Karnataka recorded another surge in new Covid-19 cases with 6,670 testing positive on Friday, taking the active cases to 77,686 and the total caseload to 1,64,924. The state also witnessed 101 deaths, taking the total to 2,998.
Bengaluru continued to record a high number of new cases and deaths. The capital recorded 2,147 new cases and 22 deaths, followed by Ballari with 684 cases. But there was a sharp rise in Covid-related deaths in Mysuru, which saw 15 people succumbing to the virus on a single day.
However, in some good news, with the number of daily recoveries on the rise in Bengaluru, nearly 28% of the beds are vacant. “There are 4,276 beds in 11 care centres in Bengaluru. Right now, 936 beds (27.7%), are vacant. Of the existing 3,346 patients, 306 are due for discharge today,” said medical education minister K Sudhakar.
“Most cases in the city have been asymptomatic with the patients requiring only isolation. If testing, tracing and isolation continues, we are going to see a huge decline in the cases in the tech capital. However, the situation might not be the same in rest of Karnataka as other districts are seeing more cases,” a health official said.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah’s son Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah on Friday said he has tested positive for Covid-19.