Bangalore, December 27, 2023: In the latest update on the Covid-19 situation in Karnataka, health authorities have reported three deaths and 31 cases of the new variant. Despite the rise in cases, the state government has decided not to impose restrictions on New Year celebrations.
According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, out of 192 samples submitted for genome sequencing, results for 60 samples are now available. The remaining results are expected to be disclosed by Wednesday.
The distribution of the reported cases includes 20 in Bengaluru city, 4 in Mysuru, 3 in Mandya, and one each in Ramanagara, Bengaluru Rural, Kodagu, and Chamarajanagar. Unfortunately, two deaths occurred in Bengaluru, and one in Ramanagara district.
As of Monday, Karnataka has 436 active cases of Covid-19, with 125 new cases reported. The positivity rate in the last 24 hours is 3.96%, and the fatality rate stands at 2.4%. Bengaluru city alone has 360 active cases.
The state government has been closely monitoring the situation, especially considering the surge in Covid-19 cases in neighboring Kerala. While several meetings have been held to address the concerns, authorities clarified that there will be no restrictions on New Year celebrations.
Despite the green light for celebrations, the health department urges citizens to follow Covid-appropriate behavior during year-end festivities. This includes maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks, practicing hand sanitization, and adhering to respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette.
The health department further emphasized that individuals with respiratory symptoms should avoid crowded places, festivities, and recreational centers, including swimming pools. Instead, they are encouraged to seek medical consultation promptly.
As Karnataka grapples with the evolving situation, the state government emphasizes the importance of responsible behavior to curb the spread of the virus. While celebrating the arrival of the New Year, residents are reminded to prioritize the safety and well-being of themselves and those around them by adhering to recommended guidelines.