Southern states continue to witness spike in COVID-19 cases; K’taka breaches 2 lakh mark

PTI, Aug 14, 2020, 8:14 AM IST

Chennai/Bengaluru: Karnataka on Thursday, August 13 crossed the grim milestone of two lakh COVID-19 cases, while a controversy broke out in Kerala over the ruling CPI-M”s decision to use citizens” Call Detail Records (CDR) for contact tracing in its battle against the pandemic.

All southern states continued reporting high daily virus numbers, with Andhra Pradesh leading with over 9,000 cases on Thursday.

The number of COVID-19 infections in Karnataka breached the two lakh mark, as 6,706 new cases of the virus pushed the cumulative tally to 2,03,200.

With 103 related fatalities, the total deaths stood at 3,613. However, recoveries overshadowed new cases, with 8,609 persons leaving hospitals upon recovery.

The state has 78,337 active cases, according to a Health bulletin.

“In Andhra Pradesh, the COVID-19 tally shot up to 2,64,142 on Thursday with the addition of 9,996 fresh cases in the last 24 hours,” an official bulletin said.

The state also registered 82 more coronavirus deaths, taking the overall toll to 2,378.

Also, 9,499 patients were discharged from hospitals during the period, making it a cumulative of 1,70,924 recoveries so far.

The state now has 90,840 active Covid-19 cases.

Kerala posted its highest-ever single day spike of 1,564 COVID-19 cases today, as the total infection count in the state touched 39,708.

The opposition Congress took exception to the government”s decision to allow police to access phone CDR of COVID-19 patients for effective contact tracing, saying it is an “infringement” on the privacy of citizens.

“Police collecting phone details is an infringement on the privacy of an individual, which is against the Supreme Court”s latest judgment in the KS Puttaswamy case,” Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala said.

Tamil Nadu, which has the highest number of positive cases of the deadly virus after Maharashtra, recorded 5,835 new infections and 119 deaths today, taking the tally to 3,20,355 and the toll to 5,397.

From several hospitals, 5,146 patients got discharged and 2,61,459 people have recovered to date while the active cases stood at 53,499.

Telangana reported 1,931 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the overall tally to 86,475, while the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the virus hotspot in the state, witnessed a considerable dip in the number of new patients.

Eleven more fatalities took the death toll in the state to 665.

“GHMC reported only 298 cases,” a state government bulletin said on Thursday, providing data as of 8 pm on Wednesday. This was in contrast to the 479 reported on Tuesday.

In Puducherry, six COVID-19 deaths and 305 fresh cases were reported today.

The total number of fatalities rose to 102, Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release.

“The 305 new cases were detected after examination of 1,082 samples, taking the overall tally to 6,680 in the union territory,” he added.

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