Karnataka govt may extend lockdown over high Covid-19 positivity rates | Bengaluru News

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BENGALURU: The Karnataka authorities is reportedly contemplating extending the lockdown past Could 24 because the Covid-19 positivity price and deaths are nonetheless excessive in lots of districts. There are some indicators that the second wave could ease by the primary week of June, however consultants have really helpful a cautious method to the federal government.
Not too long ago, Dr Balram Bhargava, the director normal of the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR), mentioned in an interview that restrictions ought to proceed in locations with a positivity price of greater than 10 per cent. Most Karnataka districts, besides Chitradurga and Haveri, have a price of over 10 per cent. Authorities officers mentioned it was doubtless that the lockdown could be prolonged if the state of affairs didn’t enhance by Could 20.
The state authorities imposed a two-week curfew on April 28. Because the measure did not carry down the variety of coronavirus infections, it enforced a strict lockdown of the identical length on Could 10. It’s finalising the following technique by finding out consultants’ inputs.
A number of companies, together with the Lancet India Taskforce, have shared with the federal government methods to include the Covid-19 unfold. An extended lockdown is among the many suggestions. “The lockdown needs to be prolonged by no less than per week in Karnataka after Could 24, whereas stricter curbs for 2 weeks shall be excellent. Contemplating varied components, together with rising positivity and fatalities, the extension is critical,” mentioned epidemiologist Dr Giridhar R Babu, a member of the Lancet activity drive.
The positivity price is greater than 30 per cent in eight districts, with Mysuru (38.1 per cent) topping the checklist. It’s greater than 20 per cent in 17 districts and over 10 per cent in 4. Consultants have cited a number of doable causes for the upper ranges of infectivity. Mutation of the virus is seen as the principle one. Reverse migration due to the lockdown, principally from Bengaluru to rural components, is one other main issue.
“We should think about components reminiscent of decreased variety of checks and limiting of testing to symptomatic sufferers and their major contacts at authorities labs. We had anticipated the current state of affairs because the decreased variety of checks would naturally lead to increased positivity charges,” mentioned Dr MK Sudarshan, the chairman of the state technical advisory committee on Covid-19.
He has discovered the present lockdown to be simpler than the partial one. The general Covid state of affairs could get higher by Could-end or the primary week of June, in keeping with three mathematical fashions that the committee has obtained from totally different companies. “Now we have been giving experiences and inputs recurrently to the federal government and the topic of lockdown extension is beneath dialogue. We’ll overview the state of affairs by Could 20 and provides our inputs to the federal government,” Dr Sudarshan added.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan mentioned the federal government was finding out all elements. “A choice on the lockdown concern shall be taken at an acceptable time,” he mentioned.

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