Bengaluru: Good news for Karnataka as the COVID-19 positivity rate is lowering each day. The drop in new COVID-19 positive cases has been witnessed in the state for nine consecutive days.

Based on the state health bulletin on Friday "Recoveries rose to 6,93,584 till date, with 8,749 discharged from hospitals across the state on Thursday, while 5,356 tested positive, taking the COVID-19 tally to 7,93,907, including 89,483 active cases".

51 succumbed to the infection on Friday, taking the death toll across the state to 10,821 so far. While 21 died of the virus in Bengaluru, taking its toll to 3,688 since the pandemic broke on March 8.

Accounting for over 40 per cent of the state's cases, Bengaluru reported 2,688 fresh cases on Friday, taking its tally to 3,21,054, including 56,763 active cases, while recoveries increased to 2,60,602, with 4,335 discharged in the last 24 hours.

Among the 30 districts, Dakshina Kannada reported 329 new cases, followed by Davangere 298 and Mysuru 220.

After Bengaluru, the highest number of discharges (894) were from Mysuru, followed by Dakshina Kannada 290, Hassan 267 and Tumakuru 254.

Of the 936 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs) across the state, 370 are in Bengaluru district, 70 in Ballari, 52 in Dharwad, 45 in Chamarajanagar, 44 in Hassan and 29 in Kolar.

Out of 1,083,56 tests conducted on Thursday, 21,615 were through rapid antigen detection and 86,741 through RT-PCR method.

"Positivity rate declined to 4.94 percent while case fatality rate plunged to 0.95 per cent across the state on a single day," the bulletin added.