Hongasandra in Southeast Bengaluru on Friday, the total number of cases from just this area has gone up to 21. Hongasandra has turned out to be another mystery case like Nanjangudu near
Mysuru, as the BBMP officials are pulling out all stops to trace the source of infection, but that has not been easy.
“We do not know how the first patient in Hongasandra contracted the disease. Hopefully, we will get clarity in a day or two,” education minister and Covid-19 spokesperson S Suresh Kumar told reporters.
A 54-year-old migrant worker (P419) was tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. A day later, nine of his primary contacts, all living in the same lane, were confirmed for Covid-19 and, Friday saw about a dozen people from the lane testing positive. The BBMP officials had on Thursday said that the patient 419 did not have any travel or contact history. This has made the case a tough one to crack for the authorities, and they are probing from all angles to get at the source. “We have identified 185 primary contacts and 60 secondary contacts and they are being tested,” Kumar said.
29 new cases on friday
Karnataka reported 29 new cases of Covid, including 19 cases in Bengaluru, taking the number to 474. Of this, 19 have died of the disease.
Referring to the opposition by local residents to the cremation of a 75-year-old woman who died of Covid-19 in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, the minister asked people to behave humanely.
“In this particular case, people vehemently opposed the cremation of the deceased assuming that it would cause them infection. This behaviour of treating families of Covid-19 victims like untouchables is not acceptable,” he said.