So far, 23,170,964 samples have been tested for the coronavirus disease in Karnataka. In picture - Health worker directs arriving passengers towards Covid-19 testing counter outside a train station in Bengaluru. (AP)
So far, 23,170,964 samples have been tested for the coronavirus disease in Karnataka. In picture - Health worker directs arriving passengers towards Covid-19 testing counter outside a train station in Bengaluru. (AP)

Karnataka: Daily Covid-19 cases, active caseload dip but fatalities continue to remain high

While the number of new cases detected in the state have been receding along with the active caseload, the daily fatalities have continued to remain a concern for the state.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2021 10:41 PM IST

While the daily new infections of the coronavirus disease continue to recede in Karnataka, the number of new fatalities continues to remain a concern for the state. With 20,628 new Covid-19 cases and 492 deaths on Saturday, the state’s tally rose to 2,567,449 and the death toll climbed to 28,298, a bulletin from the state government showed.

Active caseload further fell to 350,066 cases from the 372,373 reported previously on Friday, a decline of 22,307 cases. Meanwhile, 42,444 people were discharged on the day as the total recoveries reached 2,189,064 and the recovery rate reached 85.26 per cent.

Karnataka witnessed the unabated spread of Covid-19 during the second wave of the pandemic and was reporting over 40,000 new cases earlier in the month. Also, the state emerged as the new hub of Covid-19 and the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Saturday red-flagged the state for having the maximum number of active Covid-19 cases among all other states.

While the number of new cases detected in the state have been receding along with the active caseload, the daily fatalities have continued to remain a concern for the state. In the week, the daily new deaths have remained above the 500-mark for three days earlier on Monday (529 deaths), Tuesday (588 deaths) and Wednesday (530 deaths) and above the 400-mark for the past three days with 476 deaths on Thursday and 401 deaths on Friday.

Also, the death toll in the state has more than doubled in the past two months. It was recorded at 12,585 according to the medical bulletin on April 1 and is currently at 28,298. On May 1, the death toll was at 15,794.

Bengaluru Urban, the worst affected district in the state, added 12,891 to the overall death toll which is the highest among all districts. Only Mysuru (1,604 deaths) and Ballari (1,337 deaths) are the other two districts to have reported more than 1,000 deaths so far.

The state is currently under strict Covid-19 related restrictions and chief minister BS Yediyurappa, earlier in the day, said that the state government has no plans of extending the lockdown. The administration will also “think about it on June 5,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying. He also tweeted that he reviewed the Covid-19 situation in Mysuru, Hassan, Belagavi, Kalaburagi and Vijayapura districts with state officials and asked them to ensure that hospital beds and medicines are available in rural areas.

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