COVID cases drop, but Bengaluru's fatality rate remains a worry
The number of COVID-19 patients who have died in Bengaluru have doubled in the last month, and the cumulative total of fatalities stand at 14,875, as per the data released on Sunday (June 6). Just on Sunday, Bengaluru had recorded 187 COVID-linked deaths.
As the second wave slowly recedes, the number of new coronavirus cases in Bengaluru has dropped but the case fatality rate or CFR continues to be worryingly high.
Further, the data revealed that the case fatality rate in the IT capital of India was hovering at a steep 7.71 per cent, while it was 2.2 per cent in Karnataka state.
The BBMP commissioner, Gaurav Gupta, however, explained to NDTV that the figure seemed high because the deaths recorded on one day had not happened on that one single day. He said, “If you see the health bulletin which is issued by the state government every day, these numbers are pertaining to deaths that have happened 20,30,40 days back.”
According to the BBMP commissioner, the date of death is also reported in the bulletin and asked people to infer their own conclusions. However, the report reiterated that the number of deaths was not coming down at the same rate as the number of COVID cases. There were less than 3,000 cases reported in Bengaluru on Sunday, according to official data.
Meanwhile, Dr Vishal Rao, a member of Karnataka’s Covid Committee too had his own reason for the steep death rates in the city. As the total number of cases fall, the denominator needed to change as well and that was causing a rise in the ratio, he said.