Bengaluru, March 25 (IANS) Ten more people, including eight in the state capital, tested positive for coronavirus in Karnataka, raising the state's total to 51, said an official here on Wednesday.
"Till date, 51 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes one death and three discharges," a health official told IANS.
A 37-year-old woman from Chitradurga with travel history to Guyana, who returned to the city via Delhi on March 20, has been confirmed as Karnataka's 42nd coronavirus positive case.
A 63-year-old man from Bengaluru who returned on March 19 after travelling to Brazil and Argentina on March 19 is the 43rd case.
Similarly, a 59-year-old woman, wife of 43rd patient with similar travel history, tested positive as the 44th case.
Karnataka's 45th case is a 26-year-old man from Bengaluru who flew to Spain and returned to the city via Dubai on March 14. Another 26-year-old man who travelled with the 45th case has emerged as the 46th case.
A 63-year-old woman from Bengaluru who travelled to Athens and London returned to the city on March 18 tested positive as the 47th case. The 48th case is that of a 69-year-old man, husband of the 47th case, with similar travel pattern.
Two girls, a 9-year-old and a 7-year-old, daughters of the 17th case tested positive as the 49th and 50th cases, respectively. The 17th case was a 39-year-old man from Bengaluru who returned on March 19 from Amsterdam.
The last and 51st case from Karnataka on Wednesday is a 34-year-old man from Udupi who returned from Dubai on March 18.
All the new cases are admitted in designated hospitals here and across the state. The health department has begun their contact tracing.
As many as 32 cases from total 51 are from Benglauru and five are from the Dakshina Kannada district.
Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa sought donations from the public to render a helping hand in the wake of rapidly spreading Covid-19. "An appeal is made to render a helping hand to the needy, by way of joining hands with the state government in providing advanced medical support system and to donate voluntarily on humanitarian grounds for the noble cause of providing health services," said Yediyurappa.
He also shared the Chief Minister Relief Fund Covid-19's SBI account number, opened at the Vidhana Soudha Branch.
On Tuesday, home quarantine enforcement squads re-quarantined seven acting on complaints from the public. The state government has opened a Covid war room to map the positive cases zone-wise in real time.
Likewise, Corona watch mobile app, available at www.karnataka.gov.in, offers information on the places a positive person visited 14 days prior to testing positive.
Reinforcing the state's response to coronavirus, Benglauru civic body Commissioner B. H. Anil Kumar said the Fire Department had also been engaged to spray disinfectants.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has arranged meals for its night shelter occupants as they can't venture out during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, city Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao has introduced a pass system to regulate the movement of people, acting on Union Home Ministry directions. "Two types of passes will be issued, one for individuals and another for vehicles," said Rao.
The government vehicles and employees, and High Court employees are exempt.