Karnataka has recorded five deaths due to COVID-19 after 145 days in the last 24 hours, said officials.
Among the deceased, the death of a 20-year-old woman without any comorbidities and the rise of the BA 5 variant have become the reason for concern. The woman was suffering from typhoid and was admitted to hospital on August 3 in Dakshina Kannada district. She contracted COVID-19 and died.
The state health department is mulling stricter restrictions, including imposing fine for not wearing masks in public places, maintaining social distance and others. A high-level meeting of the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee supposed to be held on Wednesday was postponed due to the illness of Health Minister Dr K. Sudhakar.
When the meeting takes place, the decision on the alarming situation as well as imposing restrictions will be taken, sources in the health ministry said.
Sources said that the government would seriously think about restrictions on the Ganesh festival. The health department has already given its opinion in this regard, and the government will have to take a call on that.
According to statistics from the health department, the state recorded 1,680 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate has increased to 6.80 per cent, and the number of active cases has risen to 10,351 in Karnataka.
Health department sources explained that the cases had reached the 2,500-mark in the recent past in Karnataka. Hospitalisation is also steadily increasing. The BA 5 variant, which could affect people in spite of vaccination, is fast spreading in the state.
They also explained that the BA 5 variant is found among those who had taken three doses of vaccination. In this background, the health department is concerned and mulling restrictions in the state.
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