Covid cases show no signs of going down

Active covid cases in Bengaluru are seeing a major spike as cases have shot up alarmingly in a week’s time.

On March 20, the active cases in the city were 9,044 and that of Karnataka was 12,828. However by Saturday, they reached 14,671 in Bengaluru, and 21,252 in the state. Experts say that the rise in active cases is a worrying trend as it not only increases the burden on the hospitals but also can lead to more mutations.

Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that around eight to 10 states were seeing a rise in active cases. “There are about 2.84 lakh cases in Maharashtra, 24,000 in Kerala, 22,000 in Punjab and 20k plus in Karnataka. It is clear that the second wave has begun. The state’s positivity rate of 1.6 per cent is more than the national average which is not a good sign,” he added.

“I have requested the CM to take necessary measures to prevent spread of infection in school and educational institutions and he will take action in this regard,” said the minister.

As far as vaccination coverage among health care workers and frontline workers were concerned, Bidar had achieved 113 per cent, Dharwad 107 per cent and Gadag had achieved 103 per cent. Bengaluru Urban, Bagalkot, Davangere and Koppal have achieved 61 per cent, 64 per cent, 65 per cent and 65 per cent respectively, he explained.


Around 16,18,150 senior citizens aged above 60 years have been vaccinated. 4,70,602 people aged above 45 years with comorbidities have been vaccinated. As far as coverage among 60+ is considered – Chitradurga had achieved 37 per cent, followed by Ramanagar 37.8 per cent, Kodagu 38 per cent, Chamarajnagar 38 per cent and Koppal 48 per cent. The state is set to receive around 12 lakh more doses in the next few days.


State Govt denies data manipulation

Siddaramaiah had tweeted saying, “According to the health and family welfare department, the number of covid-19 deaths till Dec 2020 was 12,090 while according to the Planning and Statistical Department, it is 22,320 till Dec 2020. Which is correct?” Dr K Sudhakar denied the allegations made by Siddaramaiah. “The State Government has no intention to hide any statistics nor is it necessary. All the facts and figures about testing, new cases reported, recovered and deaths are collected from respective districts and then compiled in the daily bulletin which is published by the Health and Family Welfare Department every day. Siddaramaiah is the leader of opposition and he is free to get the information from districts and verify the same,” he said.

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