Bengaluru City Mayor Goutham Kumar on Tuesday suggested conducting a smell test to the people arriving at city malls in addition to the thermal screening and other protocols. After the BBMP Council meeting, Goutham Kumar said that a smell check can help detect a person who might be infected with COVID-19. “People infected with Covid-19 suffer from loss of smell or taste. If a person can't smell things, they should not be allowed inside the mall,” Mayor Goutham Kumar said. Kumar said that he is also writing to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Health Minister asking them to make smell tests mandatory at malls. The Bengaluru City Police on Tuesday launched an official mascot Chennamma and Veeranna, to create awareness on traffic and law and order. Bengaluru police tweeted pictures of their new mascots. Earlier in 2017, the department had introduced a mascot “Meesey Thimmaiah” in memory of Late Traffic Cop Thimmaiah who died on duty at GPO Junction now known as "Police Timmaiah" Junction. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday issued a public notification announcing free Covid-19 testing facilities across wards in the city.
"As early detection of coronavirus will help us stop its spread to others, BBMP seeks your cooperation to voluntarily come forward for testing if you have any symptoms," BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad urged. He added that citizens need not get worried about testing, encouraging people to come forward. "Majority of the people who get tested at early stages recover very fast," he mentioned in the statement. A total of 2,77,261 tests were conducted within BBMP limits since the pandemic broke out, as per Covid-19 War Room data released on Monday.
Karnataka on Monday reported as many as 5,324 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the state’s tally past one lakh-mark. As of July 27, the state’s total tally has reached 1,01,465 of which 61,819 are active cases. The state registered 75 more Covid-19 fatalities on Monday with Bengaluru Urban reported 26 deaths. The death toll in the state stands in 1953. Karnataka saw a total of 1,847 discharges on Monday. Meanwhile, according to the health department, 71,268 rapid antigen tests have been conducted in the state.