With record 9,894 new Covid-19 cases, Karnataka’s tally breaches 4.5 lakh-mark
Bengaluru: Karnataka recorded the highest single-day spike in new Covid-19 cases Sunday with 9894 people testing positive, pushing the total caseload to 4,59,445 and active cases to 99203. The state also recorded 104 COVID-related deaths, taking the toll to 7265.
While most cases continue to be from Bengaluru (3479), the virus is fast spreading to other areas. Mysuru recorded 665 cases and Ballari 661. Dakshina Kannada and Hassana districts recorded over 400 cases each.
In Bengaluru too, the virus is spreading to peripheral areas where Covid norms are hardly observed. These areas have huge densely-populated panchayats.
“The outskirts of Bengaluru are largely dotted by huge panchayats where it’s difficult to monitor mask use and social distancing,” a senior civic official was quoted in the media.
“In central parts of the city, people are now more conscious about safety measures and marshals are penalising people who violate guidelines,” the official added.
Health officials admitted that after Unlock 4.0, tracing contacts of Covid-19 patients would be difficult as most parts of the state economy, including public transport, have reopened.
“There are no curbs on public movement now, so it won’t always be possible to track where patients went and whom they met. Often, patients themselves cannot recall these details. With cases increasing, our focus is on treating the patients,” an official was quoted.