Bangalore Corona Cases Update: Bengaluru adds more Covid-19 cases than Mumbai, Chennai in August | Bengaluru News – Times of India
In percentage terms, Mumbai saw a 16% jump in those 20 days, compared to a 30% increase reported in Chennai. Bengaluru, whose base number was much lower than both cities, saw an 80% spike in cases.
Bengaluru became the fifth city after Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Thane to reach the grim milestone and is rapidly catching up with Mumbai and Chennai in terms of caseload. Of the five cities, only Pune added more cases than Bengaluru in the first 20 days of August.
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While the city took 142 days to cross the 50,000 mark, the second 50,000 cases came in just 23 days. Bengaluru has reported 1,02,770 cases till date. The city also accounts for 40% of all cases in Karnataka, which places a massive strain on its healthcare system. In comparison, Chennai is home to 33% of cases in TN, and Mumbai to just 20% of Maharashtra’s caseload.
Dr Giridhara Babu, member, ICMR task force on research and surveillance, who also advises BBMP on Covid-19, said: “While the situation in other comparable cities, which began peaking earlier than Bengaluru may stabilise, it will take longer in Bengaluru as a major proportion of the population is still susceptible. Also, we are still unsure of the overall sero prevalence [the proportion of people who are immune or protected] in Bengaluru.”
Although Bengaluru tested the most among the five cities between August 1 and 20, only Mumbai and Pune have a higher positivity rate. Compared to 17% in Bengaluru, Chennai saw 10% of samples tested returning positive, while it was 16% in Thane.
An official said, beginning next week, the government plans to conduct a sero survey in all 30 districts, which will include all eight zones in Bengaluru. The survey will include samples from populations at three risk levels — low, moderate and high — and the government has already begun training resources persons to carry out the survey.
As per the government classification, low risk populations will include pregnant women presenting at ANC clinics and people attending outpatient departments in hospitals or attendees of children or patients.
Moderate to high risk populations will include bus conductors, vegetable vendors, healthcare workers and individuals in containment zones and meeting areas such as markets, malls, bus stops, and railway stations. High-risk populations will include the elderly and persons with comorbid conditions.
As of August 20, eight states had more than one lakh cases of which Andhra Pradesh, with 3.2 lakh cases was the only state — other than Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu — with more cases than Karnataka. However, no one city/district in Andhra had more than 50,000 cases, while Delhi, despite being a Metro city doesn’t compare with Bengaluru given its political composition.