Coronavirus in Bangalore Update: Among 6 cities with 1 lakh cases, Bengaluru toll lowest | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Among the six cities with more than 1 lakh Covid-19 cases, Bengaluru has bucked the trend and kept the fatalities well below 2,000, despite instances of patients struggling to find ambulances and beds in the last week of June and July.
Mumbai has more than 5,000 deaths, Delhi 3,000-plus, and Chennai, Pune and Thane have reported between 2,000 and 3,000 deaths each when they crossed the 1-lakh mark. Bengaluru has reported 1,635 deaths as of Aug 21.

Experts said the advantage of peaking late — which allowed the administration to learn from other cities — early detection and a proactive treatment protocol are key reasons for a low death rate in Bengaluru. As of Saturday, Bengaluru’s case fatality rate (CFR) stood at 1.6% compared to 5.5% in Mumbai, 3% in Thane, 2.5% in Pune and 2% in Chennai.
Proactive approach has helped: Experts
Bengaluru has managed to keep Covid-19 deaths below 2,000 compared to six cities with over 1 lakh infections.

Dr S Sacchidanand, who heads the Covid-19 death audit committee, said: “Early detection has been the biggest factor in preventing deaths as it helped in timely clinical intervention. Also, a good follow-up system, which provided us with regular updates on the condition of positive patients, and good infrastructure have helped us save more lives.”
Other cities compare poorly with Bengaluru in deaths-per-million ratio too. Going by the 2011 population, Bengaluru has 166 deaths per million, while the statistic stands at 401, 1,224, 1,965 and 320 for Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Chennai, respectively. While these comparisons are based on the latest numbers, the city recorded fewer number of fatalities on the day (Friday) it breached the 1-lakh mark.
Dr C Nagaraj, director, RGCID and member state Covid-19 expert committee, said: “Some of those cities didn’t have the advantage of using the latest treatment protocols like us. Whether it’s being proactive in introducing the right kind of antivirals or being quick to understand the virus and introducing thinners to prevent clots, we’ve been on the top of things.”
Nagaraj and Sacchidanand urged people to not ignore symptoms and present themselves at a hospital as early as possible. “In many cases, we (doctors) are not given enough time to treat patients as they come in at the last moment. If people reach hospitals early, we can save more lives,” Sacchidananda said.

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