Karnataka confirmed 101 new coronavirus cases till noon on Tuesday, taking the state's tally to 2,283 cases.
Karnataka witnessed a surge in the new cases with nearly half of them being reported in the last week after restrictions on inter-state movement of workers was lifted.
There are 1,489 active cases in Karnataka as 17 people recovered on Tuesday taking the total number of recoveries to 748.
Of the 101 new cases on Tuesday, 20 were reported from Chitradurga, 14 from Yadgir, 13 each from Belagavi and Hassan. Other districts that reported fresh cases include Bidar, Kalaburagi, Hassan, Kolar, Dakshina Kannada, Chikkaballapura, Ballari, Vijayapura and Udupi. Two covid-19 positive cases were reported from Bengaluru.
The spike in cases comes even as the B.S.Yediyurappa-led state government is deliberating lifting more restrictions that allows more categories of businesses to resume operations. Majority of those who tested positive today had returned from other states, especially Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
S.Suresh Kumar, Karnataka's primary and secondary education minister said that the state has a bed occupancy rate of 5.1% as only 1,489 out of the 28,686 are taken currently.
The government said that so far 12 trains have come into Karnataka carrying 4,302 people.
According to the state government, 937 people who returned to Karnataka from Maharashtra have tested positive. Gujarat, Delhi,Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan account for 57, 51, 41 and 39 positive cases respectively, according to the state data.
The state government on Tuesday brought down institutional quarantine to seven days to relieve some pressure at its existing facilities.
Kumar said that 1.09 lakh people are currently in institutional quarantine and 10,000 are in home quarantine.
Domestic flights have also resumed operations from Monday that adds to the risk of people from other covid-19 affected states returning to Karnataka.