Bengaluru: Even as reports emerged that Covid-19 infections are spreading outside containment zones and known clusters, Karnataka recorded 9464 new cases, pushing the caseload to 4,40,411. The state also recorded 130 deaths, taking the toll to 7067.
The spread of the virus to new areas has triggered fears of a second wave. Trends in the past 10 days show that the virus has emerged in areas that were relatively isolated from outbreaks. This suggests emergence of new clusters, though the state government maintains that the pandemic has not reached the community transmission stage.
In Bengaluru, to cases are emerging in new areas. The capital recorded 3426 new cases and 30 COVID-related deaths. Among the districts, cases in Mysuru (today’s figure of new cases was 676) are on the rise. Ballari, Hassana, Dakshina Kannada and Shivamogga have been continuously recording over 300 new cases daily.
Since the pandemic began in March, Karnataka has recorded over 4.4 lakh Covid-19 cases and 7,067 deaths. On average, 7,800 fresh cases are reported daily. This is a clear indication that the government is struggling to tackle the first wave even as a second one is round the corner.
However, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said that the “cases have increased, but there is a substantial rise in the recovery rate, which is nearing 6 per cent. It’s a clear indication that the first wave curve is flattening by the day. People’s behaviour during Unlock 4.0 is a cause of worry; they are moving freely without taking many precautions. If this continues, there might be another round of the wave, affecting the economy and normal life again.”
Moreover, the new Unlock phase has coincided with pandemic fatigue, with precaution-weary citizens dropping guard. “Such a situation can lead to further spread of infection, especially in rural areas,” a senior doctor was quoted in the media.