Karnataka sees record jump in daily Covid-19 cases with 50,112 infections; tally over 1.74 million
Karnataka on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day spike in its daily tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after 50,112 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 1,741,046, according to the state health department’s bulletin. As many as 346 people succumbed to the disease while 26,841 were discharged in the last 24 hours.
The state’s caseload now includes 16,884 deaths, 1,236,854 recoveries and 487,288 active cases, the bulletin showed. The Covid-19 positivity rate has climbed to 32.28% while the case fatality rate is nearing 0.7%.
Wednesday’s Covid-19 cases in Karnataka are 5,481 greater than those of Tuesday’s when 44,631 were detected positive. Similarly, the deaths on Wednesday are 54 more than those of Tuesday’s (292).
Being the second worst-hit state from the pandemic after Maharashtra, Karnataka has been contributing the most towards the daily cases and deaths in the country.
The health infrastructure in Karnataka is overburdened amid the surge in daily cases and deaths and hospitals are facing shortage of oxygen supplies to treat the critical Covid-19 disease patients.
The state has witnessed four tragic incidents in three consecutive days as the oxygen crisis is deepening day by day. On Monday, 24 patients lost their lives at a government hospital in Chamarajanagar district due to exhaustion of supplies.
In Kalaburagi district, four patients died at a government hospital while three deaths were reported from a government hospital in Belagavi, according to news agency PTI.
And on Wednesday, five patients lost the battle to the Covid-19 disease at the Shri Bhanji D Khimji Lifeline Hospital in Hubballi. The relatives of these deceased patients told ANI the cause of death was shortage of oxygen.
Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday requested the urgent intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address this severe problem and warned that a greater tragedy is likely to unfold if the BJP-led state government does not act briskly and does not receive support from the Centre.
With a view to augment the supply of medical oxygen in the state, the Centre has allocated four tankers of 20 metric tonnes capacity each, chief minister B S Yediyurappa’s office tweeted adding two of these have arrived at the New Mangalore Port Trust in Mangalore.
“Five empty containers have been airlifted to Odisha through IAF flights which will pick up about 74 MT of oxygen and reach Karnataka by road in a day or two,” the CMO said in a subsequent tweet.