Karnataka records steep rise in COVID cases after state announces relaxations in curbs
Bengaluru/IBNS: Karnataka along with its capital city-Bengaluru-recorded a steep hike in COVID cases on Thursday with the state reporting a whopping 2,052 new infections in the last 24 hours, 34 per cent higher than yesterday.
Bengaluru alone recorded 505 cases, also 34 per cent more than Wednesday's count of 376.
According to the state's health bulletin, the number of active Covid cases in Karnataka now stands at 23,253.
The state's positivity rate was 1.37 per cent as of Thursday with 1,48,861 samples being tested.
Karnataka recorded 35 deaths due to the infection over the past 24 hours.
The state's total Covid count has now crossed the 29 lakh mark while the cumulative death count is 36,491.
On the vaccination front, Karnataka has administered 2,97,01,032 doses till Thursday afternoon.
Following a stringent COVID lockdown which was put in place during the massive second wave, the Karnataka government has recently relaxed the curbs with cases dropping.
It allowed cinemas to reopen from July 19 and reduced the duration of night curfew by an hour. Colleges and universities were given the go-ahead to hold offline classes from July 26.