Karnataka reported 99 covid-19 positive cases on Monday, marking its highest single day increase in the state.
The sharp spike in numbers comes on a day when B.S.Yediyurappa-led government said that it would relax restrictions from Tuesday and allow more categories of businesses and services to resume operations in the state.
The 99 cases recorded on Monday includes 24 from the state's power and business centre, Bengaluru, that adds to the challenges in controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus on one hand and permitting more businesses and other economic activities to resume on the other. Most of those who tested positive in Bengaluru are contacts of a person who tested positive earlier.
Mandya recorded 17 cases while Kalaburagi recorded 10 on Monday. Districts like Koppala and Raichur that were not affected by the virus also reported cases on Monday.
Mysuru and Kodagu that had reported no positive cases for almost three weeks are back on the list.
According to the health department, most of those testing positive have just returned to Karnataka from other states and are all lodged in institutional quarantine centers.
In the last 19 hours, covid-19 positive persons with domestic travel accounted for 69% or 58 cases recorded in Karnataka while contacts accounted for 26% or 22 cases, according to government data.
According to the state health department, out of the total 30 districts in Karnataka, 27 have recorded covid-19 positives. There are just three districts--Chikmagalur, Chamrajanagara and Ramanagaram--that have so far not recorded even one positive case while Bengaluru Rural has no active cases currently.
The Karnataka government also said that the SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) exams for 10th graders studying in state syllabus will be held from 25 June to 4 July. A total of 8,48,196 students will appear for their SSLC exams across the state in 2879 examination centres, S.Suresh Kumar, Karnataka’s primary and secondary education minister said. The department also said that the government will make arrangements for students to give their exams in whichever district they are currently residing in if they are unable to return to their schools.
The one remaining English paper for pre-university will be held on 18 June, the department said.