Karnataka reports five more cases of Omicron variant, tally rises to 48

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Five more cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, health minister K Sudhakar said here on Wednesday.This takes the state’s tally of Omicron cases to 43.

“Five new cases of Omicron confirmed in Karnataka on 29-12-21. (1) 22 yr female, Davanagere (Travelled from USA) (2) 24 yr male, Bengaluru (Returned from USA via Qatar) (3) 53 yr male, Tamil Nadu (Arrived at KIAL from Dubai) (4) 61 yr male, Bengaluru (Travelled from Ghana via Doha),” Sudhakar said in a tweet.

Stating that fifth case is a 41-year-old male from Mumbai (travelled from Mumbai to Bengaluru by flight), he said, “All positive persons have been isolated and primary and secondary contacts have been identified and tested.”

The country’s first two Omicron cases were detected in the State on December 2.

The state reported 566 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 30,05,798 and the toll to 38,324.

The day also saw 245 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,59,674, a health department bulletin said.

With 400 cases, Bengaluru Urban topped the list as the city saw 130 discharges and four deaths.

The total number of active cases in the state is now 7,771.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.52 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.06 per cent.

Out of six deaths reported today, four were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Chitradurga and Tumakuru.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 400, Dakshina Kannada 33, Hassan 31, Udupi 17, Kodagu and Kolar 14, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of cases with a total of 12,62,397, followed by Mysuru 1,80,250 and Tumakuru 1,21,332.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,39,616, followed by Mysuru 1,77,720 and Tumakuru 1,20,097.

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