Bengaluru: After 248 cases reported in 10 days, nine containment zones declared | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sealed off nine roads in four zones and has declared them containment zones following a sudden spurt in Covid-19 cases over the past week.
Those entering and leaving these zones, each comprising a stretch of about 100 metres, are being monitored and all essential items are being supplied to residents by the civic agency.

A stretch is termed a containment zone if there are more than five cases within 100 metres.
Between February 15 and 25, a total 248 cases were reported from these nine containment zones and 690 primary and 609 secondary contacts of those infected have been identified.
Bommanahalli zone within BBMP limits has the highest number of cases at 141, followed by the East zone with 42 cases and Yelahanka with 28.
“Luckily none of the infected is from the UK or the Middle East. Most of these cases are from neighboring states like Kerala and Maharashtra,” said P Rajendra Cholan, special commissioner (health), BBMP.
Data accessed by TOI shows 74 college students and 169 residents of apartments have tested positive. “We cannot blame the education system for the spread. Students could have contracted the virus anywhere,” said a senior health officer. “The fact that tests are being conducted in educational institutions is helping us handle the spread better.”
BBMP officials feel it is far more challenging to handle an outbreak in apartments than a school or college. “Many apartments hesitate to inform BBMP if there is a positive case. They want to hush it up, fearing stigma,” said B Vijendra, chief health officer, BBMP.
Civic officials also say managing containment zones is a challenge now that the lockdown has been eased. “People have taken matters to court and are requesting that only a 100-metre stretch be termed a containment zone. They don’t want barricades to be erected,” said Vijendra.
The civic administration now only puts up posters announcing a containment zone on the floor of an apartment if more than 10 people test positive on that floor. “If there are more than five cases in an individual bungalow, we place a barricade with a poster saying it’s a containment zone. We do not want to stigmatize people,” said Cholan.


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