A COVID-19 alert was sounded after 10 people were found positive for the coronavirus in an apartment complex in Bengaluru, officials said on Monday. 

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The 10 cases were reported at the the SJR Watermark Apartments, which comprises nine blocks with around 1,500 residents, from February 15 to 22, a statement from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (city municipal corporation) commissioner N Mnajunath Prasad confirmed. 

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Six contagious blocks of the apartment complex have been declared as containment zones, an official said. 

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He said nine mobile teams were deployed yesterday and 500 RT-PCR samples taken and results expected today.

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Sanitisation has been carried out in the apartment premises and a health team with four doctors has been deployed.

Earlier, an apartment in Bengaluru became a COVID hotspot after 103 people were found infected. They were home quarantined as a majority of them were young and asymptomatic.

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On Monday, Karnataka reported a total of 317 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the state to 948,466. 5 fatalities in the same period took the total death toll to 12,299.

Bengaluru Urban district leads the state in terms of number of cases, with a total of 403,943. 

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