Bengaluru is once again in covid-battle mode


With March reporting a record high number of cases in the past few months, rules are stringent once more

With covid cases showing no signs of slowing down once again, March has been the worst month for covid this year as the monthly cases reported in the city is more than January and February combined. As per the BBMP war room data, Bengaluru had recorded 28,980 cases and it has been the worst month for the city since November 2020.

Cases

Till June 2020 (first 114 days), 5,435 cases were reported in the city and the upward spike was seen from July (52,406), followed by August-75,514 and September-1, 03,758 (the worst covid month so far). The cases started decreasing from October-1, 00,958, November-32,101, December-18,551, January-10,311 and February-6-8,213 (lowest ever recorded cases since June).



Similarly, the positivity rate which was 4.63 per cent in June went up to 23.84 per cent in July (highest so far), dropped to 1.42 per cent in December, and was 0.91 per cent in January. Since then, it is going up with 2.2 per cent in March. The active cases which were 4,092 on March 1 have jumped to 19,613 by end of March.

Deaths

Till June, the CFR was 1.75 per cent and 95 deaths, July was at1.84 per cent and 962 deaths, August was at 1.26 per cent and 950 deaths, September was at 0.94 per cent and 971 deaths, October was at 0.89 per cent and 897 deaths, November was at 0.84 per cent and 271 deaths, December was at 0.99 per cent and 184 deaths, January was at 0.64 per cent and 66 deaths, February was at 1.28 per cent and 88 deaths while and March was at 0.47 per cent and 136 deaths.

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Containment Zones

There are a total of 31 containment zones in the city out of which a majority are educational institutions or hostels along with apartment complexes. Within the containment zones, only essential activities will be allowed.

WFH, once more

The new guidelines issued by the State Government have said that Work from Home should be continued as much as possible with offices and other workplaces should follow staggered timings. There should be provisions for thermal scanning, hand wash or sanitizer at all entry points and hand wash or sanitizer at exit points and common areas.

City reports 2,906 cases

Bengaluru is inching towards 3k cases as it reported 2,906 fresh cases and 11 deaths while the overall daily cases in the state was 4,234 and 18 deaths.

Meanwhile, former prime minster HD Devegowda is currently stable with minimal respiratory symptoms. Though Gowda had announced on Wednesday morning that he had tested positive, his RT-PCR reports were negative and as a precautionary measure, he was admitted to the hospital.

‌Meanwhile, Bangalore club announced that it will cancel all the entertainment programmes in the premises till further notice. A club representative said the decision was taken following State Government guidelines on crowd regulation.

No offline classes till 9th grade

The Education Department has suspended offline classes up to Grade nine in Bengaluru alone (while offline will continue in rest of the state). The offline classes for tenth standard, I and II PU will continue like before. Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said that the decision was taken due to a rapid surge of covid cases.



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Sagar Biswas

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