A 32-year-old man from Bengaluru Urban succumbed to Covid-19 even as 196 cases have been reported in the past 19 hours, the highest single-day rise, taking the state's tally to 1,939, according to an official, on Saturday (23 May).
"The number of new Covid-19 cases from Friday 5 p.m. to Saturday noon is 196," said the official.
"Positive case 1,270, a resident of Bengaluru Urban, admitted to the designated hospital on Tuesday with breathing difficulty. He died on Saturday due to cardiac arrest," said a health official.
The deceased also suffered from comorbidities. His death is Karnataka's 42nd Covid-19 death and Bengaluru Urban's 10th.
Another patient died during the day but for a non-covid reason -- second such death in the state. "Positive case 1,783 died due to non-Covid reason," said the official. The 55-year-old man from Dakshina Kannada had returned from Maharashtra.
Of all the cases, 1,297 are active, 598 discharges and 42 deaths. During the day, one patient from Mandya got discharged.
Of the new cases, Yadagiri contributed 72, followed by Raichur (39), Mandya (28), Chikkaballapura (20), Gadag (15), Dakshina Kannada and Davangere (3 each), Hassan and Bengaluru Urban (4 each), Kolar and Uttara Kannada (2 each) and Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Udupi, and Belagavi (1 each).
Until Friday (22 May) evening, the Yadagiri district had only 15 active cases. It has now shot up to 87. Incidentally, the small northern district was a green zone for many days till recently.
A majority of the cases reported travel history to Maharashtra, India's Covid-19 hotspot.
Bengaluru Urban has seen 10 deaths, followed by Kalaburagi (7), Dakshina Kannada (5) and Davangere and Vijayapura (4 each), and remaining from other districts.
Until Friday, of the 1,743 cases, 9 per cent were senior citizens, 63 per cent men and 37 per cent women. The state's patient discharge rate has fallen to 34 per cent.
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