MANGALURU/UDUPI: The surge of coronavirus positive cases continued unabated in coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada with the two districts combining for 368 new cases on Sunday.
While DK recorded 199 cases, Udupi accounted for 169 cases and the combined total was a tad less than 400 new cases reported on Saturday. The two districts also recorded 10 Covid fatalities with the toll crossing the 100-mark in DK and touching 16 in Udupi.
Source of infection in the majority of the 199 cases reported in DK district – 83 to be precise, is under investigation. Deputy commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh said 73 people were diagnosed with influenza-like illness, 31 are primary contacts, 10 diagnosed with a severe acute respiratory infection and two were reported in international travellers. With 90 patients discharged during the day, the active cases stood at 2,471 against total positive cases of 4,811.
Seven of the eight deaths in DK were reported on Friday and one on Thursday. District administration is awaiting confirmation of reasons for these deaths from the district level expert committee, Sindhu said.
All the patients had severe and extreme co-morbidities, as per details given in the district bulletin. Barring a 56-year-old male victim from Puttur, the remaining were from Mangaluru and all were admitted to private hospitals for treatment.
With 169 fresh cases on Sunday, Udupi’s tally rose to 3,388. The health authorities as on date have discharged 2,133 patients. The district bulletin indicated the number of Covid-19 related fatalities stood at 14 as against 11 on Saturday.
District health authorities subsequently gave information about the death of two more patients at a private hospital, taking the total to 16.

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