The latest entrants in red, though, were all in the orange zone (with 6-14 active cases) in mid-April. On the other hand, districts like Kodagu, Davanagere and Udupi that were in yellow zone (1-5 cases) at the beginning of the lockdown are now in green with not a single active case. They have joined 10 other districts which have not reported a single positive case throughout.
In all these districts, the health department has now begun checking for patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection and Influenzalike Illnesses.
B’luru doing better than other metropolitan dists
Instances of both conditions are rising in districts that are reporting cases. Senior health officials credited efforts by the administration in districts like Chamarajanagar and Kodagu for zero active cases. “Chamarajanagar shares border with Tamil Nadu and Kerala is about 90km away. The surveillance measures taken there have made sure no cases are being reported. Ditto with Kodagu, where one case was reported earlier, but with the Covid-19 patient returning from Dubai behaving very responsibly, there were no other cases there,” said a doctor.
The number of districts in the red has increased from just one at the beginning of the lockdown to six as on April 27. On April 12, there were three districts in red zones: Bengaluru Urban (34 active cases); Mysuru (46) and Belagavi (18). “Though Bengaluru has continued to be in the red zone, compared to other metropolitan districts, the number of cases reported and deaths are much lower here,” said health commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey.
“The cluster case of Nanjanagud in Mysuru and the visit of one person from Vijayapura to Maharashtra for a funeral are contributing factors for the red zone expanding. There were cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation which added to the cases in Karnataka.”
Helpline for labourers
The government on Monday launched a helpline (080-22636800) for labourers from Karnataka stranded in other states due to the lockdown. Kannadigas stuck in other states and facing problems with food, shelter etc., can contact the helpline which in turn will address their concerns in coordination with officials of the respective states.
Gowda demands spl package for farmers
Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda on Monday wrote to chief minister BS Yediyurappa demanding that the Karnataka government announce a special package for farmers, who are on the verge of quitting agriculture following losses due to Covid-19.