By Sharon Thambala
Bengaluru, April 14 (IANS) India’s tech city has become Covid-19 hotspot with 80 cases, highest in Karnataka, including two deaths, according to an official here on Tuesday.
“With 80 cases, Bengaluru accounts for the highest number of cases in Karnataka,” said a city civic body official.
Among these cases, 47 are admitted to designated hospitals, 31 got discharged while two people succumbed to the coronavirus.
On Monday, the city registered its second Covid-19 death when a 65-year-old man with the severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) succumbed to the coronavirus. Recording its first positive case on March 8, Bengaluru registered eight cases, highest in a single day, on March 23 and 24. On other days, cases didn’t exceed five.
Within the city, until Sunday, Bengaluru East registered the highest number of cases at 18, followed by South (15), West (10), Mahadevapura (10) and others.
The number of recovered cases, however, are less than half the positive cases at 31, but 16 short of active cases. The highest number of recovered cases are in Mahadevapura (8), followed by Bengaluru East and South (six each).
Highest recoveries of six occurred on Saturday, followed by four on March 5, while the rest of the days it was not more than two.
It took nine days for the city to register 10 positive cases, and only six more to rise to 20 and just one day to shoot up to 30 and beyond subsequently.
The 14-28 years age bracket recorded the highest number of cases at 36 until Sunday, followed by under-14 with 29 cases and the 28 years and above with 11 cases. In case of recovery, the 28 years and above age bracket registered 13 cases and the 14-28 years age group 12.
Among the 14 hospitals treating Covid-19 cases in the city, Victory Hospital has the highest case-load with 24 patients, followed by Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (12).
Interestingly, 55 per cent or 42 patients had travel history, while 25 per cent (19) were primary contacts. Travel history to the UK infected highest number of people (9), followed by Dubai (8), Germany and the USA (5 each), Spain (4), Saudi Arabia (3), Brazil (2), and France, Greece, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sri Lanka and Switzerland (one each).
After Bengaluru, the next Covid-19 hotspots in the state are Mysuru (47 cases), Dakshin Kannada (12), Bidar (11), Belagavi and Kalaburagi (10 each), Chikkaballapura and Uttara Kannada (9 each), Bagalkot (8) and Ballari (6).
Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have registered higher number of cases than Bengaluru.
(Sharon Thambala can be contacted at [email protected])