Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa held an emergency meeting with deputy chief minister Dr. Ashwathnarayan and other ministers over COVID-19 situation in the state.

The Karnataka government on Tuesday (July 7) told a Central team that community spread of COVID-19 was not happening in the state. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa held discussions with the team consisting of Arti Ahuja, additional secretary- health and family welfare and P Raveendran, director- Emergency Medical Relief (EMR), regarding COVID-19 situation in the state.

"There is no community spread so far, I am making it very clear. We are still in between the second and the third stage, we haven't reached the third stage yet," state health minister B Sriramulu had said after the meeting.

Total number of positive cases in Karnataka stands at 26,815 including 11,098 recovered and 416 deaths, as per the last bulletin.

As the number of fresh COVID-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city alone reported 800 new cases while the same was 1498 in Karnataka on Tuesday.

At the same time, at least 19 wards in the city recorded over 10 cases each on Sunday, BBMP statistics revealed.

According to BBMP’s COVID-19 War Room data, Shantala Nagar topped the list with 21 cases, followed by Chamarajpet (19), Jayanagar (15), Hoysala Nagar and Pattabhiram Nagar wards (14 each) among others.

Meanwhile, Dakshina Kannada district, which has reported 1,351 cases cumulatively, also recorded the highest positivity rate among all 30 districts in the state, an analysis by the state COVID-19 War Room indicated.

As per the analysis, almost nine out of 100 tests done in Dakshina Kannada have turned out to be positive, with the positivity rate at 8.6% (as on July 6). While the same in Udupi and Bellary is 7.6% and 7.4% respectively, Bengaluru urban has a positivity rate of 7%.

However, the average positivity rate in Karnataka is 3.8%.