64-Year-Old Resident in Bengaluru Dies Due To COVID-19 Infection

Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao said on Wednesday that a 64-year-old man died of COVID-19 infection in the city five days ago. When asked if the cause of death was due to the novel subvariant JN.1 of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Rao answered that it is not currently known.

According to the Minister's remarks to media, the dead individual, who had underlying health issues, was a resident of Chamarajpet and died on December 15.

Rao further stated that the state government intends to increase testing to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 infections. They hope to extend daily testing to 5,000 during the following three days.

He stressed the importance of using RT-PCR tests for all cases of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and at least one in every 20 episodes of influenza-like illness (ILI).

On Thursday, Rao will meet with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to discuss additional measures and preparations.

Prior to this, the Minister took part in a virtual meeting convened by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, which included Health Ministers from all states, officials from both the federal and state governments, and members from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and NITI Aayog.

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