Karnataka reports 15 fresh COVID-19 cases; total number climbs to 247


Karnataka reported 15 new
coronavirus cases on Monday morning, taking the state’s tally to 247.

This includes six deaths and 59 patients who have recovered and have been discharged.

Out of the 15 fresh cases, 13 have come in contact with the patients who had previously tested positive for the contagious virus.

Four people in Hubbali, Dharwad — a 55-year-old male, a 74-year-old female, a 36-year-old male and a 37-year-old male — have come out to be positive and are currently being treated at a designated hospital in Dharwad.

On the other hand, three members of a family in Malavalli, Mandya tested positive days after one person from the household was admitted to a designated hospital after contracting coronavirus. The three include a 60-year-old female, who is the mother of the earlier patient, while an eight-year-old daughter and 18-year-old nephew of the patient have also tested positive.

One person from Bagalakote, two from Bidar and three from Railbag, Belagavi, have also contracted the virus and are under observation at designated hospitals in their respective cities.

Apart from these, a 39-year-old male with a travel history to Delhi tested positive in Bengaluru’s Doddaballapura. A 62-year-old male with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) in Bengaluru Urban has also been infected by the virus.

Amid several reports, experts earlier told Bangalore Mirror that SARI cases are not an indication of community transmission of coronavirus. Dr C Nagaraja, the Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) said SARI cases were similar to other respiratory cases. “SARI cases don’t indicate that it is a case of community transmission as the patients are yet to completely reveal their primary contacts or travel history.”

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SARI cases need not be cause for concern: Doctors

We asked experts if the new SARI cases are an indication that there is a community transmission in the city as their contacts have not been identified, but they said this may be only because the patients are yet to reveal all their contacts or travel history.

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