Record daily spikes again: 48k in Karnataka, 27k in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Karnataka became the third state in the country — after Maharashtra and Kerala — to breach the 15-lakh total caseload on Friday, posting record-shattering 48,296 fresh Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours.
Karnataka’s daily spike is the highest for any state, barring only Maharashtra. Bengaluru set a grim record for itself, reporting 26,756 cases on the day and taking its overall tally to 7.5 lakh.
Only Delhi has reported more cases than Bengaluru in a day (28,395 on April 20 and 27,047 on April 30). Maharashtra took 214 days to reach 15 lakh cases, Karnataka 417 and Kerala 416 days.
Karnataka has a total of 15.2 lakh cases, of which 3.8 lakh are active. Total deaths as of Friday stood at 15,523. April 2021 accounts for a third of all cases and a fifth of deaths. Of these, 7.5 lakh cases and 6,375 deaths are in Bengaluru.
Karnataka added 5.3 lakh Covid cases in 29 days
The state bulletin issued on Friday did not specify the number of patients in ICU.
Severity of the second wave could be gauged by the fact that Karnataka took 388 days to touch the 10-lakh mark on April 1 this year, and added 5.3 lakh cases in just 29 days on the back of resurgence in fresh infections. The last three lakh cases were added in nine days at the rate of 1 lakh cases every three days.
Health commissioner Dr KV Trilok Chandra said effects of the lockdown will be seen after a week. “While we are hopeful of breaking the chain, the situation is dynamic, preventing us from making future assessments. As said earlier, the strategy would be to enhance testing, vaccination and treatment,” he said.
‘Curbs should be extended’
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Dr Giridhara Babu, member, technical advisory committee, advocated triage (decide order of treatment) to prioritise patients and reduce burden on the healthcare system. “Covid curbs must be extended at least by a week to achieve the desired effect and for the state to flatten the curve,” he said.
Bengaluru, which accounts for nearly 50% of all cases in Karnataka, brought up 3.2 lakh cases in April and its total positive cases went past 7 lakh cases on April 28.
Bengaluru took 165 days to cross 1 lakh cases (Aug 21, 2020) from where it began to record a high number of cases adding the second lakh in just 32 days, the third in 24 before the curve flattened. From 3 lakh cases on October 16 last year, it took 114 days to reach 4 lakh on February 7 this year.Another 66 days later, the city’s tally stood at 5 lakh on the 14th of this month and it added two lakh cases more in 14 days.
Revenue secretary N Manjunatha Prasad, who has an additional responsibility of helping BBMP with Covid management, told TOI that a plan is afoot to decentralise Covid management to the ward level. A draft note said ward committees must upload details of general practitioners in the ward (names, addresses and phone numbers) and enlist them for Covid care. “Map all existing RWAs, colonies, apartments, slums in the ward with contact persons,” the note reads.



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