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BSY cautions about spike in COVID cases in K’taka, asks officials to bring down death rate

Team Udayavani, Sep 10, 2020, 5:43 PM IST

Bengaluru: Cautioning about high number of COVID-19 cases being reported from the state, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday asked the district administrations to work towards bringing down the death rate.

He said providing immediate treatment to those with COVID-19 symptoms and saving the lives of those infected is his government”s priority. The Chief Minister also instructed officials to see to it that there are no issues or complaints regarding relief to those affected by the recent floods triggered by heavy rains in the state.

“COVID infections in the state are increasing day by day…due to some reasons in Bengaluru and few districts the cases are increasing in a big way. With the state reporting a higher number of cases, it is something that we have to take seriously,” Yediyurappa said.

Speaking at the virtual meeting with Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Panchayat CEOs, SPs and Health Officers of the all districts, he said following the unlock phase, almost all economic activities have resumed, as it is inevitable for people to live with COVID.

“Taking precaution for not getting infected and paying special attention to bring down the death rate is vital,” he said, noting that the government was taking all measures to control COVID-19.

Further asking officials to ensure that needy patients get treatment from trained doctors and thereby bring down the death rate, Yediyurappa said the government”s priority is providing immediate treatment to those with symptoms and saving the lives of those infected.

He also issued a series of instructions for increasing tests, making adequate number of testing kits available, appointment of doctors, strengthening booth level taskforce, ensuring availability of oxygen, beds and ventilators, also conducting door-door surveys, efficiently identifying contacts, among others.

“Already counselling of PG medical students has been completed and over 900 doctors will be appointed to districts soon,” he added.

For some time now, Karnataka has been reporting over 100 deaths daily and among the districts Bengaluru Urban tops the tally.

According to Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the death rate in the state is at 1.62 per cent and the government intends to reduce it to below 1 per cent.

As of September 9 evening, cumulatively 4,21,730 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 6,808 deaths and 3,15,433 discharges.

Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 1,57,044 infections.

Out of 9,540 fresh cases reported in the state on Wednesday, 3,419 cases were from the city alone.

Noting that loss to the state due to recent floods is to the tune of Rs 8,071 crore, the Chief Minister said information in this regard has been shared with the central team that visited the state to assess the damage.

He hoped that the information shared with the team and the reports that it will submit to the central government will be helpful in getting more relief funds.

Yediyurappa instructed officials to take forward the relief and rehabilitation work without giving room for any complaints, adding that to address the situation arising out of floods and COVID-19, Rs 460 crore has been released from State Disaster Relief Fund, and there is no dearth of funds.

The Chief Minister has already indicated that he will also be going to New Delhi to seek more relief from the central government.

Pointing out that funds have been released to accounts of Deputy Commissioners of districts, he asked them to work in coordination with district in-charge ministers and secretaries to bring the coronavirus and flood situation under control quickly.

Asking officials to resolve issues if any, Yediyurappa during the meeting sought information, among others, on measures taken to control COVID-19 in their jurisdiction and about providing relief to those who have lost their houses due to floods.

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