Karnataka Covid-19 toll under 1,000 in August, lowest in 5 months | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: For the first time since March, less than 1,000 deaths due to Covid-19 were reported in August, in line with the decline in cases in preceding weeks.
The average daily deaths in August was 24, which is around 51% less than the figure in July, and 87% lower than June. To grasp the magnitude of decline, contrast these numbers with May, the deadliest month so far.
In that month, Karnataka lost at least 437 people on average each day — a 1,700% rise over the toll in August. As of September 3, the state had recorded 37,380 Covid-19 deaths at the rate of 68 deaths per day over the two Covid waves since March 2020.
At 1.3, Karnataka has second worst case fatality rate
Bengaluru, which accounts for 43% of all deaths in the state, has seen a decline in fatalities in August: at 121, it’s in fact, lower than even March (140).
In August, the capital saw nearly four deaths per day compared to nearly eight a day in July. In contrast, the figure was 76 in June and 225 in May. Compared to May, average daily deaths in August were nearly 100% lower. As of September 3, the total deaths in Bengaluru stood at 16,012, that’s 29 deaths a day over the two Covid waves since March 2020.
Other than Bengaluru, seven districts have a toll exceeding 1,000. Mysuru leads the table with 2,364 deaths, followed by Ballari (1,689), Dakshina Kannada (1,583), Dharwad (1,299), Hassan (1,227), Tumakuru (1,099) and Shivamogga (1,075).
Case fatality rate among top states
Public health experts have been pointing out from the first wave peak that any response strategy must focus on keeping deaths to a minimum. But Karnataka, like many other states — Maharashtra being an exception as it had high fatality in both waves — missed out on that during the second wave.
As on date, Karnataka’s overall case fatality rate (CFR), percentage of deaths among those infected, is nearly 1.3. Among the states with the five most overall infections — Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh — Karnataka jointly has the second worst CFR along with Tamil Nadu.
Kerala with a CFR of 0.5 ranks first, followed by Andhra (0.6), Maharashtra is the worst with the fatality rate at 2.1, followed by Karnataka and TN. The CFR in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is 1.3.

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