Bengaluru: After reporting the highest spike in new Covid-19 cases on Sunday and with Karnataka reporting 9k plus cases every day for the past four days, the numbers dipped on Monday with 8244 people testing positive. But this dip was because the number of tests came down from an average of 65+ daily to 45+ on Monday.
Authorities say that testing was low as it was a Sunday (Monday’s figures are actually that of Sunday till midnight).
There were 119 deaths, taking the total to 7384. Bengaluru recorded 2966 new cases and 37 deaths.
Meanwhile, authorities here say that the central government is closely monitoring six Karnataka districts with a high Covid-19 caseload — Bengaluru Urban, Davanagere, Koppal, Ballari, Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru.
“Review meetings have been happening with the Centre. At the last meeting, six districts were seen as the worst-affected,” said health commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey.
After Bengaluru, Mysuru has been recording a substantially high number of cases in the past few weeks. Currently, the district has more than 7,000 active infections. The case fatality rate stands at 2.2 per cent, which is higher than the state average of 1.6 per cent.
The government now plans to give greater focus on protecting vulnerable population groups such as pregnant women, elderly people with comorbidity and patients with tuberculosis or HIV in these six districts.
Meanwhile, with the rise in new Covid cases, there is up to a four-fold increase in the daily demand for medical oxygen in Karnataka. The state needs 400-500 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen daily, up from 100-150 metric tonnes in March-April