Bangalore: Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday stressed on special measures for Bengaluru amid alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the city.
Claiming that the third wave of COVID-19 has begun, Mr Sudhakar predicted that the state capital would be the epicenter of the latest outbreak.
“It has become very necessary to take special steps in Bengaluru. Bengaluru is an epicenter. It was an epicenter in the first wave and the second wave. It will be the epicenter during the third wave as well,” Sudhakar told reporters.
Explaining the reason behind taking special steps for Bengaluru, he said the city has an international airport where many people come from abroad. Therefore, we need to take special measures, the minister said.
Mr Sudhakar said infections in the state increased from just 0.4 per cent to 1.6 per cent, of which 90 per cent were reported in Bengaluru.
“If you look at the national figures, metropolitan cities are reporting the maximum number of cases. Around 90 per cent are in those cities. So, we are focusing on Bengaluru with focus on formation of micro-containment zones and screening at airports. are,” the minister said.
In response to a question, the minister said that the third wave of Kovid-19 has started. “What is the current scenario? Is it not the third wave? For six months, Karnataka had no 0.1 per cent cases. If it has gone up to 1.6 per cent in a day, it is the beginning of the third wave,” Mr. Sudhakar said.
According to him, it has started in some states like Telangana and Maharashtra.
Vaccination of children in the age group of 15 to 18 years is one of the measures taken by the government. “Yesterday, we (government) vaccinated 4,22,252 children, though our target was 6.38 lakh. We could achieve 66 per cent on the first day. We were fourth in the country in immunization of adolescents. We want to increase more vaccinations. , “They said.
According to him, there are 43 lakh children of 15 to 18 years in the state and the state government wants to vaccinate all of them in 10 to 15 days.
I am sure we will achieve this, he said. When asked about the second dose to the children, the minister said he was waiting for the Centre’s guidelines.
To a question about the possibility of the lockdown, Mr Sudhakar asked reporters not to use “strong words”. He said, “Don’t use harsh words like lockdown. Lately, public life is returning to normal. If we start talking about it, it will disrupt life.”
In connection with the march of the Karnataka unit of the Congress from Mekedatu in Ramanagara district to Bengaluru on January 9, demanding the construction of a controversial balancing reservoir on the Kaveri river to meet the drinking water needs of Bengaluru and neighboring districts, he refrained from going ahead with them. appealed to abstain. This is because huge congregations will only lead to more infections.
The state reported 1,290 cases and five deaths on Monday, out of which 1,041 infections and three deaths occurred in Bengaluru itself.
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