135 workers of garment factory in Hassan test positive for COVID-19; Karnataka reports record 6,259 cases in 24 hours

South India

Officials swung into action and shifted the workers to COVID care centres soon after a video footage showing their condition went viral

As many as 135 employees, most of them are women, of a garment factory tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka’s Hassan district on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported the biggest single day spike of 6,259 positive cases and 110 deaths on Tuesday. The state’s total infection count rose to 1,45,830 and the toll to 2,704, the health department said.

The day also saw a record 6,777 patients getting discharged after recovery, outnumbering the fresh cases.

The employees working at Himmatsingka Linens, a garment factory located in the special economic zone (SEZ) of Hassan in Karnataka tested COVID-19 positive. Most of these workers stay indoors in a building on the factory premises, said a report in The New Indian Express.

Officials swung into action and shifted them to COVID care centres soon after a video footage showing the pathetic condition in which these employees are staying clip has gone viral.

The garment factory employs about 2,500 workers and most of the workers who reportedly contracted the disease are from north Karnataka.

In the video footage, which was shot reportedly by some of the employees of the factory, workers alleged that some of them had no access to treatment.

The affected employees were allegedly made to sleep without standard facilities.

After the video clip had gone viral, health officials rushed to the area and shifted some of the workers to COVID care centres at the Agriculture College and others to SDM Ayurveda College.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru reported as many as 2,035 positive cases on Tuesday of the total 6,259 fresh cases.

The previous biggest single day record was on July 30 when the state added 6,128 cases.


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