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Karnataka confirmed 248 new covid-19 cases on Friday, registering its highest single day spike ever since the first case was detected in the state on 8 March.

Of this, 208 cases are persons who returned from Maharashtra, one of the worst affected covid-19 regions in the country and a state that accounts for over 1300 of the 2781 cases recorded so far.

The state recorded its highest single day jump in positive cases even as it plans to further ease lockdown restrictions post 31 May in Karnataka. Till interstate borders were shut, the state had fared better than many of its counterparts in controlling the spread of the disease.

A 50-year old female resident of Chikkaballapura died due to the disease that takes the total fatalities in the state to 50.

Out of the 248, 62 were in Raichur, 61 in Kalaburagi and 60 in Yadgir. Udupi recorded 15 cases while Bengaluru had 12. Mandya, Hassan, Davangere, Chikkaballapur, Mysuru, Vijayapura, Ballari, Dharwad, Chitradurga, Shivamogga, Tumakuru and Bengaluru also reported covid-19 positive cases, according to the daily bulletin of the state health department.

The health department is yet to determine the source of the infection in at least four cases reported in Bengaluru that add to fears of a spread within the city that has seen significant reduction in lockdown restrictions.

The B.S. Yediyurappa-led government had said it would write to the Centre to reduce the number of flights from five states --Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh -- which were contributing to rising coronavirus infections in the state. It also said the ban on entry by road will continue for Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka recorded 60 recoveries on Friday till noon. This takes the number of recoveries to 894. There are 1,837 active cases in the state.

While numbers in Bengaluru have come down in recent days, other parts of the state like Mandya, Kalaburagi, Raichur Yadgir, Udupi, Hassan and Chikkaballapura have seen a spike in cases.

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