Record single-day spikes: Karnataka logs 39,047 Covid cases, Bengaluru 22,596 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Karnataka and Bengaluru on Wednesday reported another single-day record spike in fresh Covid-19 cases, registering 39,047 and 22,596 new infections, respectively.
While the state’s previous daily high was 34,804 cases reported on Sunday, its capital had, on the same day, reported 20,733 cases, its highest ever.

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Having conducted 1.7 lakh tests in the past 24 hours, the state’s daily positivity rate was a high 22.7%.
For the third time in five days, the state reported more than 200 deaths. Wednesday’s 229 Covid deaths is its highest till date and 137 of them were from Bengaluru. Twenty-five of the patients died at home and three were brought dead to hospital. The dead at home included a one-year-old girl suffering from congenital disorders in Haveri.
Reflecting a deteriorating situation, the number of Covid patients in ICUs across the state touched 2,192, including 842 in Bengaluru, 354 in Kalaburagi, 159 in Tumakuru and 122 in Dharwad. Besides Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru (1,759), Kolar (1,194), Tumakuru (1,174), Ballari (1,106) and Hassan (1,001) were the other districts reporting 1,000-plus cases.
Lockdown impact to be felt next week: Expert
The positive cases seen on Wednesday would be of the samples collected between last Saturday and Monday,” Dr MK Sudarshan, chairperson, Covid technical advisory committee, said, adding that most of the persons testing positive now may have got infected in the past one week.
According to him, real impact of the lockdown will be seen from next week. “We can hope for early effects of the shutdown from Wednesday onwards,” he said.
Amid rising cases, vaccination continued to be on the wane across the state. Of 6,119 vaccination sessions planned, only 344 were held. Several senior citizens waiting for their second dose were turned away from hospitals where they had taken the first dose. “We wanted to step out only if the vaccine was available. But in a hospital near JP Nagar, there is no stock of the first dose,” said a senior citizen.
A family of four members — all above the age of 45 years and who had delayed their first dose due to illhealth of one of them for the past one month — frantically searched for the first dose of vaccine on Wednesday. “It has become a worry as the doctors had earlier suggested my mother to avoid vaccination till she recovers from a surgery she had undergone. We postponed our vaccination too. Now, we hear of shortage everywhere,” said a 49-year-old IT professional from Nagarabhavi.
Doctors said vaccine shortage, lack of transport and fear of stepping out will result in low vaccination turnout in the coming days. “Only those who are educated, having their own vehicles and those who check about the vaccine availability prior to reaching out to the hospital will be able to access the Covid vaccines,” said Dr Sudarshan.


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