Bengaluru: Karnataka on Wednesday reported 10,959 new infections of coronavirus disease, taking the overall caseload of the state to 27,28,248, the state health bulletin updated. In a continued trend, recoveries outnumbered daily new cases as 20,246 more people recuperated from the novel virus on Wednesday.
"With 20,246 patients discharged during the day, 24,80,411 recovered, while the state's Covid tally rose to 27,28,248, including 2,15,525 active cases, with 10,959 new cases registered on Tuesday," said the bulletin.
Bengaluru, which has emerged as the new epicenter of the pandemic, reported 2,385 fresh infections, taking the its Covid tally to 11,89,541, including 98,125 active cases, while recoveries rose to 10,76,247 with 6,185 patients discharged in the last 24 hours.
A total number of 192 fatalities were reported in the state on Wednesday, including 50 in Bengaluru, taking the state's cumulative fatality toll to 32,391, while the city's overall death toll stood at 15,168.
Out of 1,63,962 tests conducted across the state during the day, 44,094 were through rapid antigen detection and 1,19,868 through RT-PCR method.
"Cumulatively, 1,59,45,717 beneficiaries, including senior citizens above 60 years, healthcare workers and frontline warriors received the jab since the vaccination drive was launched across the southern state on January 16," added the bulletin.
Meanwhile, as daily cases maintain declining trend, Karnataka is likely to unlock from June 14 in a staggered manner to prevent any further surge in Covid cases, state Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Wednesday.
"As lifting the extended lockdown in one go will result in Covid cases surging, unlocking will be done in a staggered manner from June 14," Sudhakar told reporters after a review meeting.
"Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa will decide on modalities of unlocking, which will be based on the advice of the state technical advisory committee, comprising health experts," Sudhakar said.
The state has been under extended lockdown since April 27 to keep the virus spread in check.