Covid Cases in Dakshina Kannada: Mangaluru, Belthangady Fuel Dakshina Kannada’s High Covid Positivity Rate | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: A health department analysis of data on test positivity rates in Dakshina Kannada district for the week ended August 15 shows Mangaluru and Belthangady taluks are major contributors to the increase.
Cases have surged in the district and officials had attributed it to spillover from neighbouring Kasaragod district in Kerala.
Mangaluru recorded a TPR of 4.4% and Belthangady (4.1%) in the past week as against a TRP of just 2.1% in Bantwal and 3.9% and 3.6% in Puttur and Sullia taluks respectively. However, in the past four days, the TPR in Sullia taluk dropped to 3% and it was just 1.8% on Tuesday.
Of the 27,815 tests conducted in Mangaluru taluk between August 9 and 15, 1,245 tested positive. In Bantwal, 288 out of 13,328 tested positive and 385 out of 9,816 were infected in Puttur. Meanwhile, in Belthangady, of the 9,278 people who were tested, 381 were found to be infected.
Meanwhile, the TPR of people from other districts admitted in hospitals in Dakshina Kannada is 2.2%. The district has tested 3,777 people from other districts during the period, and 82 returned positive.
Dr Ashok H, nodal officer for Covid in DK, told TOI the health department has instructed all panchayat development officers (PDO) to form micro containment zones to contain infections in their respective villages.
“We have instructed all PDOs to declare areas as micro containment zones immediately when a new case is detected. We are in touch with tahsildars, PDOs and officials from various departments. We have directed officials in villages to register cases against those who violate quarantine rules. Special instructions have been given to prevent people from breaching containment zones,” Dr Ashok said.
He said SOPs have been sent to all paramedical and professional colleges that commenced classes in the last week of July. The rules state students and staff who show symptoms must remain in quarantine for seven days even if their RT-PCR report is negative.
“We have directed institutions to appoint nodal officers and ensure strict implementation of SOPs,” He said. “Large number of cases were reported in five paramedical institutions recently with one institution reporting 58 cases in the past few days.”

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