Covid: Positivity rate, active cases fall in Dakshina Kannada | Mangaluru News – Times of India


The test positivity rate (TPR) is gradually decreasing in Dakshina Kannada, one of the few districts where Covid-19 cases are still causing concern. The rate fell from more than 5 per cent in August to 1.7 per cent in the period from September 5 to 11.
Sullia, Bantal and Puttur taluks have a TPR of 1 per cent or less. Only Mangaluru taluk reported a TPR of more than 2 per cent.
The district conducted 76,464 Covid tests in the past week, detecting 1,318 positive cases. Of the new infections, 760 were recorded in Mangaluru taluk, 173 in Belthangady, 146 in Bantwal, 124 in Puttur and 65 in Sullia.
The active caseload of Dakshina Kannada, which was above 13,000 in mid-May, was below 2,000 as of Sunday. The district reported an average of nearly 350 cases per day in the first week of August, a figure that fell to 188 in the past week.
Dr Ashok H, the district nodal officer for Covid-19, told TOI that cases were declining mainly because of the restrictions introduced at educational institutions and borders. “We have given strict instructions to all institutions that it will be the management’s responsibility to ensure guidelines are followed. We could control the spread of the virus by about 70 per cent through restrictions for students from Kerala, where a surge in cases continues,” he said.
District health officer Dr Kishore Kumar M said that the number of outstation students visiting campuses had decreased and as a result, daily Covid-19 cases had also come down. “Mangaluru taluk is also showing a declining trend in terms of fresh cases. Interstate border surveillance also has helped Dakshina Kannada check the spread of the virus. Fewer students are contracting the infection on campuses after curbs were imposed at borders,” he added.
On the cases in Belthangady, he said interstate travellers were among the factors that had caused a slight increase in the positivity rate.
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