Bengaluru, May 19 (IANS) Three people succumbed to Covid-19 in Karnataka and 149 new positive cases, the highest single-day rise, have raised the state's tally to 1,395, according to an official, here on Tuesday.
"Positive case 1,185, 61-year-old male patient, resident of Ballari, died on Tuesday at a designated hospital. Tested positive for Covid-19," the health official said.
The deceased had a travel history to Bengaluru, suffered from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) and was also a known case of IHD with a recent cardiac surgery. It was Karnataka's 38th Covid-19 death and Ballari's first.
Ballari is 313 km north of Bengaluru.
A 65-year-old man from Vijayapura died of Covid-19 on Monday. "Positive case 1,291, known case of HTN, DM and IHD was brought dead on Monday to a designated hospital in Vijayapura. Tested positive for Covid-19," said the official. It was Karnataka's 39th Covid death and Vijayapura's fourth.
Vijayapura is 505 km north of Bengaluru.
Similarly, a 54-year-old man from the city succumbed to the virus on Monday. "Positive case 1,364, known case of IHD was admitted in a private hospital, Bengaluru, and died on Monday. Tested positive for Covid-19," said the official. This was Karnataka's 40th Covid-19 death and Bengaluru Urban's eighth.
Meanwhile, cases shot up by 149 in the state with spikes in Davangere, Kalaburagi, Mandya and Shivamogga among others. Nowadays, Karnataka is regularly posting the highest single-day rises, beating earlier maximums.
Of the 1,395 new cases, 811 are active, 543 discharges and 40 deaths.
Until Tuesday, 1.58 lakh samples were tested, of which 1.56 lakh tested negative.
Of all the new cases on Tuesday, Mandya contributed 71, followed by Davangere (20), Shivamogga (12), Kalaburagi (13), Bengaluru Urban (6), Chikkamagaluru and Bagalkote (5 each), Udupi and Uttara Kannada (4 each), Hassan (3) and Yadagiri, Vijayapura, Gadag, Bidar, Raichur and Chitradurga (one each).
Of this, 30 were contacts of earlier cases and 117 had inter-state travel history, majority to Mumbai, Maharashtra, India's Covid-19 epicentre.
Incidentally, new infections in the state are emanating more from inter-state travel history than contact history since a few days.
A 17-year-old girl from Chitradurga is suffering from SARI and a 32-year-old man from Bengaluru Urban is diagnosed with Influenza Like Illness. Among the new cases, 82 are men and 67 women of all age groups.
Meanwhile, green zones in the state plummeted to three: Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara and Chamarajanagara. Five top cities in Karnataka with respect to active cases are Mandya (139), Bengaluru Urban (114), Davangere (106), Kalaburagi (65) and Belagavi (51).
With 71 new cases, Mandya replaced Bengaluru Urban as the leading Covid-19 hotspot of Karnataka overnight.
Of the 40 deaths, Bengaluru Urban accounted for eight, Kalaburagi (7), Dakshina Kannada (5) and Davangere and Vijayapura (4 each), while the remaining were reported from other districts.
Among the 1,395 cases, 10 per cent patients were senior citizens, 64 per cent men and 36 per cent women with a discharge rate of 39 per cent.