Mangaluru: Ruling BJP MLA Dr Bharath Y Shetty tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday. Taking to Twitter, Shetty said, “I have been tested COVID19 positive. With all your blessings, I’m recovering and will be under treatment for a few days. Requesting everyone to please maintain social distancing, wear mask while going out and wash hands frequently. Please take care of yourselves and your near one’s.”
The MLA, representing Mangaluru North, said he might have contracted the infection from another positive patient. Meanwhile, Karnataka on Thursday recorded a biggest single day spike of 1,502 new COVID-19 cases and 19 related fatalities, taking the infection count to 18,016 and the death toll to 272, the health department said. Out of 1,502 fresh cases reported today, a whopping 889 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.
The day also saw 271 patients getting discharged after recovery. With 889 more patients testing positive in the city last 24 hours, the “Silicon Valley” of India’s total number of confirmed cases increased to 6,175. Saturday’s data showed 1,913 active cases in Bengaluru, while Wednesday’s data showed 4,649 cases that are currently active — a jump of more than 100 per cent (or double).