Bengaluru ends its worst month with the highest covid score of 26,756

Bengaluru recorded its highest covid score in a day (26,756 cases on Friday). Surprisingly, April has seen the maximum number of covid cases in a month — 3,19,007, since the first covid case was detected in the City on March 8, 2020. As April 2021 comes to an end, a whopping 42.15 per cent of the total covid cases were added in this month. Bengaluru’s total covid caseload is 7,56,740.

In Bengaluru, 18 cases are reported every minute and 1,115 cases every hour! A comparison of various monthly scores shows that there were 5,435 cases in Bengaluru till June 2020 (first 114 days). July saw a rise with 52,406 cases, August had 75,514, September 1,03,758, October 1,00,958, November 32,101, December 18,551, January 10,311, February 6,813 and March 2021 31,886 cases.

Analysing the covid trend in Bengaluru, Dr GB Sattur, member of the covid task force said, “The reason for the alarming rise in cases could be due to multiple reasons.

It could be due to the double mutation which is known to explode unheralded. This being the Indian variant could be behaving like the UK variant which was very infectious. On the other hand, this is not surprising as it was waiting to happen as the cases significantly rise as we are heading towards the peak.”

Bengaluru’s total covid deaths reached 6,375, with an addition of 93 deaths on Friday. April recorded 1,745 deaths and has accounted for 27.37 per cent of total covid deaths in the City so far. Dr Jagadish Hiremath (Medical Director of Ace Suhas Hospital) said, “The reason for the huge spike is due to the negligence on the part of people and officials as everyone was letting their guard down. There have been possible reinfections because of a loss of antibodies and new virus variants have all contributed to the surge. The “double mutant” variant, known as B.1.617, first detected in Maharashtra, is currently the predominant one in the country and it’s lethal and more infectious. There are also other variants like those first found in the UK and in Brazil that is spreading faster in the country.”

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April is proving to be the cruelest month

A health expert said, “Even during the peak months of September and October, the daily Covid cases were around 5,000 in a day. However, in April this year, the daily cases are 10,000+. “Bengaluru created a new record on Sunday with a daily caseload of 12,793 while Karnataka is close to 20,000 cases a day (19,067 on Sunday).

On the other hand, the number of patients discharged are yet to pick up in the City with April contributing to only 16.2 per cent of those discharged since the covid outbreak. This is the reason why the active covid cases in the City, which stand at 2,59,058 are the highest in the country, which is now 34.2 per cent of the current caseload. “A virus has only one purpose – to reproduce. It is programmed to hijack your cells to crank out offspring, which then infect others. It does not discriminate who it infects. It doesn’t care what political party you belong to, what race you are, where you live, where you went to school and what religious beliefs you have etc. If you let up on the brakes, the virus will take advantage of any opening you give it,” Hiremath added.

Another reason for the spike in cases is the high rate of testing. April also accounted for the highest tests done for any month which is 22.95 lakh tests. Dr Hiremath said that the increased testing was leading to better discovery so we can also attribute the surge to more people opting for the test. “Thus, we see a jump in the test sample size and the positivity rate. If we as a country religiously follow Covid Appropriate behaviour, we contain the virus within three to four weeks,” he added.

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s single day covid rise was close to 50,000 as the State reported 48,296 cases on Friday.


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