Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (File image)
Former Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar has welcomed the decision of newly-appointed Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to impose stricter restrictions along the Kerala border.
Kerala for the fourth day running recorded more than 20,000 fresh cases on July 30 with the test positivity rate (TPR) rising to 13.61 percent and 116 more people succumbing to COVID-19.
“Welcome the decision of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to impose stricter restrictions along the Kerala border. Kerala recording more than 20k cases for four days in a row is alarming. We have stop cross border transmissions at any cost,” tweeted Sudhakar on July 31.
This comes a day after Bommai said there is a need to tighten the borders and take measures to put in place compulsory testing to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus infection.
On rising COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, Bommai said he has spoken to district collectors of Dakshin Kannada, Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, and Kodagu in this regard. "We have to tighten our borders. We have to make compulsory testing and vaccination," he said.
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The state recorded 1,890 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths on July 30, taking the total number of infections to 29,03,137 and the toll to 36,525. The day also saw 1,631 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,43,110. Bengaluru Urban accounted for the most number of cases (426), as the city saw 366 discharges and only nine deaths, a health department bulletin said.
The total number of active cases in the state stood at 23,478. While the positivity rate for the day was 1.30 percent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was at 1.79 percent.
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Meanwhile, in Kerala, 14,651 people have been cured of the infection, taking the total recoveries to 31,92,104 and the number of active cases in the state to 1,60,824. There are 678 areas in the state with a TPR of above 10 percent.Follow our full coverage on COVID-19 here.