Updated: April 26, 2020 8:45:46 pm
With a 45-year-old patient succumbing to Covid-19 in Bengaluru on Sunday, the death toll due to the disease rose to 19 in Karnataka.
According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, the deceased — a resident of Bengaluru Urban district – had been admitted to a city hospital on Friday.
“P 465 was diagnosed with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI). She had a medical history of Pneumonia and was diabetic with a past history of Tuberculosis. (She) died on Sunday (April 26) at a designated hospital in Bengaluru,” the official statement read.
Meanwhile, only three new cases (all contacts of earlier patients) were confirmed in the state on Sunday — the least daily additions recorded in the last fortnight or so. Of the new cases, two are from Kalaburagi while the other is from Dakshina Kannada.
According to health officials, the new case in Dakshina Kannada is of a 47-year-old woman in Panemangalore. “She has contracted the disease from Patient 432, a 78-year-old woman from Bantwala in the district who succumbed to comorbidities in Wenlock Hospital on April 23,” officials said.
While one case in Kalaburagi (P 502) is of a 65-year-old woman who has contracted the infection from P 422, the other is of a seven-year-old boy who was among the secondary contacts of P 425.
6 patients continue to be in ICU
Of the 302 active cases in the state, six patients continue to be in the Intensive Care Unit at designated isolation hospitals in the state, Karnataka Health Department stated.
The patients who are critically ill include P-101 (62-year-old female resident of Bengaluru who tested positive on March 31), P-273 (72-year-old male resident of Mysuru suffering from SARI and tested positive on April 15), P-349 (64-year-old female resident of Bengaluru suffering from SARI and tested positive on April 17), P-369 (65-year-old male resident of Mysuru suffering from SARI and tested positive on April 18), P-409 (67-year-old female resident of Bantwala, Dakshina Kannada suffering from SARI and tested positive on April 21), and P-466 (50-year-old male resident of Bengaluru suffering from SARI and tested positive on April 24).
Over 42,000 samples collected for testing to date
As many as 42,964 samples have been collected for COVID-19 testing in Karnataka as on Sunday. While 3,815 samples were collected on Sunday alone, over 3,000 samples have been sent for testing on an average in the last five days.
#COVID19 samples collected for testing in Karnataka on:
April 20 – 2093
April 21 – 2773
April 22 – 3279
April 23 – 2798
— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2020
Meanwhile, as many as 24 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharges recorded in the state to date to 182. Among those who recovered between 5 pm on Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday, eight are from Bengaluru Urban, four each are from Mysuru, Bagalkote and Mandya, and two each are from Belagavi and Ballari.
Most cases, discharges in Bengaluru, Mysuru
While 10 districts of the total 30 in Karnataka continue to be free from COVID-19, capital city Bengaluru has confirmed most cases (145) to date, including patients from both urban and rural areas.
With 8 more #COVID19 patients recovering from the infection in #Bengaluru, total recoveries in the city are up to 57. Total cases in Bengaluru: 133. Deaths: 5. Active cases: 71. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/GUGXX0OC4r
— Express Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) April 26, 2020
Mysuru is second on the list with 89 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed so far, and Belagavi (54 cases) third.
As many as 23,284 people are under observation across the state, according to statistics provided by the health department.
Now, farmers can directly sell items at Nandini parlours
In a bid to help farmers sell items such as flowers, fruits and vegetables more easily amid the lockdown, the Department of Horticulture and the Karnataka Milk Federation Sunday allowed them to sell their products at Nandini milk parlours across the state.
Adding to an order issued by Horticulture Director B Venkatesh, KMF officials said the farmers would be provided with drinking water, buttermilk, hand sanitisers and masks to help them conduct their sales smoothly.
“This facility can be used thoroughly by farmers and farmer associations,” the order read.
British minister lauds Karnataka CM for containing COVID-19
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland Sunday appreciated Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa for the measures taken to control the pandemic in the state.
The CM was interacting with the English minister and expatriates from Karnataka when Buckland sought information about the containment and lockdown measures in place in the state and in India to avoid further spread of COVID-19.
Apprising him on the situation, Yediyurappa said: “We are concerned that no one should go hungry and this has been made possible with immense support and cooperation from people. Economic activities will begin according to the guidelines of the Central Government in a phased or graded manner in the coming days.”
During the interaction, Yediyurappa assured Kannadigas residing abroad that they need not worry about their parents or elders in the state as their well-being would be taken care of. He requested them to ask those in the state to contact helpline numbers for medical and other needs.
“The state government will also consider issues regarding loan repayment faced by students studying abroad once the situation turns normal,” he added.
Further, Yediyurappa promised that the state government will be in touch with the Centre regarding the rescue of Kannadigas stranded abroad once operations of international flights resume.
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