War of the wards

Areas with the worst covid numbers in 2020 seem to be the best in 2021

The wards that were most affected in the first wave of covid-19 are at the bottom of the list with the lowest number of cases this time. The second wave appears to have found new pastures, infecting residents living in the apartment complexes. It’s also learnt that wards with most cases have been testing at least three times more than the wards with minimum cases.

The top ten wards with the highest number of positive cases in the last 10 days are Shantala Nagar, Bellandur, Horamavu, RR Nagar, HSR Layout, Arakere, Kempegowda Ward, Varthur and New Thippasandra. These wards are reporting more than 100 covid-19 positive cases every day.

The wards which appear at the bottom of the list with the least number of cases are Muneshwara Nagar, JJ Nagar, Rayapuram, Devara Jeevanahalli, Kempapura Agrahara, Padarayanapura and Chelavadi Palya. Although these wards are not the worst affected, they have reported any where between 53 and 95 cases in the last ten days. Of the seven wards, four wards come under Chamarajpete division.

What’s interesting is the stark difference in the number of tests done in wards with the maximum number of cases and those others with the least number of cases. The ten wards that reported the highest number of positive cases are testing anywhere between 500 and 1500 samples a day, health officials from these wards said. Sources said the wards that are least affected due to covid-19 are testing just 100 to 400 samples a day.

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Positivity rate is the highest


The number of people turning covid positive has surpassed the figures reported in September last year. In every 100 samples being tested, at least close to 13 people are testing positive in the City. The positivity rate, officials hope, will reduce following a two-week lockdown which came into effect on Tuesday evening.

Last year, the City hit the peak in July with the highest number of cases and a positivity rate of 23.84%. It reduced to 13.91% in August. The trend is likely to repeat this year.

On a positive note, 4.80 lakh people have recovered from covid-19 so far. That is about 67 per cent of the total number of people infected with the disease. There are as many as 2.24 lakh active cases, who are yet to recover from covid-19.

“The reason why some wards are testing more is that there are more positive cases in those wards. Testing is low in a few wards as the primary and secondary contacts are less in number. It’s nothing to do with lack of manpower or resistance among people to test as we saw during the first wave. Now, people are willingly coming forward to get themselves tested for covid-19,” said B Vijayendra, Chief Health Officer at BBMP.


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