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Karnataka’s Covid positivity rate falls below 10%

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State sees 13,800 new infections & 365 deaths, while Bengaluru reports 2,686 infections & 206 deaths

BENGALURU:

In some encouraging news for citizens of Karnataka, Saturday saw the state’s Covid positivity rate fall below 10% after a gap of 51 days.

The positivity rate has fallen below 10% for the first time since April 15, said Karnataka’s Health, Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

The Minister tweeted: “With 1,42,291 tests and 13,800 new cases in the last 24 hours, Karnataka’s positivity rate falls below 10% for the first time since April 15.” The tweet added, “25,346 recoveries were reported in the state in the last 24 hours, including 8,852 in Bengaluru.”

Fatalities still high

The positivity rate on Saturday was 9.69 per cent while the case fatality rate was 2.64 per cent, according to the Health Department.

As per the Health Department bulletin, the state reported 13,800 fresh infections and 365 deaths on Saturday, taking the respective tallies since the pandemic broke out in March last year to 26,83,314 and 31,260. Active cases now stand at 2,68,275 and recoveries at 23,83,758, including Saturday’s recoveries of 25,346 patients. Of these, Bengaluru ‘leads’ with 11,80,182 infections, 14,688 deaths and 1,24,807 active cases.

Of Saturday’s statewide figures, Bengaluru Urban district continues to have the largest share of 2,686 infections and 206 fatalities. Mysuru district follows with 1,155 infections and 22 fatalities.

Other large numbers

The other significant numbers for Saturday are: 847 infections in Belagavi, 714 in Dakshina Kannada, 710 in Shivamogga, 695 in Tumakuru, 568 in Hassan, 562 in Mandya, 552 in Udupi and 529 in Davanagere.

According to the Health Department bulletin, Saturday saw 18 deaths in Belagavi, 10 in Kolar, nine each in Ballari and Shivamogga, and eight each in Bengaluru Rural, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad and Hassan. At the other end of the spectrum, there were zero fatalities in Bagalkote, Yadgir and Chikkamagalur.

3 crore tests so far

The state authorities conducted 1,42,291 tests on Saturday, of which 1,00,254 were RT-PCR test. According to the Health Department, a total of 3.04 crore tests have been carried out since last year’s outbreak of the pandemic.

In respect of vaccinations, till Saturday 1.50 crore people have been inoculated across Karnataka, inclusive of first and second jabs.

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