Karnataka reported 39,047 COVID-19 cases and Bengaluru reported 22,596 cases on April 28, the first full day of the two-week lockdown restrictions imposed in the state.
The positivity rate (number of persons testing positive in a group of tests conducted) in the state was recorded as 22.7%, significantly higher than the 18.71% recorded on Tuesday.
The state recorded 229 fatalities on Wednesday including 137 deaths in Bengaluru Urban district.
Elsewhere, Bengaluruâ€™s neighboring districts reported a high number of cases.Kolar (1194), Hassan (1001), and Tumakuru (1174) recorded over 1000 cases on Wednesday. Mysuru (1759) and Ballari (1106) were among the other districts recording a surge in case figures on Wednesday. This was followed by Mandya (935), Kalaburagi (901), Bengaluru Rural (732) Dakshina Kannada, Udupi (664 each), Dharwad (654).
This took the total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 to 15036 in the state.A total of 1.71 lakh COVID-19 tests were conducted among which 39047 cases were detected.
The total active cases in the state is now 3,28,884 and the total cases is over 14 lakh.
On April 27, the state began a 14-day lockdown to control the burgeoning number of cases throughout Karnataka. Bengaluru has seen an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in the last week, and healthcare services have been stretched as patients seek care. While few offices and industries have been exempted from the lockdown restrictions, essential stores are only open from 6 am to 10 am and movement is restricted for emergencies.