Bengaluru: Karnataka may ease the current spell of lockdown ending June 14 in Bengaluru and a few other districts if the Covid-19 Test Positivity Rate (TPR) falls below 5%. Going by the current trends, this may happen before June 14. On Sunday, the TPR was 7.71%.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had earlier hinted that curbs would be eased in districts with a TPR below 5%. “In districts with less than 5% test positivity rate, we will discuss with our officials on what concessions can be given and decide in the cabinet meeting within 4-5 days by the time lockdown ends," he had said while announcing relief measures Saturday.
Bengaluru Urban is likely to see the lockdown lifted as the district’s average positivity rate, over the last seven days, is 5.76%.
According to data for the last seven days, Bengaluru Urban and nine other districts have a lower TPR than the state average.
There is also considerable pressure from ministers to ease the lockdown soon as the economy is taking a big hit and there is growing frustration among the people.
Meanwhile, the state recorded 12,209 new Covid cases Sunday taking the total active cases to 2,54,505. There were 320 Covid-related deaths, taking the total number of deaths to 31,580. The Case Fatality Rate remained high at 2.62%. Bengaluru reported 2944 Covid positive cases with 187 and Mysuru 1237 new cases and 19 deaths.