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COVID-19 tackling strategy Change, Bengaluru sees massive spike in cases

  • With the effect of unlock 1.0, the BBMP had predicted that the city will see 4000 cases by the end of August. In the last two weeks alone, Bengaluru has witnessed a massive spike in the number of cases.

Bengaluru continues to have a strong grip on the number of COVID cases every day. With the massive number of cases hitting the city every single day, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Zonal Commissioners is set to oversee the management of the situation.
Both BBMP and the Zonal Commissioners are in charge for tackling the pandemic. The primary and secondary contacts of about 60% of the patients are yet to be traced.
The BBMP team however has not increased its man power to trace the contacts of COVID-19 patients, says Dr Giridhar Babu, who is an epidemiologist working with the Public Health Foundation of India.

Dr Giridhar also alleged that the situation is the result of not relying on public health background. That the BBMP does not know anything about surveillance and contact tracing, and get to know the cases only through the Indian Council of Medical Research, was his main complaint.

The BBMP commissioner said that with Unlock 1.0, the BBMP estimated, by the end of August, Bengaluru would see 4000 cases. In the last two weeks alone, Bengaluru has witnessed a massive spike in the number of cases.
BH Anil Kumar, the BBMP commissioner said that this situation was unexpected and that the team is in the process of gearing up to tackle the ever increasing spike.
Dr Giridhar Babu has suggested that the government of Karnataka introduce a lockdown for three weeks for curbing the spread of COVID-19.

He insisted on the need for man power to trace the contacts and sample distribution to 22 labs, both private and government should be made. He also said that the situation is aalready out of control and BBMP should pool more resources to make contact tracing possible.