Bengaluru, Nov 1: Karnataka on Monday registered substantial reduction in COVID-19 cases with 188 fresh cases and two deaths, pushing the caseload and death toll to 29,88,521 and 38,084, the health department said.

For the first time in several months, Bengaluru urban district reported new infections in double digits and zero fatalities. The daily fresh cases used to be in three digits.

The positivity rate for the day was 0.25 per cent and the case fatality rate was 1.06 per cent.

A total of 73,924 samples were tested in the state including 64,418 RT-PCR tests on Monday, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5.09 crore.

The day also saw 318 people being discharged, pushing the total number of recoveries to 29,41,896. Active cases stood at 8,512, a department bulletin said.

Other districts too reported fresh cases including 16 in Mysuru, 12 in Dakshina Kannada, 11 in Hassan and 10 in Kodagu.

While 10 districts reported zero infections, 15 districts had cases in single digits.

The two deaths were reported in Mysuru, while 30 districts of Karnataka had zero fatalities.

Bagalkote, Bidar, Chamarajanagar, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur, Ramanagar and Yadgir registered zero infections and zero COVID-19 related deaths.

The number of vaccinations done so far in the state rose to 6.54 crore, with 98,115 people being inoculated on Monday.

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Mangaluru: Continuous rainfall in Dakshina Kannada including Mangaluru, is now posing threat to the low-lying areas with flooding if the rain continues for next few hours.

Incidents of wall of the houses and compound walls collapsing, have also been reported from several areas since Wednesday night.

Similarly, cracks were also spotted on the Maravur Bridge following which the Deputy Commissioner instructed the PWD Executive Engineering to visit the spot and inspect the bridge on Thursday morning.

Due to the drainage issues, several areas in Mangaluru including Kottara Chowki were experiencing water logging causing traffic jams and panic among the locals who fear flooding if the rains do not stop.

In several other areas, homes have also been inundated with rain water putting the houses on risk of damages. Residents in these areas were evacuated and were shifted to other localities temporarily.

The Deputy Commissioner also declared holidays to PU and Degree colleges due to rains on June 30. He also added that the decision on declaring holidays to schools and other colleges will be taken after assessing the situation in the district by Friday morning.