Karnataka: Influx leaves Mandya, Hassan on tenterhooks | Mysuru News – Times of India

A file picture of a cordoned-off area in Mandya

MYSURU: With more than 2,700 people returning to Mandya and Hassan over the past few days, authorities in the two districts are on tenterhooks since 22 of 28 positive cases reported on Sunday are returnees.
The Malnad districts of Hassan and Shivamogga were Covid-free until the last couple of weeks when lockdown restrictions were eased, allowing travellers to return. There has been a sharp rise in cases in Mandya, a huge majority of whom are people returning from Mumbai. Mandya reported 22 fresh cases on Sunday of which 18 are people who returned from Mumbai, while all of Hassan’s six fresh cases had travelled to the Maharashtra city.
While returnees are tracked and moved to quarantine facilities, there are reports that people are evading checkposts and sneaking into Mandya district. Given the threat, the Mandya district administration has tasked school teachers, village accountants and panchayat development officers besides Asha workers to go door-todoor and check if anyone has slipped in under the radar.
Mandya’s spike is even bigger than the Nanjangud cluster. All are residents of KR Pete taluk and were employed in Mumbai. The district administration is facing problems providing additional quarantine facilities as existing centres are filling up fast. A total 4,554 are in home or institutional quarantine and authorities are awaiting results of 924 suspected cases.
As on Sunday, more than 1,200 from Hassan district have sought permission to return. A green zone until May 12, the district now has 26 cases. Of the new cases, three are from a family, including a three-year-old girl.
(With inputs from Rajendrakumar KR and Darshan DH)


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