Bengaluru, Oct 13: Karnataka on Wednesday logged 357 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,82,089 and death toll to 37,916, the health department said.

The day also saw 438 discharges, pushing the number of recoveries to 29,34,523.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for 140 new cases, as the city saw 157 discharges and 5 deaths.

Active cases stood at 9,621.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.31 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.80 per cent.

Apart from Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi, Dakshina Kannada, Davangere, Haveri and Tumakuru reported one death each.

After Bengaluru Urban, Dakshina Kannada recorded the second highest of 35 new cases, Tumakuru 27, Hassan 26, Mysuru 21, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district now has a total of 12,48,744 postive cases, followed by Mysuru 1,78,589 and Tumakuru 1,20,499.

Bengaluru Urban tops the list among discharges too with 12,25,967, followed by Mysuru 1,75,757 and Tumakuru 1,19,086.

Cumulatively a total of 4,90,63,454 samples have been tested in the state, of which 1,12,780 were tested on Wednesday 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.