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Bengaluru: Mysuru is the only district in Karnataka to be under a total Covid-19 lockdown as the Test Positivity Rate is three times higher than that of the state.

Mysuru to date has reported nearly 1.65 lakh Covid-19 cases and 2,046 official deaths. Of these, over a lakh new infections and 963 fatalities were recorded from the second week of April this year as part of the second wave.

With the exception of Mysuru, all districts of Karnataka have recorded a decline in new Covid infections and the state has lifted the total lockdown conditions.

On Wednesday, while the overall test positivity rate in the state stood at 2.59%, it was 8.4 percent in Mysuru. On the weekend, it was 10 percent.

Though the active caseload in Mysuru has declined from a high of 14,606 to 6,122 cases at present, the rate of hospitalisation has seen an increase.

The media quoted Dr KH Prasad, Mysuru district health officer, as saying that the rate of decline in new Covid infections and fatalities was much slower in the district in comparison with the rest of the state.

“However, we have identified qualitative testing as a revised strategy to identify more infections. By following this method, we focus on testing a particular population that has a high probability of getting infected. A cross-section approach towards community surveillance with intensified phone tracing and door-to-door tracking is also working better,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 4436 new Covid cases and 123 deaths.

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