As part of Karnataka government’s lockdown plan to contain the spread of coronavirus all essential shops in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts, except pharmacies, to remain shut.
*Current and former employees of public institutions providing non-essential services are upset about the state government’s decision to press them into Covid-related tasks without considering their age or health status.
* Update at 11.30am: Despite being such a largely populated nation, we can perhaps claim to have performed better than any other country. Today our fatality rate is 2.57% and recovery rate is 63.25%, reports ANI quoting Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan
* ANI update at 10.46am: Cops check IDs of commuters in Bengaluru amid lockdown

* ANI update at 9.33am: Visuals from Mangaluru. Lockdown being observed in Dakshina Kannada district

* Update at 9.45am: Record single-day spike of 32,695 Covid-19 cases pushes India’s tally to 9,68,876; death toll climbs to 24,915 with 606 new fatalities, reports PTI quoting Govt
* ANI update at 8.51am: 1,27,39,490 samples tested for Covid-19 till 15th July, of these 3,26,826 samples were tested yesterday, says ICMR
*Doctors assisting the Karnataka government in its battle against Covid-19 and policy-making bureaucrats have not been on the same page for some time now. There have been several examples of the disconnect over the past few days. This despite the government setting up a Covid-19 task force with the intention of channelising expert opinion.
*India will have 35 lakh Covid cases and Karnataka 2.1 lakh by September 1, says a team of the Indian Institute of Science that has projected a worst-case scenario based on the current national trend. Active cases in the country and the state are likely to be 10 lakh and 71,300, respectively, by then.
*Covid-19 hospitals, especially private ones, could soon run out of beds given the state government’s new directive that patients should be admitted even before they test positive
*More than 5,000 patients have recovered from Covid-19 and been discharged in Bengaluru, but only eight of them have come forward to donate plasma.
*The drastic measures adopted by the government to combat the pandemic may have inconvenienced people, but in addition to curbing the transmission of the novel coronavirus, these preventive steps have helped reduce incidence of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in Mysuru district.

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