Nodal officers to be assigned to public duties

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The state government announced on Wednesday that nodal officers will be assigned to public offices in Karnataka to ensure people follow proper COVID-19 behavior such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

A government order said it was essential to ensure compliance with COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB) by officers, staff and visitors to public offices. Any serious and repeated non-compliance by CAB, even after adequate awareness, will result in penalties and other action under the Disaster Management Act 2005.

282 cases, 13 deaths

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 282 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 29,86,835. The peak number of cases, 142, was reported in Bengaluru Urban.

Thirteen people have succumbed to the virus, including six from Bengaluru district. With that, the statewide death toll rose to 38,037. That excludes 29 patient deaths from reasons other than COVID-19.

No less than 349 people were released, bringing the total recoveries to 29,40,339. The state now has 8,430 active patients.

The positivity rate for the day was 0.24%, but the case fatality rate (CFR) rose to 4.60%.

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No less than 1,17,351 tests have been carried out in the past 24 hours, including 93,617 RT-PCR tests.

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