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BENGALURU : Karnataka on Wednesday reported 135 new coronavirus cases and three deaths taking the state’s tally of covid-19 positive patients to 2,418.

Three more people died due to covid-19 in the state.

A 69-year old female from Yadgir district, a 49-year old male from Bidar and an 82-year old male from Vijayapura succumbed to the virus. So far, the state has reported 49 fatalities that include two deaths due to non-covid related reasons.

Of 135 new cases reported till Wednesday noon, majority of those who tested positive were returnees to Karnatkaa from other states. The highest was from neighbouring Maharashtra, one of the worst hit states by the pandemic, as per the morning bulletin of the state health department. Over a 1,000 people who travelled to Karnataka from Maharashtra have tested positive for the virus.

The others include people who returned from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and at least two with international travel history from Nepal and United Arab Emirates.

Out of the 132 cases, 28 were in Kalaburagi, 16 in Yadgir, 15 in Hassan, 13 in Bidar and 11 in Dakshina Kannada districts. Cases were also reported in Mandya, Belagavi, Davangere, Vijayapura, Uttara Kannada, Raichur, Ballari, Tumakuru, Kolar and Bengaluru rural. Bengaluru urban reported six new cases on Wednesday.

The fact that most of those testing positive are those who have returned from other states has given confidence to the B.S.Yediyurappa-led state government the confidence to relax more lockdown restrictions post 31 May. At least 1.09 lakh people are currently in institutional quarantine and another 10000 in home quarantine, according to government data.

The state government is confident of controlling the further spread of the disease since most of those testing positive are currently in institutional quarantine centres that gives it room to relax restrictions for larger parts of the state.

However, Karnataka has decided to halve the number of days in institutional quarantine to seven to bring down the burden on state-run facilities that are fast crowding up and operating costs are high. The state is also deliberating if it can do away with institutional quarantine altogether.

Yediyurappa has also sought the centre's nod to reopen places of worship and hotels post 1 June to bring back normalcy and revive the state's fledgling economy after two months of covid-19 induced lockdown.

The number of cases in Bengaluru has also come down in recent days that allows the state government to deliberate more relaxation of lockdown restrictions in its growth engine that is the biggest contributor to Karnataka’s coffers.

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