Bengaluru: As Karnataka witnessed some improvement in the covid situation, the Basavaraj Bommai-led government on Monday allowed half-day classes for standard 9-10 to start in (Govt/Aided/Un-aided schools) in districts with less than 2 per cent positivity rate. According to the order issued by the Office of Commissioner, Public Instructions Department, the Classes will start from 23 Aug (10 am-1.30 pm on weekdays, Sat 10 am-12.50 pm).Also Read - Gujarat Lockdown: Ahmedabad Bans Unvaccinated People From Using Public Transport From Sept 20

The order also informs that the opening of schools for standards 1 to 8 will be decided later. “In the districts where positivity rate is above 2 per cent, it’s instructed to conduct classes (std 1-10) in alternative ways,” the order reads. “To maintain physical distancing, as per the availability of number of classrooms and teachers in the schools, it’s instructed to conduct classes by making a group of 15-20 students (for 9 and 10 std) in each group,” it further adds. Also Read - International Flights: UK Relaxes Travel Restrictions For Fully Vaccinated Indians From Oct 4

Karnataka reported 1,065 new COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths on Monday, taking the total number of infections to 29,30,529 and the toll to 37,007. The day also saw 1,486 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,71,448. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 270 cases out of the total number and saw 378 discharges and four deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is 22,048. Also Read - BMC's Latest Sero-Survey Report Finds Over 86% of Mumbai's Population Have COVID-19 Antibodies

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.93 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.62 per cent. Out of the 28 deaths, five are from Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Urban and Mysuru (4 each), Hassana and Kodagu (3 each), Chitradurga, Kolar and Uttara Kannada (2 each), followed by others.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Dakshina Kannada accounted for 284, Bengaluru Urban 270, Udupi 107, Mysuru 63, followed by others. Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,33,172, followed by Mysuru 1,74,679 and Tumakuru 1,18,659. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,09,176, followed by Mysuru 1,71,209 and Tumakuru 1,16,844.

Cumulatively a total of 4,10,25,095 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,13,580 were done on Monday alone.