COVID-19 Death Rates Worry Karnataka

Bengaluru peaking in Covid cases, say experts

Rising daily Covid-19 deaths in Karnataka, Delhi worrying: Health Ministry

Bengaluru: In a worrying trend, Covid-19 fatalities in Karnataka has more than doubled in the past one month. The state reported 116 deaths Friday, taking the total toll to 6,170. Experts point out that the state added more than 1,000 deaths just in the last 10 days alone.

The high death rate is attributed to Covid-infected patients reporting late to hospitals fearing stigma from neighbours and friends. Moreover, at least 75% of the dead had comorbidities and about 70-75% came to hospitals late. Elderly citizens with other health complications need to report early for us to reduce the number of deaths, experts said.

Doctors say that it would be difficult to extrapolate death rates in the past 10 days to future trends. But if patients report late for treatment, the death rate is likely to go up further.

Meanwhile, the state Friday reported 9280 new Covid-19 cases and the active figures came close to one lakh (currently at 99101). The overall caseload stood at 3,79,436.

The state has been recording 9000 plus cases since the month began, except for Thursday when it was 8865.

There is no respite in Bengaluru which recorded 2963 new Covid cases and 25 deaths on Friday. In the districts, Mysuru reported 776 new cases, followed by Ballari 447, Dakshina Kannada (428) and Tumakuru (424).

Meanwhile, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar was Friday admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru, days after he recovered from Covid-19. Sources said he started experiencing fever on Thursday. A source said that his oxygen saturation had dropped and he had urinary tract infection.

On August 31 he was discharged from another private hospital following his recovery from Covid-19.

Karnataka records highest single-day spike in new Covid cases


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