Bengaluru: Karnataka Health, Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar has said that Bengaluru has seen a drastic reduction in mortality rate and significant rise in COVID-19 testing capacity by 73 percent.

In a briefing to the media the Minister said that over 13.20 lakh tests have been conducted in Bengaluru till September 19. Staggering 22.90 lakh tests have been conducted in the last one month.

Sudhakar added that there has been an increase by 9.70 lakh tests compared to last month and a huge increase of testing by 49% when compared to other big cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Delhi, Sudhakar said.

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Speaking about the mortality rate in the city, Sudhakar stated “Mortality rate can be reduced if tests are conducted at earlier stages and treatment is administered soon. Currently mortality rate is at 1.37% and we have the target to reduce it below 1%. Mortality rate in Bengaluru is at 1.14% and we are very near to our target. Virus is under control and reduction in the number of infected persons”.

Meanwhile, it was reported that despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, the city’s eight zones have reported a drop in both positivity rate and fatality rate over the last four weeks, according to BBMP sources.

According to reports Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura, Dasarahalli and Yelahanka zones have recorded a very sharp drop in positivity rates, some nearly dropping by half in four weeks.