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NK districts constantly reporting zero COVID-19 circumstances

Eight districts in Karnataka have been constantly reporting zero COVID-19 circumstances.

Though districts similar to Haveri, Shivamogga, Chickballapur, Bengaluru Rural, Davangere and Kolar have additionally reported zero circumstances on some days, eight districts – Bagalkot, Ballari, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Raichur, Vijayapura, and Gadag – have seen nil circumstances within the final one week.

Bengaluru City alone has been including over 60% of the full each day circumstances reported within the State whereas 17 districts have been reporting circumstances in single digits. All of the districts have been reporting a Take a look at Positivity Price (TPR) of lower than 1% with Mysuru, Bengaluru City, Tumakuru, Kodagu, and Udupi having a TPR that’s larger than the State common of 0.32.

Zero TPR

Whereas Bagalkot has been constantly recording zero TPR for the final one week, districts similar to Belagavi, Chickballapur, Vijayapura, Ramanagaram, Bidar, Gadag, Koppal, Raichur, Haveri, Kalaburagi, and Yadgir have been reporting a TPR of lower than 0.5%.

C.N. Manjunath, nodal officer for labs and testing within the State’s COVID-19 job pressure, mentioned the low charge of an infection in North Karnataka districts isn’t any cause to rejoice as of now as the speed of vaccination in these districts is low.

“There is a need to increase testing and vaccination in these districts as only vaccination can reduce hospitalisation and disease severity. In case if there is a fresh surge, the unvaccinated population will be the worst affected,” he mentioned.

Testing technique

State Well being Commissioner D. Randeep mentioned the division has sought the opinion of the State’s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on whether or not the testing technique in these districts needs to be revised.

“There is some debate that we are not testing enough in these districts. We have asked the TAC if the revised number of 60,000 tests in the State is enough or we need to increase the tests, especially in the districts that have been reporting zero cases,” he mentioned.

The Commissioner mentioned he could have a video-conference with the DCs and District Well being Officers on Monday or Tuesday to debate if the testing technique must be revised in these districts.

“With no cases being reported, it may be difficult for targeted testing of contacts and symptomatic people. We may have to intensify random testing, especially among street vendors, auto and bus drivers, students and inmates of hostels. Even after doing this, if there are no cases then we can conclude that these districts have entered the endemic phase,” he added.

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