Bengaluru, Sep 24: Karnataka saw further decline in the COVID-19 cases from 319 on Friday to 275 on Saturday, taking the total infections to 40,63,427 so far, the State Health Department said.

There was no death due to COVID today.

The department said in its bulletin that 241 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 40,20,052 till date. Active cases stood at 3,095.

Bengaluru urban district saw 132 fresh cases.

Other districts, too, reported new fresh cases, there were 36 in Kodagu,17 each in Mysuru and Ramanagara and 10 in Chikkaballapura.

The bulletin said seven districts reported zero infections and nil fatalities.

The positivity rate for the day was 1.3 per cent, the department said.

As many as 21,130 tests were conducted, those included 15,974 RT-PCR tests. The total tests done were 6.91 crore till date.

There were 22,094 inoculations, taking the total vaccinated to 11.99 crore so far, the department said.

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A poster featuring Karnataka's Minister for Fisheries, Port, and Inland Transport, Mankal Vaidya, has stirred controversy as it circulates widely on social media. The poster supposedly conveys the minister's wishes to Republic Bharat on the launch of their Kannada News Channel.

Republic Network, led by Arnab Goswami, one of the news anchors who recently faced a boycott by the INDIA bloc alliance, owns and manages the Republic Network.

The viral poster suggests that it originally appeared on the minister's official Facebook page. However, Vartha Bharati, couldn't independently verify this claim because the minister's timeline lacked any such posts. Interestingly, several social media users assert that the post was later deleted from the minister's account.

The poster features Minister Mankal Vaidya's image alongside Arnab Goswami, accompanied by a quote congratulating Goswami on the launch of the new Kannada news channel.

The circulation of this viral poster has ignited debates and discussions on social media platforms.

When reached for comment, the minister's media team denied any involvement in posting such content and said they were investigating the origin of the poster.