12 new cases take Karnataka total to 76
BENGALURU: Twelve fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in Karnataka on Saturday, taking the total number to 76. Of the 12 cases, 10 are secondary infections caused by Covid-19 patients.
This is the steepest increase in positive cases in a single day. While five cases have been reported from Chikkaballapura, four are from Uttara Kannada, two from Bengaluru and one from Davanagere. Of the 12 patients, five are women.
The wife and two daughters of a 65-year-old man from Uttara Kannada (who had returned from Dubai on March 18 and tested positive four days ago) have now tested positive. The woman, 54, and her daughters, aged 28 and 23, are in a designated hospital in Uttara Kannada. This is the third case of an entire family being infected in the state.
A 24-year-old resident of Uttara Kannada has also tested positive. He was a relative and primary contact of a 40-year-old Covid-19 patient who returned from Dubai on March 21 and tested positive on March 24.
Bengaluru has reported two new cases; both patients have travel history to London. A 21-year-old-man who had returned from London to Bengaluru on March 17 has tested positive. His father, 51, had also tested positive on March 22 after returning from London on March 13. The security guards and a domestic help working in their house had also contracted the infection. A 63-year-old woman from Bengaluru who had returned from London on March 16 has tested positive. With this, Bengaluru has seen a total of 41 cases, including one fatality. Five people have been discharged.
A 20-year-old man from Davanagere who had no travel history but was a primary contact of a patient from Chitradurga has tested positive. The Chitradurga woman, 37, had returned from Guyana on March 20 and tested positive on March 25. She had chosen to undergo treatment in a private hospital in Davanagere. Her father, a sitting MP, who had accompanied her from Delhi to Chitradurga, however, tested negative.
Chikkaballapura count goes up by 5
What has turned out to be problematic for the health and family welfare department is Karnataka’s 19th patient — a 31-year-old-man from Chikkaballapura who had travelled to Mecca and tested positive on March 21. On Saturday, five of his relatives tested positive. They include two male relatives aged 18 and 23 hailing from Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh. The other three are two men, aged 70 and 38, and a 32-year-old woman from Chikkaballapura. All five new patients are being treated in the isolation ward of the district hospital. With this, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Chikkaballapura are stands at 8. The government has constituted a special team to trace all those who had come in contact with the man who returned from Mecca.