Covid-19: Karnataka goes past 10-lakh cases mark | Bengaluru News – Times of India


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BENGALURU: Karnataka’s cumulative Covid-19 cases crossed the grim 10-lakh mark, with the 4,234 new infections reported on Thursday taking the caseload to 10,01,238 since the pandemic hit last year.
Karnataka is only the third state in the country to cross the 10-lakh mark. Maharashtra had gone past the mark in September last year, while Kerala surpassed the mark on February 14. Till date, Maharashtra has reported 28.1 lakh Covid cases and Kerala 11.2 lakh.
After Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh has, cumulatively, the highest number of cases at 9 lakh, followed closely by Tamil Nadu (8.8 lakh), and Delhi (6.6 lakh).
It may be recalled that the state had crossed the 5-lakh mark on September
18. However, containment measures which the state government put in place helped slow down the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus and the doubling time from 5 lakh to 10 lakh was close to seven months. However, the state is now again witnessing a surge in cases.
Having done 1.1 lakh tests on Thursday, the state witnessed a daily positivity rate of 3.6%. On Thursday, Bengaluru alone accounted for 2,906 new cases.
However, health department authorities say it took Karnataka more than a year to record 10 lakh Covid cases. The state had logged the first case on March 8, 2020 when a techie who returned from the US tested positive on arrival in Bengaluru.
Karnataka’s 10 lakh cases include 9,57,769 persons who have recovered. The state has lost 12,585 people to the disease so far. That apart, the state currently has 30,865 active cases – the number of people who are receiving treatment.
A majority of cases in Karnataka have been reported from Bengaluru which has seen 4.3 lakh Covid cases till date. This includes more than 4.1 lakh persons who have recovered. Karnataka has so far conducted 2.1 crore Covid tests, of which 1.7 crore were RT-PCR tests.

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