Coastal districts account for 7% of Karnataka’s fresh Covid-19 cases | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU/UDUPI: On a day Karnataka clocked record spurt of 8642 new Covid-19 cases, the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi made a 7% contribution of their own with a combined tally of 609 cases.
While Udupi district recorded 375 new cases, Dakshina Kannada reported 234 cases on Wednesday taking the total positive cases in these districts to 9,041 and 9,535 respectively. Active cases in DK are now 2,303 and that in Udupi 2,831.
With four more deaths, Dakshina Kannada’s tally of Covid-19-related fatalities rose to 290. Among the taluks, Mangaluru recorded the highest number of 148 cases followed by Bantwal that recorded 29 cases. Puttur and Sullia recorded 14 and 13 cases, respectively. Out of the total number of cases reported, 105 including 67 males were symptomatic and 104 had an influenza-like illness (ILI) and cause of infection in 76 others is under investigation.
In the 375 Covid-19 cases reported in Udupi, 276 including 130 males were asymptomatic. The source of infection in 205 was through primary contacts, 67 had ILI and 93 cases of infection are under investigation and five were reported in domestic travellers and two in people outside the district. Out of the total cases, Udupi taluk recorded 215 cases, followed by Kundapur with 131 cases and Karkala recorded 27 cases. Covid19 fatalities in Udupi is 78.
With the number of cases on the rise, clamour for setting up plasma therapy centres in Mangaluru is growing and several private hospitals are trying hard for permission. Currently, youth are travelling to Bengaluru for plasma therapy. At least 13 donors through NGOs Blood help Care Karnataka and Wellness Helpline travelled to Bengaluru to donate plasma in the last couple of weeks. The volunteers believe that many donors are willing to donate plasma.
Nawaz Ullal, one such donor told reporters that setting up such centres in the city will save the willing donors the hardship of making the arduous and back breaking journey to Bengaluru on the ragged Shirady Ghat. “The government on priority should consider setting up a plasma therapy centre here,” Nawaz said, adding that the NGOs are in touch with doctors in Bengaluru who are ready to arrange plasma for patients here for replacement from donors here.

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