Bengaluru: In yet another record high, Karnataka has reported 49,058 new cases of coronavirus infections, of which 23,406 are from capital city Bengaluru. In the same time, the state has also saw 328 more people succumbing to the virus, as per the state's health bulletin.
"With 49,058 new cases on Wednesday, the state's Covid tally shot up to 17,90,104, including 5,17,075 active cases, while recoveries rose to 12,55,797, with 18,943 patients discharged during the day," said the bulletin.
Bengaluru, which has emerged as the new epicenter of the viral infection logged in 23,706 fresh cases on Wednesday, taking city's overall Covid tally to 8,87,086, including 3,32,732 active cases while 5,47,208 recovered so far, with 4,149 discharged in the last 24 hours.
With 328 patients, including 139 in Bengaluru succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, the state's death toll rose to 17,212 and the city's toll to 7,145 since the pandemic broke out in mid-March a year ago.
Out of 1,64,441 tests conducted across the state during the day, 11,071 were through rapid antigen detection and 1,53,370 through RT-PCR method.
Positivity rate increased to 29.83 per cent and case fatality rate to 0.66 per cent across the state on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, 42,850 people, including 9,384 senior citizens above 60 years of age, 9,552 in the 45-59 years age group and 363 in the 18-44 years age group were vaccinated across the state during the day.
"Cumulatively, 1,01,34,203 people, including healthcare workers and frontline warriors received the jab till date since the nationwide vaccination drive was launched on January 16 across the southern state," added the bulletin.
As daily covid cases continue to spiral, experts have suggested that the lockdown in the state must be extended for at least two more weeks, stating that the state is yet to reach peak.
Karnataka is one of the top five worst hit states by the pandemic. It had reported over 50,000 cases on Wednesday.