Bengaluru(PTI): Karnataka on Monday logged 677 new COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,68,543 and the toll to 37,627.

The day also saw 1,678 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,16,530.

Out of 677 new cases reported on Monday, 213 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 362 discharges and seven deaths. The total number of active cases stood at 14,358.

While the positivity rate for the day was 0.60 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 3.54 per cent.

Behind Bengaluru Urban in the number of deaths was Belagavi and Udupi (4 each), Hassan (3), Dakshina Kannada (2), followed by others.

In cases in districts, Dakshina Kannada accounted for 102, Udupi 63, Uttara Kannada 41, Mysuru and Hassan 37, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,43,693, followed by Mysuru 1,77,329 and Tumakuru 1,19,937.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban headed the list with 12,20,278, followed by Mysuru 1,74,408 and Tumakuru 1,18,351.

Cumulatively a total of 4,63,85,349 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,12,160 were on Monday alone.

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Hong Kong, Oct 25: Amnesty International said Monday it would close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease its operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city.

The human rights group said its local office in Hong Kong would close this month while its regional office will close by the end of the year, with regional operations moved to other offices in the Asia-Pacific region.

This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong's national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty's board, said in a statement.

Hong Kong implemented a sweeping national security law in 2020 following months of massive anti-government protests. The law outlaws secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city's affairs. More than 120 people, many of them supporters of the city's democracy movement, have been arrested under the law.

The majority of the city's prominent pro-democracy activists are behind bars for taking part in unauthorized assemblies, and dozens of political organizations and trade unions have ceased operations out of concern for their members' personal safety under the security law.

Bais said the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signaled authorities were intensifying their campaign to rid the city of dissenting voices. It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment, she said.

Critics in Hong Kong say the national security law is an erosion of freedoms, such as those of expression and assembly, that were promised the city for 50 years when the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.