Bengaluru, April 02, 2020: Nine people tested positive for covid-19 in Karnataka on Wednesday, taking the state’s total to 110, that includes three deaths and nine people who have fully recovered and since been discharged, according to the state health department.
The number of cases in Bengaluru went up to 48, that includes eight people who have since recovered and discharged, and one person who died.
However, the number of cases in neighbouring Mysuru continued to spike as three more people tested positive in the district taking its total to 19 so far.
Bengaluru and Mysuru are listed in the top 25 hotspots of the country and Chikkaballapura district with nine positive cases is also among the emerging hotspots, according to a report by the health and family welfare department, government of India.
Five districts including Bengaluru that have a higher number of positive cases and large numbers in home quarantine will be depicted as ‘red zones’, according to K.Sudharkar, the medical education minister.
“If a cluster has more number of positive covid people that will be a red zone," K.Sudhakar, medical education minister said on Wednesday.
Bengaluru Urban, Chikaballapura, Mysuru, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada will be identified as ‘red zones’ that may have more restrictions.
Bengaluru is among the top seven places in the country that has recorded over 30 positive cases of covid-19, according to a report by the centre on Wednesday.
The coastal district of Dakshina Kannada added one more case taking its total to nine.
Jawaid Akthar, additional chief secretary, health and family welfare department said that a total of 1500 people from the state had returned from the Tablighi Jamaat, a religious congregation in Delhi in early March.
Of this, 800 people have been contacted and screened, Akthar said, adding that the swabs of symptomatic persons will be tested at the earliest.
A total of 143 swab samples have been taken from these people and will be tested soon, he added.
A 60 year old person from Tumakuru in Karnataka who attended the congregation died last week. Six others who attended the congregation in neighbouring Telangana and about 110 people associated with the religious event have tested positive in Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka is among 10 states in the country that has contributed to 80% of all positive cases reported in India so far, according to the centre.
As per the government of India guidelines, Karnataka too has opened up select private laboratories to test for the novel coronavirus where prices are fixed at ₹4500.
3799 people have been tested so far in Karnataka and of this 3479 have tested negative, according to the health department.