Bengaluru: 39 in flat near Karaga temple test positive for Covid-19 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Two weeks ahead of the Bengaluru Karaga, 39 residents of an apartment behind Dharmaraya Swamy Temple, the epicentre of celebrations, in Nagarathpet tested positive for Covid-19.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner Gaurav Gupta visited the spot on Tuesday and said they will ramp up testing and vaccination drive in the locality.
Amid the second Covid wave, BBMP on Monday met to decide whether the city’s flagship festival should be held this year.
According to BBMP officials, all 39 residents are from an apartment behind the temple.
It all started with one residents who had travelled from other state testing positive.
The apartment association decided to conduct mass testing. Of 145 persons tested, 39 were positive.
Two of them have been shifted to CV Raman General Hospital and 37 have been isolated in the same apartment.
The building has been converted into a mini Covid Care Centre.
BBMP officials said they conducted about 600 tests after the incident came to light and plan to conduct at least 2,500 tests in a day or two.
Eight teams have been deployed for testing as well as for vaccination for residents near the temple, BBMP said.
For the first time last year, the 350-year-old Karaga procession, which marks the culmination of the over week-long celebrations, was not held.
The event, associated with the Thigala community, is scheduled to be held from April 19-27 this year and usually attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
Sources said though there is pressure from elected representatives to hold the event, the recent positive cases have cause concern among citizens as well as organisers.

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