Karnataka recorded its highest one-day injection in COVID-19 cases by registering 23,558 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total state caseload to 12,22,202. A total of 116 people died due to Covid-related complications, taking the overall death count in the state to 13,762.
At least 6,412 patients improved or were discharged from hospital, bringing the active number of cases down to 1,76,188. The statewide positivity rate is currently 15.47 percent.
Of the new cases today, 13,640 were reported from Bengaluru’s capital alone, while 70 people died in the city due to coronavirus.
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 21,794 new cases of COVID-19, and 149 related deaths.
In the midst of a continuing increase in cases, Karnataka has joined a long line of states that have declared curfews on evenings and weekends in an effort to put the brakes on an unverified increase of coronavirus.
The curfew will start at 9pm every Friday and continue until 6 am on Monday, and will be in place throughout the state from April 21 to May 4.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tested positive for Covid for the second time. He held each party’s virtual meeting – with him in the hospital – on Tuesday to determine the way forward for the state.
Mr Yediyurappa today instructed all his cabinet colleagues to work more proactively, for the areas for which they are responsible, to check the spread of the deadly disease. In a letter to ministers, the First Minister said that the second wave of coronavirus is taking the whole nation into its grasp and that all areas need to take measures to contain it.
The virus has infected 2,95,041 people in India and left 2,023 dead in the last 24 hours, in a serious new record for the country.