Karnataka has recorded five deaths due to Covid-19 after 145 days in the last 24 hours, said officials.
Among the deceased, the death of a 20-year-old woman without any comorbidities and rise of BA 5 variant has become the reason for concern. The woman was suffering from typhoid and was admitted to hospital on August 3 in Dakshina Kannada district. She contracted Covid and died.
State health department is mulling stricter restrictions, including imposing fine for not wearing masks in public places, maintaining social distance and others. A high-level meeting of Covid Technical Advisory Committee supposed to be held on Wednesday was postponed due to illness of the Health Minister Dr K. Sudhakar.
When the meeting takes place, decision on alarming situation as well as imposing restrictions will be taken, sources in the health ministry said.
Sources said that the government will seriously think about restrictions on the Ganesh festival. The health department has already given its opinion in this regard and the government will have to take a call on that.
According to statistics of the health department the state recorded 1,680 Covid cases in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate has been increased to 6.80 per cent and number of active cases have risen to 10,351 in Karnataka.
Health department sources explained that the cases have reached 2,500-mark in the recent past in Karnataka. The hospitalisation is also steadily increasing. The BA 5 variant, which could affect people in spite of vaccination, is fast spreading in the state.
They also explained that the BA 5 variant is found among those who had taken three doses of vaccination. In this background, the health department is concerned and mulling restrictions in the state.
COVID situation in India
In the last 24 hours, India reported 16,299 new Covid-19 cases and 53 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. With the latest fatalities, the nationwide death toll now stands at 5,26,879.
The active caseload has declined to 1,25,076, accounting for 0.28 per cent of the country's total positive cases.
The recovery of 19,431 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,35,55,041. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.53 per cent.
While the daily positivity rate also declined to 4.58 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.85 per cent.
Also in the same period, a total of 3,56,153 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 87.92 crore.
As of Thursday morning, India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 207.29 crore, achieved via 2,75,36,174 sessions
Over 3.96 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.