Domestic returnees fuel rise in K’taka COVID cases

Returnees from domestic travel formed a major share of the 187 COVID cases registered in Karnataka on Monday, raising the state’s tally to 3,408, an official said on Monday.

“New cases reported from Sunday 5 p.m. to Monday 5 p.m., 187,” said a health official.

Of the new cases, domestic returnees were 125 or 67 per cent of the cases.

Cases who returned from Maharashtra constituted 114 or 92 per cent of the returnees.

Incidentally, cases with contact history rose to 54.

In the past 24 hours, cases spiked in Bengaluru Urban, Kalaburagi, Mandya, Udupi, Hassan, Chikkaballapura and Shivamogga.

Among the new cases, Bengaluru Urban contributed (28), followed by Kalaburagi (24), Mandya (15), Udupi (73), Hassan (16), Shivamogga (9), Chikkaballapura (5), Ballari (3), Dakshina Kannada (4), Bidar, Bagalkote and Dharwad (2 each), Vijayapura, Kolar, Haveri and Ramanagar (1 each).

Of the new cases, 127 are men and 60 women, including 11 children below 10.

A 90-year-old man patient from Bengaluru succumbed to the virus, raising the state’s toll to 52.

Across the state, 2,026 are active cases, 1,328 discharged, and 12 patients in ICU.

On Monday, 110 patients got discharged.

In the past 24 hours, Karnataka has tested 11,241 persons, of which 10,807 tested negative.

In total, three lakh samples have been tested so far, of which 2.97 lakh were negative.

Top five places with active cases in the state include Yadgir (257), Mandya (224), Udupi (196), Raichur (179) and Kalaburagi (170).

Of the total, Bengaluru Urban has so far accounted for 11 deaths, followed by Kalaburagi (7), Dakshina Kannada (6) and Vijayapura and Bidar (5 each) among others.