Bengaluru: As Karnataka increased its testing to over a lakh Wednesday, the state reported 10,947 new COVID positive cases, taking the active cases to 1,16,153 and the total caseload to over 6.6 lakh.
The state also recorded a high in the number of deaths with 113 patients succumbing to the virus, taking the toll to 9574.
Bengaluru recorded 5000 new cases and 55 deaths Wednesday. Cases were high in the districts too with Mysuru recording 979 new Covid positive cases and Dakshina Kannada, Utara Kannada and Hassana over 400 cases each.
Meanwhile, worried over the spiralling number of Covid-19 cases across Bengaluru, authorities have asked factory workers and highly vulnerable groups in apartment complexes to undergo Covid test to curb the spread of the cases through undetected contacts.
The authorities are facing a tough time as families appear to be holding back people with even mild symptoms to come forward and get themselves tested for the virus because of the fear of stigma.
The growing mortality figures are also worrying authorities. Bengaluru Urban is in fifth place among 25 districts in the country with high virus deaths, according to data released by the Centre on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, facing flak, the government partially rolled back its increase in the fine for not wearing masks in public places from Rs 1,000 in urban areas and Rs 500 in rural areas to Rs 250 and Rs 100 respectively.
A new order said, “Due to public outrage, the government consulted with experts, and the fine for not wearing masks in public has been reduced from Rs 1,000 in urban areas to Rs 250 and from Rs 500 in rural areas to Rs 100. This will come into effect immediately.”
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