Bommanahalli has max micro containment zones


East pips Mahadevapura to become the second-worst affected zone


There is a slight increase in the micro containment zones in Bengaluru. There are 60 active zones now with Bommanahalli having a maximum of 15, followed by East which has 13, Dasarahalli and Mahadevapura have seven each, Yelahanka has six, RR Nagar, South and West are reporting four each. It is surprising to see that the east zone has now jumped to the second spot in the micro containment zone while Mahadevapura has slipped to fourth.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said, “The covid cases are currently on a decline in Bengaluru. A week ago, the cases were around 500 while in the last two days, the City is reporting less than 500 cases a day. As a result, hospital admissions have been reduced too. Currently, on average, around 30 patients are getting admitted to hospitals under the government quota in a day. Overall, around 320 people are getting treatment under government quota in various hospitals. Hence, we have recommended to the State Government to reduce the bed quota in the private hospitals. Earlier, 13,000 beds were kept aside again in private hospitals for patients being referred from the government quota. It was then reduced to 5,000 beds. Going by the current figures, it looks like we don’t require more than 1,800 beds. So, it is up to the Government to decide on this as those beds can be utilised for non-covid patients. In case of any spike in covid cases in the future, we can always increase the bed quota.”

Low testing

One of the reasons for the decline in covid cases could also be due to low testing. Earlier, the BBMP used to conduct 1 lakh tests a day in Bengaluru. It was gradually reduced to 60,000 to 70,000 in a day. In the last few days, the testing has been further reduced to less than 50,000 per day. Reacting to this, Gupta claimed, “Even today, we are conducting more tests than Delhi and Mumbai and will continue to do so.”

Gupta also said that the BBMP was gearing up to tackle the third wave by extending the vaccination cover. “If we look at the United Kingdom which is witnessing around 50,000 cases a day, the hospitalisation is much less due to widespread vaccination. Currently, in Bengaluru, we have covered 55 per cent of the eligible population with the first dose while 15 per cent have received both doses.

We want to vaccinate more people in the coming days. Meanwhile, many hospitals are setting up Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) plants which will help us to tide over oxygen shortage,” he added.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 1,464 fresh cases including 52 in Bengaluru. Covid deaths were down to 29 with five in Bengaluru. Overall, there were 2,706 patients were discharged in the State with a positivity rate at 1.29 per cent and a case fatality rate of 1.98 per cent.

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