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Covid-19 takes toll over Karnataka, fresh cases surges over weekend

The total case tally in the state rose over 11.61 lakh since March 8th last year with 36,556 new cases. Saturday and Sunday reported 17,489 and 19,067 fresh infections respectively. The last two days showed a death toll of 80 and 81. Among the 30 districts in the state, Bengaluru has been the worst affected with 24,197 cases and 103 plus people contracting the same over the weekend.

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As the positivity rate rose to 13.09%, over 8634 people recovered across the state over the weekend. Other districts that are affected severely are Mysuru(1588), Kalaburgi(1231) , Bidar(828) and Tumakuru(1001). The patients admitted to ICU rose in number considerably to 620.Of these, 134 are from Bengaluru Urban, 109 are from Kalaburgi, 44 from Kolar, 42 in Tumakuru and 40 were reported from Mysuru hospitals. 

As for the report on CM Yediyurappa’s health, the reports have confirmed a speedy and stable recovery from the Covid-19 infection. The Chief Minister’s Office(CMO) stated that CM has been fighting Covid-19 with his favorite books and simultaneously handling the Corona second wave crisis. 

The Health Minister of the state , informed that there will be an increase in the  capacity of number beds in private hospitals with a  speculation of increasing infection. Currently 50% of the beds in the private hospitals are reserved for Covid patients. To be ready to combat the surging numbers of the Covid this decision has been put forth. Also a few private hospitals in the state capital have collaborated with the nearby hotels to create a facility for treating Covid patients with milder symptoms without the requirement of ventilators/oxygen beds and ICU system. 

With this  collaboration about six hotels in the city of Bengaluru under the Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association (BBHA) have provided from this step-down hospital facility with another seven hotels in the line. 

The Health minister of the state, Dr. Sudhakar enquired on denial of admission to the hospitals of any individuals. The authorities incharge have replied that there had been few refusals where the patients to be admitted have shown milder symptoms and could get themselves treated at home with isolation and immune building. This has  been  done so that those in dire need can get admitted and cured. 

So in conclusion, Dr. Sudhakar advised the hospital authorities to admit only those patients whose oxygen saturation drops below 90. Also the increase in ICU beds and  a request to Non-covid patients to postpone their appointment apart from emergencies  has been set forth.

The Governor of the state,Vajubhai Vala took up a meeting on Sunday with ten state’s top bureaucrats to discuss the second Covid pandemic. As per the meeting highlights the officials were ordered to take all necessary steps to bring the situation under control. Steps like purchase of oxygen ventilators, ICU setup , medicines etc. were to be taken up. 

With the rise in Covid cases the total bed occupancy in the hospitals is about 75%, with the use of about 94.74% of total ICU beds and 83.76%of the high dependency unit (HDU) beds. It has become an uphill task for about 97%of the hospitals to provide for the required capacity of ICU with ventilators. To give information on the available beds and vacancy a real time information in the form of spreadsheets will be updated automatically in every hospital for every five minutes. 

With chaos in the State capital there have been complaints on delay of services provided to the public by hospitals and the inefficacy of these real time data updates. These problems are now being rectified to deal with the future onslaught of Covid crisis. 

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