Bengaluru, Sep 22, 2020: Karnataka reported 7,339 new Covid-19 cases and 122 deaths on Monday. With this, the active case count is 95,335 and death toll touched 8,145, excluding 19 who died due to non-Covid-19 reasons. Monday’s 9,925 discharges took the total number of recoveries to more than 4.23 lakh.
The total number of positive cases are more than 5.26 lakh in the state now. As many as 809 patients are in the state’s ICUs with 259 in Bengaluru alone.
There were 2,886 cases reported in Bengaluru taking the active cases to 41,072 and 32 deaths took the death toll to 2,690. Mysuru reported 524 cases, Shivamogga 348, Chitradurga 326 and Tumakuru 300. Twenty districts reported cases in triple digits.
As on September 20, there were 5,03,570 patients in home isolation and 42,691 tests were done, out of which 11,154 were rapid antigen tests.
Test report online
The state’s Covid War Room on Monday made Covid-19 test reports available online in PDF format. To access the report, one has to enter the SRF ID at www.covidwar.karnataka.gov.in/service1.
Covid War Room head Munish Moudgil said, "SRF ID is a 13 digit number shared only with the patient by ICMR, Government of India. Unless he or she shares with another, others can’t access the result. No address is shown. Idea is to enable citizens to access, and privacy is practically protected."
"Note that delay in admissions can cause deaths. Also, persons may lose jobs for not being able to produce their (negative) report," he said, stressing that the State War Room does not send SRF ID.
"Once you have it (SRF ID) and lab uploads report into the ICMR portal, then State War Room automatically downloads and makes the result available online on the portal for citizens to see his or her result by feeding SRF ID," he said.
ASHA workers’ stir
ASHA Workers from various districts will assemble in Bengaluru on September 23. They are demanding a monthly honorarium of Rs 12,000. They also want regular health checkups for all ASHA workers including face masks, hand sanitisers and gloves. They are also demanding pending incentives and wages. They also want Rs 3,000 Covid-19 incentives to be deposited.
Meena, an ASHA worker with Hesaraghatta PHC, was the eighth worker to die of Covid-19 on September 18. “ASHA workers have been doing home visits, collecting swab samples, screening travellers, putting them at great risk,” said D Nagalakshmi, president of Karnataka state ASHA workers’ Union.