Karnataka Corona Cases: Five districts in Karnataka cross 2% Covid positivity rate | Bengaluru News - Times of India

Karnataka Corona Cases: Five districts in Karnataka cross 2% Covid positivity rate | Bengaluru News – Times of India

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BENGALURU: Five districts in Karnataka are reporting higher than 2% daily positivity rates in the past seven days: Udupi tops the list with 3.5%, Bidar 3.1%, Dakshina Kannada and Kalaburagi 2.5% each, and Bengaluru 2.3%, reports Sunitha Rao R.
While apartments and educational institutions have turned out to be clusters in Bengaluru, students with travel history from other districts, especially Kerala, are the index cases in clusters in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.
Wedding attendees capped at 200
Dr CN Manjunath, member of the Covid task force, said the government must “regulate crowding that happens in festivals, mass prayers, film launches, etc. They must be banned temporarily. We are seeing a second wave because people became complacent thinking Covid has gone.”
The World Health Organisation says if the positivity rate stands below 1%, then the rate of infection is stable and virus spread not rapid. According to epidemiologist Dr Giridhara R Babu, “The higher positivity rate in some districts means testing has increased there. In districts where the testing mechanism is not the same, cases detected have remained less. Most are asymptomatic.”
100 people at b’day parties, funerals
The technical advisory committee had suggested that in districts with high positivity rate, all places of worship be closed as Covid-appropriate behaviour cannot be monitored there.
The committee had also suggested closing children’s play areas, gyms and swimming pools in the affected districts. The government accepted some of the commitee’s recommendations and limited attendees to 200 at indoor weddings, while for outdoor marriages, it is 500.
Crowds at political and religious events have been capped at 500. Violators will have to pay fines ranging from Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. Funerals can have not more than 100 in open places and 50 in closed areas. Birthday parties should not have more than 100 persons in open places and 50 in closed areas, a circular released on Wednesday said. Violators of mask rule in BBMP and municipal limits will have to pay Rs 250 as fine and other areas Rs 100.
The committee had said the measures it recommended must be in force till April 10 and suggested a review after that.
The highest number of active Covid cases in the state comes from Bengaluru at 10,766, followed by Dakshina Kannada 563, Kalaburagi 545, Udupi 424, Mysuru 516 and Tumakuru 344 as on March 23.
The lack of restrictions in districts will lead to a rise in Covid transmission, as adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour has largely vanished compared to the lockdown a year ago, said a district health officer.

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