Power failure hits hospital near Yadgir; deaths in Kerala affect 49; Telangana extends nighttime curfew until May 8

Karnataka reported 48,296 new COVID-19 cases and 217 deaths on Friday. A 30-year-old COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit of a government hospital in Mudnal, near Yadgir, died on Friday during a power outage. Relatives of the patient said the oxygen disruption due to the power failure caused his death.

District surgeon SB Hiremath dismissed the charge, saying the death was not caused by a power outage and the oxygen supply was not interrupted. Health department officials and engineers from Gulbarga Electricity Company Limited (GESCOM), said the power outage lasted an hour and a half and the generator was running out of fuel.

Talk to The HinduGESCOM Executive Engineer Raghavendra D. said there was a technical problem at the hospital which led to the power failure. The oxygen system operated independently of power.

Karnataka’s test positivity rate (TPR) for the day was 25.44%. Tests were performed on 189793 samples, including 17513 RT-PCR tests.

Kerala added 37,199 new cases on Friday, testing 1,49,487 samples. The average TPR was 24.88% on Friday.

The state added 49 new deaths, 18 from Thiruvananthapuram, while Ernakulam and Kozhikode added seven each, Kannur six, Thrissur four, Kottayam three, Kollam two and one death each was reported by Pathanamthitta and Wayanad.

The nighttime curfew has been extended until May 8 in Telangana. The state’s TPR on Thursday was 9.92% with 7,646 positive cases. A total of 77,091 samples were tested and 53 deaths were reported.

Andhra Pradesh added 17,354 infections on Friday and 64 patients have died. On Friday, 86,494 samples recorded a TPR of 20.06%.

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