Bengaluru: A record 10,250 new Covid cases were registered in a day across Karnataka, with its state capital Bengaluru accounting for 7,584 cases, said the state health bulletin. "With 10,250 testing positive, the state's Covid tally shot up to 10,65,290, including 69,225 active cases, while 9,83,157 recovered so far, with 2,638 discharged during the day," said the bulletin.
As epicentre of the pandemic in the state, Bengaluru reported 7,584 fresh cases, taking its Covid tally to 4,81,982, including 51,236 active cases, while 4,25,930 recovered till date, with 1,184 discharged in the last 24 hours.
Of the 40 lives lost to the infection in the state, 27 were in Bengaluru, taking the state's death toll to 12,889 and the city's toll to 4,815 since the pandemic broke out in mid-March year ago. Of the 440 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs), 177 are in Bengaluru hospitals, followed by 44 in Kalaburagi, 33 in Kolar, 23 in Mysuru, 20 in Tumakuru, and 15 in Dakshina Kannada districts.
Out of 1,32,706 tests conducted across the state during the day, 9,635 were through rapid antigen detection and 1,23,071 through the RT-PCR method. The positivity rate was 7.72 per cent and the case fatality rate 0.39 per cent across the state. Meanwhile, 70,000 people, including 30,439 senior citizens and 45,38,427 people in the 45-59 years age group were vaccinated across the state during the day. Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that if the number of Covid-19 cases does not come down in a week’s time, he will consider imposing lockdown or any other measures required.
Kerala announces fresh curbs
Kerala has reported 6,986 new Covid-19 cases in the state. The state has also reported 16 new deaths. The state also reported a total of 2,358 recoveries. The active case load in the state stands at 44,389. The total recoveries have reached 11,17,700 and the cumulative death toll has been reported at 4,783. In the wake of a sharp increase in cases, Kerala has imposed new restrictions to contain the surge.
State health minister KK Shailaja admitted that the next two weeks will be crucial for the state. “It is a fact that during the elections, most of the restrictions were thrown to winds. Cases are likely to up considerably in the next two weeks. There is no need for panic but people should be extra cautious,” she said.
Tamil Nadu reports 6,700 new cases
Tamil Nadu has reported a total of 6,700 new Covid-19 cases. The state has also reported that 2,314 people were discharged or cured from Covid-19. Around 22 fatalities were also reported in the state. Among these, Chennai reported 2,125 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,65,126. The state recorded 22 deaths, putting the state toll at 12,908. Twenty of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 2,314 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,78,571.
According to a bulletin issued by the health department of Tamil Nadu, 2,05,20,126 samples from the state have been tested till date. There are 261 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 192 are private facilities.