Bengaluru: Covid care centres drop from 60 to seven


With covid cases falling, the BBMP is keeping one covid care centre per zone. Other CCCs will be activated on a need-basis

As the covid-19 cases have come down sharply, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has reduced the number of covid care centres (CCCs) to one facility per zone. When the pandemic was at its peak in May and June, the civic body had rushed to create nearly 60 centres for admitting and treating covid patients who were asymptomatic or suffering from mild symptoms. The number of active CCCs has now been reduced to seven.

Each zone, except RR Nagar, has one active covid care centre, currently treating a total of 123 patients. The BBMP chose to activate almost all centres that were established in the government-owned buildings, be it Haj Bhavan in Yelahanka zone or Karmikara Bhavana in Dasarahalli. The only two centres that are located in private buildings are the Zinc Hotel in Mahadevapura

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and Bosch in Adugodi.

Even though the BBMP had set up nearly 60 covid care centres and triage centres in the city, a majority of these facilities were not put to optimum use as the covid cases started falling by the time new centres were commissioned. A majority of these centres were rented out from private individuals. A total of around 3,400 beds were created in all the 60 centres but these facilities were used by around 5,000 covid patients.

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Officials said they are prepared to activate many covid care centres in a short period in case the number of fresh cases goes up. “We are reporting 600 to 700 covid cases daily. The CCCs will be activated depending on the situation,” Gaurav Gupta, Chief Commissioner of BBMP said. He also reiterated that the BBMP would be able to meet the target of vaccinating 70 per cent of the adult population by July-end.

The Chief Commissioner insisted that everyone should continue to wear masks even after getting their vaccines.



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