Karnataka: COVID-19 cases dip in state, death toll a worrying figure; lockdown likely to be extended
Karnataka may have once again witnessed a dip in cases but the death rate of 525 still keeps haunting the state administration. The biggest fear is about IT capital Bengaluru which reported 298 deaths. Officials hope that the numbers will come down as the situation seems to be improving.
Bengaluru: Karnataka which is grappling under second wave of Covid cases may have some breather as positive cases are coming down as the state recorded 30,309 new cases, however, the Covid mortality numbers does not seem encouraging. On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Family Welfare confirmed 525 deaths out of which Bengaluru alone reported 298 cases.
The only good news for IT capital Bengaluru is its positive cases that had breached over 20,000 last week has now seen a sharp decline as on Tuesday 8,676 cases were reported.
With positive cases now being reported from rural areas and to control the death rate, the state seems to be contemplating an extension on lockdown with revised restrictions.
J Manjunath, Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner spoke to Asianet Newsable and said, "Bengaluru now seems to be making progress in terms of Covid control and if the people do not neglect and get tested and treated accordingly, things will be under control and chances of spread and deaths can be avoided."
He said lockdown rules have helped Bengaluru in containing the spread and also bringing the numbers down.
Other worst-hit districts
Apart from Bengaluru that reported fresh over 8,000 cases, Belagavi reported 2,118 cases and 5 deaths, Ballari in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region reported 1,799 positive cases and 28 deaths, Mysuru reported 1,916 cases and 13 deaths, Bengaluru Rural reported 1,339 cases and 19 deaths, CM BS Yediyurappa's home district Shivamogga reported 1,168 new cases and 15 deaths, Tumakuru reported 1,562 cases and 15 deaths.
While Hassan and Uttara Kannada reported fewer positive cases, its death rate is alarming. Hassan reported 834 cases and 18 deaths and Uttara Kannada district reported 22 deaths.
Revenue Minister Ashoka hints at extension of lockdown
As cases are still at an alarming rate and may increase further if measures are not taken, Revenue Minister R Ashoka who is monitoring the Cyclone hit district in Coastal Karnataka pitched for extension of lockdown as a solution and said CM BS Yediyurappa will make an official announcement.
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