Covid-19: Positivity rate in 18 Karnataka districts more than 10% | Bengaluru News – Times of India
While the severity may not be apparent from the absolute number of cases, especially juxtaposed with Bengaluru’s soaring numbers, the positivity rate is a key indicator of the spread of virus.
B’luru and 10 more dists have more than 25,000 infections
In Kodagu, for instance, it means more than two out of every 10 people tested are turning out to be infected. The World Health the Organisation (WHO) says positivity rate should be under 5% for effective containment of the pandemic.
Of the 19 districts which have a positivity rate of more than 10%, 12, including Bengaluru, have reported a rate equal to or higher than the state average of 15.6%.
On this list, while Kodagu has the highest positivity rate, Dharwad district has the lowest (11.2%). The other districts are Kolar, Raichur, Hassan, Tumakuru, Kalaburagi, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru, Ballari, Shivamogga, Vijayapura, Mysuru, Chikkaballapura, Mandya, Yadgir, Koppal, Udupi and Dharwad.
“It is important to further increase testing and ensure that more people are detected early. Just as the number of cases in the districts don’t compare with Bengaluru, their ability to handle high patient numbers (in terms of hospital infrastructure) too does not,” one official pointed out.
Among the remaining districts with a positivity rate under 10%, Dakshina Kannada has the highest (9.4%).
Besides Bengaluru, 10 districts have more than 25,000 infections so far — Mysuru, Ballari, Tumakuru, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kalaburagi, Belagavi, Udupi, Dharwad and Bengaluru Rural. Together, these districts have added more than 1 lakh cases in April.
At 3.7 lakh of the 15 lakh cases in the state, they cumulatively account for a quarter of Karnataka’s Covid infections; while Benglauru alone accounts for nearly 50%.
The increasing number of cases have sent thousands of people into active quarantine in the districts.
While Bengaluru clearly has the highest number, among the districts, Tumakuru follows with 36,344. Then there is Ballari (20,220), Dharwad (20,131), Hassan (16,461) and Chikkaballapura (13,993). The reason for the lower quarantine count in other districts, officials say, is that they have not been as efficient in tracing patients and contacts.