Bengaluru: For the first time this year, the number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka crossed the 10K mark with 10,250 people testing positive Sunday. The bulk of the new cases was from Bengaluru which recorded 7,584 new cases in Bengaluru. The Health Department was quick to point out that the big spike was because more tests were done – from 98,000 on Saturday to 1.32 lakh on Sunday.
The test positivity rate also increased from 7.04% on Saturday to 7.72% Sunday.
Sunday’s numbers were a significant jump from 6,955 new cases recorded Saturday with Bengaluru contributing 4,384.
In a sign that hospital ICU beds are getting full, a 31-year-old man who had tested positive for the virus died early Saturday as he could not get an ICU bed on time. Bengaluru reported 27 deaths Sunday taking the total number of deaths to 4,815.
Elsewhere in the state, Kalaburagi reported 291 cases, Bidar 290, Mysuru 277, Hassan 170, Tumakuru 150, Dharwad 150, and Dakshina Kannada 133.
The surge in cases comes at a time the Karnataka government has ordered a night curfew in eight cities - Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumakuru, Udupi, Manipal - from 10 pm to 5 am between April 10 and April 20.
The second wave of Covid-19 infections is expected to peak in the first week of May in the state and reduce by the end of May, according to the technical advisory committee advising the Karnataka government. Sunday said that.