We’re well-prepared with beds: minister
Despite concerns over the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the Karnataka government is well-prepared to tackle the situation, said minister and Covid-19 spokesperson Suresh Kumar on Tuesday, even as 101 new cases have taken the state’s tally to 2,283.
Kumar said the total number of dedicated beds is 28,686, while there are 1,489 patients, which works out to bed occupancy of around 5.1 per cent. “That does not mean we are not concerned,” he said, adding that there was no link between restarting industry and the spike in cases, as these are coming from outside the state.
Tuesday’s total of 2,283 cases includes 44 deaths and 748 discharges, as per the health department bulletin. Of the 1,489 active cases, 1,471 patients are at designated hospitals while 18 are in ICUs.
While 43 patients were discharged on Tuesday, 47 of the 101 new cases are returnees from Maharashtra, 21 from Tamil Nadu, 13 from Jharkhand and one from Gujarat, while four have a travel history of Qatar. 10 are contacts of patients already tested positive, 2 have ILI, and one has SARI.
Of the new cases, Chitradurga has 20, Yadgir 14, Belagavi and Hassan 13 each, Davangere 11, Bidar 10, Vijayapura 6, three each from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, two each from Bengaluru Urban and Kolar, and one each from Bagalkot, Chikkaballapur, Koppal and Ballari.
Bengaluru Urban still has the highest numbers with 276 infections, followed by Mandya with 254 and Kalaburagi with 157. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops with 150, followed by Mysuru and Belagavi with 88 each and Kalaburagi with 73.
A total of 2,28,914 samples have been tested so far, of which 9,020 were tested on Tuesday.
Of the 2,23,477 samples that came negative, 8,169 did so on Tuesday. 1,09,000 people are in institutional quarantine requirements while 10,000 are in home quarantine.