collected was transferred to other applications like the Aapthamithra and was used by the health department to follow up. [62]

Testing

By June 2020, the state was conducting an average of 10,000 tests per day. The state contains 74 laboratories for testing compared to the total of 600 labs in the whole country. [63] Due to the rising COVID cases, the Karnataka government said that it was planning to initially increase testing capacity to 15,000 and then to 25,000 samples a day. [64] The Karnataka Government directed the conduction of random testing using RT-PCR pooled sample technique, for slum dwellers, vendors/bill collectors, delivery boys of food chains and couriers, to ensure effective surveillance in view of recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the state. [65]

Indian scientists at Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, using CRISPR gene editing tool developed a low cost paper-strip test for COVID-19, which could give results in an hour. The estimated cost of the paper-strip test could be around 500 (US$7.00).Currently, the kits are being tested for its accuracy and sensitivity. The team is awaiting approval from Indian Council of Medical Research. [66]

Surge after Unlock

Following Unlock-1, there was significant surge in the cases throughout the state, specially in the capital Bengaluru. The number of cases increased from 11,005 just on June 26 to 23,474 by July 5. [67]

Local Lockdowns

Due to the increasing number of cases in several parts of the state, many districts reintroduced lockdown measures. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that the Bengaluru will be under lockdown from the July 14 for a period of 7 days to control the spread of the disease. [68] Following Bengaluru, a total lockdown was reimposed in three more Karnataka districts– Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad and Kalaburagi– for a period of 7–10 days. [69]

Impact

Economy

Coronavirus clampdown hits over 1 crore jobs, the government's orders on Friday to close down places of commerce, industry and social assembly to prevent coronavirus cases from snowballing has seen the city devolve into a veritable ghost town in just the first 24 hours of the clampdown. At the same time, the city's purchasing and economic power has also dwindled. As financial experts across the gamut scrambled to decipher the scale of the losses, B. T. Manohar, a tax expert for Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry warned that the loss of Goods & Services tax, and sales tax revenue alone for the state exchequer would amount to a staggering Rs 2,000 crore, if the clampdown lasted for even a single week. [70]

Education

Due to the national-wide lockdown, the Karnataka government has postponed the SSLC (10th grade) exams indefinitely. [71] The government has also cancelled the annual exams for students up to and including 9th standard. [72] The State Education Department has also issued an order to all schools in the state to postpone their admission processes until further notice. [73]

Entertainment

Owing to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, all the theatres in the state were ordered to close. Film production activities, which provide a livelihood to thousands in the state, were also suspended. Soorappa Babu, a producer of several well-known Kannada films like Kotigobba, opined that pandemic and the lockdown will lead to a loss of nearly ₹ 200 crores for the Kannada film industry. Makers of several small budget Kannada films were considering skipping theatrical releases and opt for OTT platforms like Amazon Prime in the future. [74]

Following the pandemic, the shooting of TV shows came to a standstill in Karnataka, forcing makers to re-air old episodes or end their serials abruptly. [75] The pandemic also impacted theatre artists severely. Many theatre groups are dependent on performing at annual fairs and chariot festivals of deities across the State, which occur mostly from January to April. All such gatherings and religious events were not permitted due to the lockdown. [76]

Statistics

Total confirmed cases, active cases, recoveries and deaths

DistrictTotal casesRecoveriesDeathsActive cases
Total28,40,42827,19,47934,92986,020
Bagalkote 34,97434,246314414
Ballari 96,99294,6801,604708
Belagavi 75,70673,2877771,642
Bengaluru Rural 59,55257,2478081,497
Bengaluru Urban 12,12,74611,44,68515,61552,446
Bidar 24,17223,74139239
Chamarajanagar 31,16030,131453576
Chikkaballapura 43,12741,961384782
Chikkamagaluru 45,54143,4683431,730
Chitradurga 35,10134,061179861
Dakshina Kannada 92,51386,2951,1775,041
Davanagere 49,49847,4915411,466
Dharwad 59,92458,1621,200562
Gadag 25,79625,269302225
Hassan 1,01,56096,9091,1033,548
Haveri 21,64220,829592221
Kalaburagi 61,30360,240810253
Kodagu 30,23728,2962671,674
Kolar 43,97842,671474833
Koppal 34,86233,955506401
Mandya 70,10868,3875471,174
Mysuru 1,66,2071,59,7592,1634,285
Raichur 39,77339,306322145
Ramanagara 23,64023,160294186
Shivamogga 63,92561,3059871,633
Tumakuru 1,14,8181,12,1881,0201,610
Udupi 66,28964,910392987
Uttara Kannada 51,85150,381682788
Vijayapura 35,97835,323472183
Yadgir 27,41927,103206110
Other State363330
As of 2021-06-29 [77]

Total confirmed cases, active cases, recoveries and deaths

  Total confirmed cases     Active Cases     Recoveries     Deaths

Daily new cases

  New cases per day

Daily new deaths

  New deaths per day

Daily new tests

  New tests per day

Misinformation

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Karnataka has issued a public notification against rumors that the coronavirus spreads from poultry. It has advised people not to heed to such social media messages as there is no scientific evidence of corona viral infection in poultry. It is made clear that this virus spread from contact with infected persons only. [78] Similarly, an employee of an IT firm was booked by the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch in a case for sharing objectionable content on social media. [79] [80] [81]

Some residents of Padarayanapura, a suburb of Bangalore resorted to rioting and destroying BBMP assets at the location and attacked BBMP and health officials, when they arrived at the site to take some of the primary and secondary contacts of infected persons to Government run quarantine facility. The police have registered FIR against 67 residents of the area for rioting. Jameer Ahmad, a local political leader commented; The incident that led to rioting and arson was due to misinformation and lack of awareness among the residents and officials should have taken my permission to visit the site. Some residents, even argued that the officials should take people to quarantine facility in the presence of elected representatives. [82] [83]

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