According to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, 35,183 tests were carried out in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

A person in PPE taking a nasal swab for COVID-19 testing
news Coronavirus Thursday, October 08, 2020 - 13:11

Bengaluru reported 5,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the cumulative active cases in the capital city to 58,624. The city continued to have 18 containment zones, a figure that has been unchanged in the last few days. A total of 2,057 recovered and 55 people succumbed to the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. Cumulatively, the city has had 2,62,241 COVID-19 cases, 2,00,426 recoveries and 3,191 deaths. According to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), 35,183 tests were carried out in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Karnataka on Wednesday reported its highest single-day spike of over 10,900 COVID-19 cases and 113 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 6,68,652 and the toll to 9,574. The day also saw 9,832 patients getting discharged after recovery and the active cases stood at 1,16,153, the health department said.

The number of samples tested in the state crossed the 55 lakh mark. On Wednesday a total of 1,04,348 tests were done, taking the cumulative to 55,24,302. Out of the 10,947 cases reported on Wednesday, 5,000 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The previous biggest single-day spike was recorded on September 29 with 10,453 cases. Cumulatively 6,68,652 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 9,574 deaths and 5,42,906 discharges, the department said in its bulletin. Of the active cases, 1,15,312 patients are stable in isolation at designated hospitals, while 841 are in Intensive Care Units.

Amid a spike in cases, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday will chair a meeting with Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Panchayat CEOs, Police Superintendents and District Health officers of 10 districts that have high positive cases.

Bengaluru Urban recorded 55 of the total of 113 deaths, followed by Mysuru (9), Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada (7), Hassan and Tumakuru (5), Kolar (4), Bagalkote and Ramanagara (3), Bengaluru Rural, Dharwad, Haveri and Udupi (2), and Belagavi, Bidar, Chamarajanagara, Chikkamagaluru, Kalaburagi, Kodagu and Vijayapura (1).

Most of the deceased were either with a history of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) or Influenza-like illness (ILI), the bulletin said. Among the districts where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 5,000 followed by Mysuru (979), Hassan (471), Uttara Kannada (462), Dakshina Kannada (447), Ballari (258), Tumakuru (250), Chitradurga (217), Udupi (209), Mandya (207), followed by others.]

Bengaluru Urban topped districts in both positive cases and discharges — 2,62,241 and 2,00,426. Mysuru has 39,590 positive cases and Ballari has 33,515. In recoveries, Mysuru was second at 31,694, followed by Ballari at 30,153. As many as 48,658 samples were tested on Wednesday, using rapid antigen kits.

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