Drastic decline in COVID cases: Karnataka says it will unlock in a phased manner

The Karnataka government is contemplating unlocking the lockdown in a phased manner by easing restrictions provided Covid-19 infections in Bengaluru come down to 2,000-3,000 and under 500 in Bengaluru.

“Unlocking at once suddenly last time caused trouble, so this time we have decided to unlock in phases,” said Minister R Ashoka.

With the positivity rate down but still at 9.08%, Karnataka mulls opening up in a phased manner. The Chief Minister on Tuesday also hinted about easing lockdown. A decision to this effect is likely to be announced the day-after tomorrow (June 10). The ongoing lockdown date expires by June 14.

However, there is no specific word from government about re-opening of schools and colleges which has left student and parent community guessing all the way. According to reports, the new unlock guidelines may permit Namma Metro and KSRTC busses at 50% capacity.

Bengaluru city logged less than 2,000 fresh Covid-19 cases, as Karnataka on Monday reported 11,958 fresh infections and 340 fatalities, taking the total caseload to 27.07 lakh and the toll to 31,920. The day also saw 27,299 discharges in the state, continuing to outnumber fresh cases. Out of 11,958 new cases reported on Monday, 1,992 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 11,488 discharges and 199 deaths.

Cumulatively 27,07,481 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 31,920 deaths and 24,36,716 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. The total number of active cases is 2,38,824. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 9.08%, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was at 2.84%.

Out of 340 deaths reported on Monday, 199 were from Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru (17), Belagavi (15), Hassan and Haveri (10 each), Ballari and Shivamogga (nine each), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 1,992, Shivamogga 1,224, Mysuru 1,213, Hassan 1,108, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases with a total of 11,85,118, followed by Mysuru 1,52,098 and Tumakuru 1,08,665. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 10,62,398, followed by Mysuru 1,36,018 and Tumakuru 96,788.

Cumulatively a total of 3,07,32,003 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,31,553 were done on Monday alone.