Karnataka health department’s bulletin on Saturday (March 28) afternoon revealed that 10 people tested positive for the coronavirus, of which eight are primary contact of two patients who tested positive earlier. With this, Karnataka’s tally increased to 75, a threefold rise in one week.
Three family members, wife and two daughters, of a 65-year-old person from Uttara Kannada district (36th COVID-19 positive patient in Karnataka) with a travel history to Dubai, tested positive on Saturday. The person returned from Dubai and arrived at Mumbai airport on March 18. Subsequently, he travelled to Uttara Kannada district by train.
Though he was isolated and treated in hospital, his primary contacts, who were placed under home quarantine, have now tested positive almost 10 days later.
In another case, five people who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient who returned to India from Mecca, Saudi Arabia (19th COVI-19 patient in the state) tested positive on Friday. The person hailed from Gauribadanur in Chikkaballapura district.
Nearly nine cases have been reported from this district. Health officials said contact tracing is under process.
Meanwhile, the second COVID-19 death was recorded in the state wherein a 70-year-old woman who had tested positive for coronavirus after coming from Saudi Arabia died in Bengaluru on March 25.
The woman hailed from Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh and had come to Gauribidanur in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka to meet her relatives. She was first admitted to Chikkaballapur district hospital and then was shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, Bengaluru, on March 24. Later, she was admitted to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, but succumbed to the virus on March 25.
Besides the eight, two other patients who returned from London on March 16 and 17 tested positive.