Bengaluru outskirts report more coronavirus cases than central areas | Bengaluru News – Times of India
DJ Halli and Padarayanapura wards have reported fewer than 50 Covid-19 cases each in the past 15 days, whereas Shettihalli ward has seen 557, Uttarahalli 542 and Singasandra and Vidyaranyapura more than 400 each.
Civic officials said peripheral areas have a number of rural pockets and the main reasons for the case spike are increased movement of people within wards and lack of social distancing and mask use.
“The outskirts of Bengaluru are largely dotted by huge panchayats where it’s difficult to monitor mask use and social distancing. Local officials need to pay attention to these wards. Their failure is contributing to a higher caseload,” said a senior civic official.
The official added: “In central parts of the city, people are now more conscious about safety measures and marshals are penalising people who violate guidelines.”
A senior official, who is part of the state’s Covid-19 task force, said residents in peripheral areas are flouting precautionary protocols which are in place.
Freer movement in wards also a trigger
They fear contracting the virus but don’t cooperate when it comes to wearing masks and practising social distancing. Things are still manageable in Uttarahalli and Vidyaranyapura, but in Singasandra, Shettihalli, Bagalkunte, Begur and Jakkur, there are over 400 cases,” he added.
Increased testing is another reason for a bigger Covid-19 tally. For instance, Bagalkunte and Chokkasandra’s case counts of 416 and 395, respectively, coincided with a higher number of tests. Health officials say freer movement within wards has also contributed to the infection burden. “As there are no curbs now, many people are moving around. Some new residents are also arriving,” a BBMP official said.
Randeep D, special BBMP commissioner for health and solid waste management, told STOI that Bengaluru Urban had seen nearly a 14 per cent jump in cases, up from 10 per cent about 10 days ago. “We have increased testing modules in the city and are ensuring that everyone is tested. It seems that has impacted the scale, showing a rise in cases,” Randeep said. “Cases may seem more, but there is no cause for fear. The civic administration is working on ruling out all possible outbreaks.”