Record spike in Covid-19 cases in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi districts

Source: TNN | Published on 9th August 2020, 12:28 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru/Udupi: A record 24-hour spike of 314 fresh Covid-19 cases in Udupi on Saturday, coupled with 194 cases in Dakshina Kannada (DK) saw the two districts breach the 500 mark for the first time at 508 cases. The two districts on July 30 had reported 446 new cases, with Udupi on that day accounting for 248 cases. Saturday’s development saw the total positive cases reported in DK go up to 7,075 as against 5,919 in Udupi.

The day also saw 11 Covid-19 related deaths reported in the districts, with Udupi accounting for five fatalities and DK 6. This saw total fatalities in DK rise to 214 and that in Udupi to 60. Health authorities in the districts discharged 272 patients to bring down active cases in Udupi to 2,717 and in Dakshina Kannada to 3,374. DK has thus far discharged 3,487 patients and Udupi 3,347.

Four of the five deaths reported in Udupi district—all patients with co-morbidities—were reported from Udupi taluk with a 56-year-old man from Kundapur being the fifth victim, deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha, said. On the other hand, Mangaluru taluk in Dakshina Kannada district recorded all the six deaths, and co-morbidities were found in five of these victims, deputy commissioner K V Rajendra said.

Mangaluru taluk accounted for 129 of the 194 cases, Belthangady and Puttur 16 each, Bantwal 15 and Sullia seven, 11 cases were patients from outside the district. Influenza-like-illness (ILI) accounted for 98 cases, and the source of infection in 69 patients is being traced, 15 are primary contacts of infected patients and 12 are diagnosed with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI). In Udupi, 156 were primary contacts, 69 were ILI patients, 6 had SARI and source of infection in 79 patients is being traced.

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