Centre advises Karnataka to increase testing, contain Covid spread

BENGALURU The Union Health Ministry has sent out letters to five states including Karnataka asking them to follow a five fold strategy and amp up testing States that are closely being monitored are Kerala Karnataka Maharashtra Telangana and Tamil Nadu The letter instructs states to monitor clusters of new Covid cases and ensure that the spread of infection is contained The five fold strategy i e Test Track Treat Vaccine and Covid Appropriate Behaviour should be followed Karnataka on Thursday reported 471 cases and the positivity rate increased to 2 14 per cent Bengaluru clocked 458 cases and has 2 776 active cases As per BBMP Covid 19 War Room data ten wards are reporting maximum number of cases Bellandur 41 Doddanekkundi 15 Varthur 12 Hagadur 11 Kadugodi 9 HSR Layout 7 Begur 7 Hoodi 8 Horamavu 6 and Garudacharpalya 6 The number of clusters is increasing with a total of seven clusters in the city a majority of which are from apartments in Mahadevapura area Genome samples have to be taken from these clusters on priority basis The state has been asked to maintain an adequate number of tests and send samples from infected individuals for genome sequencing an official from the department said

Source : The New Indian Express