Karnataka sees 79 percent fall in covid numbers in a month

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July 12, 2021

Bengaluru, July 12: Karnataka’s Covid-19 numbers fell by 79 per cent in past one month, even though the number of daily cases has not yet reached pre-second wave figures.

On Sunday, 1,978 new cases were registered in the state, out of which 22 per cent or 433 cases were found in Bengaluru Urban. Four weeks ago, an average 5,900 cases were being found daily in the state, at a time when the state was conducting about 1.56 lakh tests per day.

Comparing that with the last seven days shows that the state has been finding 2,522 new cases daily. The number of daily tests too have declined slightly. In this past week, an average of 1.49 lakh tests were done. 

After Bengaluru Urban’s 433 cases, the next highest caseloads reported on Sunday were from Mysuru district (261 cases), Dakshina Kannada (195 cases), Hassan (132 cases) and Shivamogga (124 cases). The total number of new cases and 2,326 discharges statewide brings Karnataka’s active caseload to 36,737. 

In addition, 56 new deaths were disclosed on Sunday, which is in keeping with the declining death toll due to Covid. Of these 56 new deaths, six had happened in late May and eight in June. Out of the rest, only seven occurred on Sunday, 19 had happened on Saturday and 11 on Friday. 

Among the fatalities, the youngest was an 18-year-old woman from Kolar who died at a private hospital on July 10, nine days after being diagnosed with the disease. She also had symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) but no known comorbidities.

The oldest was an 88-year-old woman in Bengaluru Urban who also died on Saturday, within 24 hours of being diagnosed with the disease. She also suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

The state administered 1.34 lakh doses on Sunday, which is roughly half of the average number of doses given in the previous 14 days. Out of the doses given, 85,779 were first doses while 48,953 were second doses. The new doses constituted a slight increase in the state’s vaccination coverage.

As per data, 40.91 per cent of all adults in Karnataka have had the first dose while 9.20 per cent have had the second dose. In Bengaluru Urban, the first dose coverage has reached 64.09 per cent while the second dose coverage has reached 14.20 per cent.

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September 19,2021

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Mangaluru, Sept 19: A day after Hindu Mahasabha issued a veiled death threat against Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai over the demolition of a temple in Mysuru, the police have arrested the outfit’s Karnataka unit General Secretary Dharmendra. 

Addressing a press conference in Mangaluru Saturday, office-bearers of the Hindu Mahasabha accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of backstabbing Hindus, saying even “Mahatma Gandhi was not spared in a bid to protect Hindus”. 

“We didn’t spare Gandhi ji, what do you amount to then? If Gandhi ji could be assassinated to condemn atrocities on Hindus, do you think we won’t consider the same for you? Please remember it will become very difficult for you Basavaraj Bommai, B.S. Yediyurappa and Endowments minister Shashikala Jolle,” Dharmendra said.

Interestingly, soon after the press conference, Hindu Mahasabha state president Lohith Kumar had filed a complaint with the Barke police in the city against Dharmendra for misusing the outfit's name.

The police today confirmed the arrest of Dharmendra. However, the rest of the accused who were present at the press meet are yet to be apprehended.

Dharmendra, who had unsuccessfully contested on a Hindu Mahasabha ticket in 2018 assembly elections from Mangalore South constituency, was announcing a massive protest to be staged by the right wing outfit in Mysuru Wednesday condemning the demolition of the temple, before going on a tirade against the Karnataka government and leaders of the BJP.

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September 20,2021

Bengaluru, Sept 20: The state’s Covid-19 numbers continued their descent - a trend which first set in eight weeks ago. In the last seven days, Karnataka registered 6,131 cases, which is 6.6% lower than the 6,571 cases recorded the week before.

The decline allayed fears that cases were on the rise again between September 15 to 17, when case numbers increased to beyond a thousand per day, after days of a decline.

Considering weekly averages, Karnataka’s Covid-19 numbers fell by 29% over the last 30 days, but of equal concern is that the statewide testing numbers, which despite getting a boost in the middle part of last week, have been steadily declining.

In the last seven days, the state government conducted 9.78 lakh tests, which was 9.84 lakh the week before. The average number of tests conducted has declined by 20.4% over the course of the last 30 days.

The state’s declining case numbers are due to abrupt drops in case registrations on some days. Sunday was one of these days with Karnataka recording 783 new cases. Out of these, Bengaluru Urban disclosed that it had identified 267 new cases, comprising 34% of the statewide total for the day.

The decline in the number of new cases in the city has been less steep. Over the last 30 days, the average number of cases have fallen by 8.6%, with testing rates having plummeted by 12.9%.

The next highest cases were recorded in Dakshina Kannada (97), Udupi district (82) and Mysuru district (69).

The new statewide cases, coupled with 1,139 discharges, leave Karnataka’s active caseload at 15,383. Health officials also announced 16 new fatalities. Barring two of the deaths which happened on Sunday, six were backlog deaths which had occurred in July and May.

Covid-19 among children

Between September 12 and 18, the state recorded 247 new cases of Covid-19 of children aged below 11. Among teens (11 to 19), it recorded 827 new cases. In contrast, 289 pre-teen and 888 teen cases were reported in the week before last (5-11 September). Over the last 14 days, pre-teen cases comprise 4.1% of daily Covid-19 cases.

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September 17,2021

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Kasaragod: Nagma Mohammed Mallick, a native of Kasaragod has been appointed as the Indian Ambassador to Poland. She took charge of the office on September 1. Nagma is the daughter of Mohammad Habibullah and Sulu Bhanu, both residents of Fort Road, Kasaragod.

Habibullah and his family shifted to Delhi from Kasaragod after getting a job in the Central Government's Overseas Communications Department. Nagma was born and raised in Delhi. She studied at St. Stephen's College and Delhi School of Economics. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in economics.

She started her career in 1991 as a career diplomat in the foreign service. Her first assignment was to the UNESCO Indian Mission in Paris. Later, she worked in various departments of the Ministry of External Affairs. She also served as staff officer to former Prime Minister IK Gujral.

Nagma was in charge of the commercial wing at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu. She was also an ambassador to Tunisia and Brunei. Her husband is Mallick, a lawyer in Delhi.

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