Bengaluru breached the 2,000-mark in daily Covid cases (2,004 fresh cases were reported on Sunday). This is the biggest spike seen in a single day since October 25. Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 3,082 fresh cases thereby overtaking Kerala (2,250 cases). Most of the districts in the state are also seeing a surge with Kalaburgi (159), Udupi (115) and Mysuru (114) breaching the three-figure mark. The active cases in Bengaluru now stand at 15,882 and 23,037 in the state. The active cases are the highest since December 9.
The Union Government said that Karnataka has joined seven states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu which now account for 81.46 pc of the daily new cases registered in the last 24 hours (62,714). Surprisingly, Karnataka now stands third in the country in the reporting of daily cases.
However, the worrying trends is the steady increase in the deaths as 12 deaths were reported in Sunday’s bulletin of which seven were from Bengaluru alone. On the other hand, the patients admitted to ICUs are also seeing a rise with 204 people being treated at various hospitals in the state including 79 in Bengaluru.
Tackling the Kirana Virus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and expressed concern over people roaming freely in the city despite the lockdown. The police have been given oral orders to make loiterers spend a day in prison. And to stop people from coming out for grocery shopping, it is proposed to limit timings of shops selling essential goods.
Conduct exams immediately
Meanwhile, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka have urged the Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar to permit them to conduct exams for the grades six to nine immediately. Speaking to Mirror, D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the association said that the schools have already completed their portions and hence should be permitted to conduct exams. “The Covid numbers are rising and before the government takes a call on declaring holidays for school, the exams should be held immediately. We don’t want a situation where exams are cancelled as it will be detrimental to the student’s future. However, we agree with the education department to conduct SSLC exams as per the schedule,” he added.