Wards on Bengaluru outskirts reporting more cases | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Vasanthapura, Hoodi, Horamavu, Kadugodi Hemmigepura, Byatarayanapura and Bellandur wards on the outskirts of Bengaluru are reporting more Covid-19 cases now. These seven wards have been reporting at least 10 positive cases daily for the past 10 days, according to BBMP data.
On Friday, Kadugodi (17) reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the city, followed by Vasanthapura
(15), Horamavu (13), Hoodi and Hemmigepura (11 each) and Byatarayanapura and Bellandur (10 each).
LAST WEEK’S DATA
17% of cases from Mahadevapura
According to BBMP’s bulletin, Mahadevapura accounts for nearly 17% of cases during last week, while Bommanahalli zone reported 14%. These zones include areas on the periphery of the city.
BBMP officials admitted they are facing a huge challenge in enforcing mandatory masks and social distancing norms that are crucial to contain the pandemic.
“With easing of the lockdown, people are not understanding the importance of maintaining social distancing, though there is some attempt to follow the mandatory mask norm,” said a BBMP marshal in Horamavu. BBMP marshals and police have been tasked with enforcing Covid-19 norms.
“Zones like Bommanahalli are teeming with industrial pockets and we can’t expect people to maintain social distancing,” a health officer said.
Sources in BBMP said they’re facing huge manpower issues in enforcing mask and social distancing norms in Bommanhalli and Mahadevapura zones. While Rs 25,000 was collected as fine from violators in Bommanhalli on Monday till 7.30pm, it was Rs 35,750 in Mahadevapura.
Enforcement is way better in south and west zones, where the fine collected was Rs 1.1 lakh and Rs 80,750 respectively.
Sources said enforcement in Bommanhalli and Mahadevapura zones is also hindered as most violators are poor and don’t carry with them enough money to pay the Rs 250 fine. “All we can do is pull them up and send them off,” they added.
“Many people testing positive in these areas are either labourers or industry workers who fail to follow health protocols and ensure Covidappropriate behaviour. They only wear masks when marshals are around and social distancing is just not followed,” said Rajendra Cholan, special commissioner health and IT.
“Most of these people live in shanty localities where even if one person is tested positive, at least five others easily turn positive,” he added. BBMP now plans to spread awareness about social distancing and mask use by making public announcements on autotippers, Cholan told TOI.
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