Bengaluru/Hyderabad: Two new COVID-19 related fatalities have been reported in Karnataka, taking the death toll in the state due to the coronavirus infection to 16, the health department said on Sunday.

A 65-year old woman, who is a resident of Bengaluru, and a 50-year old woman, who is a resident of Uppinangadi in Dakshina Kannada, with case of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI), have died on April 19 at designated hospitals in their respective districts, the department said in its bulletin. 

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state.

Cumulatively, 390 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka so far, which includes 16 deaths and 111 discharges.

Meanwhile, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday announced that the ongoing lockdown in the state will continue till May 7 without any relaxations.

"The state cabinet, after assessing the pros and cons, decided that we are extending the lockdown till May 7. It is already there till May 3. Four days are added to it,” he told reporters on Sunday night.

"The existing lockdown rules, including night curfew, would continue to be in force and it would be implemented in a tough manner," he told reporters after a meeting of the state Cabinet.

The Centre permitted certain relaxations after April 20, but the state cabinet decided not to give any relaxation.

"No relaxation will be given in Telangana," he said, adding the decision was taken in the interest of public health.

The state Cabinet would meet on May 5 to take further decisions after reassessing the COVID-19 situation.

The chief minister said 18 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Sunday.

According to an update on COVID-19 released by the state government, the total number of confirmed cases as on Sunday stood at 858, while the number of active cases was 651.

It said 21 COVID-19 patients have died and 186 have been discharged from hospitals after recovery.