Bengaluru sees the number of Covid cases multiplied by 3; 2.9% positivity rate

The number of Covid cases in Bengaluru has increased almost threefold in the last ten days, with the positivity rate rising from 1.1% to 2.9%.

According to the bulletin released by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru reported 178 cases on May 31 and the figure rose to 494 by June 10.

Of the top 10 wards reporting the highest number of cases, eight of them are from Mahadevapura, making it the major contributor to the rise in infections. The other two districts fall under Bommanahalli.

“The neighborhoods in our area are densely populated. For example, Bellandur alone has nearly 1,30,000 inhabitants. Apart from that, neighborhoods like Hagadur and Varthur also have nearly 60,000 residents. Therefore, the number of cases is also high,” explained Dr. Surendra R, BBMP (Mahadevapura) Health Officer.

BBMP officials also attributed the increase to a large number of migrant workers in the region.

“The number of migrant workers and construction workers is high in the region. Also, as it is an IT hub, a large number of people undertake domestic and international travel, which is likely to increase the risk of infection,” health wing officials said. of the BBMP.

Clusters on the rise

The number of active clusters in the city has increased from five to 12 in the past ten days. On Friday alone, five new clusters were reported. Again, of the 12 clusters, 11 of them were reported from Mahadevapura.

“We have seen that once one member becomes positive, the whole family gets infected. Also, out of the 11 clusters, 10 of them are reported in apartments,” a senior BBMP official said.

The number of tests carried out across the city has increased and hospitalizations are closely monitored. For example, in Mahadevapura, the number of tests has increased from 1,400 to 2,000 tests per day.