Bengaluru beats Mumbai, and that’s not a good thing
Sit tight folks, Bengaluru has officially overtaken
Bengaluru is second only to Delhi which has 2, 14,069 cases. Chennai is at the fourth position with 1, 47,591 cases. Among the non-Metros, Pune with 2.1 lakh cases is ahead of Bengaluru. Surprisingly, the total deaths in Bengaluru are far fewer than Mumbai. While the island city has reported 8,067 deaths, Bengaluru has 2,392 fatalities and Chennai has 2,956. In terms of recoveries: Delhi has 1.81 lakh,
It was only on September 3 that Bengaluru overtook Chennai, and on July 3, the city raced past Kolkata. According to experts, the consistent rise in cases in Bengaluru even as other cities are witnessing a dip is because the city is turning out to be a Covid hotspot. “Statistics notwithstanding, the condition may be still worse in Mumbai as the hospitals are full there. One of the reasons why Bengaluru is badly hit could be because we opened up a lot of sectors before Mumbai. We had a number of festivals and opening up of a number of sectors early could have played their part in the rise,” said Dr Ravindra Mehta, Senior Consultant Interventional Pulmonologist
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Dr Brunda, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Aster CMI Hospital said, the relaxations after the lockdown when the government gave permission to organise public gatherings and festivals could be one of the reasons. “People flouted all the measures due to which we saw a spike in number of cases post Ganesh utsav. The change in the attitude of the individuals with regards to the necessary precautions which are required to restrict the Covid spread and their inter-state movement is a huge concern which has led to an increase in the transmission of the virus,” she said.
Currently, many people who have travelled to different places and are now coming back to the state are not following the 14-day quarantine which also is said to be a cause of the spike. “Non-compliance by individuals in wearing masks in public areas is also a factor. Change in weather is also among the causes for the spike,” she said. Dinesh V Kamath Consultant – Internal Medicine, Manipal Hospitals, Malleswaram however, said that Bengaluru has not overtaken Mumbai. “It is only that we are seeing a continuous surge of cases in the city. This is mainly because they are testing more people in the community with or without symptoms. Recent festivals caused more people to come in public too. But the case fatality rate is not as high as Mumbai,” he said.
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