Karnataka Government Current Affairs - 2020

Apthamitra: Helpline and application launched by Karnataka Government

The State Government of Karnataka has launched “Apthamitra” mobile application and helpline to fight COVID-19. The application was launched by the Chief Minister of the state B S Yediyurappa.

Highlights

The application aims at providing medical guidance and advice on COVID-19. When a person has symptoms of COVID-19, he or she can call to the helpline number of “Apthamitra”.  They will be advised by a team of medical experts based on the symptoms.

About the Application

The application is to work for 12 hours in the day, that is, between 8 AM to 8 PM. The helpline Centres are to be located at 6 places, 4 in Bengaluru, 1 in Mysore and one in Mangalore.

Two Tier System

Apthamitra is a two-tier system. In the first tier the application is manned by AYUSH professionals, nurses or student volunteers. In the second tier, the app is managed by MBBS professionals, volunteer doctors and AYUSH doctors.

Significance

The application aims to reach people at low risks of COVID-19 and counsel them for self-quarantine. Also, it will help to follow up low risk cases till they are cured completely. It will also help to identify people in hotspot areas that have influenza like symptoms, COVID-19 symptoms or Severe Acute Respiratory Infection.

PM Modi holds meeting regarding Extension of lockdown

On April 8, 2020, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with political leaders discussing the extension of lock down. Prime Minister has indicated that most of the suggestions he received was to extend the lock down.

Highlights

The GoI is trying on possible options to contain the spread of the virus. Following this meet with the political leaders, PM is to hold a video conferencing with the Chief Ministers of the states as well on April 11, 2020 to make the right decision over extending the lock down. The GoI is working on pros and cons of extending lock down till April 30, 2020.

The Central Government initially planned to go for a district wise lifting of lock down. However, the plan is considered highly challenging as the outbreak is spreading fast.

States

The states such as Telangana, Rajasthan, Assam and KArnataks have already raised concerns upon lifting the lock down. Around 15 districts in UP have been completely isolated as they were identified as hotspots.