COVID-19 | Karnataka bans gyms, cuts cinema seats

Kerala asked to prepare for second wave effects; Falls rise in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Kerala reported 2,508 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday with a test positive rate (TPR) of 4.84%. Public health experts said the state should have a mitigation plan to counter a heavier and faster second wave.

“We do not have sufficient knowledge of the virus and should be very careful in extrapolating its behavior during the last wave. Unlike in the first phase, we are finding that the virus is now causing more immunodeficiency, so our treatment margins are much narrower and reaction times are much shorter, ”said Subramanian Swaminathan, Infectious Disease Specialist at the Global Hospital in Chennai, and governing councilor of Clinical Infectious Diseases Society.

The state added 14 more virus deaths. Kozhikode District reported the maximum number of new cases at 385.

Andhra Pradesh saw five more deaths, adding 1,288 infections on Friday. The TPR of 31,116 samples was 4.14%. There was one death each in the districts of Anantapur, Chittoor, Guntur, Prakasam and Visakhapatnam.

Karnataka ordered a ban on gyms and swimming pools, rallies and protests and allowed cinemas with only 50% seats.

No lockdown, curfew

After the interruption of regular classes for students in grades VI to IX in Bengaluru, the rule was extended to all districts. But the government decided against a lockdown or curfew.

Karnataka reported 4,991 cases, 3,509 from Bengaluru Urban. There were six deaths. On Friday, 51,373 seniors and 68,100 over 45 years of age took the trick. 1,219 and 419 in these categories also took the second dose.

Telangana reported 965 cases and five deaths on Thursday. 254 cases have been recorded in the Hyderabad region.

(With contributions from offices in Vijayawada, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad)

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