Bengaluru: 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.

Based on BBMP reports only the East zone recorded a slight increase in positivity rate from 11.78% to 12.4% in the same period. But the fatality rate has halved in the east zone too.

Most zones had recorded fatality rates above 1% four weeks ago, but all eight had fatality rates below 1% as on October 12.

However, Dasarahalli zone registered a marginal increase of fatality rate from 0.8% to 0.87%.

BBMP officials have said the spike in case numbers could be due to an increase in testing, which has almost doubled in four weeks.

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Four weeks ago, the city was testing 22,900 people on an average per day. The number has now almost doubled to around 45,600 tests per day.

Meanwhile, Karnataka on Sunday reported 7,012 new COVID-19 cases and 51 deaths taking the total infection count in the state to 7,65,586 and the toll to 10,478.

Half of the infections and mortalities were contributed by Bengaluru Urban district on Sunday with 3,535 fresh cases and 25 deaths.  

The total infections comprise 6,45,825 discharges including 8,344 today and 1,09,264 active cases including 945 in the ICU.