Friday’s fatalities included 158 Covid patients who died in April (File photo)

BENGALURU: Karnataka on Friday saw 592 new Covid-19 deaths, its highest ever in a single day, as the pandemic’s second wave showed no signs of ebbing with 48,781 fresh infections reported from across the state in the past 24 hours.
The new high in the second wave is more than thrice the maximum number of the fatalities, 179, reported on September 18, 2020 during the first wave. Bengaluru — epicentre of the second wave in Karnataka — accounted for 346 deaths, the highest ever state capital has seen so far. After Bengaluru, the highest number of deaths were reported from Ballari at 24, Mysuru 22, Hassan 20, Kalaburagi 19, Tumakuru 15 and Shivamogga 14.
Friday’s fatalities included 158 Covid patients who died in April. Bengaluru reported 21,367 cases — or 43% — of the state’s new infections, followed by Tumakuru 3,040, Hassan 2,422, Mysuru 2,246, Kalaburagi 1,722, Ballari 1,284 and Mandya 1,110. The Covid fatality rate in Karnataka touched 1.2% on Friday. In all, Karnataka has reported17,804 Covid fatalities till May 7.
The surge in deaths was expected given that Bengaluru is seeing a sharp rise in infections post mid-April and experts involved in the state’s Covid management have said viral replication occurs between the fifth day after the symptoms show and the ninth day when the disease worsens.
Youngest victim 2 months old
Deaths are more likely during the second or third week. As per the bulletin, 55 patients died at home and11were brought dead to hospitals. The youngest victim was a two-month-old boy from Mysore who died on May 5 a day after he was admitted.
Having conducted nearly 1.6 lakh Covid tests, the daily positivity rate stood at 30.6 % in Karnataka. As per the bulletin, there are 5.3 lakh active Covid patients in the state.
“This is an expected surge. With the imposition of statewide total lockdown and movement restrictions, the transmission is likely to be controlled in the next 14 days,” said a technical advisory committee member, stressing the need to prevent unnecessary movement of public.
Following the suggestion from the Covid technical advisory committee, the state health commissioner on May 6 issued a circular stating that persons suffering from Covid symptoms, who gave their swab samples for testing, can start treatment without waiting for test reports. Private labs and hospitals are directed to give prescription through their doctors to take Ivermectin 12mg (morning on empty stomach) along with vitamin and zinc supplements for three days.