Bengaluru: The SSLC answer sheets evaluation scheduled to begin on Monday (July 13) has been postponed in Bengaluru urban and rural districts following the lockdown announced by the Karnataka government.

Karnataka primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar said, “The evaluation at Bengaluru urban and rural districts have been postponed due to the lockdown. Meanwhile, the evaluation work will go as per schedule in all other districts. The new dates will be announced after July 22.”

The minister further stated that the evaluation date for the Bengaluru urban and rural districts will be decided soon.

The Karnataka government on late Friday night announced a complete lockdown in Bengaluru from July 14 to July 22 in a bid to contain the coronavirus spread.

According to the government, Bengaluru city and Bengaluru rural will be under total lockdown for a week starting from 8 pm on July 14 till 5 am on July 22.

Bengaluru alone reported 1,525 new cases of the total 2,627 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as the total tally of infections in Karnataka surged to 38,843.

As the number of fresh COVID-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, at least 18 wards in the city recorded over 10 cases each on Sunday, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) statistics revealed.

According to BBMP’s COVID-19 War Room data, Shantala Nagar topped the list with 31 cases, followed by Sudham Nagar (30), Chamarajpet (28), and Jayanagar (26), among others.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 3168. The health department also attributed 45 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru's death toll on Sunday. With this, 274 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.