Micro-containment zones are increasing, once more

Currently, there are 53 active containment zones under Palike

A house in BTM Layout was sealed by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) personnel on Friday after six members of the family tested positive for covid.

The micro-containment zones have gone up by 12 according to the BBMP’s war room data. Currently, there are 53 such active containment zones in BBMP limits. Out of them, 13 are in Bommanahalli and 12 in Mahadevapura. On Friday, four were added in Mahadevapura zone. Apart from this, east has nine zones, Yelahanka has six, Dasarahalli has seven, West has four and South and RR Nagar have one each.

According to BBMP, an area or apartment will be declared as a micro- containment zone if there are three or more cases reported from the same house.

According to the zone-wise total positivity rate (TPR) under BBMP limits for the last 10 days, the highest positivity rate was 0.9 per cent in RR Nagar, while Bommanahalli, East, Mahadevapura, South and Yelahanka had 0.7 per cent. Dasarahalli had 0.6 per cent TPR while the lowest was in the west zone with 0.4 per cent.

State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that necessary measures have been taken as per the recommendations of the committee headed by Dr Devi Shetty

regarding the third wave. The virus was transforming itself and even developed nations were struggling to battle it. Infrastructure had been significantly ramped up before the second wave.

“We are opening a special division for children care in every district hospital. We have provided necessary manpower for the purpose. The third wave is present in many countries; we cannot invite it here. We can control the spread if we break into social and religious gatherings. We need to be careful till at least 70 per cent of the population is vaccinated,” he said, adding that all medical and para-medical staff will be trained in all districts.

“The vaccine is being given to people aged above 18. Experts are of the opinion that the infection can also be spread to those under 18 years. The same treatment given to adults cannot be provided to children. They have to consult a paediatrician only.

Therefore, children specialist doctors are being trained to handle this. The training being given should be recorded on video. We need to be very careful as we share borders with Kerala and Maharashtra and observe all safety measures as the infection is still present,” he added.

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