Amid rising cases, 3,000 Covid patients go ‘untraceable’ in Bengaluru

Karnataka reported 5,072 new cases on Saturday, of which Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 2,036

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Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty in the Union Health Ministry, says herd immunity was a kind of indirect protection from an infectious disease like COVID-19. Photo: PTI

The model of tracing Covid-19 patients has ended up in a mess in Bengaluru as authorities said that a total of 3,338 infected individuals are currently untraceable in the IT hub. They said a search is underway to trace them, reported NDTV on Saturday (July 25).

This comes amid an alarming spike in Covid-19 infections in the state. Karnataka reported its biggest single-day spike of 5,072 fresh cases on Saturday, which took the state’s tally to 90,942. So far, as many as 1,796 fatalities have been reported in the state.

Out of the 5,072 fresh cases, 2,036 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone. The district tops the list of positive cases with a total of 43,503 cases followed by Dakshina Kannada 4,607 and Kalaburagi 3,712. It also accounted for 29 of the 72 deaths reported today.

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According to reports, the health authorities have admitted that they are not being able to trace the missing Covid-19 patients and they do not have any means to track their activity. They said they have no idea if the patients have even quarantined themselves.

“We could trace some of the positive patients with the help of police but 3,338 are still untraceable. Some of them provided wrong mobile number and address at the time of giving samples. They disappeared after getting positive results,” NDTV quoted N Manjunath Prasad, commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), as saying.

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The civic body chief also announced today that lockdown will be imposed in Bengaluru from 9 pm on Saturday till 5 am on July 27. “Legal action will be taken against the violators,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Ashwat Narayan said the government has to ensure that all the infected individuals are traced and isolated. He said it is now the government’s priority.

Reports suggest authorities have decided they would ask for government-issued identity cards and verify mobile numbers before conducting coronavirus tests.

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