COVID gallops across Karnataka

Bengaluru peaking in Covid cases, say experts

Bengaluru: Just days after Karnataka decided to ease all major Covid-19 restrictions, the state recorded 9386 new coronavirus cases — the highest single-day spike in recent times. With these new cases, the caseload has gone up to 3,09,798 and active cases to 84987.

The state also recorded a high in the number of deaths – 141, taking the toll to 5232.

With many Bengalurians coming out in the open regardless of the virus spread, the capital city recorded 3357 new cases, taking the total to 1,18,728. The city also reported 59 Covid-related deaths, choking all the crematoria.

The virus is also rapidly spreading in the districts. Bengaluru’s ‘twin city’ Mysuru reported 895 new Covid cases followed by Ballari (550), Davanagere (391), Hassana (334), Belagavi (318) and Shivamogga (306).

Meanwhile, according to the Covid war room figures, the state reported 56% of its Covid deaths in just 25 days of August. A deeper analysis showed that a third of these patients died on the very day they were admitted or the next day. Another 4.5% died before receiving any treatment, either at home or before reaching hospital.

Experts say that often patients ignore early symptoms and allow infection to spread to the lungs. They often report to the hospital in very serious condition.

Many do not report to hospitals fearing that they would be ostracised.

However, there is some good news too. Karnataka’s recovery rate has improved significantly with an average of 6,186 patients being discharged each day as of August 25.

August, which accounts for most number of deaths reported in the state, also saw a staggering 1.5 lakh discharges which pushed the overall recovery rate past 70% from just 40% as on July 31.


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