Bengaluru: Karnataka’s capital city continued to report nearly half of the State’s new Covid-19 cases as it recorded over 50,000 cases from September 1-17. On Thursday, Bengaluru recorded 3709 cases, taking the city’s caseload to 1,84,082. With 34 deaths, a total of 2555 people have so far succumbed to the virus.
Bengaluru reported the third-highest infections in the country in the first 15 days this month, after Pune (59,000) and Delhi (51,000).
The rise in cases has been mainly attributed to Unlock 4 which witnessed people throwing caution to the winds.
Across Karnataka, 9366 people got infected Thursday, taking the overall total to 4,94,356. While there was a huge spike in cases in Ballari (677), Mysuru recorded 591 new cases and Dakshina Kannada and Tumakuru above 300 each.
Meanwhile, BBMP, the civic body of Bengaluru, has issued a show-cause notice to 36 private hospitals, including 21 with more than 100 beds, for failing to set aside 50% beds to government-referred COVID patients. The hospitals have been directed to comply with the directives within 48 hours.
The civic body directed the hospitals to comply with the rules or face suspension of registration under section 15 of the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act (KPME) Act.
“Reserving 50% of the beds at private hospitals for Covid-19 treatment is compulsory. The hospitals infringing the law will face action,” Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said.