Bengaluru alone. S Suresh Kumar, the Covid-19 spokesperson had on Thursday attributed the spike in the number of cases to people flouting
On Friday, he said that spike could also be attributed to the fact that Karnataka is now going in for extensive testing of secondary patients. Earlier, the state was testing around 500 cases in a day and now that has gone up to around 2,000. In Bengaluru, except for one SARI case, nine other cases are related to previous contacts.
Meanwhile, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology became the third hospital in the city where doctors and paramedics have put under quarantine. Sources said that P252 (a SARI case), who died recently, was admitted in Jayadeva before being shifted to Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) on April 12. Hence, as a precautionary measure, two doctors and two nurses have been placed under quarantine. Dr Nagaraja C, director of RGICD said that one floor has been dedicated to the treatment of SARI patients since March 27. RGICD has instructed all its staff treating SARI patients to use PPE and hence it is safeguarding their staff.
Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Jawaid Akthar, said that now the health department will keep an eye on all patients who are in their database and have had a history of tuberculosis, AIDS and other epidemiological diseases. The Karnataka government has also fixed Rs 2,250 as the cost for Covid-19 testing facility in private labs.
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