Karnataka CM Bommai to meet health dept over measures to curb Covid
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has also asked the health department to take stock of the situation across other parts of the state, even though almost all new Covid infections are being reported from Bengaluru, which accounts for a quarter of the estimated 70 million state population.
A decision to ascertain measures to contain the rising cases of Covid-19 in the state will be taken after a meeting with the state health department and medical experts, Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.
The Bommai said that though there is a spike in numbers, there is no need to panic as the situation is under control.
“Covid is under complete control. People need not panic unnecessarily about the pandemic,” Bommai said.
The chief minister has also asked the health department to take stock of the situation across other parts of the state, even though almost all new infections are being reported from Bengaluru, which accounts for a quarter of the estimated 70 million state population.
“The Principal Secretary in the Health department would hold meetings to review the Covid management precautions taken in all the districts and submit a report. Appropriate decisions would be taken based on the report,” the chief minister added.
Karnataka reported 230 new infections in a 24-hour-period of which Bengaluru accounted for 222, according to the daily bulletin of the state health department.
Only six other districts in the state recorded at least one new infection, according to data.
The new infections take the total number of active cases in the state to 2441 of which 2328 are in Bengaluru.
No deaths were reported in the 24-hour period (Sunday), according to the Monday covid-19 bulletin.
There were just 11962 tests conducted on Sunday.
Bengaluru has witnessed a sharp spike in new Covid infections in the past couple of weeks, even though most diagnosed cases are asymptomatic. The positivity rate on June 4 stood at 2.32% in Bengaluru against the state average of 1.61%.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP, the city corporation) held a meeting on Monday to take stock of the spike in cases and deploy marshals to raise awareness among the public not to venture out without masks.
“We are getting about 220 cases per day and conducting around 16,000 tests daily. BBMP chief commissioner (Tushar Girinath) has asked us to conduct 20,000 tests,” Dr Harish Kumar, special commissioner (solid waste management) said on Monday.
He added that a survey has been commissioned to ascertain the number of severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) cases being reported in private hospitals and health centres across the city.
At least half of the state’s 30 districts do not have any primary contacts over the last one week since these regions are largely unaffected by the Covid surge in Bengaluru so far, according to the state covid-19 war room data. But frequent travel from places like Bengaluru, where people from all over the country come to work, back to their native villages and towns adds to the risk.
Though Karnataka has been among the states with high vaccination coverage, the number for the third or precautionary dose has been just over 2.6 crore precautionary doses, the state health department data stated.