Positivity rate increased in bordering Kerala and Mahrasthra alarm for third wave

Bengaluru : With the threat of the third wave looming and the number of Covid-19 cases rising in bordering districts, the state government on Tuesday asked the concerned deputy commissioners to keep a strict vigil on people entering Karnataka.

The bordering districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chamarajaagara, Mysuru, Kodagu and Belagavi, the police and district have been asked to take several steps to prevent people from entering to the state as the number of positive cases have continued to rise in Mahrasthra and Kerala states.

A Mangaluru report said for the past 15 days, the positivity rate in Dakshina Kannada has increased from 3.05 % to 6.04 %. In Udupi too, the positivity rate increased to over 5%.

The increase in positivity rate raised concerns in both districts. From July 15 to August 1, Dakshina Kannada registered a total of 4,789 positive cases and 90 deaths. In the past five days alone, the district has recorded 1,853 positive cases and 33 deaths, according to the statistics from the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

K Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V said that the rise in Covid-19 cases in neighbouring Kasaragod district might be one of the reasons for the increase in the number of cases in the district. People should also adhere to Covid appropriate behaviour while in public places, he added.

With the unlock, tourists and devotees have been visiting Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Udupi Krishna Mutt, Kollur Mookambika Temple, Mandarthi Durga Parameshwari temples and other tourist spots in undivided Dakshina Kannada district. Many have failed to adhere to the direction of wearing masks. Even shopkeepers too have failed to adhere to the directions, officials said.

Udupi Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha rued that organisers of various programmes are responsible for the rise in Covid-19 cases in the district. Despite guidelines, the rules are not being followed strictly. “People should behave responsibly by adhering to these guidelines,” he added.

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