Davanagere: Rampura Mutt Seer Halaswamy (55) in Honnali taluk of Davanagere district died of COVID-19 in a Hospital in Shivamogga on Wednesday.

According to the district administration, Seer was brought to the COVID designated hospital three days ago due to respiratory disorder.

According to the doctors of the hospital, the seer was suffering from a respiratory disorder for the past several days.

Despite appeals made by devotees to visit the hospital, the seer did not want to go to the hospital. However, he was brought to the hospital three days ago. Despite all efforts to save his life, he breathed his last in the hospital, they said.

The seer was popularly known as Mullugadduge Swami in the district. He headed the Rampura Mutt and Gavi Mutt in Channagiri taluk in Davanagere district.

With this, COVID-19 death toll in the district rose to 12.

Karnataka on Wednesday reported the highest single day spike in coronavirus cases with 3,176 cases and 87 deaths, taking the infection count to 47,253 and fatalities to 928, the health department said. The total cases include 18,466 discharges and 27,853 active cases.

The surge in coronavirus cases was contributed by Bengaluru which set a new record of 1,975 cases, highest in a single day, and the highest single day fatality of 60, the department said.

With this, Bengaluru has reported 22,944 coronavirus cases including 5,455 discharges, 17,051 active cases and 437 deaths till date.