Four from Shivamogga test +ve for new strain

If we do not take care, second wave will overwhelm us

With four more people testing positive for the UK strain, the tally of the state has gone up to seven. Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that four persons from Shivamogga are the latest to test positive. He said the health department has traced 39 secondary contacts of the persons who had tested positive on Tuesday, all of whom have tested negative.

In Shivamogga, seven primary and secondary contacts were traced and of them, three tested positive for the new strain. Now, their reports are to be sent for genomic sequencing. All the seven are being treated at government facilities and all are stable. Their primary and secondary contacts will be sent to institutional quarantine.

Meanwhile, experts have warned that the new strain could lead to a second wave if we don’t pull up our socks. Dr Rakesh Mishra, director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), told Bangalore Mirror from Hyderabad, “If people don’t take care, then with the new year, weddings and other celebrations, there could be a spike and the second wave. Unlike past experiences, this new strain can spread fast and if that happens, our behaviour can make us a super spreader. We have to take extra care now.” Regal Multi-specialty Hospital’s medical Dr Suri Raju V said that it was common for viruses to mutate and there have been thousands of variants of the virus identified since it first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan more than a year ago. Initial findings suggest this variant could increase the reproduction number – the rate at which it spreads – by 0.4 at least.


This variant spreads faster. So we must take care not to turn into super spreaders

–Dr Rakaesh Mishra, CCMB

‘No-Man Zones’

Bengaluru city police commissioner Kamal Pant has said that ‘No-Man Zones’ will be created at MG Road, Church Street, Brigade Road, Koramangala and Indiranagar. Only those who have booked in advance will be allowed to pubs and restaurants. “Given the prevailing COVID19 situation and the emergence of a new strain of the virus abroad, certain restrictions shall be imposed during the new year celebrations; section 144 will be imposed across Bengaluru from 6 pm on Dec 31 to 6 am on Jan 1, 2021. Any form of gatherings in public places, main roads, open areas, parks, grounds for the purpose of New Year celebrations is strictly prohibited.

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