Bengaluru, Sep 27: Karnataka on Monday reported 504 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,73,899 and death toll to 37,746, the health department said.

The day also saw 893 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,23,320.

Of the new cases recorded, 181 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 265 discharges and 5 deaths.

Total number of active cases in the state is at 12,804.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.48 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 3.96 per cent.

Of the deaths reported today, 5 are from Bengaluru Urban, Dakshina Kannada (4), Mysuru (3), Mandya (2), followed by others.

After Bengaluru Urban, the highest number of fresh cases was recorded in Dakshina Kannada with 83 infections, Mysuru 47 and Kodagu 26.

Bengaluru Urban district has now a total of 12,45,671 positive cases, followed by Mysuru 1,77,816 and Tumakuru 1,20,118.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 12,22,139, followed by Mysuru 1,74,794 and Tumakuru 1,18,618.

Cumulatively 4,72,99,938 samples have been tested in the state, of which 1,03,800 were tested 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.