Single-day Covid-19 spike crosses 150 mark as Karnataka reports another death

The Bengaluru Urban district reported the highest number of positive cases — 156 — when 1,272 people were tested.

ByChetana Belagere

Published Dec 22, 2023 | 10:06 PMUpdatedDec 23, 2023 | 1:30 PM

Karnataka has intensified testing across the state. (Representational image)

The single-day spike in Covid-19 went past the 150 mark in Karnataka on Friday, 22 December, as opposed to Thursday’s 106.

With one more death reported in the 24 hours preceding 8 am, the toll in the recent spike went up to four.

Of the 2,366 samples tested during the reporting period of 24 hours, 78 returned positive. On Thursday, the state tested 2,263 people, and 24 of them tested positive for the virus.

The Health Department’s Covid-19 bulletin said 162 of the 175 fresh active cases have been quarantined at their respective residences. As many as 13 people have been hospitalised and six of them were under intensive care.

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Highest in Bengaluru Urban

The Bengaluru Urban district reported the highest number of positive cases, 156 when 1,272 people were tested.

Bengaluru Rural tested 279 people, and one tested positive, while two people out of the 11 tested in Bellary were diagnosed with Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government formed a Cabinet sub-committee headed by Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao to tackle the spread of Covid-19 and The new variant, JN.1.

The sub-committee would coordinate with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The new panel has Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Rudrappa Patil, Social Welfare Minister HC Mahadevappa, and Higher Education Minister MC Sudhakar as its members.